Congratulations to Kelly Tosato, first woman elected President of UFCW Local 175

Mississauga, Ont. – February 16, 2024 – On February 14, long-time UFCW activist Kelly Tosato was sworn in as the new president of UFCW Local 175, after being elected with the executive board’s enthusiastic and unanimous support. In addition, Jim McLean was elected as the new secretary-treasurer. The new UFCW 175 leadership team, helmed by […]

Black History Matters and more: New webCampus Courses

Toronto – February 12, 2024 –  Change can be unpredictable – but what you want to learn on webCampus is up to you. Enroll today in one of the new courses now available on webCampus. On-the-Go: Black History Matters – Black history matters because these stories define us. Our diversity makes us stronger. Enroll today. Nutrition […]

CLC President Bea Bruske awarded Lifetime Membership to UFCW

Winnipeg –  This week, Bea Bruske, CLC President and former UFCW 832 Secretary-Treasurer Bea Bruske, was awarded a well-deserved lifetime membership to UFCW. Recognizing Bea’s outstanding dedication to UFCW members, the UFCW 832 executive board proposed to the International Office that she be honoured with this distinction. Bea’s lifelong commitment to serving the members of […]

Black History Month

Every February, we honour Black History Month by reflecting on the past and present contributions and challenges faced by Black people in Canada. This month is a time for all Canadians to educate ourselves on the history of Black enslavement and discrimination in our country, and how anti-Black racism is still deeply entrenched in Canadian […]

National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers lost their lives at a Québec City mosque. Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzedine Soufiane, and Aboubaker Thabti were fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and community members. This year will mark the seventh anniversary of that tragic night that changed our country – and the third […]

BDM Scholarship makes education more affordable for MBA student

UFCW 247 member Sai Tejaswini Vemuganti is one of the latest recipients of the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship award. A UFCW 247 member at Metrotown Superstore, Vemuganti is currently in her second year of an MBA program at University Canada West in Vancouver. She aspires to enter the banking and finance sector after graduation. […]

2023 Equity Grant Winners Announced

Toronto – January 10, 2023 – We are proud to announce 2023 Equity Grant recipients and to highlight work they are undertaking to advance equity and social justice within their communities. The UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program was first launched on December 10, 2020, to coincide with Human Rights Day. Every year, it grants $1000 […]

By The Numbers: CEO salaries on the rise

Toronto – January 5, 2024 – A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals that the salaries of Canada’s Top 100 CEOs have shot up to record highs – collecting over 246 times what the average worker in Canada earns in one year. $14.9 million The average salary of Canada’s highest-paid CEOs […]

End Gender-Based Violence – 16 Days of Activism

Toronto – November 22, 2022– Gender-based violence remains a daily threat to women, two spirit, trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming people in Canada. This week, UFCW Canada commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, and the start of 16 globally recognized days of activism to end gender-based violence. […]

UFCW Canada calls for worker-led improvements to Mexico-Canada agricultural worker program

Mexico City, Mexico – November 17, 2023 – UFCW Canada recently joined the Mexican Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados) at a press conference in Mexico City jointly calling for improvements to the Canada-Mexico Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). Together, both groups are calling on the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow for workers […]

UFCW Canada Honours Transgender Awareness Week & Day of Remembrance

Toronto – November 16, 2022 – This week we honour Transgender Awareness Week from November 13-19 and Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19) The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 is recognized as Transgender Awareness Week, a time to help raise the visibility of transgender people […]

UFCW Canada signs collaboration agreement with Mexico’s largest worker organization

Toronto – October 19, 2023 – UFCW Canada has signed a historic new agreement with Mexico’s largest labour organization, the Confederation of Workers in Mexico (CATEM), that calls on both organizations to work collaboratively to better protect the rights of Mexican migrant workers while in Canada. The collaboration agreement, signed by UFCW Canada National President […]

UFCW Canada contingent active at 2023 NDP Convention

Hamilton, Ont. – October 17, 2023 – UFCW Canada activists from across the country gathered in Hamilton, Ontario to participate in the 2023 New Democratic Party convention. UFCW Canada activists represented one of the largest contingents at the convention. The convention focused on how the party can strengthen the progressive movement and build the campaign […]

