TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Women are joining unions in greater numbers than
men for the first time in Canadian labour history, according to a recent
Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey release.
The number of women in unions has increased each year over the last 10
years to the point that women have finally tipped the scales. The most recent
data, from January to June 2007, finds 2,248,000 women represented by unions,
with 2,237,200 men represented.
"Increasingly women see unions as more than just better wages and
benefits," said Julie White, CAW Director of Women's Programs. "Women see
unions at the forefront of fighting for issues like child care and an end to
violence against women."
The higher numbers of unionized women also reflect the larger range of
sectors now represented by unions such as retail, health care and hospitality,
which are dominated by women.
"With the current attacks on equality under the Harper government, unions
have become all the more relevant for women with the work we do around human
rights and equality," said White.
The CAW has an ongoing national child care campaign and also lobbies the
government for policies and programs that target violence against women. The
CAW has also negotiated the training and funding for a women's advocate in
many workplaces across the country.
For further information:
For further information: contact CAW Director of Women's Programs, Julie
White, (cell) (519) 860-7015 or CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699; Information about CAW women's programs can be found at: