This year on International Women’s Day, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour wants to take a moment to celebrate our collective victories in advancing women’s rights and gender equality and to discuss some of the fights for advancement that remain ahead of us. Unions continue to lift up women’s voices, highlighting examples of how women have organized to win. Unions also pledge to continue to be a driving for progress in workplaces and society.
“So much of what we have accomplished when it comes to women’s rights and gender justice at work in New Brunswick is a direct result of union women working together to push for change. It’s time we celebrate what we can achieve when we work together,” said Tasha Salesse, Vice-President Responsible for Women’s Issues with the New Brunswick Federation of Labour.
Union women are not strangers to being on the frontlines of advocating for and achieving victories in the name of working women, victories that ultimately benefit all workers and their families. These wins include the introduction of paid maternity and parental leave in Canada back in 1971, legislated paid domestic violence leave, and progress in organising new bargaining units in women-dominated sectors like retail. Union women have been leading the charge delivering results for gender justice at work.
“Union, union women have blazed the trail in the fight for a more feminist and equitable society. We are emboldened by our victories to keep pushing the envelope as gender justice champions in every workplace and community,” adds Daniel Legere, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour.
For additional information please contact:
NBFL Vice President Responsible for Women’s Issues
(506) 857-2125 / (506) 381-8969 (cell)