It has been difficult to find the right words for Workers United Canada to express our support, solidarity, and gratitude to the black communities and Black Lives Matter movement in Canada and the US. Our commitment to fighting for workers’ rights and fairness does not end in the workplace. The Labour Movement in North America was championed by black activists even when it was explicitly exclusionary of black people. We have early union leaders like Frederick Douglass – escaped slave, abolitionist and president of the Colored National Labor Union – to thank for fighting for all of our rights.Read more
Welcome to the newest members of Workers United family: Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services in Toronto & Mississauga.
On August 29, workers at Polycultural in Mississauga voted to unionize with Workers United, joining hundreds of social service workers from agencies such as CICS, WoodGreen Community Services, Delta Family Resources Centre, Red Door Family Shelter, Nellie's, and Toronto CRC.
On October 12, Polycultural workers at five locations in Toronto joined with their recently unionized colleagues in Mississauga.
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!