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The Coalition for Pay Equity is STILL STANDING!

2011-10-27

The Coalition for Pay Equity is STILL STANDING!
Launch of a second fundraising campaign
 
Dieppe – The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity launched its second fundraising campaign, on October 27, in Dieppe. The campaign “Still Standing” will be co-presided by Pamela Coates and Louise Imbeault.
 
The Coalition has set its objective at $80,000 to support its awareness-raising work for pay equity. The first fundraising campaign brought in nearly $77,000.
 
“The name of the campaign says it all. The Coalition is indeed still standing for more social justice in New Brunswick. It is important for the Coalition to defend the right to pay equity. Donations are a practical way to show that we believe that employers must offer equal pay for work of equivalent value,” said the Francophone Co-President of the fundraising campaign, Louise Imbeault, recently retired as the director of Radio-Canada Acadie.
 
"I have agreed to co-chair this campaign because pay equity matters for working women who still stand in poverty, no matter how hard they work. Had it not been for the Coalition's work, the New Brunswick Government would not have passed pay equity legislation applying to all its employees. Now, I want to ensure that the Coalition can continue to defend the right to pay equity and exert pressure for pay equity legislation in the private sector," said the Anglophone Co-President of the fundraising campaign, a well-known poverty activist from Saint John, Dr. Pamela Coates, O.N.B. Ms Coates was unable to attend the launch due to significant health problems.
 
To assist in the solicitation of funds, artist ceramist Marie Ulmer has partnered with the Coalition to make available for sale 7,000 small chairs sculpted in porcelain paper which were part of her 2006-2007 exhibit called "Presence of Absence".
 
The money will be used by the Coalition to persuade the provincial government to adopt pay equity legislation in the private sector and to make pay equity adjustments in four areas of employment it regulates. They include employees in child care facilities, home care agencies, community residences, and transition houses for abused women. These workers are currently being paid barely above minimum wage.
 
The population is invited to make donations by cheque or via Paypal on this site: www.equite-equity.com.

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