Brothers, sisters, and friends,
Earlier this year, CUPE created a National Safe Union Spaces Working Group to address serious concerns about gender-based violence and other forms of harassment and discrimination in our union.
Our Working Group, advised by expert external consultants, has been reviewing CUPE’s existing tools and processes, identifying gaps where we need changes or additional resources to ensure safer union spaces for all members.
As part of this important effort, we are launching a survey. The survey will be open for two weeks (closing September 28).
We encourage you to participate in this survey, and to share it widely in your CUPE networks, including social media. Your active participation in the distribution of this survey will be key to the project’s success.
We acknowledge that these issues are widespread. All of us must work together to change this situation. We need you to help us identify actions we can take and policies we can adopt to make CUPE more welcoming for every member.
Violence, harassment, and discrimination seriously undermine union solidarity. Until all of us are safe, none of us are safe.
The National Safe Union Spaces Working Group