Mississauga, Ont. – January 22, 2019 – Workers at First Choice Beverage in Mississauga, Ontario are starting the New Year off on a great foot after recently voting to join UFCW Canada Local 175.
The 60 full-time and 40 part-time employees at First Choice Beverage joined the union to address issues regarding favouritism in the workplace. This included new employees receiving higher wages than existing long-term employees. Workers also want to have a say over holiday and vacation pay and overtime premiums going forward.
“I know these workers look forward to having their first proposal meeting,” says UFCW Local 175 Organizer Jeffery Lu.
During the campaign, the union filed several unfair labour practice complaints with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). Throughout the organizing drive, and despite the employer’s tactics, employees were eager to learn more about the union and the benefits it could bring to their work life.
Workers at the First Choice Beverage plant produce juice products and soy and almond milk for brands like Simply Orange and Earth’s Own. They join many other UFCW Canada Local 175 members working in the beverage industry, including workers at Lassonde Beverages and Minute Maid.
To read more about the First Choice Beverage workers’ successful campaign to join the union, click here.
UFCW Canada Locals 175 & 633 represent more than 70,000 hard-working Ontarians in almost every sector of the economy. To learn more about UFCW 175 & 633, visit their website.
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