TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 8, 2013) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, with its other partners in the Equal Pay Coalition, are declaring April 9 as Equal Pay Day. This day recognizes the need to close the 28 percent pay gap between men and women in Ontario.
CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick will participate in an action tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. at King & Bay in the heart of Toronto's financial district.
"We will be wearing red tomorrow because women are still 'in the red.' It is appalling that a huge, 28 percent wage gap still exists in Ontario in 2013," says Hahn. "As a union, we continue to fight for equality and fairness for all workers, and Ontario is long overdue in ending the undervaluation of the work done by women."
CUPE has long pushed for pay equity - equal pay for work of equal value - and employment equity to address the gaps that continue to prevent women, racialized and aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities from being equal in our province.
"Unions made progress in the public sector. There's still work to be done, but it's clearly time for the private sector to wake up and accept that a successful society is one that embraces equality," says Rennick. "Unions embraced fairness and equality, and if corporations won't, then the government must step in, enforce compliance with Ontario's pay equity law, and ensure fairness exists."
CUPE Ontario represents 240,000 municipal, health care, social service, school board, university and airline workers throughout the province.
WHO: Fred Hahn, President and Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Ontario
WHAT: Equal Pay Day action
WHERE: King & Bay, Toronto
WHEN: 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9