UFCW Indigenous Sub-Committee participates in CLC Indigenous lobby

Ottawa – October 11, 2023 – The UFCW Canada Indigenous Sub-Committee recently gathered in Ottawa to participate in the Canadian Labour Congress’ (CLC) Indigenous Lobby Day. Over 80 activists from CLC affiliated unions met with Members of Parliament and Senators to advocate on issues facing Indigenous communities including ending boil water advisories on reserves, the […]

webCampus: Over 220 courses FREE to members and their families

Toronto – October 11, 2023 – UFCW Canada’s online education platform, webCampus, continues to provide new and engaging courses that are relevant to the needs of workers in Canada today. With over 220 courses available for free to members and their families, there is no doubt you’ll find something that’s right for you. New Course […]

UFCW Canada is United Against Hate

UFCW Canada condemns anti-2SLGBTQI+ protests Toronto – September 20, 2023 – UFCW Canada condemns anti-2SLGBTQI+ protests being organized on September 20th and beyond against education policies designed to make schools safer and more inclusive spaces for 2SLGBTQI+ children. UFCW Canada holds solidarity with labour unions across Canada and school communities working together to counter these […]

UFCW Women ‘Rise Together’ at UNI Global Union World Women’s Conference

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – UFCW activists joined hundreds of women trade union leaders from UNI affiliates across the world for the UNI Global Union’s 6th World Women’s Conference. Uniting under the theme Rising Together, the two-day conference included women workers from every continent. Together, activists discussed ways to strengthen women’s representation, visibility, and voice in unions […]

Labour Day 2023: United, We Face the Future Together

Toronto – This year, Labour Day has never been so crucial for our society. The future is here: AI is threatening jobs worldwide, climate change is increasing workplace hazards exponentially, and the income disparity between the wealthy and everyone else is ever increasing. The labour movement is now more important than ever for our future […]

Workers Stand Together at Meat-Packing and Food Processing Chain Meeting

Omaha, Nebraska –  UFCW workers gathered in Omaha earlier this month for UFCW International’s Food Processing, Packing and Manufacturing (FPPM) chain meeting, held August 7-9, 2023. Meat-packing and food processing members representing the breadth of the US and Canada met to discuss current issues that are affecting their industries, and how to strengthen jobs in […]

Ontario looking to regulate workplace heat stress and outdoor air quality

Toronto – As climate change causes record-breaking heat waves, workers need better protection against heat stress in the workplace and poor air quality. In Ontario, the labour ministry is moving forward with a plan to regulate heat stress under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and is asking the public for feedback on whether it should […]

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Toronto – August 9, 2023 – Today, we commemorate the International Day of The World’s Indigenous peoples. On this day we raise awareness of Indigenous peoples and their contributions on a global scale.  The 2023 theme is Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination. This year UFCW Outreach and UFCW Canada are raising awareness […]

Applications for 2023 Equity Grants closing soon

Toronto – The UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program aims to support newcomer programs, human rights initiatives, and community action projects.  Applications are still open until the end of September. The UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program program builds on UFCW Canada’s longstanding mandate to support the work of both UFCW members and the communities they serve. […]

This summer, sign your family up for webCampus

Toronto – Did you know that webCampus has over 220 courses free for UFCW members and their family members? Try a webCampus course program tuition-free, anytime. Figuring out what you want to do in life can be tough –try a webCampus programs like Pharmacy Assistant tuition-free. Enrol now. Instead of paying thousands for college courses, […]

BDM Scholarship Recipient Plans for Future in Dentistry

Mission, B.C. –  UFCW 1518 member Edadat Brar is a first-year science student at University of Fraser Valley: as the latest recipient of the BDM Scholarship award, she aspires to pursue a career in science and become a dentist. “As a child of hard-working immigrant parents, I have always worked extra hard to save up […]

Stability and solidarity at the 2023 NDF Convention

Stability and solidarity at the 2023 NDF Convention Winnipeg – July 19, 2023 – This week, hundreds of UFCW activists from across the country gathered for the 2023 National Defence Fund (NDF) Convention, held in Winnipeg from July 16 to 18. This annual event reviews updates on NDF bargaining units and explore strategies for building bargaining strength […]

Canada’s best program for young workers returns as YIP 2023 kicks-off

Toronto – The 2023 season of the renowned UFCW Canada Young Workers Internship program recently kicked off in Toronto where young UFCW Canada activists gathered for a week of dynamic worker-led training and movement building. Over a dozen UFCW Canada young worker activists from across Ontario and the Maritimes took part in the training where […]

