When workers first began to organize, health and safety was one of the issues that brought them into unions. Unions were the vehicles they could use to fight from a position of strength for their dignity, rights and improved working conditions. Health and safety continues to be a fundamental issue common to all workers, in organized and unorganized workplaces. Renewing health and safety activism must also include using health and safety in our organizing drives.
- Develop an action plan to use health and safety as an organizing tool.
- Create sector-specific information kits.
- Ensure that organizers are able to access the expertise of CUPE health and safety staff.