Earlier this year, our members voted to donate $1,000 to the
PFLAG Durham Region LGBTA Youth Leadership Camp. That's no small amount for a local our size! Also, it was enough to pay for an entire camp experience for one LGBTA youth. We're proud to have the opportunity to give back and appreciate all that PFLAG does for our community.
CUPE promotes and defends the rights and freedoms of LGBTTA persons. Our active participation in coalitions, lobbying and campaigns contributes to the education and awareness of the lives and perspectives of LGBTTA people amongst CUPE members, within CUPE structures, in workplaces and communities.
CUPE 960 promotes equality in the workplace and everywhere in the world. We work to inspire change in the Community and always work to follow CUPE's Equality Statement:
Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.
As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion and ethnic origin.
Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.
Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work
together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.
CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that all sisters and brothers deserve dignity, equality and respect.