Members of PSAC Local 20150 are invited to watch a video, eat lunch, and take part in a post-video discussion on Thursday, June 20, starting at noon in Leylum. We will provide lunch.
The 20 minute video, A Struggle to Remember: Fighting for our Families, chronicles the struggles by unions, feminists, and political progressives that led to Canada having some of the best family leave and maternity leave benefits in the world, making it possible for women to return to their jobs after giving birth and gain real and enforceable work-life balance provisions.
The 20 minute documentary starts with the 1960's struggle to recognize women's role in society and the workplace. This struggle led to the 1971 extension of Unemployment Insurance benefits to include partly paid maternity leave. The story looks at key struggles in Quebec and BC to fully replace the wages of women on maternity leave and honours the unique contribution of early feminist unions
Here is a link from the Workers' History Museum with more information.
You can view the trailer here.
The local has our own copy of the video, let us know if you would like to borrow it.
See you on June 20.