Concerns equal pay for women and employment discrimination.
NJEA supports S-104 (Weinberg, Sweeney, Cunningham) to amend the current Law Against discrimination (LAD) to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate between employees on the basis of sex by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of another sex. The bill also prohibits employers from taking reprisals against an employee for disclosing information about job titles and salaries.
Approximately 70 percent of NJEA members are female. Prior to collective bargaining, men were paid more than women. It was a common practice and widely accepted. The collective bargaining process, passed in 1968, created a process for wages based upon experience and increases in salaries based upon seniority. Collective bargaining leveled the playing field for men and women in a school system and was every much a civil rights victory as it was a workers’ rights victory. Every time the legislature or Governor weakens collective bargaining laws, they further erode the gains made by women in education.
By now, we are all aware of the statistics–women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, median wages of full-time, year-round workers stood at $35,745 for women and $46,367 for men. This cannot continue and we applaud the sponsors for taking this step.
NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on S-104.
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