Our responsibility to build power for change: National Human Rights Conference concludes

Following three and a half days of passionate and insightful discussions on CUPE’s role in advancing human rights in Canada and around the world, the 2nd National Human Rights Conference wrapped up in Winnipeg.

The conference’s last day saw a final panel exploring successful union and community campaigns led by marginalized workers to build collective power.

Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labour Centre, spoke about the growth of the immigrant workers movement in the United States, and what lessons it offers the entire labour movement.

Equality wins at the bargaining table, powered by political action: National Human Rights Conference panels

More than 500 labour and social activists from across Canada are taking part in CUPE’s National Human Rights Conference in Winnipeg. On the conferences third day, participants dove into how to achieve greater equality at the bargaining table, and through political action.

Bargaining equality: CUPE’s opportunity at the table

A deeper look into Canada’s human rights record: Day two at the National Human Rights Conference

Over 500 social and labour activists from across Canada are taking part in CUPE’s 2nd National Human Rights Conference in Winnipeg. Day two focused on a look at the make-up of CUPE’s membership, and discussions on Canada’s human rights record.

Who are we? CUPE’s membership survey

Alberta school bus driver killed on his first shift

CUPE 4946 member Dellis Partridge was killed at work on Monday, February 2nd.
Partridge, 60, had worked as a bus driver previously. He had just been hired as a casual driver and was on his first shift with the Peace River School Division when his bus was involved in a head on collision with a semi truck near Grimshaw, Alberta about 500 km northwest of Edmonton.
Fourteen students were passengers on the bus, all sustained injuries, as did the truck driver. There were no other fatalities.

Closing the wage gap: pay equity

Unions work to increase wage fairness and to eliminate income inequalities. We challenge discrimination in all its forms. Wage gaps are often the result of systemic discrimination—when policies, practices or social norms affect the way employers value jobs where women and other equity-seeking groups are concentrated. Systemic discrimination is often unconscious or unintentional, and can go unnoticed, except by the people it disadvantages.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Retirement security and equality-seeking groups

Canadians are walking into a retirement income crisis that will hit equality-seeking groups the hardest.

Over 11 million Canadians today – six out of every 10 workers - don’t have a workplace pension plan. When a worker doesn’t have a good pension at work, they have to rely more heavily on the country’s public pension system (Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Pension Plan). But this system is inadequate, particularly for equality-seeking groups.

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