By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
April 9, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – President Barack Obama kept his promise to bring fair wages to women in the workplace on Tuesday by signing two executive orders.
One action protects federal workers who openly discuss how much they are making, and if they are being paid fairly.
The second order instructs the labor department to break down compensation by gender and race, making pay disparities more transparent.
Obama’s executive order won’t impact everyone since it only concerns federal contractors, but it’s all the President can do without legislative action.
Pinays in San Francisco applauded President Obama’s move, saying it’s about time women are recognized equally in the workplace.
“Women work just as hard as men and I think that what we’ve been struggling with is to try and get an equal pay,” Jessica Dionela Petalio said.
“I think what he’s doing is great. And I know it’s not just him and men but women too. And it’s a whole group of people fighting for equal pay,” Dara del Rosario said.
Even Fil-Am men support President Obama’s use of executive power on this issue.
“I think it’s a great idea. I grew up in a Filipino household. I know a lot of Filipino women, my aunts, my mom, and they are hard working women,” Dan Mariano said.
“I think it’s a step forward. It’s hard to believe in 2014 that we still have this issue,” Jordan Lagan said.
But critics say the president’s actions are a political move, since Democrats see equal pay as an issue they can win in the 2014 midterm elections.
What a joke this guy is…he should start in the white house where the women are paid less than men!
What America needs are jobs, more jobs. Obama where are the jobs you promised…
Stop the misinformation and misdirection
What we need are jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs
this is obama’s tactic with the blessing of the democRATS to capture women likely voters this mid-term election. obama have been into playing tricks to different segments of society, like the DACA to get the hispanic votes, the same sex marriage, to get the gay/lesbian votes, the free contraceptives to women, to get the women votes, looks like this strategy have now become stale, so the treacherous obama with his abusive executive power flexing his new double face, double dealing, using women for equal pay, to get the majority women votes this november, 2014. americans should wonder, what’s the next trickery of obama and the democRATS to stay in power, in dooming america.