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USW Directors Statement for December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2023
Graphic of woman holding a sign that says: No way! Violence isn’t “just part of the job”

No way! Violence isn’t “just part of the job”

On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique because they wanted to work in an occupation historically dominated by men.

Today, that kind of prejudice may seem very old-fashioned and out of date. But in 2023, workers who identify as female still experience unacceptably high rates of gender-based violence. In other words, women still face the violence barrier for being part of the paid workforce.  

Seven in 10 workers have experienced harassment and violence at work in the last two years. Women, 2SLGBTQIA+ workers, Black, racialized and Indigenous workers and workers with disabilities are more likely to be targeted. In addition, the rise of hate in Canada, including anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate, is putting workers at risk of violence and harassment.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action to end Violence against Women. Let’s remember all those who have lost their lives to gender-based violence. And let’s continue to work hard to ensure that everyone is safe at work and at home and recommit ourselves to ending gender-based violence in all its forms in our communities.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

Let us also remember the names of the 14 women murdered in this act of violence and misogyny:

  • Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
  • Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
  • Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
  • Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student

In solidarity,

Marty Warren
National Director for Canada

Scott Lunny
USW District 3 Director

Dominic Lemieux
USW District 5 Director

Myles Sullivan
USW District 6 Director

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