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THE NEWS MAGAZINE FOR MEMBERS OF LOCALS 175 & 633 UFCW CANADA VOLUME XV NO. 6

DECEMBER 2006

Happy Holidays

From Your Union


CONTENTS

LOCAL 175 President Wayne Hanley Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Clifford Recorder Betty Pardy Executive Assistants Shawn Haggerty, Jim Hastings, Teresa Magee

President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Secretary-Treasurer’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

ORGANIZING 2006 was a very good year for Union organizing

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NEGOTIATIONS

LOCAL 633 President Dan Bondy Secretary-Treasurer Marylou Mallett Recorder Neil Hotchkiss

Historic settlement reached for 30,000 UFCW retail grocery members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Other Negotiations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

PEOPLE Outstanding member achievement award recipients chosen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Staff changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Tim Lacasse wins activist award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

TRAINING

PROVINCIAL OFFICE 2200 Argentia Road Mississauga L5N 2K7 905-821-8329 or 1-800-565-8329 Fax 905-821-7144 Benefits Representatives Sherree Backus, Emmanuelle Lopez-Tambasco Benefits Intake Representative Lesley Flores

Caldwell Action Centre: A success story . . . . . . . . . . . .  WSIB Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

WORKPLACE NEWS Strudex and Kraus members excel in a global marketplace . . . . . 

Servicing Representative Lien Huynh

CONFERENCES Stewards inspired by 2006 seminars . . . . . . . . . . . 

FUNDRAISING Members raise thousands for leukemia research and other charities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

HEALTH & SAFETY Understanding noise and hearing loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Effects of Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

GRIEVANCE & ARBITRATION NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  YOUTH Great reviews for second annual YLDP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

COMMUNITY Local 175 CAN committee members attend jobs conference . . . . . . .  CAN supports the CCNC annual fundraising banquet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  UFCW Humanitarian Fund assists HWA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Communications Representatives Cheryl Mumford, Jennifer Tunney

Graphic design by ARTiFACT

Health & Safety Representative Janice Klenot Senior Legal Counsel Naveen Mehta Legal Counsel Michael Hancock, Rebecca Woodrow Legal Representative Fernando Reis Organizing Coordinator & Pay Equity Michael Duden Organizing Representatives Steve Robinson, Kevin Shimmin CENTRAL EAST REGION Director Luc Lacelle Union Representatives Jehan Ahamed, Mona Bailey, Tim Deelstra, John DiFalco, Anthony DiMaio, John DiNardo, Paul Jokhu, Rob Nicholas SOUTH CENTRAL REGION Union Representatives Judith Burch, Sylvia Groom Servicing Representatives Angela Mattioli, Brenda Simmons, Mario Tardelli TRAINING & EDUCATION CENTRE (TEC) 2200 Argentia Road Mississauga L5N 2K7 905-821-8329 or 1-800-565-8329 Fax 905-821-7144 cep Local 571


CHECKOUT is an official publication of Locals 175 & 633 of the United Food & Commercial Workers. Web site: www.ufcw175.com E-mail: membership@ufcw175.com CENTRAL WEST REGION 412 Rennie Street Hamilton L8H 3P5 905-545-8354 or 1-800-567-2125 Fax: 905-545-8355 Director Harry Sutton Union Representatives Matt Davenport, Joe DeMelo, Linval Dixon, Rick Hogue, Fernando Reis, Dan Serbin, Kelly Tosato Servicing Representative Sam Caetano EASTERN REGION 20 Hamilton Avenue North Ottawa K1Y 1B6 613-725-2154 or 1-800-267-5295 Fax 613-725-2328 Director Dan Lacroix Union Representatives Simon Baker, Chris Fuller, Paul Hardwick, Marilyn Lang, Daniel Mercier Servicing Representative Jacques Niquet SOUTH WEST REGION 124 Sydney Street South Kitchener N2G 3V2 519-744-5231 or 1-800-265-6345 Fax 519-744-8357 Director Ray Bromley Union Representatives Wendy Absolom, Kevin Dowling, Julie Johnston, Angus Locke, Roy Reed, Rick Wauhkonen NORTH WEST REGION Room 21, Lakehead Labour Centre 929 Fort William Road Thunder Bay P7B 3A6 807-346-4227 or 1-800-465-6932 Fax 807-346-4055 Director Shawn Haggerty Union Representatives Colby Flank, David Noonan TRAINING & EDUCATION CENTRE (TEC) Director of Education Victor Carrozzino Education Representatives Georgina Broeckel, Gail Carrozzino, Kelly Provost-Nicholas, Ashleigh Vink, Dave White

President’s Message

Published six times yearly. ISSN no. 1703-3926

2006: A year of significant initiatives and changes Our Union’s mission statement was recently updated to ensure we remain focused on the issues that are the highest priority for the membership. These are, of course, to provide the best workplace representation through superior collective agreements and expedited problem resolution. We also strive to improve job security and strengthen membership through organizing and involving youth to maintain strong leadership in the future. Additionally, we value providing an inclusive environment that respects all members and offers numerous other benefits and educational opportunities. The updated mission statement was drafted at the annual staff conference, reviewed by committee and finally adopted by the Locals 175 & 633 Executive Board.

WAYNE HANLEY

Earlier this year, after former National Director Michael Fraser stepped aside, I was honoured to be acclaimed to the position of UFCW Canada National Director. I was subsequently elected International Executive Vice-President and became a member of the UFCW International Executive Committee. This new role enables me to ensure that the interests of Locals 175 & 633 members, as well as all other Canadian members, are represented at the highest level within the UFCW. In 2006, we have also continued to increase the level of servicing to all units. To ensure more frequent visits to your workplace by your Union representative, five new servicing representative positions were added in late 2005 and early 2006. Many of our other services, including Training & Education and Health & Safety, have also expanded throughout 2006. And we continue to advocate and empower our members, at work, at the WSIB and in the community. Our Union also began several new endeavours in 2006. Early in the year we announced the creation of the Community Action Network (CAN). Its purpose is to strengthen our Union’s solidarity, inclusiveness and community links. Although our Union has participated in many community events and initiatives in the past, CAN provides better focus and continuity for what is evolving into a major long-term community outreach program. We have already participated in numerous events in 2006, such as those described on page 23 of this issue. These initiatives enable us to better connect with our diverse membership, strengthen our Union by involving more of our members and also enable us to better reach out to new members. We were also proud to award, for the first time this year, four “Outstanding Member Achievement Awards.” These awards recognize members in the area of community contributions, leadership and advancement of the UFCW, leukemia research fundraising or health & safety and WSIB. You can read more about our first recipients starting on page 10. Click to Win provides all members with an opportunity to win weekly and monthly prizes – with a Grand Prize of a Trip for Two to the Caribbean – for visiting our Web site. Contest rules are posted on the site. The draw for the trip takes place on February 5, 2007. I look forward to continuing to serve you in 2007 as we continue to focus on providing you with outstanding levels of negotiations, servicing, and grievance resolution, as well as additional service enhancements. Please accept our best wishes to all of you and your families for a safe and happy holiday season.

