Unifor’s Organizing Department has brought more than 600 workers into the union in the past month, at workplaces in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
“In each of these five workplaces, workers have stood together and said they want to improve their workplaces and build their communities,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.
“It is an honour to welcome them to Unifor.”
The newly organized workplaces include warehousing, trucking, education and manufacturing sectors, reflecting the diversity of sectors represented by Unifor across Canada.
In all, 608 workers have joined Unifor since July 23, including warehouse workers in Woodstock, Ontario, workers at two workplaces in Peterborough, Ontario, workers at a trucking firm in Truro, Nova Scotia, and janitors and other support staff at a university.
The newly organized workplaces are:
- McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, with 299 workers in facility services
- Penske Logistics in Woodstock, Ontario, with 125 warehouse workers
- Canterbury Gardens in Peterborough, with 100 workers in health care
- Ritz Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, with 80 manufacturing workers
- Agropur in Truro, Nova Scotia, with four workers in trucking
Work will now begin to negotiate a first contract at each of these workplaces with Unifor as the bargaining agent.