Kick off summer BBQs with union-made products

Toronto —  Shopping for a big gathering of friends and family this holiday weekend? Firing up your grill for the long sunny days? Shop local this summer and stock-up on some of the best in UFCW-made barbecue products. Whether that be burgers, hot-dogs, steaks, or fresh veggies, from coast-to-coast UFCW Canada members produce some of […]

National Indigenous Peoples Day — June 21

Toronto – Canadians are called to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples on National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21. On this day we celebrate the unique cultures and contributions made by Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Today is also a day for non-Indigenous peoples […]

Aspiring educator latest recipient of the BDM scholarship award

Calgary –  UFCW 401 member-dependent Chantelle Gilmour is the latest recipient of the BDM scholarship award and aspires to work in the education sector upon completing her bachelor’s degree at Mount Royal University. “I believe that knowledge makes the world a more accepting place, which is why I have decided to pursue a career in […]

Cannabis members at The Joint celebrate first contract victory – UFCW 832

Winnipeg –  Over 100 cannabis members across The Joint locations in Manitoba are celebrating a contract victory after voting overwhelmingly in favour of accepting their first collective agreement. “We’re proud of the new members who stood up for their rights to join UFCW 832 and worked together to not only organize their workplace but also […]

IUF advances UN’s Decent Work Agenda in agri-food sector

Geneva –  An IUF group of experts, which included UFCW Canada, worked to achieve policy guidelines, for the first time, to promote the UN’s Decent Work Agenda for the agri-food sector. The new guidelines are the result of an intense round of tri-partite bargaining that was facilitated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and involved […]

UFCW activists rally in support of the Canada Disability Benefit

Toronto —  People with disabilities can't afford to wait. UFCW Canada supports the campaign by Disability Without Poverty and Inclusion Canada calling on the federal government to pass Bill C-22 and make the Canada Disability Benefit a reality. UFCW Canada stands in support of Disability Without Poverty’s campaign and rallies this month demanding that MP’s Ratify […]

UFCW Canada raises more than $1 million in 2022 for United Way Centraide

Toronto –  UFCW Canada has earned special recognition from the United Way Centraide as a 2022 Thanks a Million recipient and as one of the nation’s leading labour organizations have raised more than $1 million to support UWC’s work in communities across the country. “Through UFCW Canada’s collective action and generosity, we are able to make investments […]

Local unions, national collaboration turns hardship into dream opportunity for migrant group

Toronto – A group of migrant workers are feeling relieved and secure in their future thanks to the relentless support of UFCW Canada locals and the union’s long-standing advocacy efforts. Working and living in Canada was their dream opportunity which quickly went sideways when their hospitality employer in Niagara Falls, Ontario terminated their contract without […]

Start off Summer with new webCampus Courses

Toronto —  Start off your summer by starting new Micro-credentials now open for enrollment on webCampus. Database Dynamics: Micro-credential will provide you with skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access so you can navigate your data with ease. Learn more. Worker Advocate: Micro-credential will improve your practical leadership, emotional intelligence and personal brand. Learn more. […]

June is Indigenous History Month

Since 2009, June is declared National Indigenous history month in Canada. In June we reflect on the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, Métis peoples. June 11th is the National Day of Reconciliation, created in 2008, to mark the federal government public apology for the creation of the Indian residential school system. […]

Don’t Let Them Unravel our Pride and #Act4QueerSafety to Tackle Rising Hate

Toronto — As 2023 Pride season begins, 2SLGBTQIA+ Canadians are facing an unprecedented rise in hate. UFCW Canada is collaborating with national organizations to counter the 2SLGBTQIA+ hate occurring across the country. We’re also proud to support UFCW OUTreach and UFCW Women’s Network as they make available workshops on the 5 D’s and the Power […]

UFCW Canada stands with international allies in condemning the criminalizing of trade-union activists in Cambodia

Toronto  – UFCW Canada alongside international allies strongly condemns the criminalizing of trade-union activists in Cambodia after nine union leaders of the IUF-affiliated LRSU received prison sentences for their role in protesting the unjust termination of thousands of union members last year. LRSU President Sister Chhim Sithar was handed down the maximum sentence of 2 […]

National AccessAbility Week, May 28 to June 3

Toronto — National AccessAbility Week begins the last Sunday of every May. This week is to celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities, and to take action to create a better, more accessible, more inclusive society. 6.2 million Canadians aged 15 years and older identify as having a least one disability. Recent […]

