I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value; help them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women. ~ Susan B. Anthony
Equal Pay for Equal Work. A political slogan, a dream, a goal? “It’s a man’s world,” “the glass ceiling,” “women’s work,” you have heard it all right?? What if there was a career that equal pay for equal work was already in place…
In the trades, “Equal Pay for Equal Work” means that people doing the same job receive the same base pay. There may be some differentials added to people’s pay to reflect working different shifts, or for years of service, but the base pay is equal. Here is the thing about those differentials – they are accumulated on the same scale for each worker.
“Equal pay for equal work” helps everybody. The quality of work increases, more people share in the pride of building their community, and the local economy is healthier. Opportunities in the trades reflect that thinking.
The trades get it – and have for a long time.
“Equal pay isn’t just a women’s issue; when women get equal pay, their family incomes rise and the whole family benefits.” – Mike Honda
What Employers Have to Say
The trades have Good pay, even at a starting wage. Advancements are there if you take it seriously and want to improve your career. The demand is strong.
We have requests for 2 to 3 times the work that we can perform. If I had qualified job foremen and quality workers available, we could build many more homes and projects than we do.
There is a great satisfaction in building, and completing quality projects for people. The work has great variety, and the learning experiences are invaluable.