LEARN • LEAD • ORGANIZE • SUPPORT: Model Curriculum for Unions
This training curriculum facilitator’s guide was originally developed for an in-person and interactive training program for UNITE HERE! Local 23 members. Created specifically for hospitality and retail workers, this training is filled with relatable scenarios of situations that workers actually face.
Responding to Gender-Based Violence & Harassment: Trauma-Informed Strategies for the Labor Movement
When engaging survivors in advocacy efforts, it is critical to promote practices that are survivor-centered and trauma-informed. These tools can help unions and worker centers identify opportunities to improve and strengthen current practices on responding to gender-based violence and harassment.
- Assessment Tool for Trauma-Informed Practices in the Labor Movement
- Engaging Survivors: Advocacy Training Scenarios
- Engaging Survivors in Workplace Advocacy: Resources and Models
Top 10 Things Unions Can Do Right Now to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Unions were established to promote dignity, equality, and respect for all workers. As such, unions have an important role to play in creating safer, and more supportive and accountable workplaces. Unions are in a unique position: they have the power to influence how employers address harassment in workplaces where they have collective bargaining relationships or where they are organizing. This resource features practices that unions could adopt right now to address sexual harassment in America’s workplaces.
The number of women experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault is staggering. 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence and 1 in 5 women experience sexual assault. Women who work in low-wage jobs, most of whom are women of color and mothers, are victimized by violence at even greater levels.
FUTURES established two Learning Labs focused on improving the safety and economic security of janitorial workers and hotel room cleaners. In collaboration with unions, anti-violence advocates, worker rights advocates, as well as other stakeholders, FUTURES created industry-specific responses to sexual harassment and violence and its impact on workers and the workplace.
This effort was funded through a grant provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Reimagining Workplace Safety
FUTURES, in partnership with United Way Worldwide, convened Reimagining Workplace Safety, a summit of union leaders, health and safety experts, researchers, and sexual and domestic violence, gender rights, economic justice, and workers’ rights advocates from across the United States and Canada. The purpose of the convening was to share and create strategies to shift the culture of the workplace to one that enhances support to workers experiencing gender-based violence on the job or at home.
Gender-based violence at work is a global epidemic. Reports indicate that 40-50% of women in industrialized countries experience unwanted sexual advances, harassment, or physical contact at work – a statistic that is likely worse in developing countries where violence often goes unreported.
FUTURES, in partnership with the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, and other organizations produced the report Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work in the United States which offered key recommendations for policymakers.