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Mission

The Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force was established by Governor Steve Bullock in 2013 to gather information, furnish advice, and provide the Governor recommendations on policies and actions to ensure Montana workers earn equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force is comprised of members representing a variety of private and public sectors from throughout Montana.

 

Letter From the Governor

 

One hundred years ago, Montana became a national leader when the 1919 legislature passed our state’s equal pay law. Since then, women have increasingly become the primary breadwinners for their families. But here in Montana, women still earn less than their male coworkers.

I believe ALL Montanans deserve equal pay for equal work. That’s why, early into my administration, I created the Equal Pay for Equal Work Montana Task Force to take this challenge head-on.

Since Day One, Montana working families have been my top priority. Equal pay supports our businesses, economy, and most importantly – working families. We need to make sure our economy works for everyone and all Montanans have the same opportunities to prosper.

Equal pay is not just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. Research shows that employees work harder when there’s paycheck transparency and businesses gain a competitive advantage in the hiring market by ensuring pay equity. We also know that good family leave policies reduce costly turnover and improve productivity.

Pay equity is incredibly important to me and my family, and to Montana’s hardworking families. When the Equal Pay for Equal Work Montana Task Force began its work in 2013, Montana women earned 68.4 percent of the median earnings of their male coworkers. Today, that gap has narrowed to 73.2 percent. The task force has taken steps to narrow the gender wage gap through wage negotiation trainings, business outreach, and championing policies that can lead to shrinking the pay gap.

I’m proud of that work and the progress we’ve made, but it’s clear the fight to close the gender pay gap is not over.

Equal pay for equal work is about putting more money in the pockets of Montana families. When female breadwinners are on a level playing field, that money is dispersed throughout the entire Montana economy – creating better jobs and more economic opportunity. Especially in an uncertain economic climate, Montanans can’t afford anything less than a fair wage for a hard day’s work.

 

Sincerely,

Governor Bullocks Signature

STEVE BULLOCK
Governor
 

 

 

Task Force Members


TARA RICE
Director, Montana Department of Commerce
Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force Co-Chair
Helena, MT

DIRECTOR SHEILA HOGAN
Montana Department of Public Health &
Human Services        
Helena, MT

DR. SUSAN WOLFF
Dean of Great Falls College, MSU
Great Falls, MT 

JEN EUELL
Director, Women's Foundation of Montana
Missoula, MT

AIMEE GRMOLJEZ
Crowley Fleck Law Firm 
Helena, MT

REPRESENTATIVE LAURIE BISHOP
State Represenative, Montana State Legislature
Livingston, MT

CAROL KRUGER
Senior Vice President, Wendt Agency
Billings, MT

JACQUIE HELT
Montana State Director, SEIU Healthcare 
Helena, MT

JOSEPH PURCELL
Heritage Acres Nursing Home
Hardin, MT

PRESIDENT SETH BODNAR
University of Montana
Missoula, MT

SENATOR DIANE SANDS
State Senator, Montana State Legislature
Missoula, MT

PADDY FLEMING
Director, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Bozeman, MT

MELANIE SCHWARZ
Director of Marketing & Member Investors, Big Sky Economic Development
Billings, MT

CAROLE LANKFORD
Councilmember, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Ronan, MT

TRACY MCINTYRE
Principal, Rural Economic Designs, LLC
Eureka, MT

RENELLE BRAATEN
Founder, Enell, Inc.
Havre, MT

Staff

ASHLY TUBBS
Projects Coordinator 
Montana Department of Commerce
Helena, MT

EMILIE RITTER SAUNDERS
Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Montana Department of Commerce
Helena, MT 


 

 

 

Executive Order

 

STATE OF MONTANA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 10-2018

EXECUTIVE ORDER CONTINUING THE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK TASK FORCE

 

WHEREAS 60 percent of Montana women are in the labor force, making up an essential part of Montana's economy;

WHEREAS nationally women earn 73.5 percent of men's median earnings;

WHEREAS in Montana, women workers earn 68 percent, putting Montana in 39th place for gender equity in the workforce;

WHEREAS when considering full-time workers only, Montana women earn 74 percent of the median earnings of Montana men, placing Montana 44th in pay equity for full-time workers;

WHEREAS Montana women are grossly underrepresented in high-paying fields traditionally dominated by male workers;

WHEREAS institutional and cultural barriers have been identified as factors that contribute to the wage gap in Montana and the country as a whole;

WHEREAS narrowing the wage gap for Montana women will boost their earning potential, strengthen Montana working families and protect them from poverty, and open opportunities for a whole new generation of women in the workforce;

WHEREAS it is the duty of the Governor of the State of Montana to support and foster economic growth in Montana; and

WHEREAS it is appropriate and beneficial to continue the Governor's Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force ("Task Force").

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE BULLOCK Governor of the State of Montana, by the authority vested in me under the Constitution and the laws of the State of Montana, do hereby continue the Governor's Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force.

PURPOSE
The purpose ofthe Task Force is to promote resources, educate and support Montana businesses as they work to address Montana's pay gap. The Task Force will gather information, furnish advice, and provide the Governor recommendations on policies and actions to ensure that Montana workers earn equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, so that Montana becomes an equal pay leader state that sets national standards for public-private policy partnerships on closing the wage gap.
 

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