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OPSEU college workers to raise Equal Pay Day awareness with provincial day of action

Equal pay sign next to gavel

Toronto – Workers at colleges across Ontario will hold Equal Pay Day actions across the province on Wednesday, April 4. The events are organized together with the Fight for $15 and Fairness Campus Assembly.

College workers will hold rallies, information sessions and other activities to raise awareness about Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, and to promote the need for equal pay for equal work for all workers.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, said that equal pay for equal work is important to ending discrimination in the workplace. “This legislation could be a step forward but it does not replace the need for good full-time jobs. We hope it will lead to the end of wage discrimination against part-time, temporary and contract workers."

OPSEU College Faculty Division Chair, RM Kennedy, warned that Ontario Colleges must fully commit to equal pay for equal work. “We are asking the colleges to follow through on Ontario’s commitment. Threatening to cut program hours or extend students’ semesters will not make the need for fairness go away.”

Bill 148 came into effect on Monday, April 1st, 2018.

Events will take place at the following locations:


11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/412861579138101/


12:00 – 3:00 PM | Doon Campus Room, Conestoga College
For more information, please email lhardacre237@gmail.com


4:00 PM | College Square shopping mall on Woodroffe Ave.
For more information please email ottawa15andfairness@gmail.com

St. Catharines

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way |
For more information: qa13oz@brocku.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/358351904651190/

Thunder Bay

Lakehead University
For more information: lforbes@lakeheadu.ca

Toronto – Centennial (all campuses)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2393733957319480/
For more information: ahalpe@gmail.com

Toronto – Seneca

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Seneca College at York, 70 The Pond Rd
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2100350546646975/

Toronto – York

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | York University, 4700 Keele St, Main Gate Picket Line
For more information: campaigns@yugsa.ca.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2134772940086053/


11:00AM – 1:00PM | Waterloo campus concourse
For more information: aallison@wlu.ca or kellis@wlu.ca

For more information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President: 613-329-1931
RM Kennedy, OPSEU College Faculty Division Chair: 416-346-8382
Janice Hagan, OPSEU College Support Division Chair: 416-346-8382