Unifor celebrates International Women’s Day at events from coast to coast

A group of Unifor sisters posed behind IWD ballons.


International Women’s Day began because of union action by a determined group of women standing up for their rights at work more than a century ago. Unifor continues that tradition every day through solidarity, education, collective bargaining and political action that builds equity in workplaces and in communities.

But on March 8, we took a moment to gather, celebrate these achievements, and sometimes even squeeze in brunch!

Celebrate with us and see the faces of the women leading the change toward equity across Unifor workplaces.

Unifor Women's Department Director Tracey Ramsey, holding a red Unifor flag, with Unifor staff and members at rally.

The annual International Women’s Day Toronto Rally and March on March 2 brought Unifor staff and members together with activists from a broad range of unions, associations, worker groups, feminist organizations and community groups to celebrate successes. Following a rally at the OISE auditorium, hundreds hit the streets of Toronto showing their support for the equity work that remains to be won.


Four Unifor sisters posing for a selfie.

Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle and Unifor staff and members gathered at the New Westminster office in Vancouver and held a celebration for IWD on March 10 planned by the Regional Women’s Committee. With B.C. leading the country in coverage for prescription contraception, there was a lot to celebrate.


Unifor National President Lana Payne with a group of Unifor sisters, all with fists raised in solidarity.

Unifor National President Lana Payne spoke to more than 250 members and leaders who attended the IWD Brunch at Local 222 in Oshawa on March 10. One member even shared a moving testimonial about how the union introduced her to a welcoming community that gave her the strength to be herself.

Creating space for everyone is a key part of the work Unifor does to change workplaces and make the world a better place.


Unifor National President Lana Payne with two members standing under a balloon arch with someone taking a photo in the foreground.

With stunning décor of balloons and purple lights, Local 636 in Woodstock, Ont. welcomed Unifor National President Lana Payne, Ontario Regional Director Samia Hashi, and Ontario Regional Council Chair Shinade Allder to speak at their annual IWD Brunch which featured an auction draw and a photo booth set up for members to capture memories of the event.


A large group of Unifor members holding signs with feminist slogans.

Every year at the Unifor Family Education Centre (FEC) in Port Elgin, Ont., the Unifor Education Department hosts courses under the theme of Women’s Week. Courses include Women’s Advocate Basic Training for bargained Women’s Advocates, Collective Bargaining for Women, Women in Leadership and more!

Participants, leaders and FEC staff gathered for a group photo to mark IWD.

A dozen Unifor sisters posing for a group photo.

Atlantic Regional Council Interim Chair Morgan Palmer and members of the ARC Women’s Committee gathered with activist sisters in Saint John, N.B. to collect toiletries and period supplies for two local women’s shelters, Coverdale Centre and Rose House. This is an annual effort organized by a dedicated group of members that supports women and children fleeing violence.


A group of Unifor sisters many holding their fists in the air in solidarity.

In Kitchener, Ont., National President Lana Payne, Ontario Regional Director Samia Hashi and Women’s Director Tracey Ramsey spoke of the importance of sisterhood with members from Local 1106 at an IWD Dinner that featured a special presentation from a local dance group. Women supporting women at every age!


Unifor members from coast to coast marked IWD in many ways. Stay informed on future events and the work Unifor is doing to advance women’s equity by registering for the monthly women’s newsletter at unifor.org/women.