Union Values and LGBTQ+ Worker Experiences

January 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) at York University invites you to an engaging discussion of Union Values and LGBTQ+ Worker Experiences: A Survey of UFCW Workers in the United States and Canada, a new binational report from the UCLA Labor Center, a unit of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) OUTreach. The report finds that UFCW LGBTQ+ union members and their allies are leading the way in challenging discriminatory laws and policies and instituting greater protections so that LGBTQ+ workers can thrive at work and in their communities. The report offers a timely analysis of LGBTQ+ worker issues and identity politics in North American labour movements.

In this session, academics and labour and human rights activists will deconstruct the concept of “layered protections” for LGBTQ+ unionized workers employed in frontline sectors.

This event is co-sponsored by York University’s Centre for Feminist Research; Sexuality Studies Program; and School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 pm ET | 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT

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Nick Mulé (Coordinator, Sexuality Studies Program, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Associate Professor, School of Social Work, York University)

Emmanuelle Lopez (Human rights, Equity & Diversity Coordinator, UFCW Canada)
Jackie Graticola (Union Representative, UFCW Local 1006A, Canada)
Janna Shadduck- Hernandez (Director, UCLA Labor Centre)
Michele Kessler (Chair, UFCW OUTreach; Chair, International Union Federation LGBTQ Committee)
Sid Jordan (Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of Social Welfare)