New Pay Equity Training Program

May 4, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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No matter how you look at it, women still earn less than men in every sector of the economy and Ontario is no exception.

Ontario has one of the highest gender pay gaps in the world - for every $1 earned by men, women earn 71 cents. And we know without enforceable laws or our  union's work at the bargaining table, employers will continue to pay workers as little as possible - and history tells us that if the can get away with paying women less, they will.

As the CAW continues to negotiate improved wages and benefits for all of our members, we recognize that wage inequities between men and women still exist. The new pay equity program was designed to assist CAW bargaining committees to develop the skills, tools and confidence to work to close the wage gap between men and women who work in different jobs but have similar skills.

To that end, the CAW Education department, working with the Women's department, developed a new four day Ontario Pay Equity Training Program that was launched on April 22-25 in Port Elgin at the CAW Family Education Center.

Through a variety of exercises, including a mock pay equity session, participants were able to identify ways to end discriminatory pay affects and ensure that their employers are meeting their obligations under the law.

"In the last 25 years the wage gap has closed by a only 7% though the Pay Equity process. "said Theresa Farao, President of CAW Local 240 " This course is a good step forward to ensure and correct the inequities  between men and women wages in our workplaces"

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