Steelworkers at University of Toronto Knit 132 Scarves for Visual Display Against Workplace Violence

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - On Tues., Dec. 6, 132 scarves will hang from trees, benches and display boards at all three University of Toronto (U of T) campuses to recognize the importance of Bill 132. The scarf installation, called STEELwool, is a visual display against workplace violence. STEELwool is a project of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1998 Human Rights Committee.

WHAT:

STEELwool art installation of 132 knitted scarves at University of Toronto campuses to highlight new legislation to prevent workplace harassment.

WHEN:

Tues., Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:

U of T St. George Campus: 7 Hart House Circle


U of T Mississauga Campus: Library, 3359 Mississauga Road


U of T Scarborough Campus: Meeting Place, 1265 Military Trail

WHO:

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1998 Human Rights Committee

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

Scarves will be displayed on trees all around 7 Hart House Circle at the University of Toronto from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.

 

In September, Bill 132 made workplace sexual harassment a health and safety priority by adding it to the Ontario Health and Safety Act. Over the past three months, United Steelworkers Local 1998 members and volunteers have been knitting and crocheting scarves to educate members about the new policy at the University of Toronto.

The new legislation requires employers to have specific policies and programs in place that ensure workplace harassment is appropriately investigated.

Dubbed STEELwool, the project brought together veteran and novice knitters. STEELwool culminates with a one-day art installation of colourful handmade scarves – each tagged with the name of the creator – at all three campuses.

"The project theme is warming all people of any gender, race, age, sexual orientation and ability across U of T. It was developed and organized by the USW Local 1998 Human Rights Committee," said Colleen Burke, President of USW Local 1998.

Following the installation, the scarves will be donated to various charities across Toronto and the GTA.

United Steelworkers Local 1998 represents over 8,000 administrative and technical staff at the University of Toronto, University of St. Michael's College, Victoria University and University of Toronto Schools.

December 6, 2016, marks the 27th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre, where 28 people were shot and 14 women were killed. December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

www.usw1998.ca/steelwool 

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

Image with caption: "United Steelworkers members Elisa Lee and Tade Credgeur with scarves made for the STEELwool project. (CNW Group/United Steelworkers (USW))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161205_C7582_PHOTO_EN_829961.jpg

For further information: Colleen Burke, USW 1998 President, 647-883-2678, colleen.burke@usw1998.ca; Tade Credgeur, USW 1998 Human Rights Co-Chair, 647-409-8233, tade@usw1998.ca; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

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