By The Numbers: Disability and the Workplace

Toronto – As part of UFCW Canada’s ongoing advocacy for members living and working with a disability the national union released findings of its membership survey through its report entitled, Strengthening Disability Inclusive Workplaces Through a Union Approach. The report highlights some key takeaways that all disability justice advocates should consider during National AccessAbility Week […]

Agri-Food Pilot Program Expanded

Toronto — The Government of Canada has announced that they are expanding the Agri-Food Pilot, which will now run until May 14, 2025. Launched in May 2020, the pilot helps facilitate the transition of experienced workers in agricultural and food industries to permanent residence in Canada. The Ministry also announced the removal of the annual […]

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia & Transphobia 2023

May 17 marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Created in 2004, IDAHOBIT seeks to raise awareness of the discrimination and violence that is experienced by two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) persons around the world. The commemorative date of May 17 also coincides with the 1990 World […]

Bea Bruske, Team Unite re-elected as 30th CLC Convention concludes

Montreal – May 15, 2023 – The Team Unite slate led by long time UFCW Canada activist Bea Bruske was recently re-elected at the 30th convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. Acclaimed to the position, Sister Bruske will serve another term as CLC President. Secretary-Treasurer Lily Chang, also acclaimed, will continue her role a new […]

Strength and solidarity on display at CLC 30th Constitutional Convention

Montreal – UFCW Canada’s own, President Bea Bruske welcomed over 4,000 delegates from unions across the country to Montreal for the 30th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The Canadian Labour Congress is the largest labour organization in Canada, bringing together dozens of national and international unions to help represent more than 3 […]

New webCampus Micro-credentials for May

Toronto – This Spring, get back to learning by starting on the new Micro-Credentials courses now open for enrollment on webCampus. Financial Essentials: This Micro-credential covers three ways of understanding finances: from a personal approach, public viewpoint and academic perspective.  To earn this micro-credential, you’ll complete: Understanding Budgets: What's at Stake; Money Skills; and Economics […]

BDM scholarship recipient looks to a future in law

Thetford Mines, Que. – UFCW 500 member and CEGEP de Thetford student Ariane Dodier is the latest recipient of the BDM scholarship award which will help further her goal of studying law. “As a humanities student the assistance provided by this scholarship will help in my pursuit of one day joining the legal profession”, says […]

UFCW family looks toward a Better Future as 9th Convention concludes

Las Vegas, Nevada  – The historic UFCW 9th Regular Convention ended with a renewed focus on UFCW’s unity and values across North America as our great union look towards a Better Future. More than 2,000 delegates and attendees participated in the four-day convention to debate issues, pass resolutions to strengthen our great union, help make […]

May is Asian Heritage Month

May marks the celebration of Asian Heritage Month, a time to recognize the invaluable contributions of people of Asian descent to Canada’s social, political, economic, scientific, and cultural landscape. Despite being officially declared by the Canadian government in 2002, Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated since the 1990s. Asian Canadians share a rich diversity in […]

National Day of Mourning

Toronto – April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning for workers injured or killed on the job.  In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.  The date was chosen […]

Over 2,000 delegates in attendance as UFCW 9th Convention kicks-off

Las Vegas, Nevada  — More than 2,000 UFCW delegates and activists from across North America gathered in Las Vegas as the UFCW 9th Regular Convention kicked off on April 24. The theme of the 9th Regular Convention is A Better Future. Taking place every five years, UFCW delegates from across Canada and the United States […]

Urge the Canadian government to legislate Anti-Scab Laws now!

The Canadian government has promised to implement anti-scab legislation this year. This legislation would prevent employers from hiring replacement workers, or "scabs," during strikes and lockouts. It is an important step towards protecting workers' rights and ensuring fair labour practices. The government has an excellent model for this legislation in NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice’s private […]

International Mother Earth Day 2023

Toronto – April 22 was designated as “International Mother Earth” day by the UN General Assembly in 2009. It recognizes that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home, and that it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth. The term “Mother Earth” reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other […]

Explore new opportunities with micro-credentials on webCampus

Toronto  – Explore new courses on webCampus this month with micro-credentials: Injury Prevention Specialists, Business Communication Essentials, and more. Injury Prevention Specialist – Make a difference in your workplace and help prevent accidents before they happen. Business Communication Essentials – Ensure more effective meetings, communicate through tough conversations, and speak to an audience with confidence. […]

