Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tell Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act



AAUW Action Network
Upset about Wal-Mart v. Dukes? Tell Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!


As one of our e-advocates, we're sure you’ve heard about the disappointing Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes class action sex-discrimination case. This narrow, 5-4 decision makes it harder for women and other workers to systemically challenge unequal treatment in the workplace. AAUW will continue to be on the cutting edge of future legislation or efforts to remedy the new, problematic standards created by the Supreme Court.
But what can you do right now to prevent this sort of sex discrimination in the first place? You can work to strengthen our nation's fair pay laws by advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act!
The Paycheck Fairness Act would update the 48-year old Equal Pay Act. It would help close the wage gap by improving enforcement, closing loopholes, strengthening remedies for mistreated workers like Betty Dukes, Edith Arana, and thousands of other women employees at Wal-Mart, and prohibit retaliation against workers who inquire about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages.
When Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer, discriminates, when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and universities and Costco and other large employers discriminate, it hurts women and it stunts the economy. We must change a system which seems to engender pay discrimination.
Take action NOW to support the Paycheck Fairness Act and help to prevent discrimination in the workplace! To do so, click the "Take Action" link above. Then, follow the instructions on the next page to send your message.
Another way you can take action is by donating to AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF)! LAF helped support the women of Wal-Mart in this important case and seeks out and supports other sex discrimination cases which have the potential to make a difference for all women. You can donate here.
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