Marty Warren’s statement for International Women’s Day 2018

This year, we can’t talk about International Women’s Day without talking about how to end workplace sexual harassment.

Women workers in the entertainment industry have helped take the lid off of this nasty problem. We know that sexual harassment is widespread in all industries, not just entertainment. And we know that there’s no equality without safety and respect.

USW has lots of great resources to fight harassment, including courses and publications. I want to focus on another, very important resource: our local health and safety committee activists.

Health and safety reps work hard to keep our workplaces safe and our members secure. Just like other risks and hazards, sexual harassment threatens mental and physical health. And when workers aren’t healthy, it’s hard to meet performance standards, putting their economic security in danger. Let me say that again: harassment in the workplace threatens women’s economic security.

Let’s support our health and safety reps and activists to continue taking on the battle against workplace sexual harassment. For International Women’s Day and for every day of the week: Unions Say “NO” to Sexual Harassment and Violence against Women!

In solidarity,

Marty Warren
USW District 6 Director

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