Pink Shirt Day, celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in February, to support the important commitment to a safe, harassment-free environment at work and school.
“Homophobia, transphobia and harassment at work isn’t just an LGBTQ issue, it’s a human rights issue and up to all workers to address,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “On February 28, I’ll be wearing pink to show that I stand against bullying and am in solidarity with LGBTQ workers.”
All members are encouraged to participate in Pink Shirt Day, which happens on Wednesday, February 28 this year. Wearing a pink shirt on that day is both an important statement for the union, and it is a promise to act. By wearing a pink shirt, and sharing a message or the Unifor image online, you can help to show that the union is speaking out against homophobic bullying and harassment.
Unifor recognizes Pink Shirt Day to support the trailblazing work of youth who took collective action against bullying. 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.
Help to organize your workplace to participate in Pink Shirt Day this year, but don’t let it end there. Make a promise to act, speak out against bullying and offer kindness every day.