More than 80,000 women to be represented in workplaces across the
OTTAWA / TORONTO, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The new Canadian union being
created by the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) will be a force for
working women and represent more than 80,000 women in several key
sectors of the national economy. The fight for women's equality will
continue to be an important struggle in the new formation.
"We know that women are most affected by tough economic times, high
unemployment and a rocky economy," said CAW Women's Director Julie
White. "That's why part of our job as women in trade unions is to
organize and use our collective strength to engage as many women as
The unions are marking International Women's Day (IWD) by acknowledging
the role of the new union as a strong mobilizing force for Canadian
women and a source of support in the fight to improve their own lives
and those of future generations. The new union has committed to ensure
a mandatory threshold of women sitting on National and regional
"Today, we recognize that there are still countless hurdles before
reaching equality for all Canadian women, regardless of their age,
status and economic situation," said Jen Britton, the Chair of CEP's
National Women's Committee. "Trade union women have always played an
important role in the fight for better conditions for women everywhere
and we mark this year's International Women's Day by renewing our
commitment to that fight."
International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8th has been celebrated around the world for over 90 years as a way to mark
the continued struggle for social and economic equality. CEP and CAW
have released the following public statements to mark the day.
Read the statement issued by CAW: International Women's Day - We're working it!
Read the statement issued by CEP: CEP marks International Women's Day
CEP and CAW are working towards holding the founding convention of the
new union over the weekend leading up to Labour Day in Toronto.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Julie White, CAW Women's Director (cell) 519-860-7015
Roxanne Dubois, CEP Communications (cell) 613-724-7486
Or visit: www.newunionproject.ca