04-R 188

2004 -- H 8435

Enacted 04/21/04


H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N



     Introduced By: Representatives Giannini, Williams, E Coderre, R Anderson, and Ajello

     Date Introduced: April 21, 2004



     WHEREAS, Women have entered the labor force in large numbers over the last decade.

Rhode Island State Government has affirmed gender wage gaps in at least two major studies of

the state’s job evaluation and classification systems. As a result of both studies, the

Administration with the Legislative Commission on Pay Equity has affirmed its support for the

point factor system as a fair and equitable compensation system. The most recent study indicates

that the wage gap is persistent and continues to widen under the current methodology; and

     WHEREAS, National data shows that the wage gap for women of color is sixty-four

cents for every dollar that men earn overall, while in Rhode Island it is fifty-two cents for women

of color; and

     WHEREAS, Raising women’s wages would increase family income and cut poverty; and

     WHEREAS, Pay equity would boost pay for women and men in predominately female

jobs in Rhode Island; and

     WHEREAS, The House of Representatives supports the principle of pay equity for public

employees and encourages the administration to work towards ensuring equal pay among job

classes with similar levels of responsibility, knowledge, skill and effort; and

     WHEREAS, The House of Representatives also supports all efforts to attain and

implement accurate and unbiased job evaluation systems and pay setting processes to foster

equity for all jobs; and

     WHEREAS, The House of Representatives also supports the use of unbiased job

evaluation systems which evaluates jobs on gender and race neutral factors to distinguish between

legitimate differences in wages and wage differentials which are due to sex and race

discrimination and occupational segregation; and

     WHEREAS, Most research on this subject has concluded that much of the wage gap is

attributed to sex and race based wage discrimination; and

     WHEREAS, Fifteen states in the Nation have adopted statutes and twenty-four states

have conducted studies and are moving toward pay equity; and

     WHEREAS, The National Conference of State Legislatures urges all states to move

toward the establishment of equitable compensation relationships between female and race

dominated classes and further to establish pay equity through the enforcement of existing laws

and the enactment of laws to guarantee equal pay for work of equal value; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby declares April 20, 2004 as “Rhode Island Pay Equity Day” and

urges all Rhode Islanders to join in urging all the other states in the nation to move toward the

establishment of equitable compensation; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Director of the Department of

Administration, the Personnel Administrator of the Division of Human Resources, and the Co-

chairs of the Legislative Commission on Pay Equity.