Your quarterly update from the Workers United Canada Council

When We Fight, We Win!

A busload of Workers United members and staff just returned from Philadelphia where we participated in the Workers United international convention. 

We had a huge presence at the convention – and we were probably the loudest group there. Our delegates went on stage to share a report on our activities, including our recent wins organizing in the fitness industry with GoodLife workers.
We also helped to craft an important resolution on environmental justice in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Finally, we did a collective action in support of Workers United members in Pennsylvania who produce Major League Baseball uniforms. We called on the new uniform provider Under Armour to respect the workers who have been doing this work. 

Training Opportunity: Volunteer Organizing 

If you are interested in helping people to form their own union, the new dates for our volunteer organizer training are March 23 and 24 in Toronto. Please email Tanya Ferguson by March 20 at to RSVP and receive the details.


Campaign: Make It Fair!

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix the labour laws in Ontario, but we'll need your help! We need to have conversations with our friends, families and co-workers about changes that can make decent work a reality for everyone. Visit the Make It Fair campaign website for more info and take the pledge to get involved. 

Have a look at this recent article from the CBC to learn more about what's at stake. 

Union Activity 

Pictured: Level 2 Stewards training in Winnipeg.

A Level 1 Stewards training was recently held in Toronto as well, preparing our leaders so they can represent their co-workers.

Local 2742 members representing Sodexo Peel in Brampton and members of Local 2831 representing Sodexo Kingston have recently ratified their first Collective Agreements.

Local 2771 members representing Remco Forwarding ratified their new agreement at the beginning of January.

Local 2770 members representing American Eagle ratified their new agreement in December.

Members of Local 314 representing Tiercon Oshawa and 591 Arvin, Stoney Creek ratified their new Collective Agreement in December.

GoodLife Personal Trainers in Peterborough have joined Toronto and Ajax in voting for a union. Welcome to Workers United! 

Rally & Celebration: International Women's Day

Members of Workers United Local 154 from WoodGreen at the International Women's Day (IWD) march in Toronto and Workers United members at the IWD celebrations in Brampton. Let's continue to fight for equity and build for an even larger presence next year!


In the News: Secrets of Successful Organizing 

Workers United organizer Dahlia Alie is featured in the cover story of this month's Our Times Magazine about the Secrets of Successful Organizing, along with a number of talented union organizers who are doing great work. 

Art Exhibition: Garment Workers' Union Banners

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton is currently exhibiting a collection of beautiful banners created by our predecessor unions. All or None: Garment Workers’ Union Banners runs until April 22 and is showing alongside Uprisings: Images of Labour by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative.  

Art Exhibition: Piece Work

From the past to the present, Hamilton is major site for working class art. Artist Sara Angelucci features Workers United members from Coppley Apparel in her show Piece Work at the Art Gallery of Hamilton until May 14. Sara's mother worked at Coppley. Read the feature article in the Hamilton Spectator.   

FYI: Canada Goose is Hiring

Workers United represents Canada Goose workers in Toronto and Scarborough. This fast-growing company is looking for new Sewing Machine Operator Trainees for both their Toronto and Scarborough locations in order to keep up with their demand.  

Upcoming Events

More life, more art! The Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts kicks off on April 1 with their annual Labour Arts Awards. The 2017 festival runs from April 28 to May 7 in Toronto. Details will be posted on Sister festivals are held in cities across Canada every year. 


Do You Know Someone Who Needs a Union?

Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from having a union in their workplace? Then let us know!

Some of the places that we have unionized have come about through leads we receive from our members like you! If you know someone we should talk to let us know by sending us a message. Please email us with: your name, the contact information for your friend or family member, and the name of the workplace, and we will get back to you.

You can send us your leads by using this short online form.

Pictured: Organizers in Winnipeg who helped to organize the first Tim Horton's in Canada. 

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