UFCW Canada Local 1006A is proud to announce President Wayne Hanley has been re-elected as International Vice-President at UFCW’s 8th Regular Convention.
“Serving the membership of UFCW is one of the greatest honours of my life and I’m proud and excited to once again represent workers across North America as International Vice-President,” said President Wayne Hanley. “The work we do at UFCW transforms lives and communities for the better across Canada and the U.S. Through our shared values of unity, family, community, and worth, we are ensuring the voices of our membership and all workers are heard."
Wayne’s history with the labour movement dates back to 1976 when he became a rank-and-file UFCW Canada member and activist at an Ontario supermarket.
Over the next eight years he went on to become a steward and a member of his local union’s executive board. In 1984, after graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree, Wayne joined the staff at UFCW Canada Local 175 where over the next six years he served as an organizer, servicing representative, pay equity coordinator and grievance chairperson.
In 1990, Wayne became a Regional Director; in 1992 was elected Secretary-Treasurer; and in 1999, was elected President of UFCW Canada Local 175 which under his leadership grew to become North America’s largest single local, with over 47,000 members.
In April 2006, Wayne was elected as National President of UFCW Canada by the UFCW Canada National Council, and an International Executive Vice President and member of the International Executive Committee. Under Wayne’s direction, UFCW Canada provided strategic orientation and support to local unions across Canada. Under Wayne’s leadership gains were achieved in servicing and training the membership, in growing the union, in reaching out to new diverse Canadians, and in extending the campaign for labour rights and better workplace protections through political and lobbying efforts, as well as through the courts.
In October 2013, Wayne was elected President of UFCW Local 206 and remains on the UFCW International Executive Board as a Vice President. On May 1, 2016, Wayne became the president of UFCW Canada Local 1006A.