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Investments in child care: Wage increase for early childhood educators

2017-12-13

Moncton – The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity welcomes the wage increase for early childhood educators announced today by the provincial government. 

Wages for trained personnel will increase from $16 to $19 per hour. This increase will be spread over a four-year period starting in 2019. 

“We are pleased the government is committed to investing in the wages of educators. We have long called for higher wages to better reflect the value of their work,” said Frances LeBlanc, Chair of the Coalition.

However, the Coalition Chair says that this increase will not achieve pay equity - equal pay for work of equal value when compared to male-dominated jobs.

Research by economist Ruth Rose shows that in 2012, equitable wages for early childhood educators would have been $19.97 per hour. These wages would be higher today, in 2017, considering the increase in the cost of living.

“The proposed investment is a decisive step towards pay equity, but additional adjustments are required to achieve pay equity,” concludes the Coalition Chair. 

Ms. LeBlanc would have liked the increases to start as early as the next provincial budget. 

Comprised of about 800 individual members and 89 organizations, the Coalition for Pay Equity educates and advocates for the adoption and implementation of adequate legislation to achieve pay equity for all workers in both the public and private sectors.


Information :
Frances LeBlanc, Chair, 850-1033 (c)
Johanne Perron, Executive Director, 850-6963 (c)

Rose, Ruth. (October 2016). Pay equity in the care-giving sector in New Brunswick. New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity.

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