Equal Pay Coalition says women are done waiting.
Show Us The Money to close the gender pay gap.
TORONTO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Equal Pay Day is marked on April 10 because women need to work 15.5 months – 3.5 months into the new year – to earn what a man does in 12 months. Ontario’s gender pay gap is a human rights and economic crisis. The latest Census data shows that Indigenous women in Ontario face a 43% gender pay gap; racialized women: 38%; immigrant women: 34%. On average Ontario women face a 29.3% pay gap. (Census Canada data, Cat #98-400-X2016277)
On Equal Pay Day, the Equal Pay Coalition calls on the Ontario government to take bold, concrete action to close the gender pay gap.
“Women are done waiting” says Fay Faraday, co-chair of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition. “It’s time to show us the money. Employers must be held to account and government must make it a real priority to eradicate the barriers to women’s economic equality.”
We call on the government to show us the money to close the gender pay gap by taking three steps:
- Implement a strong pay transparency law to enforce equal pay.
- Introduce fully funded universal, affordable, accessible public child care system for infant and school-aged kids with decent pay for childcare workers.
- Properly fund community agencies so workers delivering public services receive pay equity now.
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Protect your OMERS pension plan. It’s time to take ACTION!
OMERS just had another high performing year.
• Investment returns of a net 11.5 per cent – almost double required discount rate of 6.2 per cent and well above the strategic rate.
• 2017 earnings of $9.9 billion were used to both lower next year’s discount rate and increase the plan fund.
• The plan holds more than $95 billion in assets
Yet some at the Sponsors Corporation want to get rid of key benefits like guaranteed indexing. We can’t let that happen.
Let OMERS know we must keep key benefits like guaranteed indexing so we can keep up with cost-of-living increases and live with dignity after we retire.
Send them a message by clicking on the link below.
“Good pensions are not just important for retirees,” says Hahn. “Good pensions are critical for the economic health of our communities. They allow our aging population to live with dignity and continue to contribute to their local economy. That’s why these strong returns are good news, and why it’s vital that OMERS stop any consideration of removing the indexing guarantee.”
Historically, OMERS has out-performed most other public sector pension plans. The plan weathered the 2008 financial crisis better than most and is well ahead of target for coming back into balance – all while maintaining guaranteed indexing.
“CUPE’s representatives on the OMERS boards have been working to ensure the interests of plan members are at the forefront of every plan decision,” says Hahn. “We believe strongly that the discussion around removing guaranteed indexing is unnecessary and short sighted. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen.”
For more information, contact: Sarah Jordison, CUPE Communications, 416-578-5638
Monday, September 11, 2017
Canada’s unions are welcoming the federal government’s plan to close tax loopholes for very high-income earners, saying it’s an important first step toward bringing more fairness to Canada’s tax system.
“Today’s tax rules make it possible for someone earning $300,000 to save more on their taxes than the average Canadian worker makes in a year, and that is fundamentally unfair,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff.
Current tax rules allow wealthy Canadians, especially self-employed professionals, many of whom are lawyers, doctors, dentists and accountants, to pay less in personal income taxes by setting up CCPCs – Canadian-controlled private corporations. The federal government wants to address three ways CCPCs are used to avoid higher tax rates:
- Income “sprinkling”: High-wage earners who own CCPCs can split – or “sprinkle” – their income among lower-income family members, paying them salaries or dividends (even though they often don’t actually work for the company) to take advantage of their lower tax rates. This is not something other working families can do.
- Exploiting capital gains: High-income earners who own CCPCs can pay themselves in capital gains – only 50 percent of which are taxed at the personal tax rate – instead of dividends, which face higher taxes.
- “Passive” investing: CCPCs offer the wealthiest Canadians another tax advantage others don’t have access to: more capital for their investment portfolio. Many CCPC owners are parking income in their business so it’s taxed at the lower business rate, leaving them more capital to invest in “passive” investments like mutual funds. But lower tax rates for businesses are meant to encourage reinvestment and job creation, not to help the wealthiest Canadians make more out of their retirement portfolios.
“This kind of tax avoidance is costing the federal government as much as $500 million a year,” said Yussuff. “Taxes pay for the vital services that we all rely on, from physical security and food safety, to health care and education and disaster relief, and Canadians expect everyone to pay their fair share.”
Further reforms are needed
These measures are an important first step, said Yussuff, but he hopes more are in the works to make Canada’s tax system truly fair.
“We need to ensure that the the top one percent and corporations pay their fair share too, which means a more aggressive clamp-down on tax havens and corporate tax dodging,” he said.
That would include:
- Eliminating regressive and ineffective tax loopholes by cancelling stock option deductions, fully including capital gains in taxable income, and cancelling the flow-through shares deduction.
- Taxing foreign e-commerce companies to level the playing field for Canadian providers.
