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Alderman Zielinski Brings Pay Equity Issue to Council

The pay gap between men and women is a controversial issue at every economic level and in both the private and public sectors. And I think it's time to find out whether there is any pay inequity in city government.

The Common Council has approved my resolution to create a task force to study pay equity. Despite federal laws that make discrimination in wages illegal, full-time female workers are still earning less that that of full-time male workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women in general earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.

A comparable worth study evaluates salaries based on the skill, effort and responsibility each job requires relative to other jobs in an organization. My resolution states that the City of Milwaukee is dedicated to fostering pay equity, but I believe it's important to determine through a study if there is any pay equity discrepancy in city government. The task force report, funded primarily with private contributions, is to report its findings within 18 months.