SORWUC -- Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada
Organization profile published 1983

Year Published:  1983  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2720

Abstract:  One of the primary goals of SORWUC - SERVICE, OFFICE AND RETAIL WORKERS UNION OF CANADA is organizing the unorganized. This union was formed in 1972 "as it was seen as important for working women to run and control their own unions....The majority of women who work in downtown Vancouver are not unionized, and, of course, are paid wages that barely enable us to survive from pay cheque to pay cheque. The work we do is not valued, is not recognized as skilled work and is poorly paid with terrible working conditions (i.e. no coffee breaks). We feel that only through uniting and organizing into democratic unions and demanding better wages and working conditions can women achieve economic independence.

WORWUC members draw up their own contracts and negotiate them with their employers. They feel they can better express why they need or want a certain clause in their contract than any paid official or hired negotiator.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.
See also CX2357.

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