End Wage Disparity in New York State
As a constituent who believes our state should take all efforts to ensure the fair and equal treatment of all workers, I urge you to pass S.838 (Montgomery)/A.762 (Rosenthal), which establishes a policy whereby all employees in state service are compensated equally, for work of equivalent value. Specifically, this legislation would eliminate wage inequality in job titles and position classifications that have been segregated by sex, race, or national origin. This critically important social and economic justice issue should be addressed.
Sadly, in 2019, there is still a need for this legislation, as jobs traditionally held by woman and people of color have been systematically undervalued in the marketplace. The net result is that jobs disproportionately held by women and people of color are paid less than comparable jobs that require the same levels of skill and responsibility. This bias against such jobs can be established and subsequently eliminated by assessing the economic value of different jobs through the use of updated job evaluation systems.
In an effort to update job evaluation systems that create pay gaps between certain classes of people, this legislation will require the New York State Civil Service Commission to establish regulations specifying the methodology for determining equivalent value of work. Such determination will be based on skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions — and will ensure that those methodologies do not ignore or undervalue the worth of jobs where a certain sex, race or national origin is disproportionately represented.
I respectfully ask that you raise this issue with your colleagues and with the leadership of your conference, and work to end wage disparity in New York State by passing this pay equity legislation.
I thank you for your consideration of this important issue. I would appreciate a reply to my correspondence.
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