UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) are spearheading a new campaign to denounce the systematic abuse and violation of the rights of Guatemalan farm workers who come to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).
More than 130 migrant agriculture workers from Mexico and the Caribbean have gone home cheated of thousands of dollars, after the Ontario farm they worked at filed an intent to get creditor protection. Workers had not been paid since early November, after the owner departed for California. He has yet to return.
Over the past decade the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Awards dinner has brought together farm workers, social justice activists, and labour and faith-based organizations to celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez — and to honour individuals and organizations committed to the cause. Recently a sold out crowd of more than 300 gathered to honour this year’s recipients at the 11th Annual Black Eagle Awards held in Toronto, hosted by UFCW Canada and the Agricultural Workers Alliance.
Ottawa — On December 17, James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), attended the Supreme Court of Canada review of the Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that in November 2008 ordered the McGuinty Liberals to drop its ban on farm unions. Clancy pledged his union’s support to the UFCW Canada cause, and used the occasion to present a $15,000 donation from NUPGE’s Social Justice Solidarity Fund to the Agricultural Workers Alliance (AWA).
UFCW Canada, the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), Migrante Ontario, a community group part of Migrante International, and CHRY, a progressive community radio station based out of York University in Toronto, recently sponsored an International Migrants Day Celebration by joining community allies at a forum that focused on cooperation and the different ways social justice groups can work together to make Canada a more just place for its most vulnerable workers - migrants and immigrant.