Black History Month has been officially marked in Canada since 1995 following a motion introduced in the House of Commons by the first Black Canadian woman elected to parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. This month continues to provide an opportunity to reflect on the unique challenges facing Black communities and individuals.
Guided by this year’s theme Celebrating Our History and Making Our Own, Unifor highlights the tireless work of Black people in the continuing fight for workers’ rights, human rights, and in seeking equality for all.
This year also marks the sixth year of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent dedicated to the recognition, justice, and development. These concepts are integral to the union’s work as we continue to oppose ingrained and persistent inequalities. Recognition of historical struggles and accomplishments broadens our understanding of the challenges that persist and inspires our activism to promote respect and engage in meaningful change.
Unifor actively seeks justice for marginalized communities, both through workplace supports and through solidarity with the tremendous Black leaders from coast to coast developing and strengthening their workplaces and communities.
Resolutions against racial profiling were adopted across the country at each of Unifor’s Regional Councils and the union is coordinating broad discussions with police forces across the country to ensure discriminatory practices are eliminated on paper and in practice.
All month long, Unifor will be collecting stories featuring the work of Black members from across the country. To be featured in our Black History Month review, have your Unifor Local submit a photo and a short description of your work and accomplishments to email@example.com.
Ministry report finds inadequate staffing at Brucelea Haven possibly led to the deaths of two residents
WALKERTON – Healthcare workers represented by Unifor Local 2458 at Brucelea Haven, a home for the aged in Walkerton, are not surprised by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Compliance Officers Report on the living and working conditions at the home.
“For months now workers have raised the issue of lack of adequate staffing to the employer, including holding a rally in front of the home on May 16,” said Tullio DiPonti, President Unifor Local 2458. “Our members will always put the residents first, and risk burnout to work hundreds of hours of overtime, yet they still work short 95% of the time. If the employer had listened to the repeated warnings of workers, residents and families to increase staffing levels, I believe these tragic incidents could have been avoided.”