At the bargaining table, we can give many good reasons why we should negotiate language to address domestic violence and its impact on our workplaces:
- Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence, according to a 2009 Canadian government study
- Women with a history of domestic violence have to change jobs more often, are more often likely to work in casual and part-time jobs, and therefore have lower personal incomes than women without violence experiences.
- The financial security of a job can allow women to escape abusive relationships and maintain a decent standard of living for themselves and their children.
- Being a perpetrator of domestic violence also significantly impacts the workplace. Their behaviours can lead to lower productivity and safety hazards for their coworkers.
This guide contains examples of good language USW locals and other unions have bargained to make members’ lives safer and better.