Washington, D.C. – March 14, 2023 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement in acknowledgment of Equal Pay Day:
“This Equal Pay Day, NABTU recognizes the nationwide wage disparities that women across all industries of the American workforce face. As the economy continues to rebuild from the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, wages have risen and unemployment is at a record low. However, across the board, women who work full-time, year-round are still only paid an average of 84 cents for every dollar paid to men. These disparities are even more extreme for women of color. NABTU recognizes this injustice and encourages companies and corporations to do their part by not only paying a fair and equal wage, but also by supporting their workforce in any and all unionization efforts.
“Across the Labor Movement, women are able to provide for their families because organized labor can meet management as equals at the bargaining table. With collective bargaining, all workers are guaranteed the same wage rate for the same work, regardless of race or gender. It is for that reason, that the unionized building and construction trades sector celebrates equal pay every day. NABTU continues to work harder than ever to ensure as many women as possible have ladders to these family-sustaining career opportunities so that they, too, can have that vital seat at the table.”