Unifor Statement on Trans Day of Visibility

Unifor recognizes and invites all members to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. This annual day celebrates the value and resilience of transgender people both within the union and around the world.

Transphobia and anti-trans discrimination is on a dangerous and violent rise in Canada and around the world and is closely associated with growing far-right movements and political parties.

This makes workers’ commitments to equity and justice more urgent at every bargaining table, kitchen table, workplace and community space.

Trans Day of Remembrance, 2022

Unifor recognises November 20 as the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR). November 20 is a day of mourning, as our union comes together to recognize those whose lives - overwhelmingly Black trans women and femmes - have been taken due to anti-trans violence.

On Saturday, November 20, Unifor encourages members to engage with this important day of remembrance by attending a vigil and sharing the union’s resources.

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Unifor celebrates an end to the discriminatory blood ban at CBS, calls for complete removal at Héma-Québec

Toronto- Health Canada announced their approval of the Canadian Blood Services’ (CBS) move to behaviour-based screening questions for blood donations, ending the homophobic blood ban.

“This announcement is a long-fought victory for workers and advocates, and for Canada’s safe supply of blood and tissue donations. These new policies will now reflect science, not outdated and discriminatory assumptions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer.

Today’s announcement did not include a timeline of the same regulatory change for Héma-Québec.

Unifor policy on LGBTQ issues

For over 20 years Unifor members and activists have been actively engaged in struggles for social and legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex[1], two-spirited[2] and trans people. The...