|The more than 16-month strike at Canada Safeway in Thunder Bay – which ended earlier this year with the successful reopening of the four supermarkets that had been “permanently” closed – affected the lives of hundreds of UFCW Canada members and their families. Many realized during the ordeal the true meaning of friendship and solidarity. One of them was Heidi Pineau, who wrote the following: I would like to take this opportunity to give a great big “thank you” to UFCW Canada Local 175, the national and international offices, and staff for all your support during the Safeway strike in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The dinner and mementos last spring were wonderful. Without your continued support, a lot of us would have never been able to survive! The 504-day experience is certainly one we will never forget. The highs and lows, the new lifetime friendships that were made, the tears and support of one another. This certainly showed the true colours of a lot of members, and hopefully made a lot of our brothers and sisters stronger union supporters. I hope this has made them realize how important it is to have the benefits of being a union member. A big thank you to our local union rep, Colby Flank, for having a big heart and always a listening ear. She always tried to help whenever we were in need and did her best to achieve this. Also, to our local office staff, Carol and Tracy, for listening and putting up with all the phone calls and complaints they had to put up with. Things were always hectic at our local union office. This experience leaves a lifetime full of memories that will affect me forever. It certainly has made me a much stronger and more level-headed person. Finally, a "big thank you" to all who were with us, whether on the picket line or just in your thoughts and your prayers. Thank you, Sister Heidi Pineau, and all your Thunder Bay brothers and sisters. Your dedication and perseverance have set an example for Safeway and other workers everywhere. In solidarity, Michael J. Fraser National Director|
UFCW Canada - Racing for a Cure 2003 Local Union Fundraising Program
|The three-piece kit includes: |
|Total kit value, $74.85 Fundraising price to members, $49.95 per kit "Buy the bag and hat, get the T-shirt for free!" "Fundraising cost to locals, $32.95|
Labour magazine has special subscription offer for UFCW Canada membersThe Hunger Site provides one-click free donations You’re not going to end world hunger with the click of a mouse, but every little bit helps! A daily visit to thehungersite.com is a common event for thousands of people with a spare moment, and it costs them nothing to make a small donation – donations are paid for through the banner advertisement donors see after clicking on the donate button. Started in 1999, thehungersite.com used to be a strictly charitable effort, sanctioned by the United Nations hunger-relief agency, which was its beneficiary. More recently, however, it has become a commercial property – while 100% of the banner ad revenue goes to two hunger-relief agencies, other revenue is accrued through items for sale and other advertising on the site. Still, with a typical day netting 132,244 cups of staple food for the hungry, and a grand total in 2002 of some 2,717 tonnes, it makes a worthwhile visit. Links to related sites that work on the same principle are also available there: thebreastcancersite.com, thechildhealthsite.com, therainforestsite.com, and theanimalrescuesite.com. Thanks to Fernando Reis of UFCW Canada Local 175 for reminding us about this site. Have a favourite site you would like to share? Please e-mail email@example.com.