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 the Organize uWaterloo committee 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
Online webinar


  • 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.

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.