A WFP coordinator is a union activist–a union member who believes strongly in workers’ rights, political and social change and takes part in activities such as public protests and rallies, lobbying, organizing, and other union activities to make this happen.
Local WFP Coordinators are an integral part of WFP’s Human Rights Network, which is a constellation of union leaders and activists working to empower women, minorities, working families, those with disabilities, the young, the elderly, LGBTQIA+, and all underserved communities. The Human Rights Network includes:
Local Women’s Coordinators (LWC) are primarily concerned with any issue that has an adverse impact on women in the workplace. The main objective of the LWC is to assure the agency maintains policies and practices that are free from artificial barriers to the progress of women in the workplace. Among the areas of concern but not limited to are childcare, gender-based wage discrimination, alternative work schedules, upward mobility, family friendly leave policies, equal pay and leadership skills development. Action to resolve issues may be internal, external (grassroots mobilization) or legislative based.
Local Fair Practices Coordinators (LFPC) are primarily concerned with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative employment in the workplace. The focus is to give direct assistance and or counseling to members with inquiries or complaints of discrimination. A fair practices coordinator should be familiar with EEO laws and regulations so they can take an active role in the complaint process by assisting stewards with strategies for winning complaints. Another major responsibility is to assure that agency officials properly identify under-representation of minorities, women and persons with disabilities and work through the appropriate channels to correct problems.
Local Y.O.U.N.G. Coordinators (LYC) are focused on networking with young workers and young workers groups, reporting activities and ideas to local leadership and the membership.
Local Pride Coordinators (LPC) are focused on ensuring that LGBTQIA+ members and potential members are empowered and to build a union and workplace free of discrimination because of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.