Anti-Racism and Unions


Join us for a discussion of how anti-racism work and unions work together to create a more just workplace and society, hosted by Organize uWaterloo and CUPE. The webinar will start with presentations of related information and personal experiences and then we will switch to a Q&A panel discussion. A primary aim of the discussion is to envision how our (soon-to-be-formed) local union might engage in anti-racism work through bargaining, activism, and solidarity with ongoing efforts.

Nov 19, 2020 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Anti-Racism action and unions
Online webinar
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  • Pamela Arancibia, student activist and rank and file member, CUPE Local 3902 (University of Toronto)
  • Kimalee Phillip, CUPE National Human Rights Representative
  • Alia Karim, CUPE Researcher and York University student activist
  • Hadiya Ma, graduate student, University of Waterloo Faculty of Science Anti-Racism Taskforce


  1. Introduction to town hall (CUPE Staff)
  2. Union drive introduction (Grad student organizer)
  3. Intro/primer on CUPE and its anti-racism work (Kimalee Phillip)
  4. How anti-racism work plays out on campus through their union (Alia Karim)
  5. UWaterloo Science Anti-Racism Taskforce (Hadiya Ma)
  6. Anti-racism work within CUPE and the membership (Pamela Arancibia)
  7. Short discussion

_Important: Harassment and inappropriate questions of any kind will not be tolerated at any OrganizeUW event. OUW reserves the right to remove anyone who is not participating in a good faith, respectful, manner.**

Committee to Organize UWaterloo
Committee to Organize UWaterloo
supported by CUPE

The Committee to Organize UWaterloo is a grassroots campaign to unionize the academic workers at the University of Waterloo. The campaign is supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada's largest union.