AUPE’s Pay and Social Equity Committee would like to remind all chapters and locals to send signed pay equity petitions back to headquarters by May 31.

Once the petitions have been collected, the committee will use them in its ongoing efforts to have the government introduce pay equity legislation. It is hoped that the petitions will be tabled with any potential future legislation to demonstrate that Albertans support pay equity.

So far more than 6,000 Albertans who believe pay equity should be a priority of the provincial government have signed the petition. The committee is continuing its advocacy work pushing the Alberta government to introduce legislation enforcing pay equity, but is also working with opposition MLAs who believe this issue is a priority.

Pay equity—the principle of equal pay for work of equal value—is a fundamental human right enshrined in international agreements and Canadian federal legislation. While the initial goal of pay equity was to address the under-valuation of work traditionally performed by women, the principle of pay equity applies to all people, regardless of gender.

Find out more about the committee’s ongoing efforts at