United Steelworkers Canada News Feed http://www.uswca.org/news/media-centre/releases/rss United Steelworkers Canada Releases Feed Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0400 AMPS en hourly 1 United Steelworkers members on strike at Timberland Equipment as company attacks retirement security https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/united-steelworkers-members-on-strike-at-timberland-equipment-as-company-attacks-retirement-security Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/united-steelworkers-members-on-strike-at-timberland-equipment-as-company-attacks-retirement-security WOODSTOCK, Ont. – Employees at the Timberland Equipment manufacturing plant in Woodstock, members of the United Steelworkers union (USW), are on strike to resist the company’s attacks on their retirement security.

“There is no justification for this company’s demand to unilaterally weaken the retirement security of its employees,” said Myles Sullivan, USW Ontario Director.

“There has been labour peace at Timberland Equipment for more than three decades. Over the years the workers compromised and made sacrifices to support the company when times were tough,” Sullivan noted.

“But now that times are good, the current ownership group is taking a much different approach than in the past. They want to unilaterally weaken their employees’ pensions. They have no interest in compromise or negotiating with the workers who are primarily responsible for the company’s profitability and strong financial position,” he added.

The strike by 53 workers at Timberland Equipment began June 26. The majority of the workers are longer-serving employees who have a secure, defined-benefit pension plan. A smaller number of workers, hired in recent years, have a defined-contribution retirement plan that was introduced several years ago when the union sought to co-operate with the company to weather difficult economic conditions.

Now, despite the workers’ past sacrifices and the fact they have been generating significant profits for the company, Timberland ownership is seeking to eliminate the defined-benefit pension plan and is refusing to improve the defined-contribution retirement plan.

“For us, this is about respect. Our members made sacrifices in the past, and they’ve been making a lot of money for this company, but that doesn’t seem to matter,” said Adam Caron, President of USW Local 446M, representing the Timberland workers.

“This company is very profitable, and our defined-benefit pension plan is very healthy. So there’s no reason for the company to take the pension plan away. It’s just something they want to force on their employees,” Caron said.

During negotiations, the USW proposed a compromise solution that would save money for the company by moving all workers into the Steelworkers Pension Plan, which is run by the union. Dozens of companies in Canada, with thousands of employees, already contribute to the SPP as a cost-effective plan to provide retirement security to their workers.

“This was a very reasonable proposal that we made to the company. Even the Ministry of Labour mediator thought it was a reasonable proposal,” Caron said.

“Unfortunately, the company doesn’t seem interested in being reasonable. Their approach is just telling us, ‘here’s what we’re going to do.’ They’re not interested in compromise or discussing options. It’s their way or the highway, and they’ve provoked a strike,” he said.

“For the workers, this is about respect.”

The USW has indicated it is willing to return to the bargaining table at any time to resume meaningful negotiations.

Timberland Equipment manufactures industrial winches, hoists, sheaves, derricks and tensioning equipment.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

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Sodexo workers at Mount Milligan Mine join Steelworkers union https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/sodexo-workers-at-mount-milligan-mine-join-steelworkers-union Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:00:41 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/sodexo-workers-at-mount-milligan-mine-join-steelworkers-union Sodexo workers who provide catering and facilities management services at Centerra Gold’s Mount Milligan Mine, north of Prince George, B.C., have voted 92.9% in favour to join the United Steelworkers union (USW).

“We are proud to welcome the Sodexo workers at the Mount Milligan Mine to our union family and we look forward to working together to achieve a first collective agreement,” said Scott Lunny, USW Western Canada Director. “It takes courage for workers to step forward to join a union and we are pleased these workers chose the USW to represent them. These workers join other camp services workers at mines and camps across Western Canada.”

“We have been struggling with many issues, including a lack of benefits, coverage for personal protective equipment (PPE), footwear and uncompetitive wages, and we have had enough,” said a Sodexo worker. “Sodexo has been struggling to find and keep workers because of challenges in our workplace that create additional pressures for us. It’s a common theme that there is a lot of room for improvement to value the hard work we do to support miners.”

The union-certification application for approximately 70 workers was filed on June 13, 2022, and ballots were counted today, June 23.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Workers interested in joining the United Steelworkers union can learn more about the benefits at betterworknow.ca or call 1-888-879-2411 (toll-free).

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Steelworkers deserve better at Stelco as contract talks stall https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-deserve-better-at-stelco-contract-talks-stall Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:09:49 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-deserve-better-at-stelco-contract-talks-stall NANTICOKE, Ont. – Negotiations for a new collective agreement at Stelco in Nanticoke, Ont., have stalled, says Randy Graham, President of the United Steelworkers union, Local 8782.

The union filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), on June 22, 2022, requesting a conciliator. Members of the union will take part in a strike authorization vote on June 27, 2022. The current five-year collective agreement expires on June 30, 2022.

Over 1,000 USW members work at Stelco’s Nanticoke operations in production and skilled trades, producing hot-rolled coil steel.

Key issues at the bargaining table are wages, benefits and pensions.

“Other large Canadian industrial companies like Bombardier and ArcelorMittal Long Products are paying their workers 18-26% increases over five or six years. Our members see that and they know they deserve to keep pace. Instead, the company is offering to shuffle around our pay and bonuses to disguise the fact that there’s only a small overall increase,” said Graham.

Workers at ArcelorMittal Long Products are represented by the United Steelworkers union in Quebec and ratified a new collective agreement in February.

