Michigan Wage Gap Widening Theme of Annual Equal Pay Day Observance, April 3rd Sponsored by Michigan Pay Equity Network

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan Pay Equity Network

    LANSING, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 3rd, National Equal Pay
 Day, the Michigan Pay Equity Network (PEN) will call for new state laws to
 protect women from persistent discrimination in their paychecks.  PEN will
 deliver information packets supporting equal pay legislation to Michigan
 lawmakers and join a press conference cosponsored by the Michigan AFL-CIO and
 state Senator Alma Wheeler-Smith (D-Salem), explaining the need for Michigan
 legislation.  Wheeler-Smith is introducing a pay equity bill in the Senate.
     The gap between average wages for men and women is widening in Michigan,
 according to Polly Howe, PEN Coordinator.  Howe cites a recent study from the
 Institute for Women's Policy Research which shows that wages for full-time
 working women in Michigan have dropped to 67 cents for every dollar men are
 paid.  The same report ranks Michigan 47th among the 50 states on the "gender
 wage gap" ratio -- the ratio between average men's and women's pay.
     "Michigan needs a strong public policy in the form of law to close the
 wage gap," Howe states.  "We need to adopt equal pay measures that will insure
 fair pay to women and their families."  The proposed legislation PEN endorses
 will require employers to set wages based on objective factors such as the
 education, skill, experience, effort, and responsibility demanded by a job.
 PEN will again distribute PayDay candy bars to Senators and Representatives to
 remind them of women's lower paychecks.
     Michigan's Equal Pay Day will be held in conjunction with numerous
 observances throughout the United States.  Over 125 local advocacy groups and
 35 states plus the District of Columbia are sponsoring equal pay activities
 April 3rd.  The National Committee On Pay Equity, which supports federal,
 state and local legislation to remedy sex-based wage discrimination, is
 coordinating events.
     The Michigan Pay Equity Network is a coalition of more than 70 women's,
 civil rights, labor, educational, professional, business, and civic
 organizations working to end discrimination in women's wages in Michigan.
     The AFL-CIO/Wheeler-Smith press conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.,
 April 3rd in Room 405, State Capitol Building.  For further information
 contact Kathreen James at 517-373-2406.
 
 

SOURCE Michigan Pay Equity Network
    LANSING, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 3rd, National Equal Pay
 Day, the Michigan Pay Equity Network (PEN) will call for new state laws to
 protect women from persistent discrimination in their paychecks.  PEN will
 deliver information packets supporting equal pay legislation to Michigan
 lawmakers and join a press conference cosponsored by the Michigan AFL-CIO and
 state Senator Alma Wheeler-Smith (D-Salem), explaining the need for Michigan
 legislation.  Wheeler-Smith is introducing a pay equity bill in the Senate.
     The gap between average wages for men and women is widening in Michigan,
 according to Polly Howe, PEN Coordinator.  Howe cites a recent study from the
 Institute for Women's Policy Research which shows that wages for full-time
 working women in Michigan have dropped to 67 cents for every dollar men are
 paid.  The same report ranks Michigan 47th among the 50 states on the "gender
 wage gap" ratio -- the ratio between average men's and women's pay.
     "Michigan needs a strong public policy in the form of law to close the
 wage gap," Howe states.  "We need to adopt equal pay measures that will insure
 fair pay to women and their families."  The proposed legislation PEN endorses
 will require employers to set wages based on objective factors such as the
 education, skill, experience, effort, and responsibility demanded by a job.
 PEN will again distribute PayDay candy bars to Senators and Representatives to
 remind them of women's lower paychecks.
     Michigan's Equal Pay Day will be held in conjunction with numerous
 observances throughout the United States.  Over 125 local advocacy groups and
 35 states plus the District of Columbia are sponsoring equal pay activities
 April 3rd.  The National Committee On Pay Equity, which supports federal,
 state and local legislation to remedy sex-based wage discrimination, is
 coordinating events.
     The Michigan Pay Equity Network is a coalition of more than 70 women's,
 civil rights, labor, educational, professional, business, and civic
 organizations working to end discrimination in women's wages in Michigan.
     The AFL-CIO/Wheeler-Smith press conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.,
 April 3rd in Room 405, State Capitol Building.  For further information
 contact Kathreen James at 517-373-2406.
 
 SOURCE  Michigan Pay Equity Network