how useful are my strengths if i don't use them to defeat my weaknesses
Local 744 was originally certified in 1958 by the Manitoba Labour Board (# MLB-714). At that time we were affiliated with the National Union of Public Employees. In 1963 National Union of Public Employees and the National Union of Public Service Employees merged to form the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In 1993 Local 744 amended it’s certificate (# MLB-4963) to reflect the name change, and changes to the School Division. CUPE Local 744 was born.
Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.
As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion, language and ethnic origin.
Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.
Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.