Cost of living data released just yesterday, show annual inflation has rocketed to 7.7%, higher than at any time since 1983.

“Stelco has the wallet to handsomely reward its shareholders and to buy in to the Hamilton Tiger Cats football club. You can see Stelco signage all over the stadium at games. Well, it’s time to recognize the workers that are doing the hard work that contributes to the company’s success,” said Graham.

“These steelworkers have worked hard as essential workers, throughout the pandemic, and delivered the product that brought over $2 billion in sales for Stelco in the last year,” said Myles Sullivan, USW Ontario Director.

“Now it’s time for Stelco management to show some appreciation for its workers, who have shown such dedication and commitment. We are bargaining in better times, and these stellar Stelco workers deserve better,” added Sullivan.

Talks for a new agreement between the union and Stelco began on March 14, 2022.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

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Glencore violated labour law in dismissing workers at its Raglan Mine, Quebec tribunal rules https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/glencore-violated-labour-law-in-dismissing-workers-at-its-raglan-mine-quebec-tribunal-rules Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/glencore-violated-labour-law-in-dismissing-workers-at-its-raglan-mine-quebec-tribunal-rules MONTREAL – Resource giant Glencore violated labour laws when it dismissed unionized security officers at its Raglan Mine in March 2021, the Quebec government’s Administrative Labour Tribunal (Tribunal administratif du Travail) has ruled.

The tribunal’s ruling, released June 15, stems from a complaint filed by the United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos, the union representing the security officers. The union argued before the tribunal that Glencore violated labour laws when it dismissed the workers after they rejected the company’s contract offer during negotiations for a collective agreement.

The ruling concludes that Glencore “obstructed the activities of the union and its members” and “failed in its obligation to bargain diligently and in good faith.”

While the ruling by administrative judge Johanne Despatis does not include an order that Glencore reinstate the dismissed employees, it opens the door to remedies for all those who were affected by the company’s unfair labour practices.

The ruling includes several harsh and scathing criticisms of Glencore’s behaviour. It portrays an employer with constant anti-union preoccupations, “thinly veiled hostility,” “driven by anti-union motives designed to crush the union’s goals” and by a desire to send “a clear message from the company to the other units (of unionized workers) that will soon be in negotiations.”

Those other workers include 630 unionized employees at Raglan Mine, members of Steelworkers Local 9449, who have been on strike since May 27. The strikers are seeking better working conditions and greater respect from Glencore, including a reduction of the company’s extensive use of subcontractors.

“It is appalling that Glencore was preparing for the current negotiations by resorting to unfair and bad faith labour practices, undermining our activities and throwing the families of these security officers out on the street,” said Harold Arseneault, a Steelworkers’ union representative.

“Glencore's methods are overwhelmingly in bad faith and our members are determined to get the respect they’re seeking,” Arseneault said.

“The recognition of these illegal practices in the tribunal’s decision is extremely important to us,” said Nicolas Marchand, president of the Steelworkers’ bargaining unit that represents the dismissed security officers.

“This ruling exposes what we have experienced over the last eight years, which is not widely known. It demonstrates the legitimacy of our legal case and gives a voice and hope to union members in small bargaining units. It also gives us strength to move forward with the next steps,” Marchand said.

Steelworkers’ union leaders, legal advisors and local union representatives will be meeting over the next few days to assess the options that are open to the union as a result of the labour tribunal’s ruling and to decide on future actions.

The United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labour, is the largest private-sector union in Quebec, representing more than 60,000 workers in all economic sectors.

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Airport security screeners demand better working conditions and respect from federal government https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/airport-security-screeners-demand-better-working-conditions-and-respect-from-federal-government Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/airport-security-screeners-demand-better-working-conditions-and-respect-from-federal-government OTTAWA – Beginning Monday, June 20, security screening officers at 42 airports across Canada will be wearing street clothes on the job to draw attention to longstanding concerns over substandard pay, working conditions and disrespect from the federal government.

WHO: Airport security screening officers, members of the United Steelworkers

WHAT: “Casual Monday,” with security officers wearing jeans to draw attention to longstanding concerns

WHERE: 41 airports across Canada

WHEN: Monday, June 20, 2022

“Airport security screening officers across Canada have been disrespected by the federal government for years,” said Marty Warren, National Director of the United Steelworkers union (USW), which represents thousands of screening officers at several airports across the country.

“Airport security screening officers face tremendous pressure, stress and demands in their jobs, but they are underpaid and undervalued by the federal government,” Warren said.

Security screeners at numerous airports across the country, members of the USW, are in negotiations for new collective agreements. Next week they will begin wearing jeans as part of “Casual Monday” actions at several airports, to bring public attention to their concerns over low pay and working conditions, which are due primarily to the federal government’s underfunding of the sector.

“Staff turnover is a longstanding problem, as many security officers simply quit to seek jobs with better pay and working conditions, and less stress. This has led to an untenable situation, with serious staffing shortages leading to greater pressure on security officers and unacceptable delays for travellers,” Warren said.

“The federal government is scrambling to respond to the public outcry over airport delays, but it is still failing to mandate the funding needed to provide the wages, working conditions and respect that security screening officers deserve.”

The Casual Monday action by security screeners will not disrupt service at their airports in any way, Warren emphasized.

“Our members sympathize with travellers who have had to endure lengthy delays. We want to bring public attention to the need for the federal government to treat airport security screeners with respect and to resolve these longstanding issues,” he said.

