Over the past year, women across the world have come forward in growing numbers with stories of harassment in the workplace.
As a union, we believe that it is not too much to ask to go to work without being anxious about any harassment or sexual harassment that could happen there. Unifor collective agreements bargain clear anti-harassment language and due process for workers who face harassment and discrimination.
Many unions do this, but Unifor goes one step further to stand up for women in the workplace.
Unifor has a groundbreaking women's advocate program bargained into workplaces across the country. A Women’s Advocate is a specially trained workplace representative who assists women with concerns such as workplace harassment, intimate violence and abuse. The Women’s Advocate is not a counsellor but rather provides support for women accessing community and workplace resources.
Many Unifor workplaces have also negotiated domestic violence leave programs, and programs for men and women to take paid time off to deal with family medical emergencies – whether children, spouses or aging family members. Unifor’s annual Women’s Conference is one of the largest gatherings in the union outside of conventions and regional councils, with women attending from across Canada.
Ensuring a harassment-free workplace is another part of the union advantage.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to one of your organizers.
Billy O'Neill, Unifor
[email protected] | 416-605-1443
Bruce Fafard, Unifor
[email protected] | 587-341-0945
Murray Gore, Unifor
[email protected] | 604-671-9141
Patrick Murray, Unifor
[email protected] | 506-850-7996
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