DECEMBER 2006 


Secretary-Treasurer’s Message

We wish you a wonderful holiday As 2006 wraps up, I am sure that many of you are making preparations for festive holiday celebrations and gift-giving. Wherever possible, please remember to shop at Locals 175 & 633 unionized chain stores, such as A&P, Food Basics, Fortinos, Loblaws, Loeb, The Barn Markets, Ultra Food & Drug, Pharma Plus and Zellers, as well as at the independently-owned, unionized retail stores. By doing so, you support your Union sisters and brothers working in these stores and help sustain good-paying union jobs in your community. JERRY CLIFFORD

Additionally, I would like to remind you that your Locals 175 & 633 membership entitles you to a 10 per cent discount on selected items at most Mark’s Work Wearhouse stores. Plus, you are now entitled to a 15 per cent discount on regularpriced footwear and apparel at the Work Authority. There are 15 Ontario stores located between Belleville and Windsor, including Brampton, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Newmarket, North York, Oshawa and St. Catharines. More information is on the back cover of this issue or at: www.workauthority.ca. Under Ontario law, Christmas Day on December 25 and Boxing Day on December 26, as well as New Year’s Day on January 1, are statutory holidays. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, these winter holidays provide time to gather with family and friends and celebrate the many opportunities that we have as Canadians. On behalf of the Executive Officers and Staff of Locals 175 & 633 I wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday season.

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It’s been a busy – and productive – year for the Locals 175 & 633 Organizing Department. In the first 10 months it has managed to obtain Union certification for 392 new members. It recently won a major victory at Cadbury Adams in Hamilton. This plant has been in operation for close to 50 years and produces specialty chocolates, candy, chewing gum and mints. Past attempts to unionize have failed, but this time the employees voted by more than 70 per cent in favour of joining Local 175. “These workers had the strength and determination to get organized and fight for a better workplace,” says Organizing Representative Steve Robinson. “They refused to give into anti-union tactics because they knew that good wages and better working conditions depended on getting unionized.”

benefits. The workers break eggs and process the whites and yolks into numerous food ingredients, which are then shipped to food producers around the world.

The new Local 175 bargaining unit at Cadbury Adams includes more than 160 workers. Our Union has already represented workers at the Cadbury Adams plant on Gladstone Avenue in Toronto for almost 40 years, since 1967.

“These workers were strong and educated,” says Local 175 Organizing Representative Kevin Shimmin. “They knew their rights and were determined to fight for a better future. They were strategic and courageous during the campaign and this translated into a strong victory.”

Earlier in the year the Organizing Department won another substantial victory at Inovatech Egg Products in St. Marys. The 57 employees voted in favour of joining our Union by more than 70 per cent. The employees first contacted Local 175 Organizers after hearing good things about our Union from friends and family working at Maple Leaf Poultry (Schneiders) in St. Marys and Dresden Industrial in Stratford. Major issues that supported the organizing drive included the need for fair treatment, job security, wage improvements and better

This past spring, employees of Lynde Creek Manor Retirement Residence in Whitby also voted to join Local 175 – by 100 per cent! The employer has been operating for less than a year and is planning major expansions in the near future. The workers at Lynde Creek contacted Local 175 Organizers based on our reputation for strong collective agreements and servicing excellence in the retirement and nursing home sector. They wanted better scheduling, good wages and health benefits and they worked hard to win their vote.

Employees of Mudges Appliance in London also won their certification vote – by 94 per cent. “This victory was especially rewarding considering the severe level of intimidation from the employer,” explains Brother Shimmin. “The owner terminated employees as soon as he heard about our application for certification. And he has continued to use intimidation and threats during negotiations for a first collective agreement. Despite these actions, these workers continue to fight courageously for their right to decent wages and dignity and respect at work.” Local 175 Organizers have also been winning certifications of additional new members in workplaces that already belong to our Union. For example, employees of Breakaway Community Health Centre in Toronto recently voted to join Local 175. They provide expert counselling and services to young people who are struggling with addictions. Workers visit clients who are homeless and in detention. Local 175 already represents members at the employer’s Satellite location. Our Union also certified the Quality Assurance employees at Ready Bake Foods in Mississauga. Local 175 already represents the production workers. “Our Organizing Team works best when we co-ordinate with our Union Reps and Stewards, says Brother Shimmin. “Wherever they see groups of employees in our workplaces who are not in the Union, we can work together to get them organized.” Earlier in the year, the department successfully organized another 56 members at Norfoam in Cobourg and Hertz rental cars at Pearson Airport in Mississauga. The Locals 175 & 633 Organizing Department currently includes Co-ordinator Michael Duden, Representatives Kevin Shimmin, Steve Robinson, and Lien Huynh and Special Project Union Representative Dean McLaren.

DECEMBER 2006 

ORGANIZING

2006 was a very good year for Union organizing


NEGOTIATIONS

For all the most recent UFCW news, including more up-to-date and

Historic settlement reached for 30,000 UFCW retail grocery members In a series of meetings held during 2005, UFCW members working at Loblaws, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstores (RCSS) and Fortinos, voted in favour of commencing early negotiations. It was the first time in Ontario history that the four major UFCW Local Unions – Locals 175 & 633, Local 1000A and Local 1977 – joined together to face their common employer. The Unions signed a solidarity pact, pledging that no one would accept any settlement unless all accepted it. The 70-member negotiating committee held meetings in May and June of 2005. It voted, unanimously, not to take the employer’s unacceptable offer back to the members, although the Union held information meetings for the members. So the meetings between the Union Locals and employer continued. Finally, on October 6, 2006, after weeks and months of complex negotiations, a tentative agreement was reached. Another series of meetings was held, and this time, members voted in favour of new contracts. “We’re pleased that so many members turned out to vote and that the majority accepted the terms of the contracts as negotiated by their committees,” says Local 175 President Wayne Hanley. “They have a good understanding and appreciation for the challenges the industry is facing.” The contracts went into effect immediately upon ratification. The exception was Fortinos stores, which require approval of the Ontario Labour Relations Board for the early termination of their agreement, currently scheduled to expire in the fall of 2007. Details of the new contracts are posted on the respective Web sites.

“Despite the current economic conditions in the retail grocery industry, this is an agreement that provides wage and benefit increases, and as much job security and stability as is possible.”