Airport security screening officers in Canada are employed by one of three private, multinational security corporations. The corporations are overseen and funded by the federal government, through its Crown corporation, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

“The system put in place by the federal government, through CATSA, provides healthy profits to the security contractors, while frontline security officers are told there isn’t enough funding to give them the better pay and working conditions they deserve,” said Warren.

“It’s time for the federal government provide the funds and the mandate to CATSA to finally address the concerns of airport security screening officers who have been underpaid, undervalued and disrespected for too long,” he said.

Click here for a list of airports where security screeners will be participating in the Casual Monday action.

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District 3 staff update https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/district-3-staff-update Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:31:58 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/district-3-staff-update To All USW District 3 Staff


Sisters, brothers & friends,

It's been just over three months since I was installed as the District 3 Director. One of the immediate challenges has been staffing, in particular to address a number of retirements.

First, I want to thank everyone for their patience and·cooperation as we have worked to make sure that we have a strong, skilled complement of casual and permanent staff representatives working with local union leadership and our members across western and northern Canada.

Some of the assignments have been in place or in the works for a number of weeks and even months, but some are just falling into place now. At a staff meeting last week, it was my great pleasure to announce that I have requested Mike Duhra to be hired as Assistant to the Director in District 3. Mike is a decades long member, who has held almost every position in his workplace and his amalgamated local union, USW 2009. Presently, he is a full-time local union representative and treasurer of his local, servicing over 20 workplaces and managing the local union's building. Mike speaks three languages and is a well-respected leader in our union and a long-time colleague and friend. There will be a transition period as Mike and his local union work to replace him and we bring him into the District office.

Along with that change, I want to thank Earl Graham for his unequivocal commitment to the future of our District over the past few months. Earl will be staying in the District office as a coordinator, helping Mike transition into his new role and working on various campaigns, projects and assignments across the District. Earl has many years of experience and has committed to working with our new team of staff to move the District forward.

The other staffing changes involve the addition of casual staff representatives and my recommendation to promote three permanent staff to the role of Area Coordinator/ Key Staff. This role involves communication and liaising between the Director and the field staff, working with staff to coordinate workloads, taking the lead with Federations of Labour, political and legislative action in their areas and coordinating important projects and campaigns, all in addition to maintaining a servicing assignment. I'm very pleased and confident to have Dean Lott (B.C.), Darrin Kruger (Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Mike Pulak (Manitoba) take on these new roles.

Finally, I want to welcome the following casual staff representatives: Jonathan Karmazinuk is an experienced representative and member of USW 2009 who will be doing servicing, member outreach and assisting with education out of the District 3 office; Jeremy Wray is the long­serving, full-time president of USW 7916 and will be servicing in Saskatchewan and Manitoba; and Cindy Lee is a long-time union representative and member of USW 2009 who will be servicing out of Langley. We also have temporarily put on two interns to assist for a few months: Michelle Ravary (USW 1944) in Thompson and Robert Gosse (USW 7226) in Alberta.

Again, thank-you for your patience over the past few months. I'm grateful for all of the conversations with staff, local union leaders and members and I'm truly excited that we are positioning District 3 to be successful in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thank-you.

In solidarity,

Scott Lunny
Director

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Steelworkers Humanity Fund contributes $25,000 in emergency aid to alleviate growing famine in Horn of Africa https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-humanity-fund-contributes-25000-in-emergency-aid-to-alleviate-growing-famine-in-horn-of-africa Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-humanity-fund-contributes-25000-in-emergency-aid-to-alleviate-growing-famine-in-horn-of-africa TORONTO – The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $25,000 to humanitarian efforts to face the extreme hunger crisis affecting Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.

The Horn of Africa faces unprecedent drought episodes, acute hunger linked to conflict, COVID-19, the climate crisis and the ripple effect of the war in Ukraine. The results are skyrocketing food and commodity prices and worsening hunger for millions living in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world.

“Droughts are inevitable, but famines can be prevented if governments and development, humanitarian, peace and climate actors take early and preventive action. However, lessons from the past have not been implemented, as more than 44 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance in these four East African countries,” said Marty Warren, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund and National Director for Canada of the United Steelworkers union (USW).

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund will contribute $25,000 to OXFAM Canada to provide immediate aid, such as clean water to reduce risk of disease and improve sanitation, with a goal of reaching 1.5 million people in total. Rapid flexible cash assistance, matched with longer-term support, will help communities obtain the food needed immediately.

“The roots of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund can be traced back to 1985, when USW members stood in solidarity with Ethiopians facing famine. More than three decades later, it is very disturbing to see that we are faced with a similar situation affecting the entire Horn of Africa region,” Warren said.

“As the climate crisis worsens and makes instances of drought increasingly common, we must double down on taking anticipatory actions to prevent hunger.”

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that promotes respect for human rights and contributes to development projects and emergency aid in developing countries through working with organization partners around the globe. It also supports Canadian communities in crisis. United Steelworkers union members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into their collective agreements. In some cases, employers make matching contributions.

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Steelworkers back opposition party agreement to protect pensions https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-back-opposition-party-agreement-to-protect-pensions Tue, 14 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-back-opposition-party-agreement-to-protect-pensions OTTAWA – After years of work and advocacy to ensure legal protection for workers’ pensions in case of bankruptcy, the United Steelworkers union (USW) announced its full support today for a new three-party agreement that would finally make these protections a reality.

“Pensions are deferred wages, but over and over again, we’ve seen how current laws allow corporate executives and other creditors get fully paid out while leaving workers with less or none of what they had earned for their retirement,” said USW National Director Marty Warren. “It amounts to theft.”

