Study: Women in Michigan are paid 22% less than men
Women in Michigan are making 22% less money than their male counterparts, according to a study from Business.org. Women don’t have a higher average salary than men in any US state. Vermont has the smallest pay gap, with women earning only 9% less than men overall. Wyoming has the largest pay gap, with women earning 35% less than men overall. This is Business.org’s third such annual study on the gender pay gap.
Detroit public schools, teachers union agree to 1-year contract
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) Local 231 announced Tuesday they have reached agreement on a one-year successor contract for the 2020-21 academic year. DFT members ratified the agreement on Oct. 5, according to the district. This shall be the only step movement for these unit members during the 2020-2021 school year. All other DFT unit members not on the teacher salary schedule shall receive a base wage increase of 2.74% as of the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Aug. 28, 2020: DPSCD and Detroit Federation of Teachers reach deal to reopen schools
Supreme Court declines to hear Equal Pay Act case
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that employers can't use past salary history to justify a pay disparity between male and female employees. The court on Thursday declined to take up a case from the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judges there said the federal Equal Pay Act, which generally requires men and women to be paid equally for the same work, doesn't allow past salary history to be used as justification for a pay disparity. California law has since changed so that employers can't use a person's salary history in determining their starting salary. The case had been to the Supreme Court once before.
Detroit public schools to offer highest starting salary in Metro Detroit to new teachers
DETROIT The Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) announced an increased salary for new teachers beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. Teachers new to the district will receive a salary of up to $51,071 -- the highest starting teacher salary offered in Metro Detroit, according to DPSCD. Officials say the increased salaries are an effort to attract and retain teachers in the district, which has experienced large numbers of teacher vacancies in previous years. Still there is significant competition to attract and retain excellent educators for some Michigan school districts, DPSCD says. The district hopes that the new salary proposal will help fill teacher vacancies in preparation for the upcoming school year.