EPI’s Valerie Wilson: Racial Pay Gap Is Growing, But Here’s One Possible Solution
By Doug Cunningham
As black women in America face the double-barreled discrimination of race and gender pay gaps, a labor union resurgence is one thing that would help them erase that gap. The Economic Policy Institute’s Valerie Wilson.
[Valerie Wilson]: “The decline in unionization – both in terms of individual membership as well as state union density – have both contributed to the expansion of that gap.
So if things had moved in the other direction, then I think it’s safe to assume that we would have continued in making progress in narrowing the gap.
The gap is larger now than it was in 1979. I think that’s something most people don’t expect because we generally perceive that things are getting better. But in terms in pay things are actually moving in the wrong direction when it comes to the racial pay gap.”