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Duty to Accommodate

1 Day

Our job as trade unionists is to ensure that our workplaces are accessible to everyone – including workers with disabilities, workers of all religious backgrounds, and women.  The “duty to accommodate” outlines not only our obligations to represent our members, but also our power to change workplaces and lift barriers to participation so that all workers have the right to earn a decent living.

If you are a shop steward, workplace representative, chairperson, accommodation rep, or employment equity rep/women’s advocate, then this course is especially for you.

The program outlines:

  • Why accommodation is a union issue;
  • Definitions of ‘duty to accommodate’;
  • Legal framework for accommodation & case law;
  • Steps involved in accommodation;
  • Applying the duty to accommodate to workplace situations;
  • Dealing with co-worker and employer resistance;
  • What union reps need to know and do.

This course is co-produced by the Education and Legal Departments of Unifor.

Don’t see this course in your region?

For one-day and three-day courses, you can make a local union request by contacting the Education Department at or 416-718-8489. Please note that one-week courses only take place at our Unifor Education Centre in Port Elgin, ON.

For more courses in the Quebec region, please visit or contact the Education Department in Quebec at or 514-389-9223