Unifor Social Justice Fund

Unifor Social Justice Fund

Unifor is committed to social justice in Canada, and around the world

Unifor is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families in Canada and around the world. One way we express that commitment is through our Social Justice Fund. The Unifor Social Justice Fund promotes and supports the role of trade unions and workers groups in their efforts to strengthen democracy, promote equitable development, and contribute to poverty reduction, social justice and education reform.

The Unifor Social Justice Fund is a registered charity that is governed by our Social Justice Fund Board of Directors (which includes officers of the union as well as prominent Canadians).  Funds are negotiated during collective bargaining from employers, either on a cents-per-hour-per-worker basis, or as a lump sum.   In this way, workers signify that social justice is a key priority and that by working collectively we can make a difference not only here in Canada but around the world.

Examples of SJF projects include: campaigns to improve labour and human rights, development projects, humanitarian assistance (helping people deal with catastrophic floods, famines, war and disease), projects that promote women in leadership, and campaigns that promote peace and security.  The Social Justice Fund responds to the immediate concerns of people, but in addition, challenges the root causes and develops longer-term capacity of those in need.

Approximately 20 percent of our SJF monies are used in Canada, complementing the many other initiatives the union and our members support within our borders.

We will continue to fight to improve labour and human rights and in so doing, create the conditions that enable workers to improve their own lives wherever they live and work.  Unifor is proud to be one link in a long chain of human rights organizations and labour unions that circles the globe.

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