Rep. Matt Cartwright’s legislation addressing pay disparity at Tobyhanna Army Depot has passed in the House of Representatives for the first time.
The Eighth District Democrat’s bill is included in the House version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Though it wasn’t included in the counterpart passed by the Senate, Cartwright will push for its inclusion in the final bill, his office said.
Pay for hourly employees at Tobyhanna is based on 1950s military installation placements, while salaried workers are paid based on metropolitan markets — in this case, the New York City region. Hourly employees are considered part of the lower-earning Scranton wage area.
"I have been pushing to close the unfair pay gap at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for years, and for the first time, our annual defense bill includes my legislation to do just that," Cartwright said. "At Tobyhanna, they make technologies that keep our military ahead of global threats, and all the workers there deserve to be paid fairly for their labor. It’s so important that we get these provisions passed in the Senate and signed into law. This year’s defense bill honors our commitment to all the men and women who make our armed forces the best in the world, and I’m proud to support it."
The bill would increase pay for hourly employees and would not affect salaried employees.