LAKEWOOD – The democratic candidate running for state assembly against incumbent Andy Goodell (R-Ellicott) is calling for renewed efforts to make “equal pay for equal work” a reality for women in New York State. Rudy Mueller (D-Lakewood) is calling on the state Senate to vote on and approve the New York State Fair Pay Act.
According to a media release from the Mueller campaign, females in this State are paid on average 83 cents for every dollar earned by a male counterpart and a female could be underpaid several hundred thousand dollars over a lifetime of work when compared to a male doing the same job. Some examples of jobs with similar duties but different titles and pay scales between women-men include nurse’s aides-orderlies, secretaries-executive assistants, housekeeping-maintenance, and cooks-chefs.
In May of this year, the Assembly overwhelmingly passed the NYS Fair Pay Act, despite Assemblyman Goodell voting against it. Mueller criticized his opponent for failing to represent female voter in his district. Goodell has gone on record defending his vote, saying the bill would allow workers in different fields to receive the same pay, effectively destroying the free-market system with a government-controlled wage scale.