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Vaughan, Ont. – September 12, 2017 – Union stewards from across Ontario recently gathered in Toronto for the second annual UFCW 1006A Stewards' Conference.
More than 220 stewards from a wide range of workplaces and industries – including the hospitality, food retail, transportation, warehousing, and food processing sectors, among others – attended the one-day conference, where participants had the opportunity to hear from a variety of guest speakers and panelists.
The theme of the conference was "Union Value: Changing Lives and Communities,” denoting how the union has transformed the lives of members and workers across Ontario.
"Today, our union is stronger and more united than ever," said UFCW 1006A President Wayne Hanley, who welcomed activists to the conference and delivered an update on the various initiatives and progress made within the union over the last year. "We continue to improve and strengthen our union at all levels and departments, guided by our mission to provide outstanding union representation to members," he added.
Penny Paulley, a UFCW 1006A steward from Your Independent Grocer in Petrolia, Ontario was among those who attended the conference.
"The stewards’ conference is fantastic – it's always great to get like-minded people in one group and build enthusiasm and positive energy going forward," said Sister Paulley. "For me, being part of 1006A means opportunities for education and training, free online courses for myself and family. It means access to education and solidarity," she adds.
UFCW Canada Local 1006A is a progressive, dynamic, and inclusive local union dedicated to making life better for all workers across Ontario. With over 36,000 members, Local 1006A is one of Ontario's largest private sector local unions, representing members in a wide range of industries. To learn more about UFCW Canada Local 1006A, click here.