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Ontario's Union for fairness, equality and respect at work.

UFCW Canada Local 1006A stands in solidarity with the Black community in the collective struggle for equality, justice, and fairness.

For far too long, our sisters, brothers and friends in the black community have suffered against systematic and entrenched discrimination and injustice. It is time to make our collective voices heard: hate, discrimination and prejudice must come to an end.

From childhood on, the Black community is faced with a world shaped by racism and prejudice. They face increased barriers to employment and advancement, high levels of poverty, reduced access to housing and anti-black violence. In addition to discrimination within the education system, they also face greater levels of police profiling resulting in overrepresentation within our justice system. Generations have suffered, and progress is slow. 

At our core, our union’s values are about standing for equality and inclusion and we encourage our members to learn about the issues affecting our sisters, brothers and friends in the Black community and commit to being allies in the collective struggle for equality. Being an ally means not just sharing posts on social media, but actively committing yourself to adopting this cause and working to create change. 

How can you be an ally: 

  • Make space to listen to voices from the Black community. Listen to understand and empathize. Know each of our lived experiences is very different. Don’t make it about you, but listen to help.
  • Learn and teach yourself by reading and listening to the perspectives of Black Canadian writers, activists, musicians and artists. You can educate yourself through various resources online:
  • Stand up for others by speaking out against racism. In conversations with friends, family and co-workers, speak up against racist attitudes and statements. Intervene to support those who are victims of racism. Speak out against racist jokes. 
  • Privilege is a reality in our society. Some people feel they are being attacked or insulted when their privilege is pointed out. It is not about feeling guilty or bad. It’s about acknowledging your privilege and using it to lend support and create space for those facing injustice. 
  • Consciously advocate for diversity and inclusion within the workplace, and be aware of unconscious biases and prejudice within yourself. 
  • Teach your children about race and equality. Find ways to tackle apathy and ignorance, which contribute to perpetuating racism and prejudice in our society.

The time is now to take collective action and raise our voices for change. Your union encourages you to be part of this movement for equality and inclusion – together, we will build a more just world for all.

Your Union's Latest Stories

  • As a follow up to our membership meeting, the union has received an employee contact list from the employer. We have reconciled our list with their list and it was noted that we do no have cell phone numbers for 8 members.  We are currently working on getting these missing numbers to ensure all members have access to these updates.

    As discussed at the meeting, the union also requested of the employer that 6 members be allowed to form the negotiating committee; 2 members from fleet, and 4 from the plant, representing various job classifications. The employer has yet to agree to the number of committee members based on ensuring “minimal business disruption”.

    Although we’ve also requested to negotiate the fleet and plant together, as they were separate certifications, we may be faced with two separate sets of negotiations. 

    A link to nominate bargaining committee members will be sent to you soon.  When looking to nominate someone, or nominate yourself, please take into consideration that those sitting at the negotiations table may likely be your future union stewards.  You should feel confident with these representatives to ensure that they will look out for the needs of all classifications and your bargaining unit as a whole and not just their individual needs.  These representatives should be knowledgeable and have a good understanding of the business. 

    For clarity, our proposed bargaining unit includes workers from Waste Water.  The employer has challenged Waste Water based on “having a different community of interest”.  We wholeheartedly disagree with this challenge and will first attempt to include this classification in negotiations.  Failing this, we will request hearings at the Ontario Labour Board to argue our position, which we feel we have  a very strong position.

    This attempt at challenging Waster Water is simply an effort for the employer to continue to divide and detract from your goal of achieving the best union contract for your co-workers. 

    Unfortunately, we may be faced with having to follow due process at the Labour Board in order to resolve this matter. 

    Remember – your union cannot stop the employer from making business decisions.  We unfortunately have to wait for them to act before we can respond accordingly.

    We know this seems counterintuitive but we will hold them accountable to you by means of utilizing the Labour Relations Act.  Our hope is to eventually build a relationship that will avoid utilizing the act to expedite resolutions. 

    Thank you for all your continued support during this transition period. 

    Stay strong and stay united!  Workers matter and your voice is being heard.   

    Visit our 'New to the Union' section for more information. 

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