FROM Karen Harned
Walmart, the Minimum Wage and the Working Poor Last week, Walmart stunned the world of retail by announcing that it will give half-million low-wage workers a raise in April to $9 an hour, with the promise of $10 an hour by February of next year. Low pay has created image problems for America's biggest private employer, while reduced unemployment means new competition for workers. But even $10 is hardly enough to support a family, and labor advocates are pushing for $15. As some cities and states increase the minimum wage, we hear what life is like at the lowest end of the pay scale.
Do Pregnant Women Suffer Workplace Discrimination? Women are nearly half America's work force, and three quarters will be pregnant at least once during their working lives. When UPS driver Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor told her not to lift packages weighing more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused to accommodate her. She had to take unpaid leave, lost her medical coverage — and sued for damages. Lower courts have disagreed about the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act , and today the US Supreme Court agreed to decide if pregnant workers are entitled to special accommodations — just like employees who are injured on the job. Many companies — small and large — call that an expensive burden that discourages the hiring of women. Women's groups, evangelical Christians and the Obama Administration call it a violation of equal rights. We hear about today's arguments.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.