City Gender and Race Pay Equity Task Force to Hold Media Conference

Task Force to unveil final report March 24

Karen Stratton, Spokane City Councilmember, 509.625.6712,

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

On Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Spokane City Hall, members of the Gender and Race Pay Equity Task Force for the City of Spokane will release the final draft of Gender and Racial Equity at the City of Spokane.

The report features new in-depth analysis of gender and racial pay gaps within the City of Spokane and in our local government. It includes a set of twenty two recommendations that will be implemented within local government to work on closing gap.

“Since last spring, our Gender and Racial Pay Equity Task Force has been hard at work identifying areas where we are strong and where we can improve” explains Candace Mumm, co-chair of the Task Force. “We have studied the wage gap from many perspectives, working with department heads and conducting surveys. We have studied other communities and how they have improved their workforce environments to create lasting and sustainable changes to improve gender and racial equity. We can do better.”

Co-Chair Karen Stratton agrees. “This report is designed to empower our members and other advocates with the facts and resources they need to tell the simple truth about the pay gap. It’s real, it’s persistent, and it’s undermining the economic security of the City’s female employees and their families. We hope that our critical and thorough look within the City of Spokane will be an example to the rest of the community.”