Toronto – February 18, 2021 – In collaboration with FoodShare Toronto, UFCW Canada hosted a virtual event on labour and employment rights in a pandemic.
As a food justice organization, FoodShare is committed to dismantling systemic oppression within the food system – including labour injustice.
Given the mutual commitment of both organizations to labour justice, and the many changes in legislation due to COVID-19, UFCW Canada and FoodShare decided to launch the timely, “Know Your Rights" webinar.
The webinar included information about changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA), benefits of union membership and the important role unions play in advancing food security and food justice. It made special mention of UFCW Canada’s decades long advocacy efforts to bring justice to migrant workers across the country.
Discussions focused on the direct role unions play in advancing food security as job precarity and inadequate housing are at the root of the crisis. The webinar ended with a commitment to position migrant and agricultural workers’ rights at the forefront of sustainable food systems in Canada.