Everything listed under: WESA

  • How Minnesota Passed a Massive Economic Security Law for Women

    Article by: Erin Matson, Editor at Large, RH Reality Check With state legislatures spending an enormous amount of time debating and often passing measures that restrict women’s rights, it stands out as remarkable when a governor uses his or her pen to sign a piece of legislation that does something good for women. But that is just what has happened in Minnesota, where the Women’s Economic Security Act (HF 2536) went into effect August 1. The law provides&n...  Read More...

  • Minnesota can lead for more workplace fairness

    Article by: Editorial Board, Star Tribune Passage of the Women’s Economic Security Act was a good start. It’s too soon to declare that the American women’s movement, begun in 1848 and revived in 1970, is gathering strength for a third wave of sweeping change. But if it is, future historians may note that this time, Minnesota was among the states that got it rolling.   Read More...

  • Our view: DFL restores what's best about state

    Article by: Brian Voerding, editor, on behalf of the Daily News editorial board, Winona Daily News Pot’s legal. The minimum wage is going up. Some people will have a harder time owning guns, or have to give them up.   Read More...

  • Women's Economic Security Act heads to Gov. Dayton for signature

    Article by: Abby Simons, Star Tribune The Minnesota Legislature on Wednesday adopted  a wide-ranging and groundbreaking measure aimed at closing the gender pay gap and providing safer workplaces for women, which now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton for signature into law. The Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), a cluster of nine bills centered on female workers, cleared the Minnesota Senate for the second time with a 43-24 vote. A similar version swept through the Senate late last...  Read More...

  • DFL is pushing economic equality for women

    Article by: Baird Helgeson, Star Tribune House DFLers are making a final push for a measure designed to close the general pay gap and strengthen workplace protections for women in Minnesota. The measure expands family leave and provides accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would expand access to affordable child care and take several steps to reduce the gender pay gap, such as better enforcement of equal pay laws for state contractors.   Read More...