Media advisory - 'Deadbeat' Ontario government owes $78 million to more than 100,000 women including child care workers who are among the working poor



    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - For nearly 20 years, pay equity has been
law in Ontario. But when it comes to meeting its legal obligations to women
working in predominantly female workplaces, like child care centres that use
the proxy comparison method for pay equity, the Ontario government is a
'deadbeat' funder.
    Currently, the province owes $78 million for 2006-2007 to over
100,000 women, thousands of them child care workers and educators, who earn on
average $23,000 a year, and are among the working poor.
    On October 24, Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator
Appreciation Day(xx) in Ontario, pay equity and child care advocates will hold
a media conference at Queen's Park to highlight the Ontario government's
obligations to child care staff under pay equity legislation.

    
    WHO:    Elizabeth Ablett, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)
            Mary Cornish, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish
            (Pay Equity legal expert)
            Fred Hahn, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
            Irene Harris, Ontario Federation of Labour

    WHAT:   Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator
            Appreciation Day - Pay equity media conference

    WHERE:  Queen's Park Media Studio

    WHEN:   Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 10:00 a.m.

                (xx) Attention photo assignment editors/desks
                     Child Care Centre Photo Opportunity
    

    Following the Queen's Park media conference, at 11:00 a.m. child care
workers and early childhood educators at Hester How Child Care Centre (Toronto
City Hall) will be celebrated with flowers and awards as part of the City of
Toronto recognition ceremonies for Child Care Worker and Early Childhood
Educator Appreciation Day - Wednesday, October 24, 2007.
    Toronto City Councillors, Joe Mihevc and Janet Davis, will attend the
11:00 a.m. Hester How event.

    Directions to Hester How: Toronto City Hall front entrance - right at the
rotunda toward the east tower elevators. Take a left down the hallway there to
the first door on your right. There is a sign before the hallway indicating
the way to Hester How.




For further information:

For further information: Elizabeth Ablett, Executive Director, OCBCC,
(416) 538-0628 Ext. 3, cell: (647) 291-7557; Stella Yeadon, CUPE
Communications, (416) 578-8774

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Canadian Union of Public Employees - Ontario Regional Office

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