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If you don’t know, you’ll want to read Disability rights in the workplace: Understanding duty to accommodate, a new guide that has been sent out to all CUPE locals and staff for International Day for Disabled Persons on December 3rd.

The guide explains what you and your CUPE local need to know to advocate on behalf of members with disabilities and ensure our workplaces are inclusive. Advances in human rights have given unions new tools to fight for members.

Employers, with the union playing an active role, have an obligation to adapt work and workplaces to ensure that persons with disabilities have the right to employment without discrimination.

The new guide is meant to be used by union advocates working with injured workers, workers with a disability returning to work after being on long-term disability or sick leave, and workers who have a disability whether or not they have been off the job. It includes an overview of disability and the duty to accommodate, a procedure to deal with the employer on the issues, and samples of existing collective agreement language.

It is also a tool for educating our members about their rights and the importance of our duty to accommodate. For additional copies, contact the Equality Branch in Ottawa or download it below: