Canadian Labour Congress

San Bernardino Cannabis Dispensary First Unionized Shop in Inland Empire

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 4:12pm

Employees at Authentic 909, a cannabis dispensary in the City of San Bernardino, voted on Saturday to ratify a labor agreement with UFCW Local 1167, making it the first unionized cannabis shop in the Inland Empire.

Key Points: 
  • Employees at Authentic 909, a cannabis dispensary in the City of San Bernardino, voted on Saturday to ratify a labor agreement with UFCW Local 1167, making it the first unionized cannabis shop in the Inland Empire.
  • These workers will now join thousands of other cannabis workers across the country who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
  • We are proud of our partnership with UFCW Local 1167 and look forward to serving the Inland Empire community.
  • Local 1167 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union represents more than 20,000 workers in San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties.

Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission Releases Interim Recommendations: UFCW Locals 175 & 633 continues to urge immediate action to improve long-term care and other healthcare

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:21pm

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the Ontario governments Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission interim recommendations released today, Locals 175 & 633 of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) reiterated the call for the government to take immediate action to improve the healthcare industry.

Key Points: 
  • MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the Ontario governments Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission interim recommendations released today, Locals 175 & 633 of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) reiterated the call for the government to take immediate action to improve the healthcare industry.
  • The interim recommendations from the Commission support what our Union has been saying for years the industry is broken and needs real, substantial action to fix it, said Shawn Haggerty, President of UFCW Local 175.
  • Additionally, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 believes the approach to elder care must improve across the entire healthcare sector in Ontario, which means our government must provide proper support to our retirement homes and homecare facilities as well.
  • UFCW Locals 175 & 633 represents more than 70,000 Union Members across Ontario including over 5,000 health care workers in long-term care, retirement home, homecare and congregate care workplaces.

Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio Workers Demand Union Recognition

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:53pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Frustrated by staffing shortages, pandemic pay cuts and poor management, hourly employees at Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio demanded that Habitat Mid-Ohio CEO E.J.

Key Points: 
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Frustrated by staffing shortages, pandemic pay cuts and poor management, hourly employees at Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio demanded that Habitat Mid-Ohio CEO E.J.
  • The workers are organizing with the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United (CMRJB), a union with approximately 4000 Ohio members that is affiliated with the 2-million-member Service Employees international Union (SEIU).
  • CMRJB Workers United Manager Kathy Hanshew said in a statement, "We are proud to stand with the workers of Habitat of Humanity Mid-Ohio.
  • I implore Mr. Thomas to do the right thing and recognize his workers' union immediately."

CUPE Ontario Rings Alarm Bells About Loss of Public Oversight and Job Losses With Changes to Blue Box Program

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 8:25pm

The Ontario governments proposed changes to the Blue Box recycling program will lead to losses of good jobs in municipalities and a lack of public oversight, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

Key Points: 
  • The Ontario governments proposed changes to the Blue Box recycling program will lead to losses of good jobs in municipalities and a lack of public oversight, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.
  • When private corporations take full control over the Blue Box program they'll want to make a profit, so theyll cut corners because profit is their bottom line, according to CUPE Ontario.
  • There are also concerns about the lack of enforcement, for instance: requiring diversion rates; or conducting, growing, and maintaining a program.
  • We have other options and we cant allow misleading plans like the EPR to take us off course.

Teamsters At Air Express International Vote To Approve One-Year Contract Extension

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 3:37pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Teamsters at Air Express International (AEI) have overwhelmingly approved a one-year contract extension through December 21, 2021.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Teamsters at Air Express International (AEI) have overwhelmingly approved a one-year contract extension through December 21, 2021.
  • AEI Teamsters voted over the past several days at local unions, and they approved the extension by a 92-percent margin.
  • "This extension will allow the union and the company to attempt to complete negotiations that have been delayed due to the pandemic," said Bill Hamilton, Director of the Teamsters Express Division.
  • Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Teamsters, UNITE HERE!, Partner With Society Of Saint Andrew to Distribute Food To Those In Need

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 2:59pm

Local 737 helped distribute food to families in need as part of a charitable effort run by the Society of Saint Andrew.

