Posted at: 08/25/2013 5:58 PM
Updated at: 08/26/2013 10:06 AM
By: Jeffery Gordon, KOB.com
Albuquerque is the first city in the nation to launch an initiative encouraging equal pay for woman, according to Mayor Richard Berry’s office.
The mayor launched the initiative on Sunday.
It is called the "Equity in Pay Task Force."
It will be led by the city human rights office.
Mayor Berry says national statistics show women make, on average, 23 percent less than men who work the same jobs.
"If the wage gap were eliminated a working woman in New Mexico would have enough money for approximately 63 more weeks of food, 7 more months of mortgage and utility payments, 12 more months of rent or 25 hundred additional gallons of gas," said Berry.
Two city councilors are also sponsoring legislation pushing for equal pay for women.
Councilors Roxanna Meyers and Janice Arnold-Jones proposed the "pay equity" legislation.
It would give private sector vendors and contractors incentives if they strive for equal pay in their organizations.