December 3, 2017
People with disabilities are too often excluded from work. They are assumed to be unproductive and incapable. Their abilities frequently ignored and discounted. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Unifor joins a growing movement that is challenging the prevailing and discriminatory views that disempower the disabled community.
These attitudes act to exclude people from work, limit opportunities for advancement and promotion and allow the valuable contributions and abilities of people with disabilities to be overlooked and marginalized. Unifor is committed to challenging ableist biases, dismantling barriers that function to disempower people and building adaptable, inclusive workplaces and unions.
Social change starts with each one of us. Together, we can create systemic and lasting change that recognizes the dignity and worth of differently abled persons. Members can begin by taking the following steps towards inclusion:
1. Encourage the use of the Inclusive Practices Tool Kit in your local union and workplace.
3. Challenge your perceptions about disability and consider how your workplace can be made more inclusive.
Unifor invites all workers with disabilities to become involved in their locals and union. Please reach out to Niki Lundquist, Workers with Disabilities Staff Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, please visit: unifor.org/disabilities