At the December 10, 2020 membership meeting, members approved this resolution on equity and anti-discrimination in union work, committing to continuing to advance principles of equity and social justice in our internal union work and spaces. Among other things, this includes committing to building a culture of harm prevention, as well as clear and accessible structures of support for any member who experiences discrimination or harassment while engaging in union work.
As a union, we do not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation in our organizing work and union spaces. This includes (but may not be limited to) harassment and/or discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetics/genetic markers or information, disability status, veteran status, union activity, pregnancy status, parental or caregiver status, ancestry, political ideology, use of a service animal, or physical traits such as skin color, weight, etc.
Find more information about immediate action steps below. This page will be updated regularly as this work continues to develop.
The Solidarity Team will be made up of 3-5 members for an initial 1-year term. The Solidarity Team will receive training in and be responsible for:
- Supporting any member who experiences issues with discrimination or harassment while doing union work;
- Proactively developing work that supports harm prevention within the union;
- Developing accountability practices for repairing harm when it does occur;
- Developing structures for transparently tracking and resolving issues, while also supporting the privacy of members as needed.
All UAW 4121 members in good standing are eligible to become part of the Solidarity Team. Interested members should fill out this short form by January 6 at 5pm. If more than five members express interest, an election will be held in January.
While the Solidarity Team is being established, contact information for at least one support person will be made clearly accessible at all union events, including membership meetings, phone/textbanks, working group and committee meetings, etc. Any member who experiences discrimination, harassment, or other concerns in union spaces should contact firstname.lastname@example.org right away for support.