When Unifor was established, the National Executive Board made a collective commitment to build a union that was vibrant, dynamic, progressive and inclusive. It was understood that the strength of Unifor comes from our membership and is reflected by the diversity of members, activists, including women, racialized and Indigenous workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered workers, young workers, workers with disabilities and other equity seeking groups being represented in the structures of the union, at all levels.
To assess how well we are doing in promoting diversity and equity across Unifor, the union is appointing two Diversity Coordinators to gather information and data from our local unions. Our aim is to collect data to determine levels of participation of all equity seeking groups in our various structures, including local executive boards and union committees.
The Coordinators will connect with all local unions and will work in conjunction with the Financial Secretaries of the local unions to coordinate and conduct equity and diversity audits and also review the training and support provided to the committees which are mandated by the Constitution, including Human Rights Committees and the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committees. This project will provide us with the information we need to reflect on areas in need of improvement and measure our successes. Once the data is gathered and analysed, this will be shared with all local unions.
Equity is our shared responsibility and it is a collective task for each and every member to establish the kind of sustainable change that will move our Union forward. All locals are asked to cooperate with the Coordinators and support this important initiative.
If you have any questions about this campaign please contact Unifor’s Human Rights and International Director, Mohamad Alsadi, via email at @email