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
On July 6th, the GoodLife union vote ballots were counted and we are pleased to announce that GoodLife Fitness Personal Trainers have voted to join us! We look forward to continue working with everyone to ensure a fair first collective agreement. Read our full press release here.
Read our coverage in the Toronto Star here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GoodLife Instructors and Personal Trainers eagerly await union vote results
TORONTO, June 17, 2016/ - Over 900 Toronto-area GoodLife Fitness Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors cast a ballot during a union certification vote held on June 6th.
Workers United Canada Council, the Union seeking to represent GoodLife Fitness Professionals, initially filed to hold a certification vote for only City of Toronto Instructors and Personal Trainers. However, GoodLife requested that the Labour Board include workers from six other cities in the Greater Toronto area – without those employees’ knowledge or ever having participated in the union drive. As a result, the Labour Board sealed the ballot boxes.
An upcoming Labour Board meeting to resolve this issue between GoodLife and Workers United is scheduled for June 29th, 2016.
“Workers are disappointed that GoodLife has attempted to manipulate the bargaining unit to avoid having Toronto workers unionize,” said Tanya Ferguson, Workers United Organizing Coordinator.
Despite this legal challenge, Workers United argues that votes could be counted for 70% of the undisputed ballots, if both parties agree to it.
“It's pretty straightforward - nearly a thousand workers showed up to decide whether they want a union. We believe the workers’ votes should speak for themselves. Let the workers decide,” Ferguson added.
Fitness professionals have raised a number of issues and concerns regarding working conditions at GoodLife, including: lack of WSIB coverage in case of workplace injuries, wage theft, out of pocket expenses, and forced to sign non-compete clauses that restricts their ability to work as trainers or instructors elsewhere.
For more information contact:
Navjeet Sidhu, Communications (Workers United), 416-510-0887 x274 or [email protected]
On May 5th & 6th, over 100 delegates arrived in Toronto to attend the Workers United Annual General Meeting. The two day meeting included guest presentations by John Cartwright, President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council; Robin Pacific, an artist who has been working on an exciting photo exhibit featuring our members and garment workers in Bangladesh; Brynne Sinclair-Waters and Monica Avero from the $15 & Fairness Campaign, and musical performances by DEYS.
We were also joined by retiring Workers United President, Noel Beasley, and heard from our new incoming President Lynne Fox. Thank you Noel for all your years of work, leadership and support of Workers United Canada Council and a big welcome Lynne!
Executive Board elections were also held during the AGM. The following are members who were voted in or acclaimed:
Workers United Canadian Executive Board
President: Randall Hutchinson, Local 1821
Vice-President: Sandra Rebrovich, Local 2347
Recording Secretary: Susan Taylor, Local 2641
Sgt-At-Arms: Michelle Palmer, Local 152
Members at Large
Christine Parag, Local 206
Lenora Jones, Local 437
Richie Le-Catequista, Local 2742
Nina De Luca, Local 136
Daniel Kay, Local 2759
Alex Dutka, Local 753
Andrew Spence, Local 2740
David Bramley, Local 1821
Allyson Cullen, Local 154
Troy Lewicki, Local 314
Hazel Cain, Local 152
Jagdeep Bawa, Local 152
Alternate Members at Large
Tracey Gough, Local 2347
Mildred Caldo, Local 206
Attendees were also treated to a series of workshops led by our guest facilitators from LaborNotes. Thank you to Sonia Singh, Mark Brenner, and Samantha Winslow for coming up and joining us!
We'd also like to say congratulations to our 2016 award winners who were recognized for their outstanding contribution to our union.
Volunteer Organizer Award Winner
Finally, our raffle draw was a huge success, with $925 being raised by members for the Red Door Shelter. Thank you to our financial auditors who also contributed, pushing our fundraising effort to $1,000!