The agreement was announced today by Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill and NDP MP Daniel Blaikie.

The three parties have agreed to vote Gladu’s bill (C-228) through to committee next week. Once at committee, the parties will vote together to pass important changes to the bill.

The resulting legislation will give priority to paying out pensions as well as termination and severance pay owed to workers in case of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. After passing the committee, the three parties will also have the votes to pass it through the House of Commons.

“We’ve been lobbying and working with all the political parties for years on this issue. It’s good to see these three parties listen to our members and get together to put workers ahead of partisan political games. We remain hopeful the Liberals will also support these changes, to make it unanimous,” said USW Quebec Director Dominic Lemieux.

“With the current laws, workers have seen their futures disappear before their eyes, when the pensions they had worked for were ripped away. When this becomes law, it will mean workers in Canada will be able to be much more confident that they’ll be paid what they’re owed,” said Lemieux.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

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Surrey Clayton Crossing Starbucks workers set to join Steelworkers union https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/surrey-clayton-village-starbucks-workers-set-to-join-steelworkers-union Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:40:16 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/surrey-clayton-village-starbucks-workers-set-to-join-steelworkers-union The United Steelworkers union (USW) has filed with the British Columbia Labour Relations Board for union certification for Starbucks workers at Clayton Crossing, store #4620, in Surrey, B.C. There are 38 workers at the Clayton Crossing store.

The workers in Surrey join the growing number of Starbucks workers across North America who are organizing unions for better working conditions and wages. The Clayton Crossing Starbucks will join another unionized corporate store in Victoria, B.C., and six other stores in Alberta where workers are seeking union-certification votes.

“The workers at the Clayton Crossing Starbucks have come forward to unionize because they demand respect and being valued as a partner by the coffee giant,” said Pablo Guerra, USW organizer. “They are fighting because they recognize their value and that they deserve better from Starbucks, whose management continues to ignore their concerns. By joining a union, workers can fight back and these young workers are leading the way to a better future, not only for them but future generations of baristas.”

The union-certification application has been filed under B.C.’s new single-step union certification laws that received Royal Assent from the province’s NDP government on June 2, 2022.

“The recent change to union organizing laws in B.C. has removed barriers for workers to make it achievable to join together to negotiate better working conditions in their workplaces,” said Scott Lunny, USW Director for Western Canada and the Territories. “When at least 55% of workers sign union cards, the certification will be automatically recognized by the Labour Board, removing the opportunity for the company to pursue its anti-union tactics and the subsequent delays that result in unnecessary barriers to organizing.”

“We are proud to welcome another Starbucks store to our growing union family. It takes a lot of courage for workers to step forward to join a union, especially when we have seen the countless retaliatory and anti-union actions from Starbucks. It speaks volumes that workers are pushing back to make sure their voices are heard and we will be with them every step of the way,” added Lunny.

The USW represents Starbucks workers at the Douglas Street drive-thru store in Victoria, B.C. The USW also represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Workers interested in joining the United Steelworkers union can learn more about the benefits at betterworknow.ca or call 1-888-879-2411 (toll-free).

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United Steelworkers files unfair labour practice complaint against Starbucks https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/united-steelworkers-files-unfair-labour-practice-complaint-against-starbucks Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:37:52 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/united-steelworkers-files-unfair-labour-practice-complaint-against-starbucks The United Steelworkers union (USW) has filed with the B.C. Labour Relations Board an unfair labour practice complaint against Starbucks after the coffee giant refused to extend wage increases to the unionized staff at the corporate drive-through store.

“Our complaint concerns Starbucks’ decision to implement significant wage increases for employees at its non-union stores in Canada, but not for those at its sole unionized store, in an effort to compel its unionized employees to cease to be members of the union,” said Scott Lunny, USW Western Canada Director. “This intimidating and coercive conduct arises from the significant anti-union behaviour from Starbucks and represents an interference with the administration of a trade union contrary to the Labour Code.”

On May 3, 2022, Starbucks Canada announced investments for its “partners” (employees), including increased pay, benefits and training. In its release sent to all employees, Lori Digulla, Starbucks senior vice-president and general manager, said there would be increased pay for all retail partners in every province and every role beginning this summer. That was quickly followed up with an email to Douglas Street employees informing them they would not receive the “partner investments” (wage increases) as they were a unionized store.

In a letter to Digulla, workers expressed their disappointment that Starbucks was refusing to include the partners of the unionized store and called on the coffee giant to do the right thing by extending the wage increases to them.

“During bargaining and mediation, the most contentious issue was employee wage rates. We negotiated specific language in the collective agreement that allows for changes deemed necessary by mutual agreement of the employer and the union, at any time, during the life of the agreement. After the Digulla letter was sent out to all employees, the union requested Starbucks to mutually agree to extend the wage increases to the Douglas Street workers, and the request was denied,” said Lunny.

Starbucks has openly said that unions are unnecessary and has actively engaged in anti-union tactics to discourage partners from joining a union.

“We are calling on Starbucks to do what’s right and extend the wage increases to the unionized store. We know our members work as hard and contribute as much as any other partner in any other store and they should be treated with the respect they deserve,” added Lunny.

