New York Mayor’s Office: Mayor De Blasio announces pay equity cabinet to tackle pay disparities based on race and gender



October 21, 2021

Veteran mayor, Dina Simon, appointed head of Cabinet

Veteran mayor, Dina Simon, appointed head of Cabinet

NEW YORK– Mayor de Blasio today announced the creation of a new pay equity cabinet to tackle race and gender pay disparities in New York City. A decree will make Cabinet a permanent part of municipal administration to ensure that pay equity is a priority for the mayor in the future. “Pay equity is essential to the safety and general well-being of the most marginalized and vulnerable workers in our city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “It can be the difference between having a job or two, or having stable housing or none. This administration has taken bold steps to tackle the forces of inequality that hold people back, and this cabinet builds on the progress we’ve made to close the wage gap and ensure that every New Yorker be treated with the respect it deserves. “” Immigrants and people of color, the essential workers who have helped us through the darkest days of the pandemic, are at the forefront of the fight for equality. remuneration ”, declared First Lady Chirlane McCray. “New York City continues to lead the way with paid vacation and sick leave legislation and other workplace protections, and the Pay Equity Cabinet is a bold step towards reducing a once and for all of the gender pay gap. »Building on the work of the Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force (TRIE), the New York City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Commission on Gender Equity ( CGE), the Pay Equity Cabinet will use the intersection of gender, race and mandate to address the factors that contribute to pay inequity in the city. Starting next month, senior municipal government officials will be invited to join Cabinet and task forces will be formed to begin making recommendations for immediate and long-term strategies to tackle wage disparities. Specifically, the Cabinet will explore ideas, including:

  • A “blind recruiting” process between agencies to remove race and gender identifiers.
  • A uniform policy with clear criteria for promotions and advice on how to reduce pay inequalities for discretionary roles that are the same or comparable.
  • A third-party assessment of public service credentials, starting with positions that have differences of $ 10,000 or more between race and / or gender.
  • A higher wage floor for low-wage entry-level front-line positions through collective bargaining.
  • “It is an honor to lead the first Cabinet on Pay Equity and to continue my lifelong mission of uplifting and helping employees to thrive,” said Dina Simon, Executive Director of the Pay Equity Cabinet. “To advance the important work of Cabinet, I look forward to launching impactful programs and policies for BIPOC women and New Yorkers in the workplace to attract and retain the best and the most brilliant people of city government. I also want to thank Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for making gender and race equity a top priority and for giving me this tremendous opportunity to serve the city of New York and help reinvent the future of the public sector workplace. “

    Gender and race equity have been top priorities since Blasio’s administration began. Under the mayor’s leadership, the City created the first-ever Commission on Gender Equity, strengthened human rights laws to protect caregivers, expanded breastfeeding housing, and passed a broad sickness and safety leave legislation. New York City was also the first municipality to institute a salary history ban, which prohibits public and private employers from asking questions about a candidate’s salary history during the hiring process. . These measures have helped break the cycle of inequity in the workplace that perpetuates falling wages for women and minorities.

    About Dina Simon

    Dina Simon will assume the position of Executive Director of the Pay Equity Cabinet. Dina brings over 20 years of senior leadership in local government positions, including as a full member of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Task Force. She has extensive experience in local government and has held leadership positions including Director of Human Resources in the Office of the Comptroller in New York, Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources in the New York Department of Corrections, First Deputy Commissioner in the Department of New York Correction, Senior Advisor to the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the New York Department of Veteran Services, and Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs.

    Dina holds a Masters of Public Administration from Long Island University, CW Post, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from SUNY Brockport.

    Dawn Pinnock, Executive Deputy Commissioner in the City’s Department of Administrative Services and Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of the Gender Equity Commission will continue to co-chair the Pay Equity Cabinet.

    “To best serve all New Yorkers, the city’s workforce must reflect the diversity of all New Yorkers. Building and maintaining a diverse workforce means creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles like pay inequality, ”said Dawn Pinnock, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) and Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Cabinet. “The Pay Equity Cabinet will help address the root causes of pay inequality and mobilize the City’s resources to meet this challenge. Fairness is a core value at DCAS and is at the heart of everything we do. Equity Cabinet and build on the work we do every day at DCAS. “

    “Achieving pay equity is essential to ensuring the health, safety and general well-being of all New Yorkers, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. As we saw during the pandemic and the economic downturn that followed, New Yorkers of color, women, immigrants, and those with caregiving responsibilities have been hit the hardest and have been hit the hardest. difficulty recovering, ”said Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director, New York City Commission on Gender Equity and Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Cabinet. “At CGE, we have prioritized the achievement of pay equity since our founding in 2015 and I look forward to working with General Manager Simon to carry out this mandate.

    “For too long, people of color have been underpaid and undervalued, never achieving their full earning potential due to institutional inequalities,” said Sidya Sherman, Executive Director of the Racial Inclusion and Equity Working Group. “Today’s announcement is a critical step in breaking the cycle of pay disparities to ensure that every New Yorker receives equal pay for equal work.”

    “I applaud the administration for taking this bold step to address the longstanding racial and gender pay gap in our city,” said Member of the Assembly Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn. “The median annual salary in our city is over $ 20,000 higher for men than for women, and the gap is even greater when race comes into play. The reasons for wage inequality are systemic discrimination. and racism. We must stop the perpetuation of these inequalities in our culture.

    “Economic justice in our city begins with ensuring that all New Yorkers, regardless of race, gender, gender or sexuality, are paid fairly and equitably for their work. Many of our city workers are immigrants, people of color, women and others who were on the front lines during the pandemic as essential workers keeping our city safe, ”said Board Member Vanessa Gibson. “They not only deserve our gratitude for their service, but a commitment that we will continue to tackle wage discrimination in our municipal workforce. I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for making pay equity a priority with the creation of the Pay Equity Cabinet and my sisters from the Women’s Caucus, CWA Local 1180, PowHer NY and all the advocates. who lobbied to close the wage gap in our city. “

    “The launch of the new Pay Equity Cabinet is a positive step forward in the ongoing struggle to eliminate pay disparities, especially for women, immigrants and people of color,” said Board Member Adrienne Adams. “All New Yorkers deserve equal pay for equal work, and I look forward to seeing the impact of Cabinet’s efforts to help achieve pay equity.” “As the President of Women and Gender Equity and City Councilor of the 37th District Council, I understand firsthand the importance of addressing racial and gender-based disparities throughout city government,” said declared Board member Darma Diaz. “As President of Women and Gender Equity and Councilwoman for 37th Council District, I understand firsthand the importance of addressing racial and gender disparities throughout municipal government. These systematic disparities associated with the COVID 19 pandemic have had a negative impact on our communities. Equal pay for equal work is a right, not a privilege. I firmly believe that workers should be paid their full dollar, regardless of gender or race. I commend the mayor for creating a permanent pay equity cabinet to address and ultimately end disparities in city government. “For years, women of color have been underpaid and therefore overworked, juggling two or more jobs in order to support their families. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the consequences of wage disparities that disproportionately affect black and Latin women. ,” noted Board Member Farah N. Louis. “These are the faces of our frontline and essential workers who have risked their lives to care for others and keep our city open. our city must do all we can to promote equity and justice. It’s time to close the gender pay gap and end discrimination in the workplace. ###

    This press release was produced by New York Mayor’s Office. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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