Subscribe to

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

ufcw-wsib-ontarioAngie Novosel loved working for Loblaws Great Food as a Natural Value Manager. For almost 13 years, Angie rarely missed a day.

“I was the most dedicated and loyal employee,” Angie said. “I put my heart and soul into my job. I took every course. I did everything they wanted me to.” Her dedication to the company was so evident that they had her do hiring as well as peer orientation.

On June 19, 2010, Angie’s life changed in an instant when she slipped and fell at work.

c-medinaFormer Kretschmar packer Chit Medina is thankful for the difference the union has made in her life.

After four years at the meat processing company, Medina was left with excruciating pain in her shoulder, back, neck and lower back that left her unable to work.

Her job, which involved a lot of repetitive work and heavy lifting, had taken its toll.

“I couldn’t take it anymore,” she said.

Unlike workers at non-union workplaces, Medina did not have to seek justice on her own.

Franca-ScalzoFranca Scalzo knows first-hand the difference the union can make.

As a cashier who first suffered from carpal tunnel and later, as a Customer Service Representative who experienced shoulder problems due to work, Scalzo saw how hard UFCW Canada Local 1000A fought over the years to ensure that her rights were protected and she was treated fairly by her employer.

keep-cool-this-summerWith summer in full swing, it’s important to remember to keep cool wherever you are.

Soaring temperatures mean your body is potentially at risk for heat stress, which occurs when your body’s cooling system is put under pressure.

According to Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act, employers are legally required to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers. To prevent heat-stress related illnesses, the Ministry of Labour has guidelines for employers. These include developing policies and procedures to protect workers in environments that are hot because of hot processes and/or weather.