Even in 2016, gender inequality is still an issue found in workplaces across the world, including Canada.

The spotlight has been on the issue with a review last year of Canada by the United Nations who found that gender inequality in the workplace is a huge concern, especially when it comes to pay.

According to Catalyst Canada Canadian women earn $0.82 to every $1 earned by men, a gap of 18 per cent. They found that the ‘global pay gap was about $4,000 on average between men and women, and the Canadian pay gap was just over $8,000.’

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And this isn’t just a problem for older generations. Millennials too are entering workplaces where the gender pay gap still exists, especially if it is non-unionized.

Studies have shown that being a member of a union can help narrow the gender wage gap for women. Union members earn on average $5.28 per hour more than workers without a union and women earn $7.10 per hour more on average with a union.

Under no circumstances are there any Teamsters agreements where men and woman receive a different pay rate for the same job. Men and women deserve equal pay and it is something the union strongly believes in.

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As pointed out by an article in The Guardian, this wage gap is something that younger women need to address the first day of their first job, when they are introduced to the wage gap.

The optimism of millennials isn’t going to be enough to solve the problem – they need to take action.

Unions have been fighting for worker’s rights for decades, and joining one offers an opportunity to continue to fight to close the gender pay and aspiration gap.