On Monday evening, Personal Trainers at GoodLife Fitness in Toronto, Ajax and Peterborough voted to ratify the first union contract in the North American fitness industry.
In 2016, nearly 650 trainers in Toronto, Ajax and Peterborough formed the first fitness professionals' union in North America. Now, they have reached an agreement after over a year of negotiations with their employer. During the course of their negotiations, trainers received support from hundreds of GoodLife clients and members who endorsed their #RespectFitnessWorkers campaign.
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.
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.