CUPE workers of colour and Aboriginal members tend to be concentrated in lower paying occupations with poorer working conditions. Our workplaces should not be segregated this way!
Discriminatory hiring practices are one of the ways workers of colour and Aboriginal workers are shut out of better paying unionized workplaces.
This kind of systemic racism is worldwide and its impact in our Canadian workplaces is very real and devastating.
As privatization and restructuring lead the assault on better-paying public sector jobs, workers of colour and Aboriginal workers are particularly vulnerable because last-hired, first-fired policies erode their gains.
While the populations of our communities change and become more diverse, the face of our workforce is not keeping pace with these changes.
Challenging racism in our workplaces means:
Reaching out to all CUPE members, welcoming everyones participation and ensuring that all union activities reflect the diversity of our membership.
Putting anti-racism on the bargaining agenda and negotiating clear and specific contract language for racism-free workplaces.
Educating our members, co-workers and communities by exploding the myths that sustain racism.
Organizing workers of colour and Aboriginal workers because unionized workers have better wages and working conditions.
Building links with community groups fighting for equality.
Strengthening our union solidarity. When one of us cannot be exploited, none of us can.