GoodLife Personal Trainers in Peterborough have joined Toronto and Ajax in voting for a union! This is an important first step in ensuring fairness and better working condition for GoodLife workers.
We encourage other Fitness Professionals who are also interested in making GoodLife a better place to work to consider signing a union card or talking to one of our Union Organizers. Please contact us to get involved.
Workers United is happy to announce that 29 Personal Trainers at GoodLife Fitness centres in Ajax, Ontario have voted to join Workers United!
In addition, 29 workers at KFC/Taco Bell in Winnipeg, located at 3651 Portage Ave have also voted to be represented by Workers United. You can read our full press release on the KFC victory here.
Welcome to our new members and we look forward to working with you!
The lockout at Hematite in Guelph is now over as Local 2508 members ratified a new contract this morning. The vote was 49 for and 11 against. The company backed off on some of the key issues the union pushed back on, such as around rotating shifts, wages, and vacation time. Thank you to all community members and other unions who came out to the line to support and show solidarity to our members!
Congratulations to our 2016 Workers United Scholarship Award recipients: Amandeep Jhajj & Navraj Singh Sekhon! We wish you the best of luck and continued success in your studies!
Workers at Hematite Manufacturing have voted overwhelmingly to reject the company’s final contract offer after this morning’s Labour Board appointed vote.
The company filed with the Labour Board for a final offer vote under Section 42 of the Ontario Labour Relations Act. Workers voted 42-18 to reject the contract. This is in contrast to the results of the vote held on Saturday, September 10th, where workers voted 25-24 to reject the company’s final offer.
“This is the third time that workers have voted to reject the same contract put forth by the company,” explained Barry Fowlie, Director of Workers United Canada Council. “It’s clear that workers are united more than ever and that labour and community support for these locked out workers is growing”.
Employees at a KFC/Taco Bell branch in Winnipeg have received union certification by the Manitoba Labour Board and will be represented by Workers United Canada Council.
The joint KFC/Taco Bell restaurant, located at 1651 Regent Avenue West, is the first to be unionized in the province of Manitoba.
The union of 28 workers, consisting of shift managers, food service, and customer service staff, received automatic certification after more than 65% of staff signed union cards.
Over 60 workers from Workers United Local 2508 at Hematite Manufacturing in Guelph, Ontario are currently on lockout after refusing employer concessions during the latest round of bargaining, including cuts to vacation time, break times, wages and benefits. Pickets are being setup in front of the company located at 659 Speedvale Ave. West in Guelph. Please stay tuned for updates and how you can support our brothers and sisters.
You can download a copy of our press release here.
Check out our CTV News coverage here.
Recently, the Federal government announced significant changes to the Canadian Pension Plan system which will begin being phased in as of 2019. The changes were brought in to ensure that workers will have some form of financial support when they reach retirement age - especially for those workers without a company-backed pension plan. These changes will benefit some groups of workers over others. To help you understand changes to the CPP program, we have developed a fact sheet that will give you a broad overview of the changes and how they may or may not affect you.
You can download a copy of our new fact sheet here.
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Make it Fair Campaign, have launched a new survey to hear directly from Ontario workers about their experiences with precarious employment.
A growing number of workers across the Province are working in jobs that provide low wages, little to no benefits, or are insecure in general. In the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton alone, nearly 52% of workers are temporary, part-time, or contract jobs. Workers need security and good jobs in order to make ends meet and improve the quality of life for their families and themselves.
Please take a moment to fill out the short survey which will help the campaign push the government to make important changes to Ontario employment standards and labour legislation. Together we can improve working conditions for millions of people across the Province!
You can find the survey here: makeitfair.ca/precarious_work_survey