On April 28, as we remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job, we must also remember to keep up the fight for the living. Tragically, work-related deaths and accidents remain a terrible reality. Over the past two decades more than 15,000 people have lost their lives to work related accidents, and tens of thousands more have been injured and disabled.
UFCW Canada activists joined several thousand workers and community groups in Toronto on April 9 to participate in a major protest called the Rally for Rights!, which included a march to city hall where demonstrators make a stand for good jobs and public services.
With a federal election on the horizon, and a Manitoba provincial election slated for the fall, getting involved in politics was the top of the agenda at the UFCW Canada Local 832 Annual Policy Convention and Stewards Conference held recently in Winnipeg.
As the 2011 federal election rolls into its third week, most of us have repeatedly heard the politicians tell us what issues should be the most important to working families, but how many of those priorities are in sync with the things that matter most to UFCW Canada members and their communities.
As part of UFCW Canada’s national initiatives with immigrant and migrant worker communities, about 25 UFCW Canada delegates and allies from across the country actively participated in the 13th National Metropolis Conference — Immigration: Bringing the World to Canada, held in Vancouver, British Columbia.