Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Robach of Rochester, that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers was passed by the New York State Senate at the end of session.
“Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said. “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”
The legislation (S6429A) would add a workforce training program within the state Department of Labor that is specifically intended to help women seek higher paying jobs. The program would include: current information about careers that offer higher salary and compensation; counseling, skills development and training that encourage women to seek jobs with higher earning potential; and referrals to employers offering such jobs.
“With the leadership of Senator Robach, the Women’s Workforce Development bill will become the first piece of NYS legislation that acknowledges and starts to address the gender wage gap. This is a welcome accomplishment for Equal Pay advocates and women across New York,” said Beverly Neufeld, President New York Women’s Agenda and Director, Equal Pay Coalition. “Much needs to be done to create economic equity, but passing this bill signals a willingness of our Legislature to work toward needed change. The successful passage also highlights the possibilities and benefits of bi-partisan collaboration. This is truly a “win” for New York State.”
“This legislation would provide greater assistance for women to seek jobs in areas that are dominated by men but could provide opportunities for women,” Senator Robach said. “By doing so, these training programs would help narrow the gender wage gap.” Following in the footsteps of Rochester native and women’s rights pioneer, Susan B. Anthony, Senator Joe Robach is fighting for women’s equity.