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It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work


#1

It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work

Gabriela Lemus

April 10, 2018 is Equal Pay Day. It’s a day when organizations draw attention to the disparities in pay between women and men doing equal work. We’ll see social media posts meant to build awareness about how long it takes a woman’s pay to catch up to that of white, non-Hispanic men from the previous year. Bottom line: a woman shouldn’t have to work for 15 months to make what a man makes in 12.


#2

They’re already paid fairly, difference is not evidence of discrimination or oppression.


#3

“April 10, 2018 is Equal Pay Day. It’s a day when organizations draw attention to the disparities in pay between women and men doing equal work”

Actually Equal Pay day, does not take into consideration equal work. It just compares the median pay of women to the median pay of men without taking the actual job into consideration. Once you account for equal work, the pay gap in the US is about 3%-7%. Could we make it less? I guess we could.


#4

I’ve been a union construction worker since 1970. Women started showing up in the trades in small, noticeable numbers not too many years after that. There was never any gender wage or benefit discrimination, the union contract treated everyone the same. A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work applied to everyone. Unfortunately and sadly, this equality doesn’t continue with non-union contractors in more and more RTW States, where merit shops are able to underbid the established union contractors, and pay a lot less than a normal living wage, made up for by working many hours beyond a normal 40 hour week, often all at straight time. These RTW contractors don’t have any standards of paying everyone fairly and equally. In general, working for a merit shop is all about keeping the roller skates well oiled to impress the boss if you want to keep your job and get ahead of the other workers.


#5

You might be holding that razor too close to your head.