March 1, 2023 — LEAF is grateful to the Society of United Professionals (SUP) for renewing a 3-year partnership to advance gender equity for women, girls, trans and non-binary people in Canada. Since 2019, SUP has donated $30,000 annually to LEAF’s general operations.
With their support, LEAF will continue to advance gender equality through litigation, legal education and law reform. Since 1985, LEAF has intervened in over 130 cases strengthening equality rights, including ensuring pension equity for women workers and equal pay for equal work. The partnership will create new opportunities for Society members to engage with LEAF’s work.
“We are grateful to the Society of United Professionals for their continued support of LEAF. In the midst of a global backlash against the rights of women and trans people, it is critical that labour organizations and gender equality organizations work in solidarity to advocate for gender justice in the workplace and beyond. We look forward to collaborating with Society members on key issue areas to advance our shared goals.”
– Pam Hrick, Executive Director & General Counsel, LEAF
“On behalf of the Society of United Professionals, I am proud and honoured to support LEAF’s vital work to advance equity for women, girls, trans and non-binary people. Unions have long been champions for gender equity in the workplace and society at large. Not only is gender equity just, it is inseparable from our other civil rights, including the freedom of association. In tandem, these rights have helped us fight for pay equity, parental leave, protections against gender-based discrimination, and so much more.
As the union for legal aid lawyers and other community legal workers, LEAF’s mission is of great value to Society members. Our members see the consequences of gendered inequity in the cases they work on every day. Through our support for LEAF, Society members can be part of the systemic responses to gendered injustice that their clients deserve.”
– Michelle Johnston, President, Society of United Professionals