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August 27, 2014 at 4:01pm

UFCW Local 175 - Credit Valley Oral Surgery Negotiating Committee 2014Workers at four Credit Valley Oral Surgery offices in the greater GTA won their vote to certify with Local 175 at a meeting held May 21. This makes this group of workers the first dental practice to unionize in the province. The members work at offices in Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, and Milton, and will become part of the HOPE Sector of Local 175.

Among other issues, the workers were looking for equality, job security, respectful treatment from management, and overall improved working conditions.

“Workers in the health care field are turning more and more to Unions,” said President Haggerty. “With well over 3,000 health care members already, Local 175 is more than ready to help these workers achieve more respect and better conditions in their workplaces.”

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On May 23, workers at the Comfort Inn in Barrie voted unanimously to join Local 175. The new members carry out duties at the front desk, in housekeeping, for breakfast service, and in maintenance. “Local 175 represents hospitality workers at a number of hotels including another Comfort Inn in Barrie,” explained President Haggerty. “The conditions for these workers will only get better moving forward.” The hospitality workers wanted job security during the transition of the hotel’s ownership and to achieve the same types of improvements as the unionized workers at the other Comfort Inn in Barrie.

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Almost one year after casting their votes to join the Union, workers at Aim Health are now members of Local 175. On August 7, 2014, the workers got the good news that they had won their certification by 81% and are now a part of our growing Health, Office & Professional Employees (HOPE) Sector.

The 70 members work as Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), Coordinators and office staff at nine pain management clinics across the province. With no wage increases in five years, workers sought UFCW representation because they were overworked, with no recognition from their employer for their hard work. “These workers had a difficult year of waiting,” explained President Shawn Haggerty. “But their perseverance and dedication held strong and now they get to start the process of bargaining a first collective agreement.”