Unifor has a long history of fighting for justice, and against oppression. Members committed to continue the fight at Canadian Council.
The year long ambitious Equity Audit (PDF) surveyed local unions to get to know the membership better. Members Kesang Kashi and Christine Maclin carried out interviews with nearly 470 local unions, representing 80 per cent of Unifor’s more than 310,000 members.
Unifor National President Jerry Dias addressed members before the presentation of the Equity Audit. “We focus on equity because it’s about fairness and justice. That’s what unions were built to tackle, in bargaining and in politics.”
The data collected found large gaps in representation for workers of colour, for Indigenous workers, for workers with disabilities, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers and for young workers. On local executive committees, at the bargaining table, and as stewards, equity seeking groups are consistently left behind.
At Canadian Council, delegates voted to take the next step to better represent these members. Unifor will establish an Equity Advisory Panel to build on the findings of the audit and begin the work to close the gaps. Deb Tveit, Assistant to the National President, connected these internal improvements to the political action of the union, saying, “Unifor was built to change this country, and we can’t do it unless we push for equity.”
Additional resolutions were adopted to help improve Unifor’s equity work. These include: improving accessibility at events, combating the gender pay gap, better supporting young workers, and many more.
Read the resolutions at: unifor.org/Canadiancouncil.