Equal Pay Day is the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. It is marked internationally, with many countries having dates in April or later. In Ontario in 2009, that date was April 9. In 2014, April 16th. In 2015, April 20th. The gap is NOT getting smaller.
As a member of the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC), OSSTF/FEESO works closely with many partners to further the issues surrounding equal pay, pay equity and the gender pay gap at numerous tables.
The Ontario Government has made some recent significant commitments to closing the 31.5% gender pay gap. The Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues has received instruction from the Premier to work with the Minister of Labour to develop a wage gap strategy and to “collaborate with colleagues across government to ensure that a gender lens is brought to government strategies, policies and programs.”
We ask that all members wear red on April 20th to show recognition and awareness of the need to close the gender wage gap in Ontario between the 68.5 cents made by working women for every man’s dollar.
For more information, check out the Equal Pay Coalition website.