CUPE and our 650,000 members across Canada join the global call for love and freedom as we celebrate Pride 2018!
CUPE and our National Pink Triangle Committee will continue to advocate for LGBTTQI workers both inside and outside the workplace. Thirty per cent of members of LGBTTQI communities experience discrimination in the workplace. We recognize that transgender, gender-diverse and two-spirit people experience disproportionate unemployment levels, harassment and discrimination at work and have limited access to health and public services.
Despite discrimination, hate and bigotry, members of LGBTTQI communities continue to be at the forefront of political and social change through their steadfast resistance and their ongoing work to create communities that are more inclusive and diversity-positive. This movement to advance the rights of workers in all workplaces creates a society where everyone can thrive. CUPE affirms its commitment to remain accountable and principled and to prioritize building futures free from violence and discrimination.
We’ve seen some recent progress with the passage of Bill C-16. We’re going to keep going. At our 2017 National Convention, CUPE members mandated their union to create safer and more inclusive union spaces and to develop tools and resources to assist our members in doing this work. We take this task seriously. We will continue to negotiate anti-discrimination and anti-harassment language in our collective agreements, as well as language which accommodates our LGBTTQI members.
This year and always, we also pause to remember and honour the many trans people who have been harassed, assaulted and killed and the many others who continue to occupy the frontlines of political organizing and change.