After leading UFCW Canada Local 503 through many challenges, battles and achievements, long-time activist André Dumas is passing the torch. To spend more time with family, Brother Dumas has decided to step down as Local 503 president, but will continue to work closely with the membership as a servicing representative. Brother Steeve Bégin will succeed Brother Dumas as the new Local 503 leader.
UFCW Canada activists, friends, and family members from across the country will be gathering in downtown Toronto in June for the 21st Annual UFCW Canada Gala, which promises to be another memorable night for the union and Leukemia and Lymphoma research.
According to Statistics Canada, approximately one in three Canadian workers belonged to a union in 2009. In fact, last year 31.4% of the national workforce belonged to a union, which represents a slight increase from 2008 when 31.2% of Canadian workers bargained collectively.
UFCW Canada recently joined temporary foreign workers and other social justice activists by showing up at the offices of several southwestern Ontario politicians to demand fair treatment for the country’s most precarious workforce.
The British Columbia Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) has upheld its March 2010 decision to certify a UFCW Canada Local 1518 bargaining unit of more than 70 seasonal migrant agriculture workers at Sidhu & Sons Nurseries in the Lower Mainland.