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On March 8th - Celebrate International Women’s Day


February 18, 2010 - 09:00

Women / Bulletin

2008-2011/247

March 8th is International Women's Day. It is a time to celebrate the gains women have made and to once again commit ourselves to struggling for full equality for all women.

CUPW is asking members to wear Women Make the Union Strong buttons.

CUPW women members have made some major gains:

* RSMC and Private Sector are covered by collective agreements and have bargaining rights.
* At least 66% of the RSMC's are women.

* CUPW members have protection against sexual harassment on the job. This is through Collective Agreement language and legislation. This applies to RSMC's, private sector bargaining units, and Urban Operations members.
* RSMC's and most workers covered by the Urban Operations Collective Agreement, are members of the Canada Post pension plan. Recent statistics show that almost 60% of working women do not have access to workplace pensions.

Many challenges remain to gain full equality. These include:

* Months of bargaining between CUPW and CPC has not resulted in a new Collective Agreement for RSMC's. Many of the outstanding issues are about fairness and equality.
* Bargaining for a new Urban Operations Collective Agreement is on the horizon. Canada Post is indicating that they want to attack our pensions and benefits. It is clear that any attempts to erode pensions and benefits damages women's economic security.
* Study after study has shown that women bear an unequal burden with regards to climate change. Still the Stephen Harper agreement is failing to take positive steps in this area.
* Women from equity seeking groups are still facing wage discrimination. Women of colour and immigrant women have low incomes despite having higher levels of university education than other women.

On March 8th, International Women's Day, you can make your voice heard and say yes to equality.

In solidarity,

Lynn Bue
2nd National Vice-President