To mark Equal Pay Day: Free salary negotiation workshop

To mark Equal Pay Day -- the day on average that women have to work into 2019 in order to earn the wages men earned in 2018 -- Council Member Debi Rose will host a salary negotiation workshop for women Saturday, April 6, 1-3 pm, at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Culture Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace.

The workshop is a collaboration with the American Association of University Women. The workshop will train participants to gain confidence in their negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn. The workshop will cover how to identify and articulate one's personal value, how to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, and how to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits.

While the pay gap results from many factors — including discrimination — gender differences in salary negotiation play a role. Men are four times more likely to negotiate their starting salary, and negotiations on average result in higher pay, according to AAUW, which is training more than 10 million women in salary negotiations.

“Crains just reported that New York City women on average ask for 9 percent less than men do when negotiating their salary,” said Council Member Rose. “I am hosting this workshop to give women the tools they need to ask for more adequate compensation."

New York City has become a nationwide leader in efforts to close the gender pay gap. In 2017, the City Council passed a bill making it illegal for employers to ask prospective employees about their salary histories -- because being underpaid at one job should not lead to underpayment at future jobs.

In 2018, Council Member Rose introduced a bill that would require the Office of Labor Standards to submit a report on the gender pay gap among teenagers. The report would look at trends and identify solutions to prevent inequality before it starts. It would examine potential pay gaps among all work experiences, formal and informal, from babysitting and other freelance jobs to retail, restaurant and customer service positions.

“It is unconscionable that in 2019, women have to work more than 15 months to earn what men earn in 12 months,” Council Member Rose said. “For women of color, the gap is much, much wider. Black women have to work 20 months, Native American women 21 months, and Latina women 23 months. Over a lifetime, this adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. We deserve fair wages and dignity throughout our working lives.”

The workshop is free but space is limited, and registration is necessary. Call the district office of Council Member Rose at 718-556-7370 to reserve a space or sign up online.


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