Rutgers University reached a contract with their union last week that many believe could pave the way for a new national standard.

What’s different about this negotiation? It laid out a process for addressing equal pay in the actual contract. Unions talk a lot about social justice, but when it comes to negotiations, they inevitably default to business as usual. In this case though, it is written in the contract that “women and faculty from underrepresented communities will be able to obtain pay equity with their male and white counterparts.”