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March 8, 2016

March 8th – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is dedicated to the strength, perseverance and wisdom of women. It was first observed on March 8th 1909, when women marched demanding labour rights in New York City while marking a strike the year before of women garment workers.  As union members of CEIU, we should take time to reflect on the strides we have made and the obstacles still to be overcome in achieving gender equality here at home and around the world.

Unfortunately, we know that still today:

Sometimes social change seems so slow but a strong union and active women’s committees contribute to that change. Local, regional, and national women’s committees actively seek to involve women members in the activities of CEIU and the PSAC. They can identify issues that are of particular concern to women and mobilize others them. Women’s committees can initiate convention resolutions and bargaining demands that address inequality.

This International Women’s Day, think of ways you can reach out to all women and make a difference. It is a day to reflect on progress made, to call out for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in our union, workplace, and communities.

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