Workers United Newsletter Winter 2015
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International Women's Day Toronto March
March 7th, 2015

Join this year's rally and march in support of International Women's Day! This year's theme is: Our Bodies. Our Territories. Our Communities. The Toronto rally is just one of 40 events happening across Canada in support of IWD.
Visit for more information.

To find IWD events and activities taking place in your province and city check out the online listing.
Workers United Annual Council Meeting
May 7th & 8th, 2015

Our annual members' meeting will be taking place on May 7th & 8th in Toronto. Locals are to elect delegates to attend the council meeting on behalf of their members. For more information, please contact John Helson at:
Strike Support! Buy Bottles, not Cans!
120 United Steelworkers from beer can manufacturer, Crown Holdings, have been forced off the job for 17 months. Workers are fighting back against Crown Holding's demand for major concessions and the company's threat to let go of its unionized workers. USW has called for a boycott of beer sold in cans. Support the campaign by buying bottles! Learn more at
Workers United Annual Holiday Clothing Drive
Our holiday drive this past December was a great success! New clothing was donated from our member shops, including, Levi's, American Eagle, and $2,500 worth of Winners gift cards going to local families through our member community agencies such as Red Door Shelter and Nellie's.

Many thanks to Workers United rep John Helson for coordinating the 2014 drive!
Staff News
Congratulations to Workers United organizers, Tanya Ferguson & Rabia Syed!

Tanya Ferguson will be one of the women profiled in the upcoming women's edition issue of Our Times Magazine!

Rabia Syed was named a Social Justice All-Star by This Magazine for her tireless dedication to the labour movement and fighting for worker's rights! Check out the full article here!
Stay Connected with Workers United!
We now have posters available with information on the different ways you can stay connected with Workers United. These posters are great for your union local bulletin boards!

Contact your union rep to order a poster or email:

Winter 2015 Newsletter

March 2, 2015

In this issue you will find:
  1. GoodLife Fitness Campaign
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Workers United 2015 Scholarships
  4. Members' Voices
  5. Exciting Staff News!
  6. Buy Bottles, Not Cans! Strike Solidarity with Crown Holdings Workers
  7. Annual Workers United Holiday Clothing Drive
  8. International Solidarity: Benetton, Pay Up for Rana Plaza Victims!
  9. Upcoming Federal Elections
  10. Stay Connected! Get your poster now!

Support GoodLife Fitness Professionals in their union drive!

Earlier this year, Workers United publicly launched its GoodLife Fitness Professionals' Union Campaign in support of GoodLife Fitness workers looking to improve their working conditions. Many fitness instructors are forced to work for low wages, work unpaid time, are not covered by WSIB if they become injured and pay out of pocket expenses for equipment and training.

Visit our new campaign site at: to learn more about the campaign and how you can support GoodLife workers!

Members' Voices

Workers United members are not only leaders in their workplaces, but are also actively involved in improving their communities through volunteering, activism, or community organizing. Our members also come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences and can provide valuable insights on how their struggles connect with larger social justice issues and the labour movement. Workers United will begin profiling short pieces written by our members so that we can all share and learn from each other and highlight what our members do both on and off the job.

Check out the following two pieces written by our members:

Chiedza Pasipanodya
"Yes, #BlackLivesMatter"

Read her full piece here

Michelle Palmer
"What it means being a Black woman in Canada: A personal reflection"

Read her full piece here
We want to hear from you! If you're interested in writing a short piece, please contact Navjeet Sidhu at Don't worry if you're not a great writer, we can help!

Workers United 2015 Scholarships

Each year, Workers United awards two scholarships worth $1,500 each to our members, their children, or grandchildren, to help pay for their post-secondary education.

We are now accepting submissions for 2015!

Full application instruction and online forms can be found here. Deadline to submit is July 15th, 2015!

Benetton: Pay Up for Rana Plaza Victims!

On April 2013, 1,134 garment workers lost their lives when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Bangladesh. These workers died making clothing for many popular clothing brands including: Loblaws, Children's Place & Benetton. Until recently, Benetton was one of the few remaining companies that refused to contribute to a global fund that would be used to compensate victim's families. Thanks to a coordinated global effort, including a petition signed by over a million people and actions in front of Benetton stores around the world (including a leaflet action by Workers United in Toronto), Benetton has now agreed to contribute to the compensation fund. Read the article here!

Canada Votes! Federal Elections 2015

Federal elections will be taking place this year. In preparation, the Canadian Labour Congress is organizing a series of election preparation conferences across the country for union members to discuss how they can organize in their workplaces and communities. Conferences are free for all. In March, they will be held in Hamilton, Sudbury, Thunder Bay & Vancouver. Visit the CLC's conference website for more info and to register!
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