The USW is inviting the public and Starbucks partners to show their support for unionized workers who deserve better. The union has launched an online campaign at usw.to/starbucksnow where you can use the form to send a message directly to Starbucks management, calling on them to extend the wage increases to unionized workers.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

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Three fatalities at National Steel Car in Hamilton – Immediate Action Required https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/three-fatalities-at-nsc Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:08:48 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/three-fatalities-at-nsc June 7, 2022

The Honourable Monte McNaughton,
Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
14th Floor, 400 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7

Via email: monte.mcnaughtonco@pc.ola.org

RE:     Three fatalities at National Steel Car in Hamilton – Immediate Action Required

Dear Hon. Minister McNaughton, 

I am writing you with an issue that is of grave and immediate concern: for the third time in less than two years, a worker has been killed at National Steel Car in Hamilton, as of June 6.

The other two fatalities were on April 23, 2021, and Sept. 2, 2020.

Minister McNaughton, USW members do not go to work to die – not at National Steel Car or anywhere. We are asking you and the Ministry of Labour to treat this situation with the seriousness it requires.

The United Steelworkers union (USW) represents workers who manufacture rolling rail stock from raw product to finish. This includes heavy manufacturing of rail cars. There are approximately 1,400 Steelworkers working in the industrial plant, with approximately 600 other employees. 

The victims of all three tragedies have been USW members. In addition, there have been too many similarities concerning these incidents, including the apparent mechanical failure of lifting and hoisting equipment.

The USW, at the local, district and national levels, has devoted a great deal of effort over the last two years to targeting this employer to address the fatalities and ongoing health and safety concerns. We have worked jointly through all levels of the union to analyze and formulate solutions to what has obviously been a systemic culture of unsafe work entrenched in the operations of National Steel Car.

The union has provided additional specialized training for the USW members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee to better prepare them to most effectively monitor the workplace and provide the safest and healthiest workplace possible for all workers.

The union has been working hard to try to keep workers safe on the job, but there is a limit to our capacity, especially when National Steel Car seems determined to do the opposite.

There was also extensive contact with the Ministry of Labour and its inspectors and senior management. Concerns were communicated regarding the employer’s obvious lack of commitment to the workings of the joint committee. There were also concerns with the lack of action taken by the ministry to do more extensive inspections of all equipment similar to the equipment involved in the fatalities, particularly the lifting and hoisting devices.

Further to Ministry involvement, after a September 2, 2020 worker fatality on a crane at the workplace, the Ministry of Labour made several orders relating to crane safety, including some related to the proper fittings to be affixed to crane hooks to secure loads. The employer appealed five of these orders relating to the company being required to attach fittings to five crane hooks to ensure safety. The Company withdrew these appeals in May, 2022 after it attached latches to the five cranes subject to the orders under appeal.  

What should be clear by these examples (and there are many more), is that we are seeing an employer that has repeatedly expressed little interest in maintaining a healthy and safe workplace and is potentially criminally negligent. 

What I am asking is that the ministry take a fresh look at this employer to put an end to this unnecessary carnage of workers at this site. The ministry must acknowledge that there is a culture at this worksite that puts production and profits far above the basic rights of workers to go to work without getting killed or injured. USW members are paying dearly for the potentially criminal negligence of management at National Steel Car and for the inaction of the Ministry of Labour.

The union is both frustrated with trying to change the attitude and performance of this employer and that the ministry has been ineffective in creating change. We rely on your ministry to intervene when we find ourselves out of options. The ministry and its inspectors have the ultimate power in sanctioning an employer who appears to have a lethal ill-regard for the well-being of its employees. 

Three of our members have lost their lives. Three families and all of those around them have been needlessly devastated. Co-workers have been traumatized and go to work wondering if they too may be next. 

This situation requires immediate attention.

I am requesting a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss what steps can be taken right away to avert any further tragedies at this workplace. We are gravely concerned and hope that this request will be met with equal concern on your part.

Please note that if we do not hear from you within the next few days, our office will follow up to schedule a meeting.

Yours truly,

Myles Sullivan
District 6 (Ontario and Atlantic) Director
United Steelworkers union (USW)

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Millrise Centre Starbucks workers apply to join Steelworkers union https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/millrise-centre-starbucks-workers-apply-to-join-steelworkers-union Mon, 06 Jun 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/millrise-centre-starbucks-workers-apply-to-join-steelworkers-union CALGARY – The United Steelworkers union (USW) has applied with the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) for a union-certification vote on behalf of Starbucks workers at Millrise Centre, store #4619, in Calgary.

The workers in Calgary join the growing number of Starbucks workers across North America who are organizing unions for better working conditions and wages, including employees at five stores in Lethbridge, Alta.

“The workers at Millrise Centre Starbucks have come forward to unionize because they have had enough and deserve better from the coffee giant,” said Pablo Guerra, USW organizer. “These young workers are leading the fight to unionize their store because they strongly believe joining the USW is the only way to have their voices be heard.”

There are 32 workers at the Millrise Centre store.

“It takes a lot of courage for workers to step forward to join a union, especially at a time when Starbucks is ramping up union-busting campaigns across Canada and the United States. The recent tactics deployed by Starbucks to try to keep out the union only prove the power of workers joining the union. It’s time for Starbucks to embrace and respect their partners’ right to unionize instead of retaliating against them just for wanting better working conditions.”

The ALRB is expected to authorize a vote of the Millrise Centre workers. To win the vote, the union must receive the support of more than half of the workers.

The USW represents Starbucks workers at the Douglas Street Drive-Thru store in Victoria, B.C. The USW also represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Workers interested in joining the United Steelworkers union can learn more about the benefits at betterworknow.ca or call 1-888-879-2411 (toll-free).

