The UTE supports equal opportunity for all its members, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious or political belief, family or marital status, or conviction for which a pardon has been granted.
The EO committee consists of two National Officers, one Labour Relations Officer, one member elected by Local Presidents and representatives from the following equity seeking groups: Racially visible, people with disabilities, women, Aboriginal peoples, lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) persons.
The Employment Equity Act specifies that employers must consult and collaborate with Unions in employment equity policies, procedures, and the implementation of programs and action plans. The UTE strongly believes that collaboration and co-operation is to take place at all levels. The UTE has Guidelines available for Local Joint Employment Equity / Diversity Committees.
Union-management consultation on equity issues is also a priority. Ongoing meetings are held with management’s National Employment Equity Co-ordinator and the Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources to discuss issues such as Employment Equity Action Plans, Employment Equity Strategic Direction, Workforce Analysis Results, awareness training on equity issues, special programs for members from designated groups and any issues that are barriers to the promotion of equal opportunities.