For the first time ever, all four UFCW Canada Local Unions representing Loblaw Companies workers sat at the same bargaining table. Under a solidarity pact, the Locals pledged that no one would accept any settlement unless all accepted it. Pictured are negotiators from Locals 175 & 633, as well as from 1000A and 1977.


Maple Lodge Farms workers ratify

Dresden workers approve new early contract Members at Dresden Industrial Stratford have reached a new agreement. The contract, ratified on September 14, 2006, covers approximately 550 workers. It brings an early end to the previous contract and, pending OLRB approval, includes the following:

Members of the Maple Lodge Farms Negotiating Committee were, from left: Joe Silva, Americo Cirurgiao, Union Rep Fernando Reis, Joe Barbosa, Antonio Amaral, Leonor Sena, Joe Pereira, Sadiq Hassan and Union Rep Matt Davenport.

Approximately 1,100 workers at the Maple Lodge Farms facility in Brampton approved a new three-year agreement. Members of the bargaining unit achieved wage increases as well as improvements to their benefits and contract language. Workers secured wage increases of 45 cents per hour, retroactive to October 13, 2006, as well as subsequent increases of 45 cents per hour in the second year and 50 cents per hour in the third year of the contract term. In addition, workers receive a monthly Attendance Incentive bonus of three hours additional pay, up to a total of 36 hours per year, if they have perfect attendance in that month. Company contributions to the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP) increase to 65 cents per hour effective October 13, 2006. This amount increases to 70 cents per hour on October 13, 2008. Effective February 1, 2007, the company will begin paying premiums to the UFCW Trusteed Dental Plan in the amount of $12.80 per week per employee. This amount increases by 40 cents in year two and by another 40 cents per hour in the third year. The plan coverage includes major work and orthodontics. Vision care coverage improves to up to $225 per 24-month period for employees and dependants. In 2008, this amount increases to $250. Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) increase to $40,000 for the employee. Spousal life insurance increases to $10,000 and child coverage improves to $5,000. Safety footwear allowance improves to $140 per year, which increases to $145 in the second year and $150 in the final year of the agreement. Orthotics are added to the list of expenses incurred through a podiatrist that are eligible for coverage. Each worker shall be scheduled for two fifteen-minute breaks during their shift. Improved bereavement leave entitlement provides five days leave with pay for the death of a spouse or child. The previous collective agreement, which expired October 12, 2006, was reached following almost three weeks of legal strike action by the workers.

• All wage rates increase by 3 per cent effective January 15 of each year, with the first increase retroactive to January 15, 2006. Also, workers receive a $200 lump sum on ratification. Millwrights’ wages will increase to the level of Electrician and Tool & Die. • Hourly shift premiums improve to 70 cents for 2nd shift and $1.25 for the Lead Hand. • Additional improvements include increased company contributions to CCWIPP and UFCW Dental Plan plus improvements to Life, Accident and Disability insurance coverage. • Additional improvements apply to the tool allowance and safety boot allowance as well as to vision care and other medical coverage. • Improved language covers job transfer by seniority, job posting including Lead Hand positions, pay equity, Leaves of Absence, grievance procedure, the geographic scope of bargaining rights, time limits, negotiating rates for new job classifications, and offering apprenticeship programs to union members first before hiring from outside the bargaining unit. Union Negotiating Committee: Cliff Hounsell, Roy Maynard, Rick Saunders, Mary Thammavongsa, Union Reps Angus Locke and Richard Wauhkonen and South West Regional Director Ray Bromley.

DECEMBER 2006 

NEGOTIATIONS

detailed information on negotiations, visit our Web site: www.ufcw175.com.


NEGOTIATIONS

For all the most recent UFCW news, including more up-to-date and

Improved contract for retail grocery workers On August 30, 2006, approximately 75 members at Newcastle IGA approved a new three-year agreement.

Foodland workers ratify three-year deal On September 11, 2006, members at Atikokan Foodland secured a new agreement, which includes the following: • Wage increase of 55 cents per hour. • Part-time employees are guaranteed a minimum of 12 hours per week. • The pay for unused sick days increases to 65 per cent of their value. • Dental and pension contributions increase. • Both full and part-time workers benefit from Leaves of Absence language. Union Negotiating Committee: Donna Caul, Marlene Hagen and Union Rep David Noonan.

• Top rates increase over the term of the contract by $1.60 per hour for full-time and $1.15 per hour for part-time. • In addition, workers with more than 10,000 hours service receive an additional 50 cents per hour and those with 20,000 receive another 50 cents per hour on top. • Full-time workers receive a $175 lump sum payment and part-time receive $60. • The Cash Office hourly shift premium increases to 50 cents, and the Manager Relief Rate is now $1.50. • Vacation entitlement improves to four weeks paid vacation for those with 12 years of service. • Part-time now receive 6 per cent vacation pay when they reach 8,000 hours of service. • Improved language now allows parttime employees to work up to 30 hours per week, up from the previous 24 hour weekly maximum. Union Negotiating Committee: Allison Fern, John Hinton and Union Rep Chris Fuller.

Part-time workers at Weetabix reclassified to full-time A ratification vote, held September 20, 2006, sees 12 part-time workers at Weetabix in Cobourg reclassified to full-time status. Additionally: • Workers receive a $100 lump sum payment. • The company guarantees not to use part-time employees for the duration of the current full-time agreement. • At renewal of the full-time agreement, the company agrees to terminate the part-time agreement and have all workers represented by the full-time agreement. Union Negotiating Committee: Ken Barlow, Kevin Brown, Keneena Hearns and Union Rep Chris Fuller.

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Dryden hotel workers renew contract with improvements At a meeting held October 3, 2006, members at the Best Western Motor Inn in Dryden voted for a new three-year contract including the following: • Wages increase by a total of 65 cents per hour across-the-board. • The full-time Night Porter receives a shift premium of 30 cents per hour for hours worked between midnight and 7:30 a.m. • Dental plan contributions increase to 31 cents per hour by year three of the contract. • Employer contributions for the Benefit Trust plan, which cover 100 per cent of the premium, increase to 66 cents per hour by the third year of the deal. • Pension contributions increase by 11 cents per hour over the course of the contract. • Workers receive reimbursement up to $25 toward the cost of safety shoes. Union Negotiating Committee: Kelly McNally, Lisa Murdick and Union Rep David Noonan.

Members at Travelodge ratify new contract On September 22, 2006, members at the Travelodge in Ingersoll approved an 18month agreement. They receive: • A lump sum payment of $250 following ratification and another $150 on December 1, 2006. • A shoe allowance of $60. • Improved language covers scheduling by seniority. Union Negotiating Committee: Dorothy Eisen, Jennifer Ferrow and Union Rep Wendy Absolom.


