Jun 20, 2022 at 2:28 pm
City Councillor Mayor

Kamloops and District Labour Council asks:

What steps would you take to ensure a Pay Equity policy is in place and that the policy is applied to all staff employed by the local government?

- Kamloops and District Labour Council

Candidate Answers

Daphane Nelson

Candidate for City Councillor

Unfortunately, I don't have experience in this area and would need more information before being able to comment and/or support this proposed policy.

Dale Bass

Candidate for City Councillor

I would hope the unions representing city staff will continue to address this issue. The CUPE 900 contract which covers a majority of city staff has a no-discrimination clause that addresses wages among other issues and I would expect that is being applied.

Randy Sunderman

Candidate for City Councillor

Pay equity policy is an important tool in recruiting and retaining a diverse, qualified and committed workforce. I suggest two key steps: 1) A collaborative relation with the City's unionized workforce focused specifically on the challenges of pay equity. 2) However, I also feel, we need to have a broader discussion around other approaches and tools that foster a more flexible and collaborative work environment recognizing the value and needs of a diverse workforce.

Katie Neustaeter

Candidate for City Councillor

While Pay Equity still has a long way to go before being achieved outside of a North American, unionized environment, at the local level and within CUPE 900 it should certainly be recognized, applied, and implemented in the collective agreement.
If there is a gap in this area it should be addressed immediately by being brought forward to the local Shop Steward.
That being said, it's important to note that the policy has to extend beyond pay equity, and include a system that actually allows for TRUE equity (such as childcare supports, flexibility within a reasonable standard and schedules, etc.). We saw many of these gaps disproportionately impact local women (even within unions) during the pandemic shut down and pay equity policies mean nothing if women (in particular) aren't being supported in actually being in the workplace.

Arjun Singh

Candidate for Mayor

I would work with the city manager to continue to promote across the board pay equity in our workforce.

Bonnie Cleland

Candidate for City Councillor

One of the great things about a unionized workforce is the bargaining power to ensure pay equity. Having worked in both union and non union employers, I have experienced the difference first hand. A pay equity policy is a key part of the collective agreement, and I would ensure that it is upheld.

Bill Sarai

Candidate for City Councillor

Pay equity is a very important issue as well. As you can see at the City level, all staff are paid equally and our management team wether male or female are paid to the level of their job requirements. Not on what sex they are.
I will continue to support this at every level, municipal or private.

Jesse Ritcey

Candidate for City Councillor

This is a very important policy, which is currently in place at the CUPE level and then within our non-union managers we set pay rates based on responsibilities, regardless of whether a man or woman is in that position.

However, that being said, there are imbalances in practice. Our workforce does not yet represent the diversity of Kamloops and because of past hiring practices our top employees, while fairly well balanced between men and women, are still seeing men paid more because of longer service.

Taj Sandur

Candidate for City Councillor

The Pay Equity Act was enacted in 2018 but there is a long way to go until we are able to provide real and sustainable equity in Canadian workplaces. For all staff at the municipal level in Kamloops it will be tough to truly oversee this so I would propose in creating a Pay Equity Director under the newly created EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) manager. This would be the only way to ensure that Kamloops is a leader in promoting real change and implementing practices that will strengthen our city from within city hall.

Sadie Hunter

Candidate for Mayor

Work with our Human Resources Manager to ensure this policy is being implemented. I also believe CUPE 900, the union representing most local government employees, is advocating for and implementing this policy on behalf of their members.

Darpan Sharma

Candidate for City Councillor

It has to be promoted by unions, collective agreements, govt settings so that the corporate world can follow. We need more lobbying. There is nothing that a man can do but a woman cant. Again we need to include childcare and stronger maternity/paternity support for our workplaces to become more equitable.

Stephen Karpuk

Candidate for City Councillor

I support pay equity in the workplace. I believe that the union(s) or staff plus the HR department need to determine the details on this issue. There are often precedents that can be used and guidelines to be followed. I am in full support of this being implemented in the city or whatever workplace.

Ray Dhaliwal

Candidate for Mayor

I will be an Advocate for Pay Equity for all Staff....The Staff is what keeps the City of Kamloops and Business's growing. When Staff is Happy with their pay their home lives are happier and creates a Healthy Environment for all. As Mayor i would Direct The Cao to ensure our staff are treated fairly. My Door Will always be open for discussion to any staff member that is being treated unfairly.