Marty Warren Pride 2018 Statement

In June this year, Steelworkers from all across Canada join with LGBTQ2S+ communities to celebrate Pride Month.

In District 6, there are many opportunities in our communities to take part in LGBTQ2S+ activities. One of the largest Pride events in the country is Pride Month in Toronto, which includes the Trans March, the Dyke March and the Pride Parade.

For communities outside Ontario, social media and the internet are good platforms to direct you to events in your area.

For our workplaces in Ontario, Bill 132 provides LGBTQ2S+ members greater protections against harassment and violence on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.

While June is a month of celebration for the LGBTQ2S+ communities, activists and allies, let's remember that the fight for equality must take place throughout the year. In our workplaces, we must continue to fight for transition leaves, parental leaves, and anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies.

I urge our members to:

  • Create a Human Rights Committee in your local to ensure the employer’s compliance with human rights legislation
  • Promote our revised  “Preventing and Dealing with Harassment in the Workplace” workshop
  • Attend Pride Month events in your community
  • Negotiate strong collective agreement language, particularly for equality-seeking groups such as LGBTQ2S+ communities

In solidarity,

Marty Warren
Director, District 6

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