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Unions have a proven track record of making life better for women. On International Women’s Day, let’s take pride in all that we have accomplished and recognize the women who place themselves on the front line delivering vital public services in our communities across Saskatchewan,” said CUPE Saskatchewan Vice-President Dolores Douglas.

Across the Canadian workforce, studies show that women who are members of a union:

  • Earn 39 per cent more in wages
  • Are twice as likely to have pensions
  • Are 25 per cent more likely to have paid sick leave
  • Have 11 days more vacation and paid holidays
  • Have additional legal rights, stronger job security and access to professional representation

That’s the union advantage!

Today it is also fitting to reflect on the challenges that remain for women—like securing fair pay for the valuable work women do every day to deliver public services, improved labour standards and contract provisions that allow women to better balance work and family, and standing against budget cuts to public services that are an important source of support for women and their families, build strong communities by increasing well-being and reducing poverty and crime, and are also a source of good jobs in our cities and towns,” said Douglas.