How to start a Workplace Environment Committee

CUPE LOGOThe Canadian Union of Public Employees released a practical guide,  How to form a Workplace Environment Committee  on March 7, stating  “CUPE recommends that its members set up either a workers-only environment committee or a joint worker/employer environment committee. Sometimes, joint health and safety committees extend their mandate to take on environmental issues. However, a separate environment committee that focuses only on green issues is the better way to go to ensure that workplace environmental issues are front and centre for the committee.”  The Guide suggests starting with an EcoAudit , which CUPE also supplies online , as well as examples of existing committees in CUPE workplaces.  For a catalogue of collective bargaining language related to workplace environment committees, visit the database compiled by York University’s Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change project.

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