ERIC Number: ED264949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Comparable Worth: Questions and Answers for Early Childhood Staff.
Whitebook, Marcy; Ginsburg, Gerri
Intended to help child care advocates understand and use the concept of comparable worth, this guide book defines "comparable worth" as a movement to get wages in any one workplace to reflect a just assessment of the skills and responsibilities demanded by a job rather than false assumptions about the financial needs of the worker or racially or sexually biased assumptions about the skills involved in the job. The term also is known as pay equity, pay parity, wage justice, or job worth. The general discussion focuses on several questions, including "How do comparable worth efforts differ from attempts to secure equal pay for equal work?""What has been accomplished by comparable worth advocates?""Have comparable worth advocates encountered much resistance?""How do comparable worth advocates respond to these criticisms?" and "How does the comparable worth method work?" The discussion of the promises and pitfalls of comparable worth and child care work also answers several questions, including "How does comparable worth apply to family day care providers?""Has anyone used comparable worth evaluations to improve child care salaries?""Has comparable worth been used as a successful educational strategy for child care workers?" and "How can I determine which comparable worth strategy will be most effective in my center?" Resources for comparable worth advocates are listed. (RH)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Child Caregivers, Compensation (Remuneration), Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Job Satisfaction, Legislation, Program Effectiveness, Social Action, Social Change, Teacher Salaries, Wages
Child Care Employee Project, P.O. Box 5603, Berkeley, CA 94705 ($2.50, plus $.50 postage).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Care Employee Project, Berkeley, CA.