THE HUMAN RIGHTS/EQUITY COMMITTEE SHALL:
Be responsible for all matters related to equity issues and international, national and local solidarity work. Promote equity in employment and within the structure of SGEU.
Promote and defend the principles of human rights. Take decisive and positive action concerning human rights issues.
Work within the Union to build solidarity with equity seeking members, provide consultation to and liaise at all levels of the Union structure in order to achieve and maintain their rights within SGEU and in society at large.
Promote awareness and information regarding equity issues within the Union through Union publications and by other means as identified by the committee and by networking with outside interest groups.
Develop and mandate Regional Council/Sector Equity Committees to facilitate communication and awareness at the local level and to encourage Sectors/Locals to send equity delegates to SGEU Annual Convention.
Work in a coalition with the FAIR Committee to provide support and to work on racism issues.
Develop, review and recommend to the Bargaining Units and Convention, union policy and contract language concerning issues of equity, racism, colour, age, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation (i.e. same sex benefits), marital status, physical or mental disability, place of residence, political affiliation and place of employment as well as any form of harassment. The Human Rights/Equity Committee, through the Provincial Council, shall enforce such policies and act as a support group.
Organize and host an Equity Conference in even-numbered years.
Consider, sponsor and support programs such as conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., pertaining to issues of equity seeking groups.
Bente Sabiston (Persons with Disabilities)
Albert Zwozdesky (Aboriginal)
Jaclynne Gould (Solidarity and Pride)
Arlen Nickel (Youth)
Tony Szmukier (Human Rights Male)
Muna De Ciman (Workers of Colour)
Wendy Banadyga (Woman/Chair)
Laena Buller (Human Rights Female)
geyre [at] sgeu [dot] org (Greg Eyre) - Staff Advisor