Unifor members in the auto sector receive access to sickness and accident benefits that Toyota workers don’t. These include enhanced benefits that cover specific harassment-related cases such as domestic or sexual violence that occurs outside the workplace. In recent negotiations with the Detroit Three, Unifor members enhanced harassment-related benefits to include up to 10 days of paid leave for workers who have are experiencing or been threatened with domestic or sexual violence.
A Women’s Advocate is a specially trained workplace representative who assists women with concerns such as harassment issues, intimate partner violence and domestic violence. In the auto sector, Unifor represented auto workers have a Women’s Advocate in their workplace who provides support for women accessing community and workplace resources. The program was pioneered by auto workers recognizing that women are five times more likely to speak to someone they know from their workplace when they are looking for help. The program is an internationally-recognized example of a successful joint union-management workplace initiative that helps to create healthy, respectful, and safe workplaces.