Raeisi: You support pay equity? Tell me how much you make

One topic we never discuss with each other is our salaries. A colleague can ask if you go to church, but not how much you make. That’s a problem because we can’t know how much we should fairly be paid if we never talk about it.On April 1, Ontario got new legal rules requiring Equal Pay for Equal Work. The new rules require employers to pay the same rates to all employees, including part-time and casual workers, when they complete substantially the same work, with exceptions for factors such as seniority.Unfortunately, the new rules have a major flaw. It is up to employees to point out when they are being paid unfairly. But how can they know that?…

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Status Report on Pay Equity in Canada

On May 2 and 3, 2007, the National Association of Women and the Law, in cooperation with the Canadian Labour Congress and the other members of the Pay Equity Network, held a Canada-wide meeting on recent developments in pay equity. Activists from labour organizations and women’s groups of Québec and several other regions of Canada…

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An Update on Pay Equity

The federal government – Canada’s “New Government” – has decided to take a giant step backwards on the question of equal pay for work of equal value. There is nothing new in their pay equity plan. More than thirty years after the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women still earn less, on average,…

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Pay Equity: A Fundamental Human Right

Popular Legal Education and Consultation Series: Module 2 This workshop will examine why systemic pay inequity happens, how the federal pay equity system operates and what you can do now to help reduce women’s social and economic inequality by fighting for real pay equity. Table of Contents 1. The Right to Equal Pay for Work…

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Government Inaction on Pay Equity

Federal sector workers have been fighting since 1977 to get their employers – Bell Canada, Telus, Canada Post, Air Canada, and the Treasury Board, for example – to meet their pay equity obligations. They have been waging epic battles, some lasting 10, 15, and even 20 years, against these big companies. The failure of the…

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At The Heart of Human Rights: A campaign for a Pay Equity Law

“The time for pay equity is now!” That’s the message of the Pay Equity Network (PEN), which includes NAWL, as it launches its campaign for the adoption of a pay equity law. This cross-country campaign aims to pressure the federal government to adopt the recommendations of the Pay Equity Task Force. The PEN is a…

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Balancing Budgets on the backs of women: Pay Equity Post-NAPE

“It is unacceptable that governments are now authorized to balance their budgets on the backs of women” On December 10th, 2004, International Human Rights Day, women’s organizations, labour unions and other community groups publicly expressed their disappointment and sense of betrayal following the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in NAPE v. Newfoundland. The Court in…

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Workshops on Pay Equity

In the spring of 2005, NAWL began a series of popular legal education workshops around women’s equality in the workforce and the federal pay equity system. Our goal: to share information with women’s organizations about the current pay equity framework, to learn from women’s experiences, and to mobilize different communities to lobby the federal government.…

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Valentine’s Day Card to MPs

In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations signed on to the Network’s Call to Action on Pay Equity. On February…

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Signatories to the Pay Equity Network Call to Action

In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations signed on to the Network’s Call to Action on Pay Equity. On February…

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Call to Action 2005: The Time for Pay Equity is Now!

In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations signed on to the Network’s Call to Action on Pay Equity. On February…

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Pay Equity Information and Action Sheet

More than 25 years the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women working full-time still earn 71% of men’s salaries, regardless of our age, occupation or education. For women of colour, Aboriginal women and women with a disability, the wage gap is even greater. The pay equity provisions in the Canada Human Rights Act…

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Letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin on NAPE Supreme Court Decision

On October 24, 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that because of an alleged impending ‘fiscal crisis’, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had the right to back out of an agreement to correct discriminatory wages for women health care workers. This amounts to a special tax on Newfoundland women! NAWL, in collaboration with…

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Pay Attention to Pay Inequity

Despite over twenty-five years legislation, women living in Canada still earn less than men regardless of their occupation, age or education. On average, a woman earns 72.5 cents for every dollar that a man earns. This wage gap is even greater for Aboriginal women, immigrant women and women of colour. Over the next few months,…

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Women’s Groups Say Feds Must Act Now on Pay Equity

OTTAWA – “The Federal government must act now and adopt legislation to guarantee pay equity for all women, as was recommended by the Pay Equity Task Force in the excellent report that it tabled today. Current pay equity provisions are just not working. A new legislative framework is necessary” says Andrée Côté, for the National…

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Pay Equity Task Force Final Report 2004

The federal government appointed a Pay Equity Task Force that issued its Report in the May 2004. The Report recommends adopting a new, stand-alone pay equity law that will cover women, as well as workers of colour, Aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities. Although the Task Force recommendations are good news for women, they have…

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Pay Equity: Required Changes In Federal Jurisdictions

NAWL’s Working Group on Pay Equity (members include Louise Aucoin, Claude Bernier, Andrée Côté and Sheila Gibb) recently submitted a brief to the federal Pay Equity Task Force. The Honourable Anne McLellan (then Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) and the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour) established the Task Force on June…

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