Equal Pay for Equal Work

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

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By |2020-07-09T08:53:34-05:00July 6th, 2020|

About the Author:

David Cook, MBA, is a Career Counselor with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training and the project lead for the 218 Trades initiative. From 2009 to 2018 Dave was the Director of Career Services with Duluth Business University. Overall, Dave has over 20 years working with unemployed, underemployed, and youth of Northeastern Minnesota. Dave is a familiar voice in Northland radio, co hosting “The Northland Sports Page” every Saturday morning.