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It may be hard to believe, but the average woman in the workforce today still makes only 75 to 77 cents for every dollar a man with the exact same experience and the exact same job title makes. While there have been some efforts to improve this patently unfair fact — such as the 2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama — clearly we still have work to do and I want the City of Pittsburgh to lead by example. For this reason I passed a Will of Council resolution recognizing April 17th 2012 as Equal Pay Day in the City of Pittsburgh and passed a resolution instructing the City Controller to conduct an audit of City pay, hiring, and promotion practices.

Mechanic Shae Davies, 2000, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Seattle
Municipal Archives’ photostream

In 2009, former Councilmember Doug Shields commissioned an independent audit of the City’s pay practices, hiring practices, promotion structure, and management practices for all City employees. The report, conducted by Evergreen Solutions, LLC, showed some troubling facts. Over 30% of African American employees felt that they had been discriminated against, over 30% of female employees felt that they had been discriminated against, and over 50% of the workforce felt that the City was not a positive work environment. It has been exactly three years since that report was released and I want to see how we’ve done as a City in correcting these problems and if we truly are leading by example the way that we should be. 

                                                                          

Black business woman, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jerry Bunkers’ photostream