Bullock appoints 10 to gender pay panel

2013-08-26T14:00:00Z 2014-07-28T18:37:22Z Bullock appoints 10 to gender pay panelThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 26, 2013 2:00 pm  • 

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has named a panel to look into Montana's gender gap in pay.

Bullock signed an order in June creating the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force to be headed by Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy and Department of Administration Director Sheila Hogan.

On Monday, he filled out the rest of the panel. They include Montana State University president Waded Cruzado, Women's Foundation of Montana program director Jen Euell, Missoula College dean Barry Good, Crowley Fleck PLLP partner Amy Grmoljez and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel.

Rounding it out are union leaders Jacquie Helt and Kim Rickard, Interior Environments Inc. owner Deb Larson, Salish Kootenai College laboratory manager Amy Stiffarm and CTA president Scott Wilson

The panel will gather information and provide recommendations on policies and other actions.

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  1. Roger
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    Roger - August 27, 2013 9:30 am
    Bullock is just pandering to women with this nonsense. The so-called wage gap nearly disappears when you control for occupation and experience among the most common jobs. The "wage gap" comes from won choosing different jobs and losing ground later in their careers. Women more often choose stay at home to raise children, and so fall behind their male counterparts. Women also are more likely to choose jobs that give them more flexibility.

    The government compares all weekly earnings, regardless of factors that affect pay. But when you compare men and women with the same education, same management responsibilities, similar employers, in companies with a similar number of employees, and control for factors such as hours worked, overtime, seniority, etc. the gender wage gap disappears.

    Even within the same field or category, men are more likely than women to pursue areas of specialization with higher levels of stress. Within the medical field, for example, men are far more likely to become surgeons while women tend to choose lower stress and lower paying specialties like pediatrics and dentistry.

    Men are far more likely to choose careers that involve physical labor, overnight and weekend shifts, dangerous conditions, as well as uncomfortable, isolated, outdoor, and undesirable locations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10 most dangerous jobs are all male-dominated. These occupations also pay more than less dangerous and taxing careers. Preliminary 2011 data on workplace fatalities reveals that men account for 92 percent of workplace deaths. Men work 57% of the total hours worked in the USA, while women work only 43% of the total hours.

    Many women have different priorities than men do. They tend to value factors like job security, workplace safety, flexible hours, and work conditions much higher than they value compensation. For example, Department of Labor surveys show that men work an average of 9% more hours than women. Demanding jobs that command higher pay naturally require longer hours.

    A 2010 analysis of Census Bureau data showed that young, single women who have never had a child actually earned 8% more than their male counterparts in most U.S. cities. The findings seem to be driven by an ongoing trend: more and more women – now more than men, in fact – are attending college and going on to relatively high-paying professional careers.

  2. walter12
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    walter12 - August 27, 2013 7:19 am
    Bullock must be out of his mind to waste tax payer's dollars on this nonsense. If one studies the demographics of the state government, county governments, city governments, including Missoula, women are in every office, in every department, in every category, they literally operate all these governements today. They are getting paid the same or more than the few males that actually still work there.
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