In the first two weeks of May 2018, workers at seven workplaces across Canada – including five in just two days – have voted to join Unifor.
“It is very gratifying to see so many workers in such diverse workplaces choosing not only to unionize, but to join Unifor,” said Danny McBride, Acting Organizing Director. “Having so many workplaces join in such a short period of time is the result of a lot of hard work by the workers themselves, as well as local unions and organizing staff.”
In early May, 56 production technicians and skilled trades workers at Eacom Timber in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, voted to join Unifor. The mill makes engineered wood joists for construction projects.
In Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 46 workers Parkland Antigonish, operating an assisted living retirement residence and a licensed nursing home, voted in early May to join Unifor, with the votes counted May 15.
These successful votes were followed two weeks later by workers holding certification votes at a variety of workplaces:
- Mohawk Casino in Milton, Ontario, with 85 gaming workers joining along with the securities guards at the casino who were already members of Unifor.
- Kuehne + Nagel Ltd. warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario with 38 warehouse workers.
- GFL Environmental Inc. in Windsor, Ontario with 38 workers in transportation, and treatment, recycling and disposal of solid waste.
- Hamilton Legion Branch 163, in Ontario with 10 bar staff voting to leave UNITE HERE Local 75 and join Unifor Local 7575.
- Black Press Group Ltd in Surrey, British Columbia, where two workers voted to join 67 other unionized workers at the community newspapers group.
So far this year, Unifor has welcomed more that 1,900 new members to the union, and every day we are approached by workers that have an interest in seeking strong representation from Unifor. If you know someone in your community or family who wants to join Unifor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit unifor.org/join for more info.