Workers at the Albright Gardens Home in Beamsville have voted overwhelmingly to join Unifor after years of not getting the representation they needed from their previous union.
“These workers have taken a positive step to having effective representation of their own choosing in their workplace,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
“Unifor believes strongly in the right of all workers to be a member of a union of their coice.”
The 240 new members of Unifor work in the long-term care home nursing, recreation, dietary, housekeeping and maintenance.
The had previously been members of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), and had long complained of inadequate representation, including members required to represent themselves at second stage grievance hearings and being told by CLAC that nothing could be done when shifts were short-staffed.
When the members organized a rally, printing their own leaflets and posters, CLAC showed up at the last minute for the rally, but failed to maintain the momentum to keep up the pressure on the employer.
“These workers saw that Unifor members at other long-term care facilities were getting much better representation, and wanted to be part of that,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.
“In many ways, Albright shows the direct connection between being a strong servicing union and organizing success.”