Local 1006A is proud to profile the exceptional stewards who make up our great union. This week, we are featuring activist Valrie Francis from a Toronto Superstore.
Valrie Francis loves being a steward.
It’s about becoming that information resource to my co-workers, and explaining what their rights are and how they can protect themselves and others,” said Francis, who works at a Toronto Superstore. “I always let members know that if they ever need to ask me anything, I am always here to listen and make time for them.”
Francis became a steward six years ago, encouraged by another union activist and inspired by the union’s role in standing up for equality and representation.
“Witnessing unfair treatment at work on different occasions, I decided to take the opportunity to become a steward.”
Since then, Francis has also completed Level 1 and 2 of UFCW Canada’s Young Worker Internship Program.
“Our union makes a difference for members by amplifying their voices and providing a strong support system around them.”
For Francis, one of the best feelings of being an activist comes from making a difference.
"I feel confident and empowered to help my co-workers to access important information they did not know existed or applied to them,” she said.
Currently, Francis also works in a second non-union job and sees the difference unions make.
“Working in a non-union environment, I see the value of having a union, which has given me guidance, support and knowledge and helped me in situations."