Kraus Carpet Mills workers secure better wages and benefits The new three-year contract for the 150 members at Kraus Carpet Mills in Waterloo, ratified on August 13, 2006, includes the following: • Wages increase by 90 cents per hour plus an additional hourly wage adjustment ranging from 20 to 70 cents. • Contributions to the benefit plan increase by 58 cents per hour. • Company contributions to the CCWIPP increase as do UFCW Dental Plan contributions. • Workers receive an increased safety shoe allowance. • A Joint Committee for Millwright

New contract for members at Colonial Retirement The approximately 30 members of the Colonial Retirement Home bargaining unit in Whitby will benefit from a new three-year collective agreement, which a majority of the unit approved at a meeting held August 25, 2006. Highlights include: • Wage increases for all classifications of 8.25 per cent, with the first increase retroactive to February 28, 2006. • Full-time workers receive an additional float day per year effective February 28, 2008. • Prescription eyeglass coverage increases immediately to $110 per 24-month period and to $120 per 24-month period on February 27, 2008. • The annual uniform allowance increases to $110 for full-time and $55 for part-time. • Other language improvements cover schedule posting, call-ins and arbitration time limits. Union Negotiating Committee: Anne Leith, Joyce Laloo and Union Rep Mona Bailey.

Apprenticeships and In-House Textile Mechanic Apprenticeship will be established. • The Textile Human Resources Council (THRC) will co-sponsor an on-site skills and learning centre. • Workers receive a Drug Card as of January 1, 2007. • The company also agrees to post two new Tufting Tow Motor positions and another for Backup Relief for the Dyes and Chemicals department. Union Negotiating Committee: June Davis, Terry Gutoskie, Andy Hartung, Glen Leroux, Debbie Thompson and Union Rep Wendy Absolom.

Motts workers secure better wages At a vote held September 12, 2006, members at Mott’s Beverages (Cadbury) in St. Catharines secured a new three-year agreement. Workers benefit from a wage increase of 3 per cent in each year of the agreement.

Wellington retirement home workers ratify On August 15, 2006, the approximately 45 members at Wellington Retirement Lodge in Hamilton secured a new threeyear collective agreement. The negotiating team, which met in a conciliation meeting on August 8, achieved the following: • Wage increases total 7 per cent with 4.5 per cent of the increase being paid in the next 12 months. • The first wage increase is retroactive to June 1, 2006. • Uniform allowance increases by 25 cents per month for full-time and 50 cents per month for part-time. • Sick pay out for part-time employees increases by .25%. • Pension contributions increase by 2 cents per hour on October 1, 2006, and by another 2 cents per hour on October 1, 2007. • Workers can bank up to 12 days for sick leave per year and can cash those days out for 50 per cent of their value. Union Negotiating Committee: Marlene Harrod, Sharon Walker, Union Rep Matt Davenport and Central West Director Harry Sutton.

Union Negotiating Committee: Ted Nicholls, Don Presley and Union Rep Kelly Tosato.

Members at Woodstock Quality Inn approve new deal A majority of the 75 members at the Quality Inn in Woodstock approved the new threeyear contract at a meeting held August 20, 2006. Highlights include: • Annual wage increases of 30 cents per hour, with the first raise retroactive to August 1, 2006. • Full-time kitchen employees receive a boot allowance of $50 per year. • RRSP contribution match by the employer increases to $300 per year.

• The company will pay 75 per cent, up from 2/3, of the health plan premium. • Bereavement leave language improves to include step-parents and step-children as immediate family. • New language provides gratuity dispersal to bargaining unit workers including servers, kitchen staff, dishwashers, porters and bar runners. Union Negotiating Committee: Tammy Dambrough, Alison Eagles, Rose Walker and Union Rep Angus Locke.

DECEMBER 2006 

NEGOTIATIONS

detailed information on negotiations, visit our Web site: www.ufcw175.com.


PEOPLE

Outstanding member achievement award recipients chosen President Hanley has announced the winners of the first annual achievement awards. In recognition, each recipient receives a $500 cheque which is made available through partnership with American Income Life (AIL) insurance. The 2006 winners are: Adrian Corsin, Bette Read, Jean Patenaude and Ted Dawes. Adrian Corsin, of Fortinos in Vaughan, won the award for exceptional contributions to his community. He participates in several community initiatives, which have included the Saint Joan of Arc School Chaplaincy Council and the Vaughan Youth Cabinet.

Bette Read of Trent Valley Lodge in Trenton, was chosen for the leadership and advancement of the UFCW. She was nominated by co-workers Sheila Schick and Cathy Whitney. Cathy says: “Bette has always been hands on when a situation arises. I have known her for 10 years. She is a wonderful co-worker. When you’re feeling down with a problem, personal or otherwise, she will bring a smile to your face. A hug from her goes a long ways, whether it’s for a co-worker or resident.”

With the high school council, Adrian was involved with activities such as a charity fashion show and the school newspaper. The council also ran an alcohol and drug awareness campaign to educate teens about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. He has also been active, for the past five years, in the Vaughan Youth Cabinet, a 15-member youth-led organization appointed by Vaughan Council. It is the official and acknowledged voice of youth at City of Vaughan Council meetings. Adrian is a founding member of the Youth Council and served as its Director of Finance for the past three years. Vittoria LaNeve, who has also served on the council says: “Adrian is just a really great guy, who helps out wherever he can. As the chief budget person on the council he puts in lots of work and has the challenge of accounting for more than $20,000 in rev-

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Bette Read (left) receives cheque from Union Rep Marilyn Lang.

Adrian Corsin (right) receives cheque from Servicing Rep Mark Stockton. enue.” The Youth Council has hosted a “Be Heard Leadership Conference” for youth, and also participated in Vaughan GrandParent’s Day. “I’m sure it’s not easy for Adrian to donate so much of his time to the betterment of his community, given the demands of his Fortinos’ job and university courses,” Vittoria says. “But somehow, he always manages to find the time to contribute.”

There’s no question that Bette demonstrates leadership. She decided she wasn’t happy with the servicing her workplace was receiving from its current union, so she asked around and decided the UFCW might just do a better job. She met with then-Organizing Rep Mona Bailey who referred her to Union Rep Marilyn Lang. Betty was so impressed by Marilyn’s empathy and knowledge of health care issues that she convened a meeting at her house to give her co-workers the opportunity to meet several UFCW reps. After discussing their concerns about the workplace, they persuaded a majority of the workers to join Local 175, about two years ago.