International Day of Pink

Toronto – International Day of Pink happens every year on the second Wednesday of April, where people around the world wear their pink shirts and stand in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to continue the fight for equality and acceptance. Discrimination takes many shapes, whether it’s based on race, age, disabilities, gender or sexuality. The […]

Identity theft victim reactivated on Uber platform thanks to UFCW

Toronto  – Uber driver Yousef Omar Ibrahim Al-Hourani, a newcomer to Canada, is back on the road thanks to UFCW Canada representation, which helped him get reactivated on the platform after falling victim to identity theft. Al-Hourani was deactivated from the platform after learning that one of his documents submitted for the mandatory background check […]

Solidarity with Honduran farmworkers fighting for union recognition at Fyffes

Toronto – UFCW Canada extends solidarity to Honduran farmworkers taking bold and courageous action in protesting unsafe working conditions and calling on the company to end retaliation against union activists. Workers are demanding that the company recognize their right to join a union and sign the agreement drafted with IUF affiliate, El Sindicato de Trabajadores […]

Fill your baskets with union-made chocolate

Toronto – If you’re at the store shopping for the Easter Bunny this weekend, stock up on UFCW-made chocolate or candy. The average Canadian household spends $224 annually on candies and chocolate (source: Statscan) – and if you’re buying some this week, buy union-made. Below is a list of the products that UFCW Canada members […]

Equal Pay Day 2023

Toronto – April 4, 2023 – UEqual Pay Day this year is April 4, 2023. Equal Pay Day is a global event to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. It marks how many months into 2023 the average woman must work to catch up to what the average man earned in 2022.  The gender […]

UBC Doctor of Pharmacy student latest recipient of the BDM scholarship award

Vancouver – April 3, 2023 – UFCW 247 member and UBC Doctor of Pharmacy student Tim Le is the latest recipient of the BDM scholarship award which will provide him with some crucial financial assistance as he works through a dizzying second year in the program. “As a pharmacy student life can sometimes become a […]

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Toronto  – International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) occurs every year on March 31st. This day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people, their contributions to society and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The day was founded by US transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the […]

UFCW Canada takes part in the United Nations CSW67 with a bold call to action

Toronto – The 67th session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) took place in New York City on March 6 – 17, 2023. UFCW Canada was represented by UFCW 175 Secretary-Treasurer, Kelly Tosato, UFCW 832 Secretary-Treasurer, Marie Buchan, and Chair of the UFCW Canada National Council, Women & Gender Equity Committee, Debora […]

UFCW Canada EPC stands in solidarity with striking UPEI faculty

Charlottetown, P.E.I. – UFCW Canada Eastern Provinces Council (EPC) activists showed solidarity with striking University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) faculty as they fight for better working and learning conditions. Strike action commenced on the morning of March 20 after UPEI faulty and administration were unable to agree on the terms of a new collective […]

Industry Snapshot: Canadian lamb sector punches above its weight

Toronto – According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian lamb sector continues to punch well above its weight by contributing strong margins to a stable and thriving meat sector. Lamb products are often overshadowed by the strength of the Canadian beef, pork and chicken markets, however it should not be lost on consumers the resilience of […]

Start your Spring with WebCampus

Toronto – UFCW Canada members have access to new tuition-free courses with WebCampus, including our new Leadership Essentials micro-credential. Take the three courses and earn your Leadership Essentials Micro-credential with Everyday Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and our new course Elevate Your Personal Brand, in partnership with Athabasca University. WebCampus is partnering with PowerED™ by Athabasca University […]

Next Group of Migrant Agricultural Workers Enters Pilot Project

Leamington, ON – Mexican MP Alejandro Rodrigues and UFCW Canada’s Pablo Godoy welcomed groups of Migrant Agricultural Workers in Leamington, Ontario this week. Over 70 workers are arriving in Canada this month as part of the Migrant Workers Representation Pilot between UFCW Canada and Mexican governments. The Migrant Workers Representation Pilot is a joint initiative between […]

BDM scholarship recipient perseveres through challenges and continues to achieve

Aurora, Ont. – UFCW 1006A member and first-year psychology student Taylor Nacevski is the latest recipient of the BDM Scholarship award and is grateful for the award that comes amidst trying circumstances. “Despite facing many challenges over the years, including the loss of my father, I have persevered to earn strong grades, work part-time and […]

