Unifor proudly recognizes Pink Shirt Day, an annual event on the last Wednesday in February where people across Canada unite and commit to commitment to building safe, harassment-free communities. Pink Shirt Day is an important reminder to challenge bullying and harassment year-round as we work to end harmful behaviours all around us.
Pink Shirt Day began in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 2007 when David Shepherd, Travis Price and a large group of students decided to defend their peer who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, they, and many students turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts.
Unifor members are encouraged to participate in Pink Shirt Day, which happens on Wednesday, February 26 this year. Wearing a pink shirt on that day is an important statement of solidarity to those who have been harassed and bullied and a commitment to challenge bullying in our workplaces, schools, and broader communities.
By wearing a pink shirt, sharing a personal message or the Unifor poster online, and challenging bullying in your daily life, you can show you are committed to speaking out against bullying and harassment in all forms.
Workers face violence and harassment for gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and many other reasons, at work and in our communities, from people we know, from people in positions of power, and from the systems that support that power.
Ending this oppression is our shared responsibility, and is a necessary step toward building a more just and equitable world, together.
Organize your workplace to participate in Pink Shirt Day this year, but do not let it end there. Take time and familiarize yourself with Unifor’s process of addressing harassment and bullying in the workplace. Make a promise to act, speak out against bullying and offer kindness every day.
If you have a Pink Shirt Day story or photo, share it! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post online at and use the #Unifor hashtag on Twitter.