Statement from Nevada State AFL-CIO on Equal Pay Day 2021

Las Vegas, Nev. -- Today, March 24, 2021 marks Equal Pay Day, the day into the year on which it takes for women on average to earn what men did in 2020. In Nevada specifically, women on average make just 83 cents for every dollar a man earns.

“Women are integral to our families’ well-being and a thriving economy, but too often, women are paid less than men for the same work. On Equal Pay Day, and every day, Nevada State AFL-CIO is dedicated to fighting for fair wages, fair schedules, access to affordable health care and childcare, and paid leave for all working families and women,” said Rusty McAllister, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Nevada State AFL-CIO. “Women in unions earn 35 percent more than women in non-union workplaces proving that unionized workplaces and union contracts level the playing field for our workers, regardless of gender, race, or creed.”

Women overall make 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, and the wage gap is even worse for women of color: African American women make 61 cents, Asian American women make 85 cents to the dollar, and Latinas make 53 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make.