Union History: 2000 - 2019
2000 - UFCW Canada establishes the Young-Workers Internship Program, or YIP, which has since become the Canadian labour movement’s premier leadership development program for young workers.
2000 - Walmart workers in Jacksonville, Texas, make history by becoming the first Walmart employees to exercise their right to join a union.
2000 - Perdue chicken catchers join the UFCW to demand a voice on the job and a right to join a union.
2002 - Agriculture Workers Support Centre established in Leamington. Since then, nine more centres and mobiles centres set-up across Canada to assist and organize agriculture workers.
2003 - More than 70,000 food retail members across California forced on strike to protect healthcare benefits.
2004 – Meatpacking workers at Lakeside Packers in Brooks, Alberta, one of Canada’s largest beef processing facilities, win a hard-fought organizing campaign and become members of UFCW Local 401.
2004 - Joseph T. Hansen elected UFCW International President.
2006 - Agriculture workers in Ontario finally granted the protections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a direct result of UFCW Canada lobbying and campaign efforts.
2006 - Wayne E. Hanley voted UFCW Canada National Director.
2007 - UFCW Canada launches webCampus, the union’s award-winning, online education resource.
2007 - UFCW Canada establishes the Human Right, Equity & Diversity Department (HRED) to help lead the union’s diversification and inclusion efforts.
2008 - UFCW Canada offices of National Director and National Council President are combined to create the office of UFCW Canada National President. Wayne E. Hanley serves as the union’s first National President.
2008 - Walmart workers in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, certified as members of UFCW Local 1400.
2012 - UFCW Canada National President Wayne E. Hanley nominates Thomas Mulcair for federal Leader of the NDP.
2013 - Paul R. Meinema voted UFCW Canada National President.
2014 - Walmart is found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada for violating its employees’ rights. Walmart abruptly closed its store Jonquiere, Quebec after workers there voted to join the UFCW.
2014 - Anthony “Marc” Perrone elected UFCW International President.
2015 - The UFCW Canada National Defence Fund (NDF) membership more than doubles in size as large retail memberships, from Loblaws in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, join the strike and lockout fund.
2017 - UFCW Canada National Convention unanimously passes resolution to reform composition of the UFCW Canada National Council to ensure gender equity.
2018 – The “Fight for $15 & Fairness” campaign – supported by labour unions across the country, including UFCW – achieves its first victory in Canada, as Alberta becomes the first Canadian province to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage.
2018 – Kim Novak becomes the first woman president of UFCW Canada Local 1518.
2018 – After years of advocacy from UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), as well as a series of town hall meetings hosted by UFCW and the AWA, the federal government agrees to provide one-year open work permits for migrant and temporary foreign workers who have experienced abuse from their employer.
2019 – Years of activism pay off after UFCW helps achieve Canada’s first-ever national food policy, which includes commitments to create a Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council, promote Canadian-made food products, and provide new resources for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
2019 – UFCW helps a Mexican farm worker in Quebec become the first-ever migrant worker to receive an open work permit in Canada. The permit was granted to the worker after he experienced abuse from his employer while working at an onion farm.
2019 – UFCW Canada launches a constitutional challenge to the Ontario government’s exclusion of cannabis production workers from the Labour Relations Act. The union argues that Ontario’s exclusion of cannabis production workers from the right to unionize violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
2019 – A major victory for ride hailing drivers is achieved when UFCW 1518 enters mediation with Lyft and Uber at the B.C. Labour Relations Board.