As Canadians we have rights to be treated fairly and with equality. These rights extend into our workplace. In our workplace we have the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination based on our gender, sex, disability, race, religion, or age.
Despite the laws that protect us such as the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; which our country helped write, we still face racism and discrimination in our workplaces and in our communities.
The BCGEU works closely with our national union (NUPGE) and the Canadian Labour Congress to eliminate discrimination in the workplace and in our society and continues to do so.
Equity Questionnaire for BCGEU members
The BCGEU is committed to ensuring that our activities are accessible to sisters and brothers from all equity seeking groups. Please complete this survey and send it in.
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Are you a member of the BCGEU Equity Network yet?
For the past two years, BCGEU members who identify with one or more of the four equity groups have joined the BCGEU Equity Network .
The equity groups are:
- Workers with Disabilities (this includes any hidden disability)
- Workers of colour
- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender
Signing up to a network puts you on a confidential mailing list and you receive information, news stories and invitations to BCGEU-sponsored cultural events. The BCGEU also welcomes any interesting articles or events from your community to distribute to the network.
The email and contact list is kept confidential. Unless you agree there is no distribution of your e mail.
If you haven’t signed up yet, please click here.
This information will go directly to the aboriginal liaison-equity officer who will be producing a group summery of the self-identification information and only contacting those who include their contact information.
If you have any questions or require further information please contact Holly Page: Holly.firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone (604) 291-9611 or 1-800-663-1674.
"My Life, My Union"
BCGEU member Kiran Kang shares her thoughts in the latest installment of the "My Life, My Union" series featured in a number of newspapers. Kang is a member of the union's provincial Women's Committee and a member of the Equity Network. Read about Kang here.
Mimi Murray, a steward at the newly certified Surrey City Centre branch of Vancity, is profiled here.
BCGEU Vice-President Lorene Oikawa on being active in thhe BCGEU.