Marty Warren’s statement for International Women’s Day 2022

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Not surprisingly, child-care services were often closed during the first year of the pandemic. A 2021 survey of Steelworkers by the USW National Women’s Committee shows that mothers, more often than fathers, added those child-care duties to their workload, while still doing their paid jobs.

Not all parents are women, but women bear a disproportionate load. That was true before COVID-19; the pandemic has only made it worse. As a result, some working mothers chose to delay their return from a layoff, or decide not to pursue promotions, or even leave the workforce altogether.

In 2021, the federal budget announced $30 billion over five years to build a Canada-wide child-care system. To date, 12 out of 13 provinces and territories have signed agreements to access the funding, and parents are already seeing their fees drop. Only Ontario refuses to sign on, hurting women, families, and the economy. Visit the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care web site to find out more.

The USW wants to make sure all union activities are more inclusive of Steelworkers who identify as female. In March, for International Women’s Day, we’re holding two Zoom events, called Building Inclusive Locals. Join to listen and share what it means to be included in your local union. How can we work together to increase women’s participation and inclusion in locals and workplaces?

There are two chances to join:

  • Wednesday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific (8:30 p.m. Eastern); English only. Click here to register
  • Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Pacific); French-English translation provided. Click here to register

I hope to see you there. Happy International Women’s Day!

Marty Warren
National Director for Canada

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