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Starbucks retaliates against unionized workers, refuses to extend wage increases https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/starbucks-retaliates-against-unionized-workers-refuses-to-extend-wage-increases Mon, 30 May 2022 12:07:55 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/starbucks-retaliates-against-unionized-workers-refuses-to-extend-wage-increases VICTORIA, B.C. - Workers at the Douglas Street Starbucks location in Victoria are steaming mad as Starbucks Canada refuses to extend wage increases to unionized staff at the corporate drive-through store. The workers are represented by the United Steelworkers union (USW).

On May 3, 2022, Starbucks Canada announced investments for its “partners” (employees), including increased pay, benefits and training. In its release sent to all partners, Lori Digulla, Starbucks senior vice-president and general manager, said there would be increased pay for all retail partners in every province and every role beginning this summer. That was quickly followed up with an email to Douglas Street partners informing them they would not receive the partner investments as they were a unionized store.

In a letter to Digulla, workers expressed their disappointment that Starbucks was refusing to include the partners of the unionized store and called on the coffee giant to do the right thing by extending the wage increases to them.

“We are delighted to see Starbucks taking steps to address the inability of many to afford a comfortable life. We agree that our labour is worth more and that higher wages will help us live with dignity and create the best moments with our customers,” said the partners at the Douglas Street store.

“Starbucks assured us that they would respect our choice to unionize. We feel that not agreeing with the union to extend the wage increase to our store is not respecting our choice. We understand and agree that our collective bargaining agreement must be respected. That is why there is a clause to allow for bilateral agreements for things such as extending the wage increase to our store,” added the partners.

Starbucks has openly said that unions are unnecessary and has actively engaged in anti-union tactics to discourage partners from joining a union. Within the last two years, workers at more than 50 Starbucks stores in North America have voted to join a union, with hundreds of additional votes currently in progress.

“What we see from Starbucks is nothing more than retaliation on their workers for joining a union. Every worker has the right to join a union without the fear of retaliation or harassment from their employer,” said Scott Lunny, USW Western Canada Director.

“There are zero reasons for these investments not to be extended to our members at the Douglas Street store in Victoria. We have language in the collective agreement, negotiated by both parties, that allows for changes deemed necessary by mutual agreement of the employer and the union, at any time, during the life of the agreement.”

The USW requested Starbucks Canada to mutually agree to extend the partner investments to the Douglas Street workers, and the request was denied.

“We are calling on Starbucks to do what’s right and extend the partner investments and wage increases to the unionized store. Our union is ready to meet with Starbucks management to get this dealt with in a fair and equitable way. We know our members work as hard and contribute as much as any other partner in any other store across Canada and they should be treated with the respect they deserve,” added Lunny.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

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630 Steelworkers are on strike at Glencore’s Raglan Mine https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/630-steelworkers-are-on-strike-at-glencores-raglan-mine Sat, 28 May 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/630-steelworkers-are-on-strike-at-glencores-raglan-mine KATINNIQ/MONTREAL, Que. – The 630 unionized workers at the Glencore-owned Raglan Mine in Nunavik, members of the Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers union, went on strike late Friday night, May 27.

A demand for genuine respect from Glencore is a major issue for the union members, who often work 11-hour shifts, for 21 consecutive days, at the isolated, fly-in/fly-out nickel mining operations in Nunavik. The increased use of subcontractors, who work under inferior conditions at Raglan Mine, is another key issue in the labour dispute.

“It has reached the point where there are often many more contractors at the mine site than unionized workers. It doesn't make sense. This means fewer economic benefits for the regions of Quebec, while this multinational corporation extracts huge profits by exploiting our natural resources,” said Eric Savard, president of Steelworkers Local 9449, which represents the striking workers.

In addition to the shameful use of subcontractors, other stumbling blocks in negotiations include vacations, working conditions and wages. Above all, however, workers are demanding respect from Glencore.

“Glencore has been continually pushing the limits. It even balks at providing a proper lunch hour to workers who are working 11 hours a day, 21 days in a row. It’s reached the point where those who refuse to work overtime are given the cold shoulder by the bosses. Living conditions at the mining camp have deteriorated over the years. The employer systematically quibbles over the living and working conditions of employees who are away their families for long periods of time. It’s time for this company to show greater respect for the workers who are generating its profits of tens of millions of dollars each year,” Savard added.

The parties met on Friday in the presence of a mediator, without breaking the impasse in negotiations. The union members therefore decided to exercise their strike mandate, which they had approved last week by an overwhelming majority vote of 97.5%.

“We are faced with an employer who continually seeks to do as little as possible to improve the quality of life of its workers. This employer has even tried to divide the workers and turn them against each other. But today, union members are united and have chosen to walk out, together. And it is united that they will return to the mining camp when they receive the respect they deserve from their employer,” said Steelworkers union representative Harold Arsenault.

The Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labour, is the largest private-sector union in Quebec, representing more than 60,000 workers in all economic sectors.

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Lethbridge Starbucks workers file application to join Steelworkers union https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/lethbridge-starbucks-workers-file-application-to-join-steelworkers-union Tue, 24 May 2022 13:05:29 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/lethbridge-starbucks-workers-file-application-to-join-steelworkers-union The United Steelworkers union (USW) has filed an application with the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) for a union-certification vote on behalf of Starbucks workers at five stores in Lethbridge, Alta.

The workers in Lethbridge join the growing number of Starbucks workers who are organizing across North America for better working conditions and wages.

