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  • THE NEWS MAGAZINE FOR MEMBERS OF LOCALS 175 & 633 UFCW CANADA

    VOLUME XVNO. 2

    APRIL2006

    Eggs-pect the very best frommembers at Burnbrae Farms

    Toronto-area stewards praise weekend seminarP

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    President Wayne Hanley receives WHSC award

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  • Presidents Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary-Treasurers Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    PEOPLEAdult Education Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steward Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Staff Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    COMMUNITYLocals 175 & 633: Rebuilding Canadas Trade Union tradition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    MEMBER DISCOUNTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    CONFERENCESToronto-area stewards praise weekend seminar. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    WORKPLACE NEWSEggs-pect the very best from members at Burnbrae Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    BENEFIT IMPROVEMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    NEGOTIATIONS1,500 Ontario Zellers workers secure three-year contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other Negotiations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    FUNDRAISING NEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    SCHOLARSHIPS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    COURSE SCHOLARSHIPSMembers and Stewards Course Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . .

    HEALTH & SAFETYHamilton Fortinos JHSC suggestions implemented chain-wide . . . . . . . . Local unions recognized for Health & Safety excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    TRAINING & EDUCATIONThe Local Union assists laid-off workers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    LOCAL 175President

    Wayne HanleySecretary-Treasurer

    Jerry CliffordRecorder

    Betty PardyExecutive Assistants

    Shawn Haggerty, Jim Hastings,

    Teresa Magee

    LOCAL 633President

    Dan BondySecretary-Treasurer

    Marylou MallettRecorder

    Neil Hotchkiss

    PROVINCIAL OFFICE2200 Argentia Road

    Mississauga L5N 2K7 905-821-8329

    Toll free 1-800-565-8329Fax 905-821-7144

    Benefits RepresentativesSherree Backus,

    Emmanuelle Lopez-TambascoBenefits Intake Representative

    Diana Chaparro

    Communications RepresentativesCheryl Mumford, Jennifer Tunney

    Health & Safety RepresentativeJanice Klenot

    Senior Legal CounselNaveen Mehta, Georgina Watts

    Legal CounselMichael Hancock, Rebecca Woodrow

    Legal RepresentativeFernando Reis

    Organizing Coordinator & Pay EquityMichael Duden

    Organizing RepresentativesSteve Robinson, Kevin Shimmin

    CENTRAL EAST REGIONDirector

    Luc LacelleUnion Representatives

    Jehan Ahamed, Mona Bailey, Tim Deelstra, John DiFalco,

    Anthony DiMaio, John DiNardo, Paul Jokhu, Rob Nicholas

    SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONDirector

    Sharon GallUnion Representatives

    Judith Burch, Sylvia Groom, Angela Mattioli, Brenda Simmons, Mario Tardelli

    TRAINING & EDUCATION CENTRE (TEC)2200 Argentia Road

    Mississauga L5N 2K7 905-821-8329

    Toll free 1-800-565-8329Fax 905-821-7144

    Graphic design by ARTiFACT

    CONTENTS

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  • Education eases career transitions

    In our changing global economy, plant layoffs and closures are a sad but often inevitable result of government policies and market forces. The Union alone cant stop business closures, but we can and do provide resources to assist members affected by closures.

    In 2005, a number of our members were once again directly affected by plant and store closures. In addition to the opportunities for upgrading and high school credits, the local unions also provide a multi-faceted adjustment program. It includes accessing provincial and federal government programs as well as linking members with local community agencies. Assistance is provided in essential skills, such as job-hunting, resum-writing and interviewing strategies. When there are suf cient numbers and demand, the Local will also establish an action centre or allocate a mobile computer lab to the affected area.

    Familiarity with technology is increasingly an essential job skill. Accordingly, the Locals computer course listing has continued to expand. In 1998, there was just one in-class computer course offered. In 2006, members can choose from any one of sixteen courses. These are offered at the Mississauga and Hamilton training centres, and through the two mobile computer labs, as well as online.

    I urge you to take advantage of the many educational opportunities offered through your Local Union. Losing a job, along with the pay cheque that goes with it, is always a traumatic experience. Knowing that you have already acquired some of the skills you will need to access new employment can provide some much-needed peace of mind during the transition.

    THE UNION ALONE CANT STOP BUSINESS

    CLOSURES, BUT WE CAN AND DO PROVIDE

    RESOURCES TO ASSIST MEMBERS

    AFFECTED BY CLOSURES.

    Secretary-Treasurers Message

    JERRY CLIFFORD

    ADULT EDUCATION PROFILESAnna Nicholls works at Fortinosstore #54 at Highway 10 & Bovaird Drive in Brampton. She has already taken a few computer classes and is enthusiastic about the opportu-nity to earn a high school diploma. I was educated in Guyana, she explains. Now, Im learning about Canadian history and geography, and current mathematics too; Im looking forward to being able to help my two boys, who are six and eight, with their homework.

    Robert Aryeetey works at MapleLeaf Poultry in Brampton. Hes tak-ing the ESL course, which he says is useful for making him aware of small mistakes. You can think you know the language, he says. But the course shows you that there can be areas that need improvement. Robert says both the teacher and the union are doing a good job in helping members improve their English skills.

    ANNA NICHOLLS ROBERT ARYEETEY

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    APRIL 2006

    LAURA MORTON

    YOUTH PROFILE

    Tim Barbour has worked in maintenance at Burnbrae Farms in Mississaugafor the past nine years. He was voted onto the negotiating

    committee three years ago, for the last set of negotiations, and subsequently was elected chief steward. Tim, who had prior union experience before joining Local 175, felt it was impor-tant to provide a voice for the workers, especially those who may hesitate to speak out on their own behalf. He likes representing them and being able to resolve grievances.

    David OBrien, h a s b e e n a driver for Burn-brae Farms for the past seven years and a steward for the last ve. Ini-tially he wasnt

    too involved with the Union, but after being nominated, and becoming a steward, he became much more aware of the important role a steward plays. David says he nds the work both ful- lling and interesting. It feels good to be able to help people when they need it, he says. He also enjoyed be-ing able to participate on last years negotiating committee.

    Tim and David are exceptionally un-derstanding stewards, says Union Rep John DiFalco. Theyre both very involved, answering the members questions and addressing concerns promptly.

    STEWARD PROFILES

    Tim Riley is a materials handler and the chief steward at Maple Lynn Foods in Strathroy. He likes ensuring that everythings done fairly in the plant and knowing that hes making the workplace better for members. He en-joys helping people and likes the ap-preciation they express. Tim says hes learned tons in his seven years as a steward. Its not as easy as people think, he says about the job. Its challenging but rewarding.

    Susan Hardy is a machine operator at Maple Lynn Foods in Strathroy. She rst volunteered to become a steward, about 20 years ago, after another stew-ard told her it would be a good thing to do. She enjoys learning about the contract and workplace rights and help-ing her co-workers. Susan says she feels good when shes able to assist members although shes sometimes frustrated when workers choose not to le a griev-ance. Whining and complaining wont change anything, she says, and notes that ling a grievance is often the only way to solve the problem.

    Union Rep Kevin Dowling says: Susan and Tim are indispensable in achieving and maintaining a fair and equitable workplace. They are both extremely positive people; their experience and expertise is invaluable when it comes to negotiating and enforcing the collec-tive agreement.

    TIM BARBOUR

    DAVID OBRIEN

    TIM RILEY & SUSAN HARDY Laura Morton became a part-time worker at A&P #196 in Georgetown, asa high school student