Saskatchewan Working Women

Year Published:  1982  
Inactive Serial

Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX2598

Abstract:  This newsletter of SASKATCHEWAN WORKING WOMEN (SSW) contains reports from SSW locals in Regina, Saskatoon, and Swift Current.

In the fall of 1981, the Regina local adopted the following priorities: organizing the unorganized; technological change, recruitment; and childcare.

Some recent activities of the Region local include:

- a discussion on the controversial issue of "Take Back the Night";
- an educational and discussion in prepartion for the 1981 Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Conference;
- perparation of a pamphlet on sexual harrassement; and
- a serious discussion of the local's present and future directions.

In the fall of 1981, the Saskatoon local of SSW resolved to pursue a more active education role in the area of labour solidarity and not limit itself to picket support. An educational workshop on "Sexual Harrassement and Rape" was held at the November local meeting with speakers from Women Against Violence Against Woemn and a film entitled "Workplace Hussle." As a result, the local developed resolutions on both issues.

In March of 1982, this local help a public seminar on the problems of organizing service sector employees. This sector includes some of the most emploited workers in the work force. The particular problems of organizing in the service industries have made this a priority area of SSW's work. Over half of service working are women.

SSW for some has recognized that there are problems particular to the rural areas (and rural women). In March 1982, the Swift Current local organized a conference to address this whole question. Areas of discussion included:

- women in transition from farm to paid labour force;
- women in the farm home and as farm labour;
- rural childcare; and
- ideology or rural Saskatchewan - how it affects women's perceptions of themselves as workers.

One aim of the conference was to promote better communication between rural and urban areas.

The SSW Technical Change Committee (Regina local) is currently considering the production of a slide presentation depicting various jobs in Saskatchewan that are being transformed by the introduction of computer technology. Health and safety problems that arise from the use of VDT's and other computer apparatus will be a focus of the montage.

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