Women outnumber men in Canadian unions

Shift thrusts labour into women’s rights fight
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2007

For the first time in Canadian history, there are more women than men in the ranks of unions. According to Statistics Canada, there were 2,248,000 women represented by unions between January and June 2007 compared to 2,237,200 men.

That means unions are increasingly fighting for policies to improve the status of women at work, according to a labour and human rights lawyer.

“I see unions pushing cases forward on issues that recognize the reality of women in the workforce in ways that they didn’t 20 years ago,” said Kate Hughes, a partner with Toronto law firm Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre and Cornish.