Forging Unity at Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2023

Ottawa – UFCW Canada joined with Canada's progressive leaders at the Broadbent Institute's 2023 Progress Summit. This annual event brings together progressives across the labour movement, academia, media and more to strategize how to face the challenges of the present and future in this time of increasing inequality and divisiveness. The focus of this year's […]

International Women’s Day 2023

Toronto – International Women's Day (IWD) is a time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and girls everywhere. A time to recognize the women who inspire, and a time to renew discussions about the importance of gender equality in Canada and around the world.  The day also marks a call […]

By the Numbers – Gender Pay Gap

Toronto – As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8, we continue to fight against the persistent gender pay gap that persists throughout Canada. The gender pay gap refers to the difference in average earnings of people based on gender. It is a widely recognized indicator of gender inequities, and it exists across industries […]

Equity Grant Recipient: Rivercity Neurocast

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Sean Champion-Taylor is a UFCW 832 member in Manitoba and works in the grocery retail sector, and UFCW Canada Equity Grant recipient. He used his equity grant to help fund Rivercity Neurocast, a unique podcast about neurodivergence in Manitoba. Sean was inspired to create this podcast based on his own experiences as […]

UFCW Canada Stands in Solidarity with Ontario Nurses

Toronto –  On February 23, UFCW Canada marched in solidarity with the Ontario Nurses Association at their all-out picket actions across the province. Ontario’s 60,000 front-line hospital nurses and health-care professionals – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association – are negotiating a new contract with their employers, the Ontario Hospital Association. The quality of health […]

BDM scholarship award helps member pursue a career in healthcare

St. John’s, N.L. – UFCW 1252 member and Centre for Nursing Studies student Emma Diamond is the latest recipient of the BDM scholarship award which she intends to use towards a successful first year of post-secondary education.  “I am very grateful to receive this scholarship and expand my knowledge in the medical field,” says the […]

UFCW members honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

Toronto –  Several respected and valued members of our UFCW family have been awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. This award is given to Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. In Alberta, Local 401 President Thomas Hesse was awarded the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal celebrating President Hesse's efforts in […]

Have a Heart Day – Help End Discrimination Against Indigenous Children

Toronto – This Valentine’s Day, lend your heart to a very important cause: Indigenous kids who deserve the very best care. Have a Heart Day was created by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada to encourage us to remember those kids who are growing up far from their homes, and who cannot access a […]

Reactivated and ready to go, Uber driver back on the road with UFCW Canada help

Hamilton, Ont. –  Nazim Syed, an Uber X and UberEats driver is back on the road with the help of UFCW Canada representation. Syed, a driver based out of Hamilton, Ontario, reached out to Uber after he found his account had been deactivated over an issue regarding errors in his new vehicle’s safety documents and […]

Black History Month

Every February, we honour Black History Month by reflecting on the past and present contributions and challenges faced by Black people in Canada. This month is a time for all Canadians to educate ourselves on the history of Black enslavement and discrimination in our country, and how anti-Black racism is still deeply entrenched in Canadian […]

National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers lost their lives at a Québec City mosque. Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzedine Soufiane, and Aboubaker Thabti were fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and community members. This year will mark the sixth anniversary of that tragic night that changed our country – and the second […]

Disability Justice Priorities 2023

Toronto – UFCW Canada remains committed to strengthening disability justice and the tireless work of labour activists challenging systemic ableism in society. CBC live recently aired a radio segment hosted by UFCW 832 member Carlos Sosa. In this program, Carlos explores how people with disabilities are forced to get by with less and less in […]

Equity Grant Recipient: McMaster Hope

Bianca Mammarella is a UFCW 175 Union member employed in the grocery retail sector. She’s also a 2022 UFCW Canada equity grant recipient for McMaster Hope, a university-campus led initiative in Ontario which provides supports for prospective students facing adversity, along with addressing social justice barriers within the Hamilton region. Bianca is one of the […]

Industry Snapshot: Grocery Prices increased almost 10 percent in 2022

New numbers released by the federal government show that in 2022 grocery prices rose at the fastest pace since 1981 (source: Statscan) Prices for food purchased from stores rose 9.8% in 2022, the fastest pace since 1981, after increasing 2.2% in 2021. Food inflation increased in every food category (except for canned salmon).   The […]