- Increasing taxes on banks and finance, which have received windfall profits from corporate income tax cuts over the last decade and a half.
- Introducing wealth taxes and making income taxes more progressive.
April 28 Day of Mourning: Remember Westray and press for justice for all workers killed or injured on the job.
Apr 25, 2017
This year marks 33 years since CUPE’s National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the idea of a National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.
April 28 was proclaimed by then-National President Jeff Rose at a health and safety conference in early 1985. In the same year, the Canadian Labour Congress and affiliated unions adopted the day across Canada. In many communities, local labour councils bring different unions together in ceremonies to honour workers who have been killed and injured – and to vow to stay vigilant.
On each Day of Mourning, CUPE honours the members who died on the job. Over the past year, CUPE lost the following members:
- Nicole Leblanc, Local 25, ON
- Saturnino Sonson, Local 30, AB
- Ben Melong, Local 30, AB
- Daphne Sandoval, Local 966, ON
- Wayne Harland, Local 500, MB
- Diane Chicoine, Local 416, ON
This year, workers across the country are marking the 25th anniversary of the terrible mining disaster in Westray, Nova Scotia, that killed 26 coal miners. Despite years of police investigations and a public inquiry, no one was ultimately held responsible for the miners’ deaths. This did not sit well with Canadians, however. Westray victims’ families, along with other workers and their unions, pressed for justice. In 2004, the federal government responded by introducing changes to Canada’s criminal code that hold employers responsible for negligence that leads to serious injury or death.
Sadly, in the thirteen years since these changes were made, over 10,700 people have died at work. Shockingly, only seven charges have been laid and only four convictions have been made. Just one person has gone to jail since the “Westray Law” was introduced in 2004.
This April 28, CUPE joins the Canadian Labour Congress in calling on the federal government to mark the 25th anniversary of the Westray disaster by enforcing the law of the land.
The federal government needs an action plan – urgently. The best way for the federal government to honour killed or injured workers is to work with the provinces and territories to:
- Train and direct Crown prosecutors to apply the Westray provisions of the Criminal Code.
- Train and direct the police and the RCMP to consider the possibility of criminal negligence whenever a worker is killed or seriously injured on the job.
- Appoint dedicated prosecutors for workplace health and safety fatalities.
- Ensure coordination among regulators, police and Crown attorneys so that health and safety regulators reach out to police when Westray charges may be warranted.
Workers and their families deserve an action plan that includes all this and more. Until then, CUPE and others will continue to press for justice.
Check with your local to find out where your region’s Day of Mourning service will be held.
Find out more at: rememberwestray.ca and sign the petition calling on the federal government to act.
For women and for our union, not one step back
Mar 1, 2017
March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD).
Across the country, CUPE members are participating in community events celebrating women’s activism and reaffirming our commitment to gender justice. And this year, CUPE members and women around the world have a very clear message: Not one step back.
Recent events in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world demand that we remain vigilant and continue to resist all forms of oppression. We are witnessing an increase in hate crimes, and we know that women marginalized by racism, colonialism, ableism and homo/transphobia are disproportionately affected.
The Trudeau Liberal government presents itself as feminist, but it drags its heels on the actual issues that women care about, including pay equity, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and others. The Trudeau government’s actions on health care and child care fall far short of what’s needed. And while the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan is a big win, the omission of caregiver and disability “dropouts”from the calculation is a form of pay discrimination that mostly hurts women.
Take action: Not one step back
CUPE has joined a campaign by the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and over 100 other organizations calling on the federal government to Step Up for Women’s Equality. CUPE encourages members to write their MP, tell friends about the campaign and join on social media, using #StepUp4WomenCA.
CUPE’s new poster for IWD features the militancy and leadership of marginalized women. The poster shows women from different communities united and advancing together in the fight for gender justice and declares, “not one step back.”
- Download your poster today! You can use these at union, workplace and community events.
- Take a photo of yourself with the CUPE IWD poster and use social media to say what you want the federal government to do.
Check out these additional resources:
- CUPE recommendations on federal pay equity
- Fact sheets and campaigns on child care and health care (cupe.ca/issues-research)
- Bargaining tools on domestic violence, harassment and other gender issues
- CUPE violence prevention kit
- A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women
On International Women’s Day, we declare “not one step back.” And we commit to regaining ground on justice for all women.
This was the spirit on January 21 when over four million people marched for women’s rights in the U.S., with hundreds of thousands more marching around the world.
We vow to keep marching. Not one step back.
Content from CUPE National
At 12:55PM on 23 February, 2017, the Bargaining Committee for CUPE 543.1 reached a tentative agreement with the Corporation of the City of Windsor. The agreed to package is subject to ratification votes by active CUPE 543.1 members and the City of Windsor Council.
Please see the attached flyer for the ratification details for CUPE 543.1, including details on ID requirements: