Recently, the federal government launched a panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The panel's mandate is to identify private sector successes and best practices with regard to the labour market participation of persons with disabilities as well as barriers and disincentives to the employment of persons with disabilities.
The panel is holding both in-person and online consultations and is interested in hearing from private sector unions and union members to identify best practices and successful approaches to recruiting, retaining and accommodating workers with disabilities.
The United Steelworkers and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) encourage you to distribute the survey link to USW members, in order to ensure the panel hears about the importance of collective bargaining in building inclusive workplaces.
The CLC has committed to gathering examples of workplaces where private sector unions and employers have worked together to find solutions to help workers with disabilities overcome barriers to employment, to make workplaces accessible, or to ensure equity in hiring and promotion.
If you have a story to tell, please contact Vicky Smallman, National Director of Women's and Human Rights, at firstname.lastname@example.org before November 1, 2012.