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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.

New Survey on Precarious Employment Launched


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

Workers United Welcomes GoodLife Personal Trainers!

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.

GoodLife Union Campaign Featured in NOW Magazine

NOW Magazine has just released its article covering our GoodLife organizing campaign.

You can read the full article here. 

Press Release: GoodLife Instructors and Personal Trainers eagerly await union vote results

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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]

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