You may have received an email from Environics Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) inviting you to participate in the membership consultation process commissioned by the Public Service Alliance of Canada as part of their Anti-Racism Action Plan.
As a labour organization, the Customs and Immigration Union is committed to addressing issues stemming from systemic racism and discrimination affecting Black, Indigenous, Asian and racialized members. Human rights are workers’ rights, and the principles of inclusion, diversity, and equity are intrinsic to our core mission of advancing these rights. The PSAC Anti-Racism Action Plan seeks to reinforce our capacity to uphold these principles at all levels through a review of how we serve and represent members of all horizons. The ongoing consultation process plays a key role in providing the union with the necessary membership input to do so.
The consultation process consists in a short two-minute survey, and members who take part may also be invited to join a subsequent focus group session to share their experiences in more detail. This PSAC endeavour supports the work being done by our own CIU Human Rights Committee to address racism and discrimination — both in our workplace and within our own union — and we strongly encourage you to participate.
No action is too small in the continuing fight against racism and discrimination, and we thank you in advance for taking the time to share your experiences and help us build a strong, inclusive labour movement.
CIU National President
Chair, CIU Standing Human Rights Committee