Ken Neumann’s statement for December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, we remember the women murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And we also renew our calls for better measures to end gender-based violence.

Because the killings continue. This year, our union lost one of our own. Nadège Jolicoeur, an activist with Local Union 9400 in District 5, was murdered by her partner in March.

Because a woman or girl is killed in Canada every 2 ½ days, we renew our demands on the federal government to adopt a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women.

And we also call on the federal government to ratify the new international convention C-190, to eliminate violence and harassment from the world of work.

In addition, the USW offers courses where activists and local-unions leaders can learn how to support members who may be experiencing domestic violence or harassment and how to be more than a bystander when violence and harassment happens. Contact your district education coordinator to learn more.

Let’s do all we can to end the violence.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann

National Director

Resources:

USW Action Guide for Raising the Bar on Women’s Health and Safety, including sections on domestic and sexual violence.

USW Bargaining Guide for Addressing Domestic Violence in USW Collective Agreements.

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit/LGBTQ+ People.

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