Closing the Wage Gap

In Pittsburgh, white women make 78 cents to every dollar, while Black women make just 54 cents. Black men have some of the lowest average incomes in the country and are subject to severe occupational segregation. The sharp division in employment and occupational inequality between whites and Blacks in Pittsburgh also leads to significant differences in educational attainment across race.

Jerry supports raising the minimum wage to $15. Women would disproportionately benefit from raising the minimum wage, as it would provide a raise for one in three women. But Jerry also believes that Congress should move quickly to raise the minimum wage before 2024, and push to then raise the minimum wage higher in the succeeding years. 

Jerry supports strengthening the Equal Pay Act to provide greater protections against sex-based pay discrimination. Further, Jerry plans to enact legislation that places greater restrictions to ensure larger companies and businesses are subject to and covered by anti-discrimination laws. Jerry also plans to reallocate significant federal funds to local EEOC offices to aggressively investigate unfair and discriminatory employment practices along race and gender lines.

Jerry's Priorities

  1. Climate Crisis
  2. Closing the Wage Gap
  3. Criminal Justice Reform
  4. Education
  5. Gentrification and Affordable Housing
  6. Gun Reform
  7. Health Care
  8. Jobs, Wages, and the Economy
  9. LGBTQI+ Rights
  10. Money in Politics
  11. Police Reform
  12. Voting Rights and Elections
  13. Women’s Equality
  14. Youth Engagement
  15. Reparations
  16. Immigration