Women In Trades Association - Winnipeg
Organization profile published 1981
Publisher: C/o The Women's Building, 730 Alexander Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 1H9
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2360
Women in Trades Association (W.I.T.) is a support group for women in non-traditional occupations, many of whom W.I.T. consider to be unorganized workers.
Abstract: Women in Trades Association (W.I.T.) is a support group for women in non-traditional occupations, many of whom W.I.T. consider to be unorganized workers. This organization presently has a staff of three women, each of whom is undertaking special projects. A library of information, pamphlets, research documents and books on women and work (specifically) as well as related information concerned with women and the economy, is being established. Another major project is a fall 1981 conference/workshop on Sexual Harassment in the workplace. Target groups for this workshop include W.I.T. membership, union locals, and groups of unorganized working women such as in restaurants, etc. Along the same lines, preparation of a Career Presentation Program for high schools will begin in January of 1982 with the hiring of two more women. In terms of published documents, none exist to date, however, there is a research project underway which will follow the women who graduate from 3 Pre-Trades for Women Courses (given at Red River Community College in Winnipeg) with the focus being on problems encountered by women in non-traditional occupations, i.e. job discrimination, sexual harassment, problems with apprenticeships, etc. This will be published in a series of papers over the duration of a Canada Community Services Grant. A system of networking with other W.I.T. organizations across Canada has been established in order to better facilitate the work and share common problems and solutions; perhaps a National Newsletter will be produced. W.I.T. is presently developing an extensive file on Affirmative Action programs in Canada and W.I.T. membership will be developing policy statements on topics such as this. Women in Trades Association-Winnipeg is anxious to hear from others who are interested in their work.
See also CX2257, CX2717, CX2599, CX2719, CX2718.