Women

The BCGEU is recognized as a leader in fighting for women's rights in the workplace and the community. The BCGEU has a long and proud herstory of representing women member, who presently make up two-thirds of the total BCGEU membership. 

Watch We are the union: Women's Work, a documentary produced by the Provincial Executive Women's Committee that celebrates the achievements of union women throughout history.

 

Learn more about the campaign

Committee members (2016): Chair Stephanie Smith, Vice Chair Brenda Brown, Vice Chair Sussanne Skidmore, Patty Schlafen (104), Andrea Duncan (C3 VP), Pamela Pye (C3 PE rep), Amanda Greenlay (304), Sherry Ogasawara (C4 VP), Salli Rye (C4 PE rep), Ruby Driedger (404), Kimberlee MacGregor (C5 VP), Sonja Haigh (611), Nancy Naylor (703), Carla Dempsey (C8 VP), Lana Vincent (1003), Maria Middlemiss (C12 PE rep), Helen Repole (1207), Gayle Furgala (1707), Colette Fauchon (2003), MJ Colquhoun (804), Anita Sullivan (505), Monica Wyllie (704), Darlene Gallant (801) YW, Emet Davis, Secretary; Holly Reid, Assistant Secretary.
Affiliates: Shawna Walsh (BC Ferries and Marine Workers), Adele Peters (Compensation Employees' Union)

Terms of reference: 

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

  • promotes the awareness of women's issues within the union;
  • encourages the participation of women at all levels of union activities;
  • recommends to the provincial executive the elimination of specifically identified systemic barriers to full participation of women in the union;
  • promotes, through the education committee, and other provincial executive committees, the continuing education of our members on areas of gender equity and rights within the union;
  • develops bargaining proposals on issues of concern to women;
  • recommends educational programs which address the needs of women;
  • reviews union policies, practices and positions with a life/work balance lens and amend as required; and
  • develops and submits resolutions to the provincial executive for BCGEU and labour affiliates.

The BCGEU Women's Committee is involved in the following:

  • International Women's Day on March 8: Around the world people celebrate women's contributions and continue to fight for women's equality. Copies of the BCGEU International Women's Day poster are available at BCGEU area offices. 
  • Herstory Month in October.
  • The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6.

Check back for a list of labour-supported events in communities across B.C. All BCGEU members are invited to take part in these events.

Action Centre

  • Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn't: The Canadian Labour Congress and the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at the University of Western Ontario partnered to learn more about the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.The survey was the first of its kind and provided groundbreaking research into the impact of domestic abuse at the workplace. The results present a sobering look at the how widespread domestic abuse is in Canada. In fact, one-third of 8,429 people surveyed – predominantly women – have experienced domestic violence. Read the full report here.