Unifor women are helping to grow the union, as many active organizing campaigns represent the changing demographics of the workforce in Canada.
"Women are more likely to find themselves working in precarious employment and in sectors that are hard to organize," said Roxanne Dubois, Unifor National Organizing Representative. "Our capacity to train and involve young women will prove to be essential in welcoming more women to our union."
Jennifer Moreau, Vice-President of Unifor Local 2000, started organizing after disruption in the print and newspaper industries led to a reduction in jobs and the local’s membership. With a need to diversify and strengthen the base of unionized work she reached out to workers in British Columbia’s animation, visual effects and game development industries.
“This is one of the most exciting, rewarding, high-stakes roles in the labour movement,” said Moreau. “Organizing has such huge impact on people’s lives. It’s very fulfilling to know you’re helping workers in a meaningful, positive way.”
Samia Hashi, who helped organize Bell TV members in Scarborough, Ontario, is also actively encouraging union sisters to get involved. Hashi began as a workplace activist, went on to negotiate a first agreement with the bargaining committee, and now sits on the Ontario Young Workers’ Committee.
“Just do it! Start anywhere, whether it's in your community, school or Local,”said Hashi. “We often second guess ourselves or don’t give ourselves enough credit for the strengths we do have and my advice is to eliminate that doubt and just get in there. The rest will come.”