Carol Liu
Legislators call for union factory jobs to close women's wage gap

Legislators called Wednesday for raising the minimum wage and tearing down gender barriers to unionized construction and manufacturing jobs to help eliminate income inequality for California women. "Women have not shared equally in the emerging economy after the recession," state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) said during the third meeting of the state Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, held in downtown L.A. The panel was cosponsored by committee Chairwoman Holly J. Mitchell and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, both Los Angeles Democrats. Bass took time out to assail Republicans in Congress, who she said were "absolutely ridiculous" for "manufacturing...