PEOPLE

Since that time, Bette’s been active as chief steward and a member of the health & safety committee. She attended the Locals 175 & 633 Bylaw & Policy Conference, as well as various courses. Currently she’s taking a computer course through the Local in Belleville and also completed the Union’s self-defence course. Bette likes to learn everything she can. She takes her knowledge back to the workplace where she helps out on various committee “teams” and with other activities at the nursing home where she works. These include palliative care, continuing care and wellness. When asked for more information about the teams she says: “We just had a wellness committee meeting. We’re planning a potluck lunch and looking for a motivational speaker for a stress workshop. Would you know anyone who could speak?” And then she quickly adds: “NOT me!” Bette also makes time for her hobby, which is baton twirling. She organizes and coaches a contingent of about 20 children, ages 4 to 15. The group includes one boy. He is five years of age, has muscular dystrophy and is “the star of the show.” They perform in parades and in nursing homes. Jean Patenaude of Ridgewood Industries in Cornwall won the award for outstanding contributions in the area of Health & Safety. She is an exceptionally hard-working and dedicated member who has volunteered her time and energy for about 10 years “off and on” as a health & safety committee member. She says: “I do it because I don’t want to see people get hurt, and I want to have the safest possible workplace.” About two years ago, there was a horrific accident at Ridgewood. A young man’s hand was severed by a high-speed industrial saw. Jean was chosen to join the team to investigate the incident and ensure that no similar accident would ever occur in their plant again.

JEAN PATENAUDE

First, the equipment was reviewed by the manufacturers’ representatives and various inside and outside electricians. Then Jean worked along side the certified management member to establish new operating procedures. Once the representative from the Ministry of Labour was satisfied that the new procedures were sufficient to prevent a future accident, the machinery where the accident occurred was allowed to operate again. Jean says: “Given the kind of environment we have, paper cuts and other minor accidents are somewhat inevitable. But we want to be as sure as we possibly can that no one ever suffers a serious, lost-time injury again. We’ve done all that we can to implement procedures, everywhere, to ensure a safe workplace.” Workers at the plant manufacture Ready-to-Assemble furniture. As a result of the accident, some workers quit their jobs and at least one other, who was emotionally traumatized by the accident, has been unable to return to work. Fortunately, doctors were able to reattach the severed hand and the young man was able to regain some mobility in his fingers. He is now retraining to work in Human Resources. Co-worker Debra Levac, who nominated Jean for the honour, says: “Jean is a friend to all and usually the first person anyone wants to see when something goes wrong at work or in their personal life. She is not afraid to fight for our rights.”

TED DAWES

Ted Dawes of Minute Maid in Peterborough won for exceptional contributions to fundraising for leukemia research. He was nominated by his coworker Marc Duquette. Marc said: “Ted is actively involved in the Peterborough minor hockey league as both coach and fan, he enthusiastically supports his Local Union and is our cornerstone of leukemia fundraising.” In the last five years the Ted-On-The-Roof event has raised $41,437 for leukemia research, including a record-breaking $14,000 in 2006. But Ted is quick to say it’s not just him that’s raising the money. It’s the entire Ted-On-The-Roof team, which is made up of dozens of committee members and volunteers. He is assisted by family, co-workers, friends and members of the wider community who just want to help. Ted’s fundraising efforts really began about six years ago when his thenplant chair, Paul Hardwick, posted a notice for the Havelock walk-a-thon. Ted had already made plans for a family vacation but thought maybe he could help raise money by doing something “crazy” himself. So he collected pledges to shave his head and raised $800. Then he came up with the roof concept. He hit a few snags finding a suitable roof, but fortunatately Dave Morello of Morello’s YIG in Peterborough was delighted to make his store’s roof available. CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE A

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PEOPLE

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Ted’s goal that first year was $3,000 – but they were closer to $6,000 or $7,000 he says. And every year, thanks to the Ted-On-The-Roof “family” more and more money is raised. Each year the committee starts planning for the May long weekend event in January or February. Ted’s family is fully supportive and completely involved as volunteers on the weekend as well. Wife Holly, who works at Morellos, assists when she comes off her shift. Son Corey, who is 16 years of age, helps with the silent auction table and younger son Christopher, who is 11, wears the “Spike” mascot costume. Daughter Caitlyn, who is just 6, stands at the door with a little bucket and “looks pretty,” Ted says. “I almost feel guilty stationing her by the entrance to the store – but who can walk past a little girl without donating?” Ted hopes to continue with the event for the foreseeable future, although he says it seems to get harder every year. Nevertheless he’s already making plans for next year’s event, involving new fundraising initiatives, which are “top secret” for now.

STAFF CHANGES President Wayne Hanley recently announced the resignations of two staff members. After 11 years with Local 175, Senior Legal Counsel Georgina Watts has left to become a partner in Price Watts, an established law firm specializing in the union labour side of employment law. “Her departure is bitter-sweet,” President Wayne Hanley said. “We are very sad to see her go and lose an important part of our Legal Team, but we are thrilled for Georgina as she takes on an exciting new venture.”

GEORGINA WATTS

Georgina says it’s been a privilege for her to represent members all across the province in arbitrations, labour board hearings and court appearances. She says she’ll really miss the members, stewards and staff of Locals 175 & 633 and looks forward to seeing everyone again at labour events in the future. Benefits Department Intake Representative Diana Chaparro, who joined Local 175 earlier this year, also resigned. She and her husband Carlos have relocated to pursue new opportunities in their native Colombia. DIANA CHAPARRO

Both women will be missed for their hard work, dedication and positive attitudes.

Tim Lacasse wins activist award Each year the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) recognizes the contributions of health & safety activists at an awards dinner. This year, Tim Lacasse, who works at Silversteins Bakery in Toronto was honoured to receive a 2006 WHSC Health & Safety Activist Award. He has been a valued member of Local 175 since 1993. As a Union Steward, he has always fought to defend the contract rights of his co-workers. Union Representative, John DiFalco says: “Tim is an exceptional steward who very capably handles all the grievances in the bargaining unit. A few years ago, after witnessing numerous health & safety problems in the bakery, Tim accepted an appointment to become a health & safety committee member as well.” So then Tim started working

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on creating a safer workplace. After taking the Level I H&S course, he took the instructor’s course and continues to share and increase his expertise by training other UFCW members. TIM LACASSE

Earlier this year, he requested a Ministry of Labour inspection of his workplace, which resulted in the ministry issuing eight orders for unsafe issues that Silversteins must correct. John DiFalco reports: “The employer is resistant to making the necessary changes, but Tim continues to follow up on all violations to ensure the employer complies. He’s tireless in his goal to make his workplace a safe & healthy one.”


TRAINING

Caldwell Action Centre: A success story Nearly one year ago, in January 2006, The St. Lawrence Corporation announced the closure of its plant in Iroquois, Ontario. The company (formerly Caldwell Linen Mills) had operated in the Cornwall area for more than a century. It cited global competition, a strong Canadian dollar and adverse market conditions as its reason for the permanent layoff of nearly 200 Local 175 members. Our Union quickly established a labour adjustment committee and action centre. In less than a year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of numerous individuals, a majority of the laid-off workers have found new employment. For a more comprehensive update please see the newsletters produced by the adjustment committee at: www.caldwellemployeesactioncentre.ca.

