Cavel Rowe is beaming as she speaks about the pride of being a UFCW 1006A steward.
“I feel proud when I walk through the workplace knowing I’ve done something good for the workers,” said Cavel, who is a long-time union steward and member. Cavel, who works at a hotel in Mississauga, ensures workers’ seniority rights are upheld.
“I stepped in, when some of our senior members were feeling upset and powerless, when they were not receiving the hours they deserved,” Cavel said.
Cavel reached out to the management.
“I told the managers that scheduling must be done by seniority,” she said.
Thanks to Cavel, the issue was resolved.
“I made sure the company follows the collective agreement,” she said. “When I am able to resolve an issue, I feel very proud of myself.”
Cavel knows her role as a union steward is a unique opportunity to make life better for members at the hotel.
Unions are essential in the hotel sector, Cavel said.
“We need to be heard and not feel that we are overlooked, and that is what our union does for us.”