Anti-Harassment & Discrimination

TIPS TO EMPOWER YOU ON THE JOB SITE

Creating a job site free from harassment and discrimination is everyone’s responsibility. Together, we can ensure that all carpenters feel safe, heard, included, and represented on all our projects. If you have encountered or witnessed harassment or discrimination on your job site, read our tips to empower and protect yourself.


HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED OR WITNESSED HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION ON YOUR JOB SITE?

IDENTIFY THE ISSUE
Is it isolated or recurring?


If it is severe, act on it right away.


If you fear for your safety or someone has committed a crime against you, call 911. 

DOCUMENT
Write out the details while they are fresh in your mind. 


Capture the who, what, when, where, why of the situation.


Take photo evidence.


Document all of your actions. 


Capture only the facts of the situation, leaving out personal emotions and opinions.

FIND YOUR STEWARD
Find out if you have a steward on-site.


Explain your situation and ask for their input and guidance. 


Your Steward will help you resolve the issue.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS 
Review your company policy and follow its complaint procedures.


The company policy may include following a chain of command, including human resources.


Remember to document your actions, along with the action taken by the company to resolve the issue.


If asked to participate in an investigatory interview, you have a right to union representation. Contact us for support.

NOT RESOLVED?
Contact your Union Representative.


If you do not have your representative’s cell number, call our headquarters at (800) 573.8333, or your area’s office.


Your representative will initiate an investigation of your complaint.  


Be prepared to share your documentation with your representative.


Know what outcome you would like to see at the end of the investigation.


Ask your representative for a timeline on when they will get back to you. 


If you do not hear back in an appropriate time frame, contact your rep for an update. If there is no response, contact the rep’s supervisor by calling our headquarters at (800) 573.8333.

We invite our members and our communities to join this conversation with respect, humility, passion, and grace.” – Northwest Carpenters Union Executive Committee

Do you have ideas on how to combat harassment and discrimination?
Email us at stopit@nwcarpenters.org

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