Human Rights for Shop Stewards and Union Activists
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
November 7, 8, & 9
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
An overview of human rights in the Canadian workplace. Starts by examining the sources of human rights legislation and how unions can use the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, human rights legislation, and related contract language to advance workplace fairness, inclusion, and solidarity, and how to challenge workplace policies that have a discriminatory effect.
Matters that will be examined include protecting our members from discrimination while upholding our collective agreement rights; wage equity and representative workplaces; bargaining equality initiatives for all; learning the history and development of Canadian human rights from a union perspective by exploring a number of “Equality Moments “ in our history and mapping the development of human rights struggles and challenges including the role of racism and discrimination, as well as institutional /systemic discrimination. There will be a BRIEF OVERVIEW of workplace human rights harassment and bullying and of the duty to accommodate.
The course will have guest speakers who are union activists from equity-seeking groups speaking on various issues, films, and a guest speaker or musician. The course will result in a visual art piece reflecting the history of human rights and the labour movement that will inspire future action” .
$150 - VDLC affiliated union / $180 - other
Fee includes lunch & materials
Instructor Conni Kilfoil
Conni Kilfoil is a consultant who previously worked as the Equality Representative with CUPE in BC; she has worked as a lawyer with extensive experience as an advocate and educator.