Our Vision


Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are
equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that
creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our

As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are
our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that
undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates
an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist,
homophobic or transphobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too,
does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion,
language and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment.
Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue
or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The
uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help
us grow as a union.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make
us different, and they reduce our capacity to work together on
shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions,
and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.
CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to
equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that
all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.


Fred Hahn                                                   Candace Rennick
President                                                     Secretary-Treasurer


Download a printable copy of the Equality Statement