Workers United Winter 2016 Newsletter
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Winter 2016 Newsletter


In this issue you will find:
  1. IFS Organizing Campaign
  2. International Women's Day
  3. Jimmy Deane Retires
  4. 2015 OFL Convention
  5. Solidarity with Residents of Flint, Michigan
  6. Upcoming Events

IFS Organizing Campaign


In November, an organizing campaign at the Brampton-based Interstate Freight Systems Inc. (IFS) led to the employer firing ten of its truck drivers.  The drivers were working closely with Workers United in attempts to form a union in order to improve workplace conditions and safety. Instead, the drivers were met with intimidation, threats, and harassment by company President Paul Bhullar. An Unfair Labour Practice has been filed with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) and we are advocating strongly on behalf of the workers.

Read the full Toronto Star article here.

2015 OFL Convention























The Ontario Federation of Labour's (OFL) recent 2015 November convention saw the election of a new OFL President, Chris Buckley from Unifor. The five-day convention also featured a panel presentation by Workers United own Joshua Borja and Rabia Syed, speaking on our recent Tim Horton's unionization victory in Winnipeg and the importance of unions and organizing young workers. 

In January, members of Workers United Local 152 had their first inaugural 'Women of Winners' Lunch to discuss and plan the launch of the local's new Women's Committee.
International Women's Day 2016
March 8th, 2016 marks International Women's Day (IWD) with rallies and special events planned across the country. Toronto's annual IWD march will take place on Saturday, March 5th starting at 11AM at the OISE building downtown, followed by a fair near Ryerson University. For more details check out their website.

To find other events happening across Canada in a city near you, please visit the International Women's Day website.
Upcoming Events

LabourStart Global Solidarity Conference
May 6-8, 2016


Toronto will play host to LabourStart's 2016 Global Solidarity Conference from May 6th to the 8th at Ryerson University. The conference is being hosted in partnership with the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. For more information and to register, please visit the following link.  
Jimmy Dean Retires
Jimmy Dean, former President of Workers United and President of Local 210C (Coppley Apparel in Hamilton, ON), has retired after 50 years on the job. We would like to wish Jimmy all the best in his retirement years and relay our sincerest thanks for all his hard work, dedication, and contribution made to Workers United and the Ontario labour movement over the decades. 
Solidarity with residents of
Flint, Michigan
Our partners from the Workers United Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board have been on the front lines in Flint, Michigan helping thousands of residents who have been coping with a water crisis after it was discovered that the city's water supply showed high levels of lead contamination. City officials have been blamed for causing the crisis when the city deliberately changed its water supply in order to save money. Workers United Canada Council has also stepped up by donating a pallet of water for Flint residents. Click here to learn more about Flint's water crisis.
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