Many attended the family BBQ on Sunday, July 30, 2006. It was just one of the numerous initiatives organized through the St. Lawrence Action Centre to assist laid-off workers. Pictured from left to right are committee members: Carl Gibson, Tony Easter, Allen Claxton, Maggie Spruit, Mary Lou Bush, Union Rep Daniel Mercier and Dave “Scoop” Murphy.

WSIB Training Union Rep Colby Flank reports that 19 members from across the North West Region were treated to a wealth of knowledge shared by Sister Sherree Backus concerning WSIB. “The members were extremely grateful for this opportunity to listen and learn more,” she says. “They’re eager to share their now-expanded knowledge with the members in their workplaces.” Colby says that Sherree made the course entertaining and fun. The participants played WSIB Jeopardy and would like to say “Thank You” to Locals 175 & 633 for providing the course and new tools to help with the WSIB claims process. Benefits Representative Sherree Backus (front left) taught a WSIB course in Thunder Bay, from September 10 through September 14, 2006.

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WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS

Maria Ferreira, Maintenance Department & Assistant Chief Steward, Strudex, with Union Representative, Wendy Absolom

Strudex and Kraus members excel in a global marketplace Nearly 400 members work at Strudex Fibres and Kraus Carpet Mills in Waterloo. Strudex is a dynamic company that produces high-performance, state-ofthe-art carpet fibre to meet demanding world standards. Members engineer precision plastic resins into quality carpet yarns. They dye and extrude fibers for a variety of carpet styles, from course “nubby” textures to fine-tuft twists. Much of the fibre produced at Strudex is used by Kraus. The Kraus plant produces about 3,800 kilometres of broadloom every year. It’s enough to “roll out the red carpet” all the way from Toronto, right into the province of British Columbia. Of course, it’s not all red. It comes in about 1,000 styles and colours, representing the latest fashions and it’s stored in more than 13,000 rolls in the warehouse. Gerry Clark, Chief Steward Strudex, explains the new retofit

Ioan Jurca, Packaging & Receiving, Kraus

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Joe Smukavich, Tufting Operator, Kraus

Members in the Waterloo plants, who are part of an international workforce of approximately 1,000 employees, oversee just about everything in this complex operation. They receive raw materials, run the physical plant, operate the machinery, maintain the equipment, make samples and warehouse the product. They package and ship carpet orders to all parts of Canada and even distant corners of the globe. They also gather excess and byproducts for a sophisticated recycling program. And on top of all


Mavi Banadur, Finishing Department, Kraus

Sayra Mayorga, Waste Recovery, Strudex

Rajiv Amin, Tufting Operator, Kraus

Glen Leroux, Tufting & Tow motor service, Kraus

that, they continually work with new technologies to improve environmental impact, productivity and – most importantly – workplace safety. Union Representative Wendy Absolom says: “Chief Steward Gerry Clark and Assistant Chief Steward Maria Ferreira are the most active at Strudex. They know their contracts “inside out,” having participated in many sets of negotiations and numerous grievance meetings. Maria always provides excellent notes and facts to assist Gerry. The most active at Kraus are Chief Steward Glen Leroux along with Stewards Debbie Thompson and Terry Gutoskie. Grievances are dealt with chronologically with the exception of terminations, which take precedence.” Wendy adds: “All the stewards are very dedicated to the membership. I very much appreciate the support, knowledge and assistance from both members and stewards. It is this tremendous team effort which produces a better workplace – and work experience – for everyone!”

Janina Michniak & Chris Wenner, JHSC Member, Yarn Department, Strudex

Debbie Thompson, Union Steward & Tow motor service, Kraus

Cindy Rose, Union Steward & Tube Sorter, Strudex

Rick Pajuluoma, Tow motor service & Union Steward, Strudex

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WORKPLACE NEWS

Phaythoune Bounsanga, Yarn Department, Strudex


CONFERENCES

Stewards inspired by 2006 seminars “Respect for diversity is an important value in our Union’s culture” President Wayne Hanley speaks to stewards at the South West Region seminar.

“Respect for diversity is an important value in our Union’s culture,” says President Wayne Hanley. It is also a primary reason for the creation of the Local 175 Community Action Network (CAN) Committee earlier this year, and a continuing theme for the 2006-7 series of educational seminars for Locals 175 & 633 stewards across Ontario. North West Region stewards convened on September 9 & 10 in Thunder Bay. The South West met in London on October 14 & 15. “Our membership is growing to reflect the global community,” President Wayne Hanley said at the South West Region seminars. “It is vital to the strength of our union and the larger community that every single person receives the respect of every other person; leadership in that direction begins with us in this room.”

North West region stewards and staff convene for a group photo.

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President Hanley said that inclusiveness can only increase our strength and solidarity as a union and influence within the communities where we work and live. He urged stewards to participate in community events and invite co-workers to join in as well.


CONFERENCES

Health & Safety Representative Janice Klenot gave WHMIS presentations to the London stewards. “One-time WHMIS training is not enough,” she said. “Employers must provide annual reviews, at minimum, plus updates when there are new hires, new chemicals, or accidents in the workplace.”

At the South West Conference, Director Ray Bromley applauded the CAN initiative and the importance of valuing diversity in the workplace. Director Bromley also urged all members to be politically active. “We must fight to maintain our Health Care system, which defines us as Canadians and shows our compassion world-wide,” he said. “And we need to protect the rights and privileges that our parents and grandparents fought to achieve.”

The South West Region’s impressive fundraising efforts totalled $59,800 from various activities in the last year, plus $24,000 from the stewards’ conference. “The compassion and commitment of members, stewards, volunteers, staff and employers enabled us to raise this amount,” said Director Bromley. “I am happy that everyone at the conference had fun and a good, educational weekend.” Two conference events – Shave-the-Director’s-Beard and Vote-For-Your-Rep-To-WearA-Costume – contributed $2,670.

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FUNDRAISING

Members raise thousands for leukemia research and other charities Thanks to all the participants, organizers, sponsors and volunteers, who give so generously of their time, talents and money, Locals 175 & 633 continue to raise astounding amounts. The donations go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) as well as to numerous charities in the community.

Exeter Golf Day adds another $1,025

St. Thomas A&P #137 collects $140.25

Grocery Steward, Anne Hoffer (left) congratulates BBQ winner Suzanne Nightingale.

Management offered to give a BBQ floor model to someone on staff at summer’s end. Instead, members elected to use it for a leukemia fundraiser and raised $140.25 from ticket sales.

