The PWC is an advocate for women within the union, and especially at the local level. We often act as advisors, mediators and investigators under OPSEU’s Harassment and Discrimination Prevention policy. The PWC also initiates campaigns in the workplace and community for women's rights.
The PWC is also available to work with the bargaining teams on contract language regarding equity issues. Equality for women and other equity-seeking groups is a central thrust of all our work, both in the workplace and our communities..
Inform members about OPSEU's policy against Harassment and Discrimination.
Seek out sisters who will run as stewards and officers
Identify and dissolve the barriers that block sisters from participating. This means everyone, including sisters of colour, First Nations sisters, lesbian sisters, disabled sisters and those with families.
Work with the PWC rep in the region.
Organize educationals at lunch or after work on issues like "bargaining for a family-friendly workplace" or health and safety.
Support women in other workplaces and other unions.
Develop strategies to encourage your community to support public services.
To gain equality and achieve their goals, women must work with and through their unions. History demonstrates that by organizing into unions, working people have achieved better wages, working conditions, benefits, job security, human rights and equity protection.
The OPSEU Constitution guarantees the foundation - A Provincial Women's Committee (PWC). Delegates in each region elect a representative to serve on this committee.
Each union local is also encouraged to set up an active women's committee (LWC). Its job is to highlight issues of particular concern to female OPSEU members.