Workplace Harassment

Everyone has a right to respect and dignity. At CUPE 3907, we take harassment very seriously.

Article 4 of our Collective Agreement prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Your ‘workplace’ includes the University’s premises and in work-related activities or social events occurring off-campus.

Graduate assistants at OISE sometimes have the same faculty member as both their academic and employment (Graduate Assistant) supervisor. As such, members can be wary of addressing workplace harassment if it could affect their academic careers.

As union members we can act to support each other by refusing to ignore harassment and violence in our workplace. When we see abusive conduct, or hear threatening language in our departments, we can call upon our Union to help us address the issue, or to demand action from the administration. We all take part in ending harassment when we begin to recognize and confront it.

What to do if you experience harassment?

If you are experiencing harassment in the workplace, you may also be suffering from stress, anxiety, uncertainty, sadness, anger or fear as a result. Your Union representatives understand these feelings, and are here to support you.

Keep a record of what happened. Make note of the time(s) and date(s) of the incident(s), where they occurred and who was present. Include any resulting problems – mental, physical or social etc.

Contact a CUPE 3907 representative or your department steward. They can help you take action. The union has the ability to anonymously bring issues with academic supervisor conflict or harassment directly to Labour Relations & the Vice President Human Resources & Equity.

Remember:

  • YOU have the RIGHT to speak with your Union representative
  • YOU will be treated with RESPECT, and we will treat your matter as confidential
  • YOU guide the process – we will not act on your behalf without your permission
  • YOU are PROTECTED against retaliation for filing a grievance or speaking with us

The CUPE pamphlet Speak out! Stop harassment is intended for members who have experienced or witnessed harassment, or who want to organize on the issue.

Do I have the right to file a grievance?

In accordance with article 4:11, an employee may file a grievance alleging a course of conduct amounting to workplace harassment if,

  • after the University has exhausted any applicable internal steps to respond to the situation, the employee is dissatisfied with the outcome or
  • after 60 working days have elapsed from the date the written complaint was finalized, signed by the employee, and submitted to the University, specifying the conduct alleged to constitute workplace harassment, the University has not provided the employee with a response to the complaint.

Such grievance will be filed at step 3 of the grievance procedure.