Local 175 Golf Extravaganza nets $21,550 Thanks to the participation of 116 golfers and the generosity of numerous sponsors this 4th annual event on September 16, 2006, at the Innisbrook Golf Club in Barrie raised a record $21,550 for the LLSC. Additionally, a dozen golfers each won a $500 cash prize.

An enthusiastic group of 41 golfers participated in this 10th annual event, which collected $1,025 for leukemia research.

Members, staff and families attended the Golf Extravaganza

Retired Local 175 Director Larry Fisher, along with Executive Assistant Shawn Haggerty and Union Reps Kelly Tosato and Rick Hogue joined the Exeter tournament.

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On behalf of the United Way, Sun Valley fundraising co-ordinator Betty Pardy presents a “Thank you” plaque to Local 175 President Wayne Hanley.


FUNDRAISING

Hit for a Cure: $2006 in 2006 On Saturday August 26, 2006, the bats were swinging and the funds rising at the 3rd Annual Barrie/Borden Leukemia “Hit for a Cure” Baseball Tournament. This year’s event went a little outside the Barrie area and was held on the beautiful diamonds at Canadian Forces Base Borden and raised $2,006 for the LLSC. To read more about this amazing event, in verse, go to www.ufcw175.com and look in the August 2006 News section. A total of eight teams and 96 players participated in the ball tournament organized by Rob & Kelly Nicholas.

CanGro holds first LLSC fundraising BBQ

Some of the members at CanGro St. Davids, a division of Kraft Foods, with Local 175 staff.

On Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, 2006, members at CanGro in St. Davids participated in the 1st annual BBQ and raised $1,128.45 for leukemia research. Event organizers included Union Reps Kelly Tosato, Rick Hogue and Sam Caetano, with assistance from Central West Regional Director, Harry Sutton and Local 175 Executive Assistant, Shawn Haggerty. Plant manager Fred Dainard contributed to the festivities by donating three $100 Keg restaurant gift certificates.

Burlington workers give back to their community The work at the Maple Leaf Pork plant in Burlington is hard – but unionized workers there have a soft spot for those who are less fortunate. When they decided to wind up their social fund, they chose to donate the $20,566.41 surplus to three charities. The beneficiaries were the McMaster Children’s Hospital, Martha House – a Hamilton women’s shelter – and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Each of the charities received a cheque for $6,855.47. “These workers deserve credit for this unselfish act of kindness,” says Wayne Hanley, President of UFCW Canada Local 175.

Union Plant Chairperson Bill Foley (second from right), accompanied by Local 175 Central West Director Harry Sutton, Plant WSIB Representative, Jim Hough and Secretary-Treasurer, Jerry Clifford present cheque to Heather Anderson. Heather is the Development Officer for McMaster Childrens Hospital.

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Intensity of Sound – From Some Common Noise Sources Noise Source

Decibel Level

Threshold of hearing Leaves rustling, very soft whisper Inside the average house Normal conversation at one metre away Office tabulation machine or shouting to be heard, one metre away Lathes Pneumatic drill Woodworking shop Riveting on a steel tank Jet engine

0 dB 10 dB 50 dB 60 dB 80 dB 90 dB 100 dB 110 dB 130 dB 140 dB

Noise is unwanted sound. Sound is a form of mechanical energy caused by the vibration of air. When sound vibrations reach the listener they are detected by a delicate mechanism in the inner ear and heard as sound by the brain. Noise has three main char-

Effects of Noise The hair-like cells in the cochlea, or inner ear, are pressed down with the vibration of noise. Many of them will recover when the noise hazard is removed. But if these cells are pressed down over a long duration, they break off and hearing loss results. Temporary hearing loss: Also known as a temporary threshold shift (TTS) occurs immediately after exposure to a high level of noise. There is gradual recovery if the affected person spends time in a quiet place. Complete recovery may take hours. Permanent hearing loss: Known as a permanent threshold shift (PTS), progresses constantly as noise exposure continues month after month and year after year. The hearing impairment is noticeable only when it is substantial enough to interfere with routine activities. At this stage, permanent and irreversible hearing damage occurs.

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usually measured in cycles per second, or Hertz. Normal speech is in the 250 to 4,000 Hertz range.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Understanding noise and hearing loss

acteristics: frequency, amplitude and time pattern. Frequency is perceived as pitch. It is the rate at which the sound waves vibrate. A high-pitched sound is one with a high frequency. Frequency is

Noise-induced hearing damage cannot be cured by medical treatment and worsens as noise exposure continues. When noise exposure stops, the person does not regain the lost hearing sensitivity. As the employee ages, hearing may worsen as “age-related hearing loss” adds to the existing noise-induced hearing loss. Tinnitus: Ringing or buzzing in the ears. Acoustic trauma: Sudden hearing damage caused by a short burst of extremely loud noise such as a gun shot. The Occupational Health and Safety Act section 139 gives a table of duration of noise (above right) that a worker can be exposed to without hearing protection. After the duration time frame, then the worker “shall wear hearing protection.” Warning signs, which are clearly visible, must be posted at the approaches to an area where the sound level is greater than 90dB. If hearing protec-

Amplitude is loudness. It is the strength of the sound signal received. The human ear is responsive to a wide range of sounds. Amplitude is measured in decibels (dB). A decibel is one-tenth of a bel. The decibel scale is logarithmic rather than linear. This means if there is an increase of one bel, the sound is ten times louder than before. The use of the logarithmic scale makes it possible to describe a very wide range of sound amplitudes. Time pattern refers to the continuity and fluctuation of a sound. Continuous noise is produced constantly. Impulse noise is separate pulses, which may or may not repeat a pattern and can have higher and lower sound levels.

Maximum noise exposure permitted Sound level in Decibels

90 92 95 97 100 102 105 110 115 Over 115

Duration Hours per 24 hour day

8 6 4 3 2 1 1. /2 1 1/ 2 1/4 or less No exposure

tion is required, the protection must be sufficient to reduce the sound level in decibels to the maximum exposure time shown in the adjacent column. The Ministry of Labour presently has a draft noise regulation to lower the exposure to 85dB rather than 90dB. Hearing damage can start at 80dB. A copy of the draft can be viewed at www.gov.on.ca


NEWS

Local Union wins increases for students

Members win compensation after improper discipline

After Local 175 filed a grievance, an arbitrator ordered a retail employer to increase the wage rate for “student” workers. The employer also had to pay approximately $4,000 in back wages to 13 specified present and past bargaining unit employees.

On August 16, 2006, an arbitrator ordered the new owner of Travelodge in Ingersoll to reimburse two members for improperly disciplining them, without the benefit of a meeting with a union steward present.

