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Newsletter for March 2017

 

 

In this edition:

1.    Participation in the public consultations on the NB Plan for Families

2.    Hearts for workers in the Caregiving Sector

3.    The Coalition’s presentations outside Moncton

4.    Fundraising Campaign

5.    Meeting with Minister Brian Kenny

6.    Meeting with Minister Cathy Rogers

7.    International Women’s Day

 

1.  Participation at the consultations on NB’s Plan for Families

 

Few Caregiving workers were present at the public consultations on the provincial government’s Family Plan.  The Coalition has been actively participating in the one-day consultations on many of the 7 pillars of the Plan: mental health, aging and support for seniors, women’s equality, reducing poverty and support for people with disabilities. It is clear that investments are necessary to reach the goals of the plan. We expect the results in 6-12 months.

 

 

2.    Hearts for Caregiving workers

 

The Coalition has prepared two banners with painted hearts to ask for pay equity for workers in the Caregiving Sector. It is planning to give them to NB Premier, Brian Gallant, this Spring. The Coalition invites the population to write and sign messages on the banners to increase Mr. Gallant’s awareness.

 

3.    The Coalition’s presentations outside Moncton

 

The Coalition’s work is recognized outside the province! It got invited to the three other Atlantic Provinces!

On March 11th, the Coalition's Chair, Vallie Stearns-Anderson, made a presentation at the Feminist Legal Studies of Queen University’s Women's Day conference in Kingston, Ontario, about New Brunswick's experience with pay equity, especially in the care-giving sector, at a conference on gender-based policy analysis and gender budget analysis.

The Coalition's Project Coordinator, Anne Robichaud, will also make a presentation on pay equity at the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) Eastern Provinces Council Convention, March 26-28, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Coalition's Executive Director, Johanne Perron, will talk about coalition-building on a panel, at a national CUPE conference that will take place on April 3-6, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Building Strong Locals”.

4.    Fundraising Campaign

 

The seventh annual Fundraising Campaign of the Coalition, “Pay Equity. I give because I care!” is going very well. With the generous contributions of our donors, we are close to our $75,000 goal. We have reached $72,500 so far. Help us reach our goal by making a donation directly on our Website or by sending a cheque to 236 St. Georges Street, Suite 412, Moncton, NB, E1C 1W1!

 

5.      Meeting with Minister Brian Kenny

 

The Coalition met with Brian Kenny, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, on March 1st, to talk about its brief on daycare services and the report of the Child Care Sector Task Force.

 

6.    Meeting with Minister Cathy Rogers

 

Friday, March 3rd, Johanne Perron, Executive Director of the Coalition for Pay Equity and Jean Sauvageau and Lise Robichaud from the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations met Cathy Rogers, Finance Minister of NB, in the name of the coalition NB Prosperity, not Austerity.

 

Johanne, Jean and Lise reminded the Minister that austerity measures erode social justice and equality. They expressed their opposition to the government’s decision to privatize the management of food and cleaning services in the province’s hospitals and of extra-mural services. As a matter of fact, studies show that privatization rarely leads to savings but often reduces the quality of services. Johanne, Jean and Lise also asked for the gender-based analysis (GBA) of the budget to be made public, the elimination of loop-holes leading to tax avoidance and the increase of royalty fees on natural resources.

 

8.         International Women’s Day

 

Johanne Perron made a presentation as a part of an event organized for International Women’s Day, at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre, by three Greater Moncton volunteers, on March 8th.  Furthermore, Johanne made a presentation as a part of the « Ça prend pas des micros roses », presented by le Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, at Aberdeen Cultural Centre, on March 15th at 7p.m.

Johanne and the Chair of the Coalition, Vallie Stearns-Anderson, did several interviews with the media that week.

Here are links to some of those interviews:

http://www.acadienouvelle.com/actualites/2017/03/08/equite-salariale-progres-chemin-a-faire/

 

http://globalnews.ca/news/3297498/new-brunswick-joins-in-on-global-discussion-for-pay-equity-abortion-access-for-iwd/

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/pay-inequity-issue-job-sectors-1.4016350

 

http://www.country94.ca/news/108526668/most-working-women-new-brunswick-not-covered-pay-equity

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/programs/informationmorningfredericton/pay-equity-in-nb-johanne-perron-new-brunswick-coalition-for-pay-equity-1.4017100

 

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1021106/coalition-equite-salariale-nouveau-brunswick-rappelle-engagements-gouvernement

 

 

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