Celebrating our Union Pride – A statement from President Kim Novak

As Pride celebrations in Vancouver begin to wind down, we want to take a moment to reflect on our role as a labour union that is an ally to the queer community. A union that fights for the rights of all working people, regardless of who they are or who they love. A union with Pride.

In the past several years, the LGBTQIA2S+ community has demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of challenges from anti-LGBTQIA2S+ propaganda, hate, and violence. As your union, UFCW 1518 recognizes the solemnity of this situation and denounces any efforts to undermine or discredit the hard-earned progress our society has achieved in advancing LGBTQIA2S+ rights.

Our commitment to supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community and participating in the Vancouver Pride Parade runs deep. We firmly believe that inclusivity, respect, and equality are not just admirable ideals. They are the very foundation upon which our union stands. Just as we advocate for worker safety and the rights of our hardworking members, we also wholeheartedly champion the rights and dignity of all individuals, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Vancouver Pride Parade was one way to celebrate all the progress we have made. But it also helps us continue to recognize how much more work we need to do to create a world where everyone feels like they belong.

As a member of the Canadian Labour Congress, UFCW 1518 stands united with unions across Canada in fighting for LGBTQIA2S+ members and the community. Together, we amplify our voices and leverage our collective strength to create positive change and an environment where people can love and live freely without fear, discrimination, or violence. Canada’s unions will continue to join others in the community to celebrate Pride and support LGBTQIA2S+ equality and justice. Join an event near you: https://canadianlabour.ca/events/2023-pride-festivities-across-canada/

Looking ahead, it is critical for us to continue to celebrate and speak up for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. No matter who you are, what you look like, or what your sexual orientation is, you deserve dignity and respect.

Kim Novak
UFCW 1518 President