“Throughout the pandemic, Starbucks workers have faced unrealistic expectations from the coffee giant. Workers are burning out and are struggling mentally and physically,” said Pablo Guerra, USW organizer. “From challenges of PPE, employee shortages, being forced to come into work sick, and added pressures from mobile ordering and complex drink orders, workers have had enough and are demanding better from Starbucks. These workers strongly believe joining the USW is the only way to drive change in their workplaces.”

There are over 115 workers between the five stores in Lethbridge:

  • Lethbridge Chapters – store # 4372
  • Mayor Magrath South – store # 4839
  • South Lethbridge – store # 57949
  • Mayor Magrath Drive North – store # 55870
  • West Lethbridge Towne Centre – store # 4628

“It takes a lot of courage for workers to step forward to join a union, especially when Starbucks is ramping up union-busting campaigns,” said Guerra. “Starbucks has given wage increases to all workers across Canada and the United States, except those who have unionized or are unionizing. Their recent tactics to keep out the union only prove the power of workers joining the union. It’s time for Starbucks to respect the will and rights of its workers to unionize.”

The ALRB will hear objections from Starbucks and is expected to authorize a vote of the workers shortly after. To win the vote, the union must receive the support of more than half of the workers.

The USW represents Starbucks workers at the Douglas Street Drive-Thru store in Victoria, B.C. The USW also represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Workers interested in joining the United Steelworkers union can learn more about the benefits at betterworknow.ca.

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Transport minister wilfully ignorant to cause of airport security delays: Steelworkers union https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/transport-minister-wilfully-blind-to-cause-of-airport-security-delays-steelworkers-union Tue, 17 May 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/transport-minister-wilfully-blind-to-cause-of-airport-security-delays-steelworkers-union The following statement was issued today by Dominic Lemieux, Quebec Director of the Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers union, in response to federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra’s comments regarding excessive wait times at many airports:

The Minister of Transport said last week that increasing delays at airports are not due to a shortage of security screening officers, instead pointing the finger at travellers who supposedly are out-of-practice in navigating airport security.

Such a statement would be laughable – if it did not reflect a disturbing lack of understanding of the serious reality on the ground.

Currently, there is a desperate need for additional screening officers to fill vacant positions at several regional airports. Screeners from Montreal are even being asked to fill shifts at the Quebec City airport due to a staff shortage.

The turnover rate for airport screeners is particularly high due to difficult working conditions, and in fact is significantly more pronounced than staffing shortages in other sectors of the labour market.

As with workers in the hotel and restaurant industries, airport security screeners have been hit hard by the pandemic. Now that travel is resuming, many workers have gone elsewhere in this booming labour market to find better-paying jobs, with working conditions and schedules that are more compatible with personal and family life, and with less pressure and stress.

We invite the Minister to visit airports in major Canadian cities such as Montreal or Toronto – in the middle of rush hour and without a chauffeur – to get an idea of the stress that screening officers experience before they even start their shift.

Turning a blind eye to staff shortages does not help the government nor its Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), to find effective solutions to attract new screening officers and to retain those who are already trained and working.

The work of screening officers is a pillar of aviation security. The safety of all travellers and workers aboard flights depends on the rigorous work demanded of screening officers, and which must be performed within limited timeframes. Their working standards simply do not reflect the responsibilities imposed on them and the reality they face.

We also must ensure that staffing shortages are not used as a pretext for relaxed vigilance around security or for lowering standards in the recruitment of new screening officers.

With the return of tourism, whether in Old Quebec or around the Canadian Grand Prix circuit in Montreal, and with the pending summer holiday season and the pandemic easing, the pressure on airports will increase. The abundance of other opportunities in the labour market, combined with the lack of consideration for screening officers, may well exacerbate staffing shortages. Conditions for a perfect storm are in place.

The government must give CATSA and its contractor STAS (Securitas Transport Aviation Sécurité) the means to negotiate working conditions that will allow them to recruit more staff and retain existing workers. The efficient operation of our air transportation system is at stake, as is the critical need to get our tourism sector back on its feet following the nightmare of the pandemic.

Dominic Lemieux
Quebec Director
Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers

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Steelworkers union supports Canadian Football League Players’ Association, denounces league’s behaviour https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-union-supports-canadian-football-league-players-association-denounces-leagues-behaviour Mon, 16 May 2022 12:00:00 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/steelworkers-union-supports-canadian-football-league-players-association-denounces-leagues-behaviour TORONTO – The United Steelworkers union (USW) strongly supports members of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association who have been forced into a labour dispute as they seek a fair collective agreement with the CFL.

“The United Steelworkers union pledges any and all support for the CFL Players’ Association to win this strike. We applaud their courage and determination to give players a voice and respect for the work that they do,” said USW National Director Marty Warren.

“Our union denounces the actions of the CFL, which opted to provoke a labour dispute and attempt to undermine the players’ association, rather than to continue with good-faith negotiations, which the players have sought all along,” Warren said.

“The United Steelworkers urges the CFL to return to the bargaining table and to commit to negotiating in good faith with its most-important asset – its players, who make Canadian football the great sport that is loved and supported by fans across the country,” he added.

The CFLPA and the USW formed a ‘strategic alliance’ in 2019 to build a closer unity of purpose between the two organizations. Through this alliance, the USW has committed to providing assistance and resources to the CFLPA including education, government relations advice, bargaining and campaign support.