Key Points: 
  • Local 737 helped distribute food to families in need as part of a charitable effort run by the Society of Saint Andrew.
  • The volunteers were comprised of workers from Teamsters Local 385 and UNITE HERE!
  • Cella, a 17-year member of Local 385 and steward for the drivers at Freeman, has volunteered for four weeks at this food bank.
  • When he heard about the food bank from some of his co-workers, he immediately signed up to help.

US Foods Workers In California Vote To Join Teamsters Local 63

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 9:48pm

FONTANA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 68 warehouse workers at US Foods in Fontana, Calif. have voted to join Teamsters Local 63, six weeks after a group of 57 drivers at the same facility voted to join the union.

Key Points: 
  • FONTANA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 68 warehouse workers at US Foods in Fontana, Calif. have voted to join Teamsters Local 63, six weeks after a group of 57 drivers at the same facility voted to join the union.
  • The mail-in votes were counted on September 3 for the drivers; October 14 for the warehouse workers.
  • "More than ever, these essential, front-line workers deserve the security of a Teamsters contract during these challenging times."
  • "Organizing is more challenging during Covid-19, and I applaud the US Foods workers and Local 63 for these important victories," said Steve Vairma, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division.

94% Of Workplace Leaders in Long-term Care Say Staffing Has Worsened Since Premier Promised to Act on the Crisis, Says CUPE

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00am

Recruiting has begun to fill the 10,000 personal support worker positions announced by the Quebec government, said Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario.

Key Points: 
  • Recruiting has begun to fill the 10,000 personal support worker positions announced by the Quebec government, said Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario.
  • Quebec has also established a minimum salary of $25.00 an hour, benefits and pension coverage and has committed to full-time employment.
  • While the government takes its time addressing the crisis, our unions leadership in long-term care facilities reports that the situation has worsened and is unsustainable.
  • Over one half of the long-term care workforce is part-time and most had jobs at multiple facilities to pay their bills.

Grocery Strike Averted!

Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 11:45pm

California's largest grocery stores, Albertsons (includes Vons and Pavilions) and Kroger (includes Ralphs and Food4Less), reached a Tentative Agreement early this morning that avoids a strike by protecting Teamster families' and retirees' affordable health care.

Key Points: 
  • California's largest grocery stores, Albertsons (includes Vons and Pavilions) and Kroger (includes Ralphs and Food4Less), reached a Tentative Agreement early this morning that avoids a strike by protecting Teamster families' and retirees' affordable health care.
  • In a letter to members, Lou Villalvazo, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 630, and Chair of the Teamsters Joint Council 42 Food & Grocery Negotiating Committee said, "We are proud to announce that early this morning, we reached a Tentative Agreement with the Food Employers (Ralphs Grocery, Albertsons, and Vons).
  • Going into bargaining, our #1 concern was protecting your family's and retirees' affordable health care.
  • Rick Middleton, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 572, and Teamsters International Vice President, said, "Our members' willingness to strike to protect their families sent a strong message to Kroger and Albertsons that resonated.

Canada’s unions welcome employment gains, but urge continued focus on jobs

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 2:32pm

Despite ongoing gains, the latest numbers continue to signal medium-term risks to Canadas labour market, said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Key Points: 
  • Despite ongoing gains, the latest numbers continue to signal medium-term risks to Canadas labour market, said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
  • We are seeing increases in long-term unemployment, and young people, low-wage workers, women and racialized workers continue to struggle in this job market.
  • The federal government did pledge that it would create 1 million new jobs in last months Speech from the Throne.
  • Canadas unions are also calling on the government to take advantage of low interest rates to build a green economy through innovative infrastructure projects.