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Angie Dickinson

Dale Harrison

Jessica Allen


Craig Batty - NEB Liaison


Human Rights

The Values and Beliefs Committee is proud to present our new booklet:

CUSW Human Rights Policy

Click here, or on on image at right to download a copy.

This Policy is intended to apply to complaints, concerns and areas for improvement regarding the activities of the Union, interactions between members, and broad workplace issues respecting Human Rights and equality. However, direct complaints arising in the workplace may be dealt with through the grievance procedure and/or applicable Human Rights legislation and do not necessarily fall within the scope of this Policy. 

Unit Human Rights Representatives

2021 Human Rights Representative Training

In 2016, two Members from each CUSW Unit were trained as Unit Human Rights and Equity Committee Representatives. This year, these individuals will have the opportunity to reaffirm their role and one again participate in a series of training activities that will provide them with the skills and confidence to take on their roles. Human Rights and Equity Reps receive training in topics like Human Rights and Equity, the principles of fairness and natural justice, the Duty of Fair Representation, problem solving and mediation techniques.

You can find out more about the role of the Human Rights Representative by completing the 15-minute course on this topic in AllianceLearning - just click here and use your CUSW Username and Password to sign in! 

HR Training: A Sample of What You Can Expect

May 25, 2021: Sex Discrimination in Canada

Guest Speaker: Stephen Hammond

During this session, CUSW Human Rights Representatives will learn about issues surrounding sex discrimination in Canada. While there will always be discrimination of various kinds within our country, it continues to surprise many people that the level of discrimination, and in this case against women, continues—and this topic will be the focus of our session on May 25th. 

You will be encouraged to challenge your own biases, as most people do not believe we openly discriminate. In particular, we will address the following:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination based on pregnancy
  • Discrimination based on family status (maternity & parental leave in particular)

June 22, 2021: Empowering Diversity Equity and Inclusion Among Your Team

Guest Speaker: Keka DasGupta

Module One: Feeling Excluded

Module Two: Feeling Mistreated or Betrayed

Module Three: Standing Up for Someone in Need

Meet the Trainers

Stephen Hammond

Stephen Hammond's expertise is in improving workplace behaviours. He's a professional speaker delivering training and keynote speeches, predominantly for workplace leaders, regarding harassment, bullying, discrimination, and Canada's changing face.
Since 1992 Stephen has rescued organizations from workplace disasters and has strongly encouraged workplace leaders to change with the times, even if they are perplexed, overwhelmed and reluctant to act. While a lawyer by trade and still a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, he no longer practices law. He holds a professional designation with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), is a past-Chair of their National Ethics Committee, and holds the designation of CSP, Certified Speaking Professional.

Keka DasGupta

Keka DasGupta (pronounced: cake-aa daass-gooptaa) has dedicated her entire working life to studying the emotional undercurrents that connect people and people to brands. She has done so first as a 50-time (50x) award-winning PR/marketing veteran and today, as a professional and TEDx speaker, corporate trainer and founder of a global personal development platform called: The Art of Life-ing. 

To this end, Keka has been championing diversity for the past 20 years. Her diverse work for brands like IKEA and American Express brought her to a global stage – where her Canadian strategies were adopted by the US, UK and other international markets. Her other clients in this space have included: Scotiabank, TELUS, DDB Canada, T.J. Maxx (Winners/HomeSense) and the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration), to name a few. Keka also created York University’s first ethnic marketing course for the Schulich Executive Education Centre at the Schulich School of Business.