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Emerging Issues

Women are Leaving the Workforce amid the Pandemic. What can we do?

December 12, 2020
An unprecedented exodus of women from the workforce is upon us and the pandemic is only partly to blame. The real culprit for this mass departure ...

Awareness and Remembrance

December 6: Workplace Violence Against Women in Canada Today

December 06, 2020
On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered at Polytechnique Montreal, one of Canada’s most tragic acts of violent misogyny. Every ...

Awareness and Remembrance

Healing Justice Manifesto for December 6th 2020

December 03, 2020
On December 6th, 1989 I was a new mother. The murders at l'École Polytechnique shook loose a deep despair that surfaces every December. ...

Emerging Issues Awareness and Remembrance

Ending Violence Against Women - Basics for the Workplace

November 24, 2020
Violence against women is everywhere. In the workplace, we see it in certain jokes, “water cooler talk”, information and media we ...

Emerging Issues Awareness and Remembrance

National Housing Day and its Link to Employer Support for Domestic Violence Victims

November 10, 2020
“Why can’t they just leave?” That’s the default response to a story about a victim enduring domestic violence. Packing ...

Awareness and Remembrance

Oct 1st 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons

September 30, 2020
Thirty years ago, on December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 the International Day of Older Persons. The day was observed for ...

Emerging Issues

Gender Equality Week: The Inequality of Working from Home

September 25, 2020
Mid-September marks a full six months of quarantine in Ontario as workers who would typically work in an office continue to work from home. Some ...

Emerging Issues Awareness and Remembrance

New Warning Signs for Spotting Abuse & Canadian Labour Laws Supporting Victims

September 02, 2020
Six months into quarantine, many of us fortunate enough to work from home have realized that we took perfunctory office routines for granted. ...

In the News Awareness and Remembrance

Everything Wrong with Zero Tolerance Policies & Why Progressive Discipline is the Future

August 27, 2020
News stories following athletes accused of domestic violence flow like clockwork: after allegations surface and gain traction, players’ ...

Workplace Champions

Unifor Women’s Advocates remain active during Covid-19

May 14, 2020
Unifor has a network of over 400 Women’s Advocates across Canada. Our union has negotiated this position into our collective agreements with ...

Emerging Issues Awareness and Remembrance

The value of being prepared

May 11, 2020
The pandemic is teaching us the extraordinary value of preparedness. When the lockdown started in early March, it came as a shock that society ...

Awareness and Remembrance

National Day of Mourning – Remembering Victims of Workplace Sexual Violence

April 28, 2020
On June 2nd, 1996, sixteen months after she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, Theresa Vince was murdered at work by her ...

Awareness and Remembrance Emerging Issues

How Employers Can Help when Home Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence and COVID-19

March 18, 2020
As the spread of COVID-19 forces Canadians to stay home, people who live with an abusive parent or partner are at increased risk of violence. ...

Awareness and Remembrance

Bread and Roses – The Unifying Cry for Gender Equality & Worker’s Rights

March 06, 2020
Bread and roses. Historically, they’ve been a commonly used symbol of the women’s workers movement as well as International ...

Guest Bloggers

Impact of Violence on the Workplace - Part 2

January 29, 2020
I thought it would be useful to find numbers on domestic abuse in Canada to give a sense of the scope of the workplace impact. I found, perhaps ...

Guest Bloggers

Impact of Violence on the Workplace - Part 1

January 17, 2020
Trying to avoid spilling my precious morning coffee while lugging the ancient beast of a laptop, I settled awkwardly into a spot at the café ...

Awareness and Remembrance

Best of 2019 at MIOB

January 16, 2020
This past year has been full of change. The influence of the #MeToo movement in the workplace cannot be downplayed, with many more women feeling ...

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