Black History Month Statement
Every February, CUPE Ontario urges all its members to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month. We also invite our members to reflect on the many contributions Black people of African and Caribbean heritage have made to Canada and our union movement.
Black workers have a long history of building the Canadian labour movement and fighting for social change. Through their activism and leadership, Black trade unionists in Canada have organized to pass laws and win collective agreement language that fights racism and promotes equality in our workplaces and communities. This fight is far from over.
Studies show that Black Canadians still face disproportionate barriers in our society. Black Canadian workers remain over-represented in precarious, temporary and low-wage employment. The average Black Canadian worker currently earns 75.7 cents for every dollar a non-racialized worker earns, with racialized women facing an even higher wage gap of 36.8%. Black people in Canada also continue to face racial profiling by police.