Upping the Ante Over Equal Pay in San Jose

Over equal pay in San Jose

The week-old strike of municipal workers in San Jose, Calif, (pop. 650,000), is not hamstringing the city. The money involved is relatively meager, less than a baseball star or network-news anchorman can make in a year. But the dispute is an important one. At issue: equal pay for comparable work, especially for women in low-salary, female-dominated fields.

Says Mayor Janet Gray Hayes: "This is the civil rights issue of the '80s." That it is being argued in San Jose is ironic: Hayes heads a mostly female city council...

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