About the USW:

The United Steelworkers represents 225,000 members across Canada in nearly every sector of the economy. Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW, recognizing the union for its strong record in health and safety, workers’ rights, winning good collective agreements and more.

About the CFLPA:

The Canadian Football League Players’ Association is the union for professional football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since 1965, the Association has worked to establish fair and reasonable working conditions while protecting the rights of all CFL players.

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Saskatchewan Steelworkers back Carla Beck https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/saskatchewan-steelworkers-back-carla-beck Fri, 13 May 2022 17:50:50 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/saskatchewan-steelworkers-back-carla-beck Today, the United Steelworkers union (USW) announced its support for MLA Carla Beck in her campaign to become the leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats. 

"In and out of the legislature, Carla Beck has stood up for steel, working for people and labour unions across Saskatchewan. As the leader of the Saskatchewan NDP, we know that Carla will fight to protect the jobs our members and their communities rely on, and she will work to improve working conditions for everyone," said Scott Lunny, USW Western Canada Director. "Like Carla Beck, we know we are stronger together. We fully support Carla Beck's plan to bring people from all parts of the province together to rebuild the Saskatchewan NDP and replace the current government." 

The unanimous decision from USW comes after Carla Beck met with the union's northern and southern regional area councils.  

Lunny pointed to Carla Beck's all-of-the-above jobs plan, her years of experience in and out of the legislature, and her commitment to building toward a government that will deliver for working people, their families and communities as the key reasons she earned USW's endorsement. 

"Our union has always understood that representing our members well at the bargaining table includes being politically active and pushing for a government on the side of workers," said Lunny. "It's clear that what the current government is doing is not delivering results for working people. Carla Beck has a plan that will."  

The USW represents over 6,000 workers across Saskatchewan and 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada. The USW is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

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Workers at Winnipeg’s Brenntag Canada Inc. vote to join the United Steelworkers https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/workers-at-winnipegs-brenntag-canada-inc-vote-to-join-the-united-steelworkers Wed, 11 May 2022 09:46:42 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/workers-at-winnipegs-brenntag-canada-inc-vote-to-join-the-united-steelworkers Workers at Brenntag Canada Inc., a chemical and ingredients distribution centre in Winnipeg, have voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers union (USW).  

“We are pleased to welcome the newest members from Brenntag Canada Inc. to our union family,” said Scott Lunny, USW District 3 Director. “These workers supported each other throughout this process because they knew they deserved better. This win is certainly a testament to their determination and unity to build a better workplace and future.”

A mail-ballot vote took place in March and was counted by the Manitoba Labour Board on Monday, May 9, 2022. Approximately 20 workers from the Winnipeg distribution centre will join the union.

“We are super excited to be joining with the USW,” said one of the workers. “We’ve been working towards this for a long time and I am excited to see our hard work pay off.”

“I am proud of the workers for staying together throughout this process, and I thank the hard work of those who helped their colleagues join the USW,” said Pablo Guerra, USW organizer. 

“As we begin the collective bargaining process, our goal will be to negotiate a first collective agreement that provides fairness, respect and recognizes the workers’ hard work with better wages and benefits,” said Guerra.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions. 

Workers interested in joining the United Steelworkers union can learn more about the benefits at betterworknow.ca.

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Workers rally for members of locked out union https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/workers-rally-for-members-of-locked-out-union Tue, 10 May 2022 20:10:49 -0500 https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/releases/2022/workers-rally-for-members-of-locked-out-union United Steelworkers union (USW) Local 2009 members who have been locked out of their jobs at UFCW 1518 for over a month are not letting employer tactics drive divides between workers – instead, they’re building solidarity with the members of the union that locked them out.

On Saturday, May 14, the 38 locked-out staff will hold a rally supporting all the UFCW 1518 members who aren’t getting the union support they need and deserve because of the ongoing dispute.

The rally will run from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm at the New Westminster Pier Park, #1 6th Street, New Westminster. Speakers include USW 2009 bargaining team members, UFCW 1518 activists, and other special guests. Media, the public and members of the labour movement are invited to attend.

A recent surge of signatures on a petition demanding an end to the lockout was proof that the average UFCW 1518 member and activist is not on board with their union’s bulldozing mandate.

“We got hundreds and hundreds of messages from grocery store employees, retail staff, health-care and industrial workers represented by UFCW 1518 who are angry about their union’s use of anti-union tactics,” said Al Bieksa, USW Local 2009 President. “They want answers, democracy, and their union to show the same respect they ask of their own employers.”

Over 600 people signed the USW 2009 petition, which Bieksa delivered to UFCW 1518 on Monday, May 8, in an email to the UFCW 1518 leadership. UFCW 1518 has yet to end the lockout, invite union support staff back to the bargaining table, or justify the benefit cuts it has dictated to staff.

“This week’s rally is USW 2009’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to all the UFCW 1518 members who want fairness from their union,” says Bieksa. “The USW 2009 team wants to show these hardworking folks that they’re determined to get a fair agreement with management, so they can get back to helping UFCW 1518 members improve their own working conditions.”

To advance this goal, the locked-out staff ask UFCW 1518 members to raise their democratic voices and demand that UFCW 1518 end the lockout and get back to the table to negotiate a fair contract.

“Dues-paying members are the real union,” adds Bieksa, “The UFCW 1518 membership deserves to see their staff representatives and support staff achieve a fair and respectful agreement. UFCW 1518 needs to fix this situation and do their members right by ending the lockout.”

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