ABQ Continues to Make Headway Towards Gender Pay Equality
November 16, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized 16 companies who have qualified for the Pay Equity Certification since it took effect July 1, 2015. In August of 2013, Mayor Berry convened the ‘Equity in Pay Taskforce’ to address practices to incentivize local companies to insure gender pay equity if they do business with the City. As a result of the taskforce’s work, Mayor Berry advanced groundbreaking legislation to further the City of Albuquerque’s efforts to bridge the gender pay gap.
The legislation established a 5% incentive preference for businesses who can demonstrate that they are moving towards equity in their companies with a 10% or less discrepancy in pay for men and women. In the nearly 4 months of this legislation taking effect, the City of Albuquerque has seen several companies rise to the challenge to make sure that their male and female employees are being paid fairly. Companies that have achieved the Pay Equity Certification include:
- Longhorn Construction Services, Inc.
- Saiz Trucking & Earthmoving Inc.
- Lee Landscapes, Inc.
- ESA Construction, Inc.
- Salls Brothers Construction, Inc.
- Plant World Inc.
- New Mexico Clay Inc.
- The Hartman + Majewski Design Group
- RMCI, Inc.
- AUI Inc.
- McDade-Woodcock Inc.
- ADC LTD NM
- Bohannan Huston
- MWI, Inc.
- Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.
- Total Contracting Services Inc.
- HME Specialists, LLC
- O. Construction, Inc.
- NM Underground
The first company to be successfully awarded a bid and submitted Pay Equity Certification is Saiz Trucking & Earthmoving Inc. for landscape projects at city parks. Coincidentally, this company also has the lowest deviation at 4.6%- less than half of the required 10% discrepancy.
The Mayor’s Office is actively working with Albuquerque City Councilors to pass an amendment to this initial legislation to lower the threshold. Legislation is expected to be introduced January 2016.