Of Note: This news item is archived content from UFCW Canada Local 1000A.
Local 1000A and UFCW Canada Local 206 merged on May 1, 2016 to form UFCW Canada Local 1006A.
The local union is making a difference in the lives of women and children at Armagh House, a local area shelter, by supporting them as they seek to break away from a cycle of violence, said Local 1000A steward Ilija Dimeski.
Dimeski, who works at Cineplex Courtney Park in Mississauga, sought support from his union during the holiday season for the shelter where he servers as Treasurer.
Armagh House is a second-stage support housing program that helps women regain an independent life free from violence.
Your union is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 UFCW Canada Local 1000A Scholarships. Forty-two scholarships, worth $500 each, will be awarded to members and/or their dependents enrolled in post-secondary education based on their scholarship application.
“I was ecstatic when I found out I had won the scholarship,” said Traleena Rouleau, who works at Jack & Faith Bird’s No Frills in Arnprior. “It is not always easy to balance a job and post-secondary education and I appreciate the union's support and recognition of student employees. I will be putting this money towards my second semester costs, specifically my textbooks, as well as my summer courses.”
As part of Connections' 'Why I Volunteer' series, UFCW Canada Local 1000A member Mary Joe Eaton shared her personal story with our magazine on her volunteer work to find a cure for Leukemia & Lymphoma. Mary Joe, who worked at Kretschmar, helped organize two yard sales in Toronto and several initiatives at work to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. She is a Local 1000A Executive Board member and most recently, won an Outstanding Member Achievement Award- Fundraising for Leukemia Research.
UFCW Canada Local 1000A joined injured workers, labour activists, staff and leaders in rallying for justice outside the Ministry of Labour building in downtown Toronto on December 14, 2015.
Martha Villeda, WSIB Lead, Health and Safety Back-up for Local 1000A, said the labour movement is working hard with many partners to restore the Worker Compensation System to its original purpose —to protect workers.
“It’s shameful how Injured workers in Ontario are being abandoned by the very system that was created to protected them,” said Villeda, who was among Local 1000A staff at the rally. “We are here today to demand justice for injured workers and to advocate for safer workplaces across our province.”
I have experienced emotional abuse. Instead of bruises, I was left with scars. I call them anger, fear, embarrassment, and feelings of powerlessness, just to name a few. These feelings have caused so much turmoil in my life, yet have empowered me to become the person I am today.
Born in the early 60s, I don’t suppose I was any different from others. My mother became an alcoholic, my father drank, and became the abuser. As a child growing up, I experienced things that a child should never hear, nor see.
Join us in helping end violence against women and girls in Canada by spreading the word about the online resource: Sheltersafe.ca.
According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, more than 40,000 domestic violence arrests take place every year with the vast majority of incidents going unreported.
Sheltersafe.ca has been launched by the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses (CNWSTH) for women who are experiencing abuse.