Level Up: Greater Pittsburgh Pay Equity Campaign
Black Women’s Policy Center (BWPC), Women and Girls Foundation (WGF), and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh (YWCA GP) have launched a collective pay equity campaign to close the gender pay gap in the Pittsburgh region.
Help Us Advocate For Equal Pay
By Taking the Pledge
Cities across the United States have made remarkable progress in closing the gender pay gap. Despite being awarded the title of “America’s Most Livable City,” Pittsburgh and the surrounding region continue to struggle with pay equity, especially when it comes to women of color. Employers in the Greater Pittsburgh region have the power to close the gender pay gap. The Level Up campaign is asking companies throughout the Pittsburgh region to take the Pay Equity Pledge. This pledge, developed by a working committee of local businesses, nonprofits, and organizations dedicated to racial, gender, and economic justice, has five pillars:
Commit to supporting, promoting, and engaging in pay transparency early during the hiring process.
Ensure a fair and equitable hiring process by eliminating desired salary and salary history questions from the application process.
Provide annual company-wide diversity trainings to address, reduce, and educate about unconscious biases and associated barriers that impact hiring, promotion, and organizational culture.?
Undertake an annual review of gender and race pay differences among employees performing comparable tasks requiring similar levels of responsibility, skills, complexity, and working conditions and considering levels of education, prior experience, skill, and company tenure.
Commit to reviewing policies and practices to ensure compliance with The National Labor Relations Act of 1935.?
This isn’t just about equity for Black women; It’s also about improving our region’s economy, strengthening our region’s companies, and building strength for our region’s families.
WILL YOU TAKE THE PLEDGE?
By Telling Your Pay Equity Story
By Sharing Information
This year, Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 15, 2022. This date ignores that Equal Pay Day comes much later in the year for women of color.
Equal Pay Day 2022
All Women: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Black Women: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Native American Women: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Latina Women: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Black Women in Pittsburgh: November, Date TBD
#EqualWorkEqualPay | To bring attention to the stark and compounding economic disparities felt by women of color, and to grow support for legislation that demands equal pay for all, join us in sharing these Equal Pay Day Graphics on your social media.
By Contacting Your Representative
- Closing critical loopholes that allowed employers to justify paying workers unfairly,
- Prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to set wages,
- Preventing employers from retaliating against workers who discuss or disclose their wages, and
- Collect much needed data to provide greater transparency.
- Congress has the ability to change the economic trajectory for women – it’s time they act!