The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to share the launch of Doing Things Differently: A Disability Rights at Work Handbook. This new resource was developed to support disability rights advocates in every workplace and outline the important role unions have in advancing disability rights in the world of work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the weaknesses in our social safety nets that have left people with disabilities, along with other equity seeking groups, especially vulnerable. We know that this health crisis has intensified the discrimination and stigma towards workers with disabilities, while placing hard-won workplace accommodation victories at risk.
Doing Things Differently is intended as a resource to educate and inform union members, leaders, staff, and others about the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities, and to identify and inspire ways in which the union movement can better advocate for the full integration and equal participation of persons with disabilities at work, in our society, and in our trade union movement.
At a time when the labour movement is facing the impacts of an unprecedented global health crisis, alongside increasing economic and political challenges, it is more important than ever that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are benefitting from the creativity, strengths, passions, and abilities of all of our members, including workers with disabilities.
We encourage you to learn more about our new handbook, Doing Things Differently here, and share it widely within your networks.