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August 21, 2023
What is Pay Equity:
Pay equity is equal pay for work of equal value. If two jobs contribute equal value to the employer's operations, and one job is commonly held by women while the other is commonly held by men, then the employees in these jobs should receive equal pay. “Equal pay for work of equal value” is like comparing apples to oranges – they are different, but equally nutritious. For example, you could compare the value of the work of a truck mechanic commonly held by men to that of an account technician commonly held by women.
Youtube video explanation of Pay Equity:
The Pay Equity Act is meant to address systemic gender-based discrimination in compensation so that employees in predominantly female jobs receive equal compensation for work of equal value.
The above photos show the posting that was required from the employer at the workplace under the federal Pay Equity Act.
The Pay Equity committee appointed representatives from the Mainline bargaining unit in Spring 2022. This includes Manon Camire (YMQ-RES), Michelle Doucet (YSJ-RES), and as a back up Tracey Potter (YYZ-ARPT). The Pay Equity plan must be completed no later than September 2024.
Pay Equity Plan
The Pay Equity Act requires employers to establish and then update a Pay Equity Plan. In developing a plan, employers must:
● identify the different job classes made up of positions in their workplace
● determine whether each job class is predominantly male, predominantly female or gender neutral
● determine the value of work of each predominantly female or male job class
● calculate the compensation of each predominantly female or male job class, and
● compare the compensation between predominantly female and male job classes doing work of equal or comparable value
Employers have to establish their pay equity plan within 3 years of becoming subject to the Act. More details including the Full Pay Equity Act can be found on the Federal Government website by clicking link below:
Unifor National Pay Equity announcement:
Company’s FAQ on Pay Equity dated May 2023 (must be logged into Aeronet for link to work):
This process is still underway and as soon as more information is available it will be shared with the membership.
From the Woman’s Advocate from the Central Region Yolanda Cornwall:
As your appointed women’s advocate, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, helping and supporting a lot of our Unifor members. One of the most pressing issues that has been echoed throughout the past 3 years is the daily struggle with the cost of living, especially among our younger workers and newcomers to Canada. Changes to our compensation can only be renegotiated at the next round of collective bargaining, which will lead to a new collective agreement in 2026. While that is still far away, the work towards that will start well in advance and we encourage you to participate in upcoming meetings and discussions in deciding our bargaining priorities.
Central Region Woman’s Advocate Contacts:
All Contacts for Woman’s Advocate from coast to coast: