On National Equal Pay Day, Governor Steve Bullock reflected on Montana’s efforts to narrow the gender pay gap but noted that there was still much more work left to be done. In a press conference at the Capitol he praised the initiatives put in motion by his Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force which he created by Executive Order in 2013.
“The thousands of hard-working Montana women embody the work ethic our state is known for,” Governor Bullock said. “All Montanans should be able to support themselves and their families, knowing they are earning a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.”
Governor Bullock highlighted efforts by the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force to complete a state pay audit for the first time, instituting wage negation trainings for workers across the state, and spearheading a grassroots effort to encourage equal pay at Main Street businesses across Montana.
“The Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force has been resolute in its mission to examine the causes of the wage gap and has taken tangible steps to close it,” he continued.
Unfortunately, modest efforts to close the wage gap in Montana were once again met with resistance from Republicans in the Legislature, who voted to table a bill that would have provided for increased wage transparency.
For more information about Governor Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, visit www.equalpay.mt.gov.