News briefs (April 22, 2002)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

LABOUR SEEKS MORE WOMEN MEMBERS

Ottawa

— The Canadian Labour Congress has kicked off a campaign to double the number of unionized women in Canada in just three years. While working men and women have nearly equal unionization rates (34 and 32 per cent respectively), the CLC says women are much more likely to work temporary, part-time and low-wage jobs and therefore a larger number of women would gain from union membership. The median wage is about $17,000 for women and more than $28,600 for men. “This campaign isn’t about unions needing more women. It is about more women needing unions,” said Nancy Riche, CLC secretary-treasurer.