Upgrade your skills this winter with WebCampus

As we find ourselves in the long winter months, take the time to improve your skills with new courses from WebCampus. With over 220 courses available for members and their families, you’ll find something that’s right for you. Featured Courses Winter 2023 Update Your Online Presence: Everyone that has ever used the internet has a digital […]

By the Numbers: CEO pay hits all-time high

CEO pay has hit an all-time high, according to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). While inflation has hammered the rest of us, average pay for the best-paid 100 CEOs hit $14.3 million in 2021, smashing the previous record of $11.8 million in 2018. This represents a 31.2 per cent increase […]

Equity Grant Winners Announced and Applications Open

UFCW Canada is pleased to announce the 2022 Equity Grant recipients and highlight the work they are doing to advance equity and social justice within their communities.  About the UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program The UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program was first launched on December 10, 2020, to coincide with Human Rights Day. The program […]

NDP staff secure mid-contract victory – UFCW 232

Ottawa, Ont. – UFCW Local 232 members on Parliament Hill and across Canada are celebrating after winning significant wage gains and bonuses midway through their contract. The local represents the political staffers whose labour powers the federal NDP caucus as they represent their constituents and win victories for working people across Canada in the House […]

Standing together for fairness in 2023

With the holiday season upon us, and a new year awaiting, now is an appropriate time to reflect on the victories that UFCW activists achieved together this past year, while looking ahead to the challenges that await in 2023 and beyond. In 2022, our UFCW Canada family continued to advance in solidarity, with major organizing […]

UFCW Canada participates in National Farmers Union (NFU) 2022 Convention

UFCW Canada recently participated in the National Farmers Union (NFU) 2022 Convention titled, “Confronting Concentration.” Against a backdrop of risings costs, ballooning corporate profits and growing numbers of farmers leaving the profession, participants gathered to organize, educate and build solidarity. Participants were treated to a keynote address by Indigenous journalist Doug Cuthand, in addition to […]

HRED committees convene virtually to plan initiatives in the year to come

Members of the Human Rights Equity and Diversity (HRED) committee and UFCW Canada’s Indigenous Sub-Committee recently convened virtually to discuss the initiatives that will guide the committees’ work in the year to come. Members from various regions across the country shared knowledge about the meaningful ways their local union is challenging racism and workplace inequities […]

International Migrants Day

The United Nations (UN) proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day to recognize the contributions of migrants around the world and to acknowledge everything migrant workers do to help the economies of their host communities. The estimated number of international migrants has increased over the past five decades. Currently approximately 281 million people are international […]

UFCW Canada communicators working group convene in Toronto

Communicators across UFCW Canada’s national office and local unions convened in Toronto last week to learn, engage and share best practices and effective communication strategies that best serve the union’s diverse membership. Participants were treated to insights from our national survey that focused on membership sentiment and the messages that resonate most closely with members […]

UFCW Canada Rallies in Support of Injured Workers

UFCW Canada and UFCW Local 175 & 633 joined the Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups outside the Ontario Ministry of Labour for a rally in support of injured workers. The Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups is demanding that the Ontario government act and take basic steps to ease the awful poverty experienced by those who […]

Human Rights Day 2022

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Declaration stipulates universal values and international standards of human rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being. This annual date of observance commemorates the day the Declaration was adopted and is an opportunity to emphasize […]

2022 BDM Scholarship winners announced!

Toronto – December 5, 2022 – UFCW Canada is proud to announce the winners of this year’s BDM Scholarship Program. Every year, UFCW Canada offers 18 BDM Scholarships valued at $1,000 each to members and their dependents to help cover the costs of post-secondary education. Allocated by region across Canada, this renowned union scholarship is […]

UFCW Canada releases results of National Membership Questionnaire on Disability Justice Priorities

UFCW Canada announces the release of its newest resource entitled Strengthening Disability Inclusive Workplaces Through a Union Approach. The report outlines results from its national membership questionnaire distributed in Spring 2022. The report is released this December in observance of National Day for Persons with Disabilities recognized on December 3, reaffirming the union’s ongoing commitment […]

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country, and December 6 was designated as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. As we mourn their loss and remember the lives of the […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, commemorated by the United Nations (UN) since 1992. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. On this day we reaffirm our commitment to continue fighting for […]