The Purpose and Goals of the Women's Committee
To gain equality and achieve their goals, women must work with and through their Unions. History demonstrates that by organizing into Unions, working people have achieved better wages, working conditions, benefits, job security, human rights and equity protection.
The Local 111 Women's Committee is an advocate for women within the Union, and especially at the Local level. We often act as advisors, mediators and investigators under Unifor's Harassment and Discrimination Prevention policy. The Local 111 Women's Committee also initiates campaigns in the workplace and community for women's rights.
The Women's Committee is also available to work with the bargaining teams on contract language regarding equity issues. Equality for women and other equity-seeking groups is a central thrust of all our work, both in the workplace and our communities..
What can a local women's committee do?
Seek out sisters who will run as stewards and officers.
Identify and dissolve the barriers that block sisters from participating. This means everyone, including sisters of colour, First Nations sisters, lesbian sisters, disabled sisters and those with families.
Work with the Women's Committee Representative in the region.
Organize educationals at lunch or after work on issues like "bargaining for a family-friendly workplace" or health and safety.
Support women in other workplaces and other Unions.
Develop strategies to encourage your community to support public services.
Members of the Womens Committee are:
- Karamjeet Sidhu
- Michelle Wilson
- Christine Pavan
- Hardeep Dhillon
- Brenda Lail-Sangha
- Jauna Ruddick
- Jessie Rana