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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

In honour of International Day for Disabled Persons, we are pleased to send you a new guide “Disability Rights in the Workplace – Understanding Duty to Accommodate” produced by our Equality Branch.

Duty to Accommodate requires employers to adapt workplaces to ensure that people with disabilities can work free from discrimination.

As union representatives, we also have a duty to ensure our members’ rights are respected and that options for accommodation are fully considered. The obligation to accommodate also applies to other prohibited grounds of discrimination, as set out in human rights laws.

We hope you will find the new guide helpful in your role as union leaders and activists. To better understand the duty to accommodate and how best to use this new guide, you may want to contact your Union Development/Education representative and request a workshop on the subject. For more copies of the guide, please contact the CUPE Equality Branch by phone, mail, or e-mail at equality@cupe.ca

International Day for Disabled Persons is a time for us to recognize that all workers, whatever our abilities, have the right to equality in the workplace. The new Duty to Accommodate guide will help us achieve this goal.

In solidarity,

Judy Darcy
National President

Claude Gnreux
National Secretary-Treasurer

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