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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.

WEB_Danea_LauAs part of Connections' 'Why I Volunteer' series, UFCW Canada Local 1000A activist Danea Lau shares her personal story with our magazine. Danea, who works at a Ottawa Loblaws Great Food, is a member of the local union's Pride Advisory Group. 


loblaws-union-workersIt’s time to raise retail in Ontario. That’s the message that Local 1000A President Pearl Sawyer took to the Ministry of Labour this fall as part of the Changing Workplaces Review.

Sawyer led the Local 1000A delegation at the consultations, which examine “how the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act could be amended to best protect workers while supporting businesses in our changing economy.”

The Ministry has stated that an interim report will be released in early 2016.

Pearl_and_Marisol_WebCongratulations to Local 1000A Marisol Cartagena for being chosen as the winner of an iPad for referring members to apply for UFCW Canada's BDM scholarships.

Winning the iPad was the result of a special referral contest, administered by UFCW Canada, to create awareness of its long-time BDM Scholarship program.

Cartagena, who works as a part-time Health and Beauty Clerk at a Toronto Loblaws Real Canadian Superstore, encouraged many members to apply for the annual scholarship. She has won the BDM scholarship and the local union's scholarship in previous years.

Holiday_Toys_copyThe spirit of giving runs deep for Ottawa Division stewards who opened their hearts and wallets to collect hundreds of toys for children in city shelters.

“The holiday season is a time of celebration for many families, but for so many children and their parents who are in shelters, it is a difficult and heartbreaking time,” said Caroline Brisebois, a member of UFCW Canada Local 1000A's Executive Board. “This toy drive is our way of bringing some holiday cheer to these children, who have already been through so much and to let them know they are not alone.”

pearlImproving and protecting the rights and livelihoods of workers is at the heart of what we do at Local 1000A. From the negotiating table to arbitration hearings, your union has worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure your voices and concerns are heard. We have stood side by side with our members—strong and united—as we strived to improve your workplaces and communities. As always, 2015 has been a busy year for your union.

This year, we negotiated 13 agreements covering more than 13,000 members. Our foremost priority at the bargaining table is to achieve the best possible collective agreements for our members and I am pleased to report we achieved gains in every agreement and ensured that there were no concessions. We negotiated agreements in the following units: Loblaws Great Food and Superstore, Sysco Fine Meats, Brandt Meat Packers, Sofina Foods, Cineplex Courtney Park, Unico, Feather Industries, Nitta Gelatin, Maple Leaf Canning, Dessureault’s YIG, Rowland’s YIG, Wilson’s YIG and Real Canadian Superstore in Thunder Bay.

no-frills-negotiations-2016-ufcwThank you to everyone who submitted a proposal form for sharing what your priorities are for your upcoming contract negotiations. The No Frills bargaining proposals deadline was November 30, 2015. 

Your ideas and proposals will be considered by your bargaining committee. Negotiations are a balancing act between our members’ collective interests and the employer’s interests. Your union’s goal is to achieve the best possible contract for you, our members.

Your input is critical to the negotiations process and through all proposal forms submitted, we will be able to gauge our membership’s overall negotiating priorities.

Being actively engaged in this process strengthens your union’s hand at the table - completing this proposal survey and encouraging your co-workers to do the same is a great first step.