IN THE NEWS
TIM HORTONS WORKERS WIN BATTLE TO ORGANIZE UNION LOCAL IN CANORA
Workers in Canora have organized what might be the first union local to hit a Saskatchewan Tim Hortons, but their employer is still fighting back.
The Workers United Canada Council local was certified after a battle before the Labour Relations Board. Seven workers are now members.
They’ve been trying to organize since May or June of last year, said Workers United Canada Council vice-president Vas Gunaratna.
“The employer has chosen to fight us every step of the way,” Gunaratna told the Leader-Post.
SECRETARY-TREASURER EDGAR ROMNEY SERVES AS GRAND MARSHALL FOR 2017 NY LABOR DAY PARADE
Thousands of banner-waving union members marched up Fifth Ave. Saturday, September 9, 2017, in New York City’s annual Labor Day Parade.
The colorful event featured New Yorkers from a wide array of backgrounds and industries, from construction workers and firefighters to Broadway performers, costume designers, teachers and many more.
Grand Marshal Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer of Workers United, an affiliate of Service Employees International Union, led the massive display of floats, bands, classic cars and big machinery along the Fifth Ave. route that took marchers directly past President Trump’s luxury condos.
OPERATION FLINT IS A SUCCESS
Workers from North America came together to help Workers United members in Flint, MI. Workers United members in Michigan have been affected by the careless decisions of Governor Snyder.
Local 2402 members were able to collect over 100K bottles of water that were donated in the areas most affected by the water crisis. In addition to the water our members also donated baby wipes and hand sanitizers to those who needed most help.
NAIL SALON WORKERS IN NEW YORK ORGANIZE
Workers United, NY NJ Regional Joint Board is excited to announce the launch of the Nail Salon Organizing Project. By joining with community-based organizations fighting for the rights of nail salon workers, our Union has become an important resource for nail salon workers who are organizing to change their conditions. Their lives mirror the story of so many workers in our nation.
Over the last century, our Union has helped workers organize to change working conditions for thousands of workers.
We are proud to be the Union partner in this critical movement.
“We are dedicating ourselves to a campaign to change the standards in the industry, to make these good jobs that help people support their families. These workers, whose lives are spent making people feel beautiful, have a right to healthy workplaces and living wages. They have a right to respect and a voice on the job without fear of retaliation. Our Union is committed to helping all nail salon workers achieve those goals”
Julie Kelly, General Manager, NY NJ Regional Joint Board, Workers United.
PERSONAL TRAINERS JOIN WORKERS UNITED
After reaching an agreement with GoodLife around bargaining unit descriptions that had delayed the voting results, yesterday afternoon the ballots were counted and the results are in:
City of Toronto Personal Trainers have agreed to form a union and are now represented by Workers United!
As we work with Personal Trainers to develop a strong collective agreement – one that sees positive changes and improvements in working conditions at GoodLife – we remain positive that other gyms across the GTA and Canada and the United States will see the benefits of forming and joining a fitness union. We will continue our efforts to ensure all Goodlife workers have the rights and protections at work that they deserve.
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to everyone on the Organizing Committee who has worked so hard during this campaign.
We will soon be scheduling meetings to discuss electing representatives for bargaining and additional next steps. Further detailed information will be sent very shortly.