The employer had signed a union contract agreeing to increases in the wage grid, if required by changes to Ontario’s minimum wage. On February 1, 2005, the government increased the minimum hourly wage to $7.45 for adults and $6.95 for students. The employer then decided to pay only the student rate to employees who were less than 18 years of age. It effectively changed the part-time pay rates to a two-tiered structure, without advising the Union. As soon as the Union learned about the practice, it immediately filed a grievance. It successfully secured the negotiated pay increase for the youngest members.

Kraft workers gain an extra $17,622.36 A group of workers at Kraft were very happy to receive an extra $17,622.36 in overtime payments after Local 175 filed a grievance seeking compensation for them. The employer failed to pay overtime to these workers, classified as process equipment cleaners (PECs), for work performed on Saturdays. It tried to argue that the wording in the collective agreement mandated overtime payments for production employees only.

The first member had been terminated and then rehired, eight weeks later on April 9, 2006. The arbitrator awarded her to be reinstated without loss of seniority and to be compensated for all lost wages. The second member was also compensated for the three hours pay she had been docked, after the employer alleged improper conduct and poor work performance. The arbitrator said the employer had violated the collective agreement by not having a union steward present at the disciplinary meetings. In addition to the monetary compensation, he ordered the workers’ records be amended to remove the termination and written warnings.

Student gets extra pay A student who worked part-time at Hald-Nor Community Credit Union in Cayuga was happy to be paid an additional $180.37 after Local 175 filed a grievance.

The arbitrator held in favour of the Union when he ruled that the PECs were entitled to overtime pay for Saturday work. The employer was directed to pay the affected employees overtime for hours past hours worked on Saturdays. The employer will also be required to pay overtime in the future.

A Letter of Understanding in the collective agreement specified a student rate classification. But this rate only applies to students working during summer vacation periods, school breaks or on Saturdays. The company scheduled the young member for nine days, over a three-week period, while there was a labour dispute at Mohawk College. Once the arbitrator heard the Union’s arguments, she required the employer to compensate the member for any losses incurred for being paid the student rate, rather than the higher regular part-time rate, which she should have received.

Terminated worker is reinstated

Terminated worker is reinstated

Local 175 was successful in resolving a termination grievance at the Sobeys Milton retail distribution centre. The company terminated a six-year employee for alleged improper clocking, time wasting and being absent from his work station, beyond his break time. Although the Union defended the worker’s actions, the arbitrator found that the company had reasonable cause to discharge him. After the Union and grievor agreed to a “Last Chance” Agreement, however, he was reinstated to his job, with no loss of seniority.

A worker on the kill floor at the Maple Leaf Foods pork processing facility in Burlington, was reinstated to his job after the Union grieved his termination. The employer alleged that the worker, by violating its Humane Hog Handling Program, could jeopardize its business and risk government sanction under federal meat inspection regulations. While the arbitrator agreed with the employer, that the grievor’s conduct warranted serious discipline, he ordered the employer to reinstate the worker due to mitigating circumstances.

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ARBITRATIONS

GRIEVANCE & ARBITRATION


YOUTH

Great reviews for second annual YLDP Fourteen young people attended the second annual Locals 175 & 633 Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP). It ran from September 24 – 29 at the Training & Education Centre (TEC) in Mississauga.

President Wayne Hanley and Instructor Mark Stockton welcomed participants to the program.

The week-long course is designed to educate and involve young members in their Union. Content included Union information – what, why, where & how – plus organizing, globalization, political awareness and youth activism. Participants were extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity. Watch for information on next year’s program, which will be distributed next August. Plan to apply if you’re a member who is 29 years of age or younger and want to learn more about your Union. If you know young members who you feel could benefit from this program, please encourage them to apply. What the program participants said: • My experience was amazing. Lots of educational programs. Great, great knowledge of the Union and why Participants in the program were front row, from left: Dynal Sok, Sun Valley Foods; Hamse Mumin, Sun Valley Foods; Tim Wilson, Better Beef; Ian Cook, Fortino’s. Middle row: Meagan Malley, Comfort Inn; Ashley Nesbitt, Homewood Health Centre; Tasha Aird, Maple Leaf; Don Gamble, Budget Car Rental; Michael Yager, Pepsi Bottling. Back row: Mark Stockton, Instructor; Dan Guillot, Coca-Cola; Lee Johnson-Koehn, Fortino’s; Aleshea Wilson, Zellers: Robert McCulloch, Food Basics; Alain Thibault, Food Basics.

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it is here for us. I will make sure I take everything that I learned back to my workplace and inform my fellow employees. • I am motivated to make youth’s voices heard and listened to. • I’m glad I came; it’s an experience that every youth in the Union should try. The knowledge I learned will definitely help me when I go back to work.

Dynal Sok receives certificate from Local 175 Executive Assistant, Shawn Haggerty.


CAN committee members Naveen Mehta and Stan Raper (second from right and right, respectively) spoke as panel members about our Union’s involvement with the migrant farm workers and the formation of CAN.

CAN supports the CCNC annual fundraising banquet

CCNC dinner: Guests at the UFCW Locals 175 & 633 CAN table included Local 175 members Kevin Shimmin, Lien Huynh, Victor Carrozzino, Paul Johku, Jehan Ahamed and NDP MP Olivia Chow.

On October 12-13, 2006, Local 175 Community Action Network (CAN) committee members Naveen Mehta, Stan Raper and Lien Huynh participated in a conference entitled: Skills, jobs and immigrants: Who’s working? What’s working? Conference attendees met to discuss the “brain wasted” phenomenon caused by lack of recognition for foreign credentials and experience. Because of this, many of the thousands of skilled immigrants arriving in Canada each year are struggling to survive in low-paying jobs, while their education, skills and work experience are not utilized.

COMMUNITY

Local 175 CAN committee members attend jobs conference

This year, the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) celebrated its victory in finally achieving an official apology from the federal government for the Head Tax policy. The Head Tax was a racist policy that taxed Chinese workers who built the Trans-Canada railroad, for each relative who came to Canada. It was eventually replaced by the even more racist Exclusion Act which banned all further Chinese immigrants to Canada. This was despite the fact that the Trans-Canada railroad, and hence the country of Canada, would not have existed if not for the contribution of these Chinese workers

UFCW Humanitarian Fund assists HWA

In August 2006, Local 175 CAN Committee Members Kevin Shimmin and Lien Huynh attended the annual HWA BBQ . . .

The Homeworkers Association (HWA) receives significant funding from UFCW Canada to assist with skills upgrading and training. HWA membership is made up of Chinese workers who sew garments in their homes. The purpose of the annual BBQ is to celebrate past victories and attract new members.

. . . which was attend by 50-60 HWA members.

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