CUPE 2278 executive condemns bullying and harassment on campus and echoes calls for improved handling of reports of sexual assault at UBC

In light of the publicity surrounding the events of last year and events continuing to unfold on the UBC campus to date, the Executive of CUPE 2278 wishes to share the following statement that was unanimously approved at our last meeting. That a statement like this is even necessary in 2016 is particularly galling and CUPE 2278 condemns all bullying and harassment on our campus and elsewhere.

1. The BC Human Rights Code forbids harassment and discrimination on protected grounds that include race, colour, ancestery, place of origin, religion, marital status or family status, physical or mental disability, sex (including pregnancy, breastfeeding, and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, age, criminal conviction, and political belief.

2. Employment standards declare bullying and harassment are unacceptable in the workplace. An employer must, among other actions, take reasonable steps to prevent where possible or otherwise minimize workplace bullying and harassment. Bullying “includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but excludes any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment.”

3. All workers at UBC, including members of CUPE 2278, who are reporters, complainants, and respondents in allegations of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should have these allegations investigated and acted on in a timely and fair manner that is survivor-centric and free of bias and retaliation