Human Rights

Trans Day of Remembrance November 20

  Statement from Unifor National. On November 20, workplaces and communities across Canada and around the world will take the time to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and commemorate those individuals who have lost their lives or faced violence and discrimination due to transphobia. This serves as a time for our union to recommit to the work required to eliminate and reduce transphobia while building more respectful communities in which we live. Unifor’s National President Jerry Dias reaffirmed this commitment when one of his first official acts was to write a letter to Russian President Putin urging him to repeal recent laws and policies that severely infringe upon the individual and collective rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans citizens. Dias announced his intention to...


  Shine the light Purple shirts are now IN. T Text Alex Fitzgerald to grab one! T-shirts are 20 for short sleeve. 25 for long T shirt. Alex Fitzgerald 228-878-5724  

Persons Day October 18th

Statement from Unifor National on Persons Day. October 18, 2018 On October 18, Unifor members join Canadians in celebrating Persons Day. On this day in 1929, women won the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, finally being considered “persons” under the law. Since that time women have continued to work tirelessly to break down barriers to women’s full participation in public and political life. Using the lens of intersectionality, we can see that barriers can be compounded for women of colour, indigenous women, immigrant women, trans women and women with disabilities. Persons Day is a reminder that equality cannot be reached simply through persistence. There must be a legal and systemic framework that supports gender equity – programs and policies such as universal child ca...

Persons Day Gala and Raffle!

  October 20, 2018 Local 88 will be holding it’s 4th annual Persons Day Gala with proceeds going to help support Ingamo Homes Second Stage Transitional Housing for Women and Children of Oxford county. Deadline to purchase tickets is October 15th For more info please click here. Cannot make it? Still wanna help? Members can purchase Raffle tickets to win a Google Home from the following members. $10 tickets – Click here for more.

Anti-bullying T-shirts Are Here

Anti-bullying T-shirts have finally arrived and we will start distributing this week in the plant. We will also have the pre-ordered shirts available tomorrow, at the labour day picnic, for pick up. Just look for the Human Rights/AWOC ring toss. You will be contacted by Phil Vandermolen, Aaron Chabwa or Alexandra Fitzgerald to arrange delivery and payment for your order. If you have any questions please contact Phil at 519-504-0506 prefer text. Just a reminder shirts are $20.

Anti-Bullying T-Shirts

A message from the Local 88 Human Rights Committee: Anti-Bullying T-Shirts If you would like an Anti-Bullying T-Shirt please fill out the form in the link below or in the sidebar of the members area page. We will place an order when we receive orders for 50 or more shirts. We need a minimum of 24 long sleeve shirt requests before we can place an order. Shirts are $20. Any questions please contact us here. Order forms here.  

Oxford County Pride Events

Unifor Local 88 is a proud sponsor of the Oxford pride festival. June is Pride month and in the spirit of Pride the Communications Committee has changed the website banner from Unifor red to the Pride rainbow! In the future if you have an event that is put on by or Local 88 sponsored please let us know plenty of time in advance and we will see if we can update our site header for the event. Send us an email here. For a list of events and to check out the Oxford Pride website please click on the poster below.

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17

From National. Unifor calls to End the Ban The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, is an annual reminder that although progress that has been made, there is further to go. Unifor joins the international call for action to address the inequality that too many, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in our workplaces and communities face. Unifor encourages all people to recognize and embrace this day, to support the ongoing struggles for inclusion, acceptance and respect of all LGBTQ people, including supporting the call to end the discriminatory blood donation policy here in Canada and Quebec. LGBTQ all across the country and around the world are faced with legal, social, and institutional barriers. It is these barriers that isolate and divide...

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 21, 2018, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Unifor will join others in recognizing the ongoing oppression facing Indigenous and people of colour. Please click here for more information and a statement from Unifor National.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Please read statement from Unifor National March 21, 2018 Too many Indigenous people and black Canadians have been denied justice in the last year alone, and this is a historical problem that is rooted in racism. Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine, Abdoul Abdi, Ebrahim Toure, and Mavis Korkor Lamyoh. These are the names of just a few of the Indigenous and people of color who have become victims and survivors of Canada’s justice system this last year. Unifor states the names of these individuals to recognize and give voice to the daily lived experiences of racism. Our union joins a growing number of people in remembering these stories and will honour their experience by demanding justice in what is Canada’s unequal criminal justice system. The union also rejects the criminalization of immigratio...

Pink Shirt Day-February 28, 2018

Message from Jerry Dias, Unifor National Let’s End Bullying   Join with us tomorrow to unite against homophobia and bullying in your workplace and community. Take action on Wednesday, February 28. Wear a pink shirt on February 28.  By wearing your pink shirt, and sharing that image online, you can help to show that the union is speaking out against homophobic bullying and harassment. By participating in Pink Shirt Day this year, we ask that you make the promise to stand for kindness every single day. Share your pictures and messages of support for LGBTQ workers and students with us at or online, on Facebook or Twitter, and we will share them with the wider Unifor family. Don’t have a pink shirt? Use this shareable or take a photo with this poster. What ...

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