City Council Releases Pay Equity Report, Reveals Wage Gap Among New York’s Workforce Demographics


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Pay equity report released by New York City Council confirms what some officials say they have already speculated: There are significant pay gaps between racial and gender groups within the workforce -municipal work of the city.

The city council released a report on Monday analyzing pay disparities among municipal workers based on 2018 data, provided by the mayor’s office for data analysis. In 2019, the council passed Local Law 18, also known as the “Pay Equity Law,” requiring the city to publish salary data for all municipal agencies headed by appointed mayors in order to examine possible wage disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender and other protected classes.

Based on 2018 data, the Council’s Data Operations Unit found that the median salary of men is $ 21,600 higher than the median salary of women in the municipal workforce. In terms of race, the median salary of a white employee is $ 27,800 higher than the salary of a black employee and $ 22,200 more than the salary of a Hispanic / Latino employee.

According to the report, large disparities such as those mentioned above are indicative of occupational segregation, which the Council defines as “an over-representation or under-representation of certain demographic groups in certain occupations”. The analysis shows that white men have high rates of representation in high-level positions and therefore higher salaries, while women and people of color are “often isolated in lower-paying positions,” according to the report. city ​​council press release on the report.

When adjusted for job title, employee qualifications, and other variables that determine salary, the analysis showed that black female employees earn about 1.9% less than their white counterparts with the same title and in the same agencies. For Hispanic / Latino women, the rate is 1.5% lower than for white men in equivalent positions.

City Council Chairman Corey Johnson noted that the report confirms earlier speculation about wage disparities among New York City’s municipal workforce.

“Sadly, this report proves what we’ve already speculated about the pay gap among municipal workers, but we now have hard data to work with to identify key issues and appropriate recommendations,” Johnson said.

“We must now focus on solutions to remove the barriers that prevent women and people of color from reaching higher positions in city agencies. I am so proud of this council to hold city agencies accountable for the wage inequalities that have gone on for too long and I have no doubts that this first report and future annual reports will lead to much needed improvements in our processes. municipal hiring. ,” He continued.

Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, who sponsored Local Law 18, also commented on the report’s analysis.

“The findings of this report hint at the real facts about discrimination in employment and pay disparities, a topic quite familiar to many of us who deal with it regularly,” she said.

Cumbo continued, “It’s also amazing to see and verify that the branch’s ‘glass ceiling’ exists for people of color across the city’s workforce. I hope this annual report will be expanded and included in future budget discussions so that we can ensure that those who run the city receive a fair wage. “

City Councilor Selvena Brooks-Rivers speaks at a press conference with the Council Women’s Caucus, CWA Local 1180 and members of PowHerNY outside City Hall to discuss the equity report Board salary released Monday ahead of Equal Pay Day for Black Women – August 2, 2021 (Courtesy / NYC Council) NYC CouncilNew York Council


Members of the CWA Council, PowherNY and District 1 Women’s Caucus gathered outside city hall on Monday to discuss the Pay Equity Report and Equal Pay Day for Black Women , which takes place on Tuesday.

“New York City is not a fair city when it comes to pay equity. It is not a progressive city when it comes to pay equity. It is not a leader in setting standards for other states to follow. It is high time for New York City leaders to take matters into their own hands and make changes, ”said Gina Strickland, Senior Vice President of CWA Local 1180.

City Councilor Selvena Brooks-Rivers (D-31) said the city council’s pay equity report highlights the work ahead and that there is yet to close the pay gap for black women.

“We must, not we must, we must close the gender pay gap for black women. It is much more than a question of ethics, even fairness. This will have an economic and cultural ripple effect on communities, ranging from care for the elderly to resources allocated to our children, ”said Brooks-Rivers.

“Unfortunately, unequal pay means unequal resources for communities like mine. When residents cannot find a fair wage, they are vulnerable to a host of other challenges – finding safe and affordable housing, accessing quality health care, accessing healthy food, and the list goes on. , continued the city councilor.

Brooks-Rivers also spoke about the importance of the report in the process of eliminating wage inequalities.

“And thanks to the new report produced under the Pay Equity Act, we are newly empowered and obligated to address gender pay equity. We finally better understand the disparities that persist within our municipal workforce and are better equipped to identify their causes and work to rebalance them, ”she said.

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