A deeper look into Canada’s human rights record: Day two at the National Human Rights Conference

Over 500 social and labour activists from across Canada are taking part in CUPE’s 2nd National Human Rights Conference in Winnipeg. Day two focused on a look at the make-up of CUPE’s membership, and discussions on Canada’s human rights record.

Who are we? CUPE’s membership survey

Closing the wage gap: pay equity

Unions work to increase wage fairness and to eliminate income inequalities. We challenge discrimination in all its forms. Wage gaps are often the result of systemic discrimination—when policies, practices or social norms affect the way employers value jobs where women and other equity-seeking groups are concentrated. Systemic discrimination is often unconscious or unintentional, and can go unnoticed, except by the people it disadvantages.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

CUPE membership survey: results for equality

CUPE conducted its first-ever comprehensive survey of its membership in 2014 to give our union a better understanding of the union’s demographics and diversity, as well as the degree to which its members face precarious work. Nearly 3,000 members representing all regions and sectors were polled. This rich national level data from the survey has many stories to tell about our membership. We gained valuable insights into the wages, working conditions, and union involvement of our members from equality-seeking groups.

CUPE wins its case in Supreme Court

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Quebec has prevailed in the Supreme Court on the matter of the Expenditure Restraint Act (Bill C-10) and its impact on Radio-Canada employees belonging to CUPE 675. The Association des réalisateurs (AR) de Radio-Canada was also contesting the decision rendered by the Québec Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court has ordered that a new hearing be held.

Winnipeg's public water a service to be proud of

WINNIPEG – Following two days of a precautionary boil water advisory, final testing proved that there is nothing wrong with Winnipeg’s water. Winnipeggers should be confident with the quality of the city’s public water system.

“We are very proud of our public water in Winnipeg,” said Gord Delbridge, vice-president of CUPE Local 500. “It is one of the best systems in the country, and recent events prove how seriously the City takes the monitoring and testing of our municipal drinking water.”

Retirement security and equality-seeking groups

Canadians are walking into a retirement income crisis that will hit equality-seeking groups the hardest.

Over 11 million Canadians today – six out of every 10 workers - don’t have a workplace pension plan. When a worker doesn’t have a good pension at work, they have to rely more heavily on the country’s public pension system (Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Pension Plan). But this system is inadequate, particularly for equality-seeking groups.

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