Monday, November 10, 2014

The League of Minnesota Cities Supports Pay Equity - and we are thrilled!

It has been brought to our attention that The League of Minnesota Cities has changed its policy regarding the Local Government Pay Equity Act (LGPEA) and seeks to support its implementation.

The LGPEA was passed in 1984 and women receive pay increases every year as a result of the analysis and reporting required by this law.

To see the edits from the previous version here's a link to the draft of the policy changes. See pages 124-125.

This is a big change from the previous policy and we fully support this new language. 

Previously, the League of Minnesota Cities supported "minimizing the reporting requirements" and "extending the reporting cycle". These actions have in the past increased the wait time between pay equity increases for the women in local government. Every year many women get pay increases as a result of the analysis required by the reporting process. Any time a woman doesn't get the pay increase she has earned her and her family's quality of life is negatively impacted.

The state mandated analysis and reporting done by local governments (cities, counties, school districts) seek to address gender based wage inequities in compensation. 

Any time the word "partner" appears in a policy statement in conjunction with women's paychecks is music to our ears.

Thank you League of Minnesota Cities for your change of heart. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

This article articulates the challenge women face when they learn they are paid less than their male colleagues for work of equal importance.

Ellen Ewald is telling her story at the Minnesota State Capitol in hopes of passing a bill to extend pay equity requirements to state contractors.

The Pay Equity Coalition of Minnesota supports her 100%!

Patty Tanji