Thousands of UFCW members at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will keep their jobs after an attempt to privatize the state-owned liquor stores failed to garner enough support in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Toronto, ON - A monetary fine against a Toronto construction company found negligent in the 2009 death of four workers, with no jail time for the company's owner, "sends a message that for a few thousand dollars you can toss safety and the lives of workers aside", says Wayne Hanley, the National President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada (UFCW Canada).
On June 6, the Harper government stuck its head in the corporate sandbox when it issued its approval for Target, an American multinational, to wipe out the jobs and security of more than 12,000 Canadian workers — the men and women who currently work at Zellers, whose rights in the eyes of the government are disposable.
On June 6, staff, officers and activists from UFCW Canada local unions in Quebec joined other local unions affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (Quebec Federation of Labour) to show their support for workers on strike at the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ).
In the last few months Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party government has included right-to work legislation as part of its labour law reforms, and Alberta’s Wildrose Party campaigned on a right-to-work platform in the province's April 2012 election. Now Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has released a white paper calling for right-to-work laws in Ontario. Sadly right-to-work proposals are no longer restricted to the right-wing Tea Party movement in the U.S. – they have become part of the mainstream political discourse in Canada.
UFCW Canada Local 1869 members at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Laundry Operations celebrated their 6th Anniversary as UFCW Canada members with a BBQ and prizes. More than 100 Local 1869 members enjoyed the sun and great food over their lunch breaks, along with music, some dancing and a lot of laughs.