Disability Rights in the Workplace
Disability Mini Glossary
Language matters when talking disability
UFCW Canada has a longstanding history of fighting for the rights of all workers in Canada. This includes workers with disabilities. The most recent Statistics Canada survey revealed that 3.9 million people between ages 15 and older reported living with daily limitations due to a physical or mental disability.
Inclusion through diversity includes recognizing and valuing the contributions of workers’ varying abilities, and pushing for necessary accommodations when these are required on the job.
Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policies exist for all UFCW Canada local unions with protections guaranteed on the basis of disability, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, sex, religious or political affiliation, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, record of offences, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, or any form of verbal, physical and psychological aggression.
Disabilities encompass a range of health conditions including physical, mental, cognitive and learning disabilities. They can be both visible or invisible, developed over time, temporary or chronic, present at birth, or arise after an accident. Disabilities can also include a number of dependencies such as alcohol and drug dependencies, along with environmental sensitivities. Persons with disabilities are also impacted by various other societal barriers including class and discrimination.
UFCW Canada stands in solidarity with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and allied organizations working to end discrimination and to advance the human rights of all people with disabilities. We stand in full support of the CCD’s noted Reform Principles and values including:
• Facilitating employability and gainful employment in inclusive work settings
• Advancing reasonable accommodation and Equality Rights
• Ensuring an adequate standard of living for individuals and families by improving coverage of social protection and embracing adequacy and delivery of benefits
Working to advance these principles means advocating for equity measures in strong collective agreements and holding employers accountable to ensure that all workers are safe, protected and their needs accommodated.