days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women

On December 6, 1989, the lives of 14 innocent female students were taken in a depraved act of violence simply because they were women. While we remember on this day, and commemorate the lives of all women who have been victims of gender based violence, we must continue to work to eliminate violence against women.

Today we honour the 14 women that lost their lives on that tragic day at Montreal’s École Polytechnique:
Genevieve Bergeron | 21
Helene Colgan | 23
Nathalie Croteau | 23
Barbara Daigneault | 22
Anne-Marie Edward | 21
Maud Haviernick | 29
Barbara Maria Klucznik | 31
Maryse Laganiere | 25 was a CUPE member
Maryse Leclair | 23
Anne-Marie Lemay | 27
Sonia Pelletier | 28
Michele Richard | 21
Annie St-Arneault | 23
Annie Turcotte | 21

On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it is important to know that when it comes to statistics relating to violence against women and children you don’t have to be a math expert to understand the numbers. You simply have to be willing to recognize that each statistic represents a woman, child, or family — a life — torn apart by violence and abuse.

First mourn … then work to end violence against women.