This article is adapted from Stopping Sexual Harassment: A Handbook for Union and Workplace Activists, published by Labor Notes in 1992.
While some things have changed since then, we’ve found much of the book’s advice is still quite relevant. ….
…. It’s hard enough to confront workplace sexual harassment when it’s coming from management. But what about harassment between co-workers?
It’s a more difficult issue—but one that has to be addressed if the union is worth its salt.
The most important step is confronting co-worker harassment head-on, even if some argue that the union should not “choose sides.”
…. Unions that shy away from dealing with co-worker harassment may find themselves with new problems and divisions. Women may turn to management, and some co-workers may blame them for getting co-workers in trouble. ….