Monday, April 27, 2009

Fair Wages Ordinance

A first-of-its-kind legislation is being submitted today to remedy the pay disparity between women and minorities in the county employed by the public sector. County Executive Dan Onorato says he hopes the ordinance will act as a model for other employers. He says the wage study will be conducted in 2010, and then every five years thereafter. Following each study, there will be action taken to balance paychecks. Onorato calls this is a matter of classification and compensation. Women & Girls Executive Director Heather Arnet says this is critical to remedy systematic inequities.

This will affect approximately 7,000 employees from two sectors. There are 5,400 in the operating sector, and 1,500 in the human service sector.

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