Toronto – May 9, 2014 – The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) has released a report supporting the call for equitable access for agriculture workers to the same labour rights and workplace benefits as other workers in Ontario.
Toronto – May 3, 2014 – The Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) has renewed a benefit plan to provide accidental death and dismemberment insurance for its members. UFCW Canada signed the renewal agreement with AIL Canada, the life insurance company that has provided this important benefit for AWA members since 2011.
Toronto – April 22, 2014 – Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.) recently concluded their 2014 tour in support of Migrant Worker Awareness Month. Conducting workshops at more than 70 colleges, universities, elementary schools and community centres, S.A.M.E. activists directly engaged more than 15,000 students across Ontario and Quebec.
Strategic meetings focus on better training and regulatory protection for migrant workers
Guatemala City, Guatemala – April 4, 2014 – UFCW Canada and allies recently met with Guatemalan authorities to discuss the shortfalls of temporary foreign worker programs, and the impact of the programs on the human and labour rights of Guatemalan migrant workers.
Vancouver – March 21, 2014 – The BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) has ruled that Mexican government and consular officials blacklisted Mexican seasonal migrant workers from returning to Canada who were suspected of being union sympathizers.
Montreal – March 17, 2014 – UFCW Canada in Quebec considers that recent statements made by managing director of the Association des producteurs maraîchers du Québec (APMQ, ‘‘Quebec vegetable producers’ association’’) Andre Plante as well as by UPA (‘‘Quebec agricultural producers’ association’’) president Marcel Groleau regarding the seasonal farm workers’ right to join a union are unfortunate.