Saturday, February 8, 2014

I don't need convincing, how about you?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Opposing a minimum wage hike, blocking unemployment insurance, cutting food stamps,
keeping millions from accessing Medicaid .... I believe these positions are part
a concerted effort to keep struggling folks down that represents nothing less than
a war on the poor and working class.
Click here to see what I mean:
The first step toward solving a problem is understanding it. So if, after you watch
this video, you agree with me that it all adds up to a war on the poor and working
please share the video with your friends.
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Thanks for playing an active role in our democracy.
–Robert Reich
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AOL's multi-millionaire CEO blamed the healthcare costs of two pregnant women for
his decision to cut benefits for the entire staff.
 Demand that he apologize immediately for his incredibly offensive comment and restore
benefits to AOL's staff.
click here
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Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, just had a staff-wide conference call to announce drastic
cuts to benefits. He viciously blamed the cuts on two female employees who had recently
had difficult pregnancies covered by the company's health plan.
The cut was made a day after AOL announced 2013 had been
"its most successful year in the last decade" with revenues of $2.3 billion
.2 Tim Armstrong himself made $30 million
 from a patent deal with Microsoft (how's that for a bonus?)
 and in 2012 his annual
salary was quadrupled to $12.1 million.4
 Yet, two pregnant women justify cutting benefits across the board?
It is wildly inappropriate for a multi-millionaire CEO who heads a corporation earning
record revenue to make a greedy move cutting benefits and then blame pregnancy.
If we let Tim have his way, then other CEOs can slash benefits with the same sexist
 We need to send a message to corporate America that women will fight back and speak
up for their rights at work.
Will you sign the petition demanding CEO Tim Armstrong apologize for blaming pregnant women for AOL's greedy move and then restore benefits to employees? Click here to sign.
Not only are Tim Armstrong's comments horribly offensive and inappropriate,
 they are also incredibly untrue
. A co-director of the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance
at the Kaiser Family Foundation confirmed that the
costly pregnancies would have no effect at all on higher insurance costs
. And he refuted the claim that Obamacare is costing AOL $7.1 million, as Armstrong
Women face enough discrimination in the workplace as it is--lower salaries, far fewer
management opportunities, and a loss of salary when an employer doesn't provide paid
sick days or maternity leave.
6 And
pregnant women face even MORE discrimination
, as a recent report highlights.7
 The last thing we need is to also carry blame for getting pregnant and expecting
health insurance from a rich employer not to leave us bankrupt.
But get this--
Tim Armstrong is also set to appear next week at a conference that aims to "reset
the agenda for women in the workplace in the 21st century."
We really wish this was a joke.
But because it's not and this is the kind of discrimination women in the workplace
still have to face in the 21st century, it's up to us to
gather thousands of signatures that will keep this story in the media spotlight and
force AOL to respond or face a public relations nightmare
Can you demand that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong apologize for blaming pregnant women for
benefit cuts and restore benefits?
Click here to sign the petition.
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, Gabriela, and Holly, the UltraViolet
AOL CEO Blames Workers' Costly Pregnancies, Obamacare for 401(k) Cuts
, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, February 7, 2014
AOL Shares Rise On Revenue Growth
, Forbes, February 6, 2014
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Made $30 Million From That Microsoft Patent Deal
, Forbes, April 9, 2012
AOL CEO Says Obamacare Forced Company To Reduce 401(k) Benefits
, Huffington Post, February 6, 2014
5. Ibid
A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink
, The Shriver Report, January 12, 2014
Pregnant Workers Face Routine Discrimination, Report Says
, Huffington Post, June 19, 2013
8. Ibid
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