Safer Spaces Policy

This policy is adapted from the “Safer Spaces Policy” of the Industrial Workers of the World, and is used by the Pittsburgh Industrial Workers of the World at all union functions.


The working-class is diverse, and as a union we recognize that oppression is many layered. As such, we strive to keep our common places free from oppressive action, behavior, and language.

These oppressive actions and words include, but are not limited to: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any expression of disrespect and/or intolerance of size, gender identity, sexual identity/expression, (dis)ability, age, educational level, and cultural background.

Because we want to learn from and educate each other, we will each be responsible for addressing these issues in ourselves and others. This policy is not about censorship, but rather opening a dialog in a respectful way that can result in all members feeling safe and free to fully participate in their union’s activities.

If anyone feels harassed, unsafe, or otherwise impeded from participating in the activities of the Pittsburgh Branch by any such behavior or action, they are encouraged to discuss the matter with either the offending party, or an officer of the Branch, either by themselves or by proxy.


Last Updated: 2020 January 01