Locals 175 & 633 Of The United Food and Commercial Workers

Locals 175 & 633 Of The United Food and Commercial Workers

May 12, 2005 15:18 ET

St. Mary's Maple Leaf poultry plant now UFCW

ST. MARY'S, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - Workers at the Schneider's poultry plant here, which was purchased by Maple Leaf Foods approximately one year ago, voted to join Locals 175 of the United Food & Commercial Workers union on May 10, 2005.

"These workers had heard about the good contracts we've negotiated at other poultry and meat-packing plants," says Local 175 President Wayne Hanley. "So, they asked us to represent them as well." In addition to negotiating and enforcing the collective agreement, the local unions also coordinate workplace health & safety programs, provide extensive services to injured workers and offer a vast array of training & educational opportunities. Some of the workplaces represented by Locals 175 & 633 in Ontario include Maple Leaf poultry plants in Brampton and Brantford, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods in Toronto, Maple Leaf Meats in Burlington and Hamilton, Port Colborne Poultry and Maple Lodge Farms. Other UFCW Locals represent numerous meat-packing and poultry plant workers throughout North America.

Union Organizing Representative Kevin Shimmin says: "Workers in the plant contacted us because they were seeking better in-plant health & safety procedures, improvements in health benefits and a grievance procedure to address specific worker concerns."

The bargaining unit is approximately 340 workers. "We're extremely proud of these workers," says Shimmin. "Given Ontario's current labour laws, workers need real courage to stand up and fight for their rights to join a union." Shimmin says this challenging organizing environment is undoubtedly part of the reason for the failure of two earlier attempts, by other unions, to organize the plant.

UFCW Canada Locals 175 & 633 form the largest local union of the United Food & Commercial Workers, representing more than 50,000 Ontario workers, in 900 plus workplaces, employed in approximately 20 sectors of the economy. Offices are located in Mississauga, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kitchener and Thunder Bay.

Contact Information

  • UFCW Canada Locals 175 & 633
    Kevin Shimmin
    (416) 577-1158