REGINA - Regina public school workers are marking “Person’s Day” today by holding an information picket outside the school board office at 4:30 p.m. to press their demands for a pay equity plan and a fair wage increase.
The school support workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 650 and 3766, the Union of Office Employees (UOE) and the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU) Local 4292, are frustrated by the lack of progress at the bargaining table on the pay equity front.
“School workers in female-dominated jobs have been earning too little for too long,” says CUPE staff representative Eden Guidroz. “It’s time the public school board provided the additional money and a five-year time frame to implement a pay equity plan so education workers finally can be paid what they are worth.”
All four union locals have joined forces to achieve a pay equity plan and a fair wage increase for their membership.
“The struggle for pay equity is an important fight for workplace equality,” says SGEU staff representative Doug Taylor. “That’s why we decided to hold our information picket on Person’s Day.”
Early in the last century, five women challenged the law that prevented women in Canada from being appointed to the Senate. On October 18, 1929, they won their fight – known as the Person’s Case – and brought about changes in the law that reinforced equality rights for women. Person’s Day celebrates that case.
The information picket will be held outside the Regina Public School Board office, 1600 4th Avenue, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, prior to the school board meeting.