Tools for Stewards in Fighting Racism
- Anti-harassment policies of the union and the employer
- Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
- Collective agreement articles that address nondiscrimination and anti-harassment practices.
- SGEU’s FAIR committee. The Friends Against Aboriginal Racism (FAIR) committee is not intended to replace stewards or Agreement Administration Advisors, but will provide moral support to Aboriginal union members experiencing problems in the workplace or union. Stewards should advise Aboriginal members that they can have access to an advocate from the FAIR committee, if they choose. The FAIR committee can be reached at ext. 266 by calling toll-free 1-800-667-5221 or in Regina 522-8571. Only the FAIR committee chairperson has access to messages left at this number.
- SGEU’s Equality Statement. If a member experiences racism (or other forms of harassment or discrimination) at a union event, a complaint can be made to the Ombudsman or to another officer of the union.
(See SGEU Anti-harassment Policy for details).
- SGEU’s support for and policy on representative workforce. We can work at all levels of the union to implement the policy, including through bargaining proposals and resolutions to union conventions.
- Speak up. When you hear a comment or joke that damages the dignity of another racial group, say something. A simple, “That comment makes me feel uncomfortable,” is a good start. It tells the speaker that not everyone agrees with their point of view, and it signals to Aboriginal co-workers and workers of colour that they have an ally.
- Ask. If you think an Aboriginal member or member of colour in your workplace is being unfairly treated, speak with them privately. Ask them if they would like to take action or speak to the FAIR committee if they are an Aboriginal member.
- Pause and reflect. Stopping to think about our own behaviour is one way to make sure we’re not perpetuating stereotypes or privileges. Ask yourself: “Am I discounting this member’s concern because it’s not an important issue in my culture?” “How would I feel if I had to hear these comments or go through this every day of my life?”