Marty Warren’s Statement for December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Violence against women continues to be a significant problem in Canadian society. For all of our modern technology, we haven’t yet put an end to sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, mainly perpetrated by men against women.

As we solemnly mark December 6, the national day to remember and act on violence against women, I am pleased to say that our district is taking some important steps to acknowledge and address the problem.

Beginning in December 2017, it will be district policy that all USW bargaining committees go to the table seeking language to support survivors of domestic violence in our workplaces. That support includes leaves of absence as well as other measures. And work will begin soon in our district to pilot the creation of a system of domestic-violence first responders in a local union.

December 6 is a reminder for us to take action to end violence against women. Acting to end the problem is one of the best ways to honour and remember those whose lives have been taken. 

In solidarity,

Marty Warren
USW District 6 Director

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