Local 160 Celebrates Equal Pay Day
Equal Pay Day is recognized all over the world. For 2017, Equal Pay Day was recognized on April 4th in the United States and April 11th in Canada. These dates represents the gender pay gap and marks how far into the next year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. However, the pay gap is even wider for indigenous women, racialized women and women with disabilities, meaning these women must work longer into the year to reach the same earnings.
Events and rallies were held everywhere in the US and Canada in the month of April. IFPTE Local 160 launched an awareness campaign asking members to tweet and wear red on Equal Pay Day. In addition, some members were able to join a rally organized by the Equal Pay Coalition, a coalition group that was formed in 1976 comprised of unions, women’s and business groups and community organizations.