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New Members Join Workers United

Congratulations to the workers at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and the Tim Hortons on Graham Street in Winnipeg on unionizing. Welcome to Workers United!

The Tim Hortons workers on Graham Street are the third group of Tims workers to unionize in Winnipeg, joining the Lombard Avenue and Portage Avenue locations. 

More Personal Trainers Vote for a Union

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.

Welcome to our new members at KFC in Winnipeg and Personal Trainers in Ajax

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!

Lockout at Hematite Over as Workers Ratify New Contract

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! 


Hematite Lockout Update

The Union and the company met at 10:00AM on Monday, September 19. Significant changes to the company's last final offer have been negotiated. As such, the Union will bring this offer back to the membership for a ratification vote on the morning of Wednesday, September 21stIn the meantime the picket line will continue and all protocols as well.

2016 Scholarship Award Winners

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!


Local 2508 Lockout Update

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”.

Read our press release here

Winnipeg KFC/Taco Bell location unionizes with Workers United!

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.

Read our full press release here.

Local 2508 on Lockout

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.

Changes to the Canadian Pension Plan

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.

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