Equal Pay Day is coming up Tuesday, March 31st, and it's more important than ever to draw attention to the ways women are uniquely economically impacted during these hard times. Hannah Lane has provided a great overview of the relevant points from the CTS report, and busted any myths non-believers may still hold dear. You can read the commentary here.
For Immediate Release Thursday, March 26, 2020
Montpelier, VT — Tuesday, March 31st is National Equal Pay Day, symbolizing the fact that the average American woman must work three months into 2020 to earn what the average American man made in 2019.
In Vermont the median annual income for women who work full-time is $41,146. That’s about $8,000 less than the median annual salary of men, equating to a loss or a “wage gap” of 16 cents to every dollar earned. While the gender wage gap in Vermont has narrowed over time, progress is slow: in 2007, the wage gap was about 16 cents on the dollar. Since then it has risen almost as much as it has dropped.
Every year, advocates call attention to the wage gap on this day and to the factors that contribute to it. Policymakers focus on this as well, even this year. In advance of Equal Pay Day, Governor Scott issued a Proclamation, which states, “We must work to improve the intersecting factors of bias, discrimination, and gender expectations that contribute to the wage gap, including pay differences between men's and women's traditional occupations, women's time out of the workforce to meet unequal family responsibilities, and the disproportionate impacts of sexual harassment and intimate partner violence.”
Women’s full-time earnings in Vermont are lower than men’s in every county, at every education level, and at every age. The differences are more pronounced for women of color and those living with disabilities. The wage gap still exists in even female-dominated professions, like those currently on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, who can’t work from home, like nurses, psychiatric and home health aides, and grocery store cashiers.
“Of course, in addition to the wage gap, we’re concerned about income and job loss for Vermont women and their families, and the long term economic impact of COVID-19,” said Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women. “We know from our partnership initiative Change The Story VT’s latest report, Women, Work, and Wages in Vermont, that women make up 53.5% of Vermonters who earn less than $11.00 an hour. Those women aren’t students; their median age is 38 years old, and 28% have at least some post-secondary education. We also know from this research that over 81% of Vermont’s tipped workers are women - the highest rate in the nation. Lower-wage and tipped workers are experiencing dramatic income and job loss as businesses close to prevent coronavirus spread.”
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<Sharing PC Construction's Press Release> South Burlington, VT – PC Construction announced today that it has joined over 180 other Vermont companies in signing on to a Vermont Equal Pay Compact, pledging its support for gender equity in the workplace. It’s a move that coincides with national Women in Construction Week, but that also honors PC’s longstanding commitment to elevating strong women at its employee-owned company.
The Vermont Equal Pay Compact – an initiative spearheaded by the Vermont Commission on Women – provides a way for Vermont employers to show their support for closing the gender wage gap, removing barriers to women’s advancement, and improving economic security for women and their families.
“The Vermont Commission on Women welcomes PC Construction as a signer to the Equal Pay Compact,” said VCW Chair Lisa Senecal. “The Compact allows employers to learn about and show support for closing the gender wage gap in our state, and in turn, improve economic security for women and their families. Legislation alone can’t fix this: employers are the key, and action on this is particularly important in the trades, where women are under-represented.”
Women make up only 2.7% of workers in the construction trades, and 9.1% of workers in the construction industry, according to 2017 data compiled by the Associated General Contractors. At PC, women represent 17% of the entire employee population and 4.2% of field employees. The company also has two women vice presidents, as well as women leaders in every area across the company. While the company outpaces the industry in terms of the advancement of women, it is committed to making even more progress in the coming years.
“This places us well above the industry average, but far below equal representation,” said Jay Fayette, President and CEO of PC Construction. “Diversity and Inclusion is a process requiring continuous effort and we’re committed to that. We are glad to be counted among the nearly 200 Vermont companies who are working towards equality for women employees. As part of the compact, PC will continue its work to advance more women leaders in every area of the company.”
Said Eve Norris, Vice President of Operations: “I’ve worked at PC for 32 years. I’m proud to be part of an employee-owned company that empowers everyone to be an active and engaged part of making PC a great place to work for all.”
Added Nicole LaBrecque, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development: “I’m also proud to see that PC is continually seeking out women and minority candidates for job opportunities, and hires and promotes women regularly. When I look around the room during a meeting, I’m not the only woman at the table, which is a great feeling for me and a notable achievement for this company.”
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About PC Construction
PC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private and public clients across the country. The company manages projects along the east coast and in the southeastern United States from its headquarters in Vermont and a network of locations in Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and North Carolina. A construction industry leader for 60 years, PC Construction is guided to success by its team of dedicated employee-owners. Connect with PC Construction at pcconstruction.com and on Twitter @_PCConstruction
For Immediate Release: January 8, 2020
Montpelier, VT — Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, announced new resources available today from the Workplaces For All public education program, workplacesforall.vermont.gov, to make workers, employers, and all Vermonters aware of laws that apply to them, their legal rights, methods of reporting, where to find information, strategies for prevention, and ways to address sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Resources available at this new website include:
• For workers, where to get help if you’re experiencing harassment or discrimination at work — and how to support co-workers
• For employers, guidance and best practices for prevention and response, a state directory of workplace trainers, and in-depth explanations of different types of discrimination and many resources for more information
• An extensive video library featuring stories, information, and trainings
• A new guidebook, Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
• Infographics, fact sheets, and Frequently Asked Questions about workplace discrimination and sexual harassment
In addition to the website, the Workplaces For All public education program includes radio and television public service announcements, social media and search engine advertising, and printed informational materials. These materials and resources have a fresh look, featuring new photography of Vermont workplaces.
The Workplaces For All campaign is a result of legislation which allocated funds to the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), in consultation with the Vermont Attorney General’s office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission, to inform and assist workers, employers, and members of the public in preventing and addressing sexual harassment and workplace discrimination.
Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.