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File #: 19-8464   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Governance Committee
On agenda: 11/14/2019
Posting Language: A briefing and discussion on a Council Consideration Request from Councilmembers Gonzales and Viagran regarding gender pay parity. [Carlos J. Contreras III, Assistant City Manager; Alejandra Lopez, Interim Director, Economic Development]
Attachments: 1. Pay Parity CCR {11BD9237-D4A4-458A-B038-7CF700D61E5B}
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SUBJECT:
Discussion of a City Council Consideration Request regarding gender pay parity.

SUMMARY:

A CCR was sponsored by Councilmembers Shirley Gonzales and Rebecca Viagran on October 8, 2019 requesting a feasibility study and action plan by the City's Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the Economic Development Department (EDD) to develop a set of economic programs and policies designed to address gender pay disparities.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

In November 2018, the City of San Antonio unanimously approved a resolution on Women's Equity, reaffirming the commitment of the City to improve the status of women, specifically: 1) by eliminating all forms of violence against women, 2) by promoting the health and safety of women, 3) by promoting substantive economic and business opportunities for women, and 4) by promoting political participation and leadership by women.
Various City departments provide resources and services in connection with the commitments highlighted in the Women's Equity Resolution. Specifically, DHS promotes the economic success of women by implementing programs and services designed to improve educational attainment; strengthen social safety nets; increase access to affordable, high quality child care and education; provide emergency assistance financial counseling, tuition assistance and case management; provide leadership development opportunities; and family violence intervention. In addition, EDD also provides incentives and tools to foster women entrepreneurship, business ownership and workforce development, which include upskilling services ranging from literacy and numeracy, GED attainment, work experience, occupational certification, and job placement; City contracting; access to capital; business development fee waivers; mentorship; and business consulting services.

Economic conditions are critical contributing factors to the health and wellbeing of women in San Antonio. Through the 2018 Consolidated Funding ...

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