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UPCOMING EVENTS
Toronto Labour Day Parade, September 7th

Join Workers United on September 7th for our annual Labour Day Parade. Members, family members and friends are welcomed to attend. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and free admission to the CNE! For more information and to register visit our website.

Winnipeg Labour Day Parade & Picnic

The Winnipeg Labour Council is organizing a Labour Day Parade & Picnic on September 7th. For time and location details, please click here.

To find other Labour Day events happening in your province or city near you, please visit the CLC website.
 


Training Workshop: Become a Member Organizer!
September 10th, 2015


Workers United members are welcome to register for our upcoming Member Organizer Training happening in Downtown Toronto on September 10th, 2015 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Transportation, meals and lost wages will be paid for all workshop participants. For more information and to register, please visit our website.
International Solidarity
Workers United in Support of Striking Artigas Workers in China


Workers United Canada Council has recently joined our U.S. counterparts in signing on to a global campaign in support of striking garment workers at Artigas in China. Artigas is one of the main suppliers of Uniqlo, a popular Japanese-based clothing store chain. Learn more about the campaign and workers' demands here: http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/newscast/443
2015 Federal Election: The Harper Conservatives Record


As the October 19th Federal Election approaches, the NDP continue to make considerable gains across the country. Check out the NDP's important 50-second video recap of the Harper Conservatives record. It is time for change!

Also, stay tuned to our website, as we will soon post a special section with important resources for our members on preparing for Election Day!
Other News


Congratulations to the Syed family (children of Workers United Organizer Rabia Syed) for making news on their original song written and performed for the Toronto Pan Am Games. Check out the full story and song here.
(photo credit: Sayada Nabi)



Read a recent article by Doug Nesbitt from RankandFile.ca on the issue of scabbing during strikes with mention of how Workers United stopped replacement workers from crossing the picket line during last year's NGF strike in Guelph.

Summer 2015 Newsletter

 

July 28th, 2015


In this issue you will find:

1. Upcoming Events: Labour Day 2015 & Organizer Training
2. Winnipeg Tim Hortons Victory
 3 . GoodLife Union Campaign in the News
4. Bhupinder Sanghera wins South Asian Labour Activist Award
5. International Solidarity: Workers United in Support of Striking Chinese Workers from Artigas
6. 2015 Federal Election
7. Other News

 
First Manitoba Tim Hortons Unionized by Workers United

Workers United Canada Council is pleased to welcome our newest members of the Portage Ave & Wall St. Tim Hortons restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba! The Manitoba Labour Relations Board issued a Consent Order granting a discretionary certification to the union after the Tim Hortons' franchisee's management admitted that they had engaged in several violations against worker's rights to unionize. We welcome the Board's decision which sends a strong message to employers that harassment and intimidation of workers will not be tolerated and that workers' rights to collective representation cannot be trampled over.

Workers United would like to give special thanks to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Winnipeg Labour Council and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association for all their assistance and support during this campaign.

Media coverage:

Portage Avenue Tim Hortons Becomes Unionized [Winnipeg Free Press]

Manitoba Tim Hortons Unionizes [CTV News Winnipeg]

Labour Board Plays a Crucial Role [Winnipeg Free Press]

Workers United Staff and member, Joshua Borja, meeting with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and MLA Rob Altemeyer.
Workers United Bhupinder Sanghera Wins South Asian Labour Activist Award


Congratulations to our very own Bhupinder Sanghera for being one of the 2015 recipients of the Ontario Federation of Labour/Common Front's South Asian Community Labour Activist Award.
GoodLife Union Drive Continues to Gain Momentum

Our GoodLife organizing drive continues to makes news across the country as more and more GoodLife fitness professionals are speaking out about poor working conditions and unfair treatment by management. In May, we were profiled on CBC Radio's Day Six, featuring Workers United Organizer Tanya Ferguson. Listen to the full segment (and hear GoodLife on the defensive) here:

CBC Radio: Unionizing Fitness Workers

The GoodLife campaign was also profiled in an excellent article by Rabble.ca. Read the full article here:

Who's Living the GoodLife? Organizing a Fitness Empire
Workers United staff & members at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Summer School in Port Elgin, Ontario.
Congratulations to fast food workers in New York on their major victory that will see their wages increase to $15 by 2018. Read the full story here.
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