Oakville and Milton Humane Society vote Union YES

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November 8, 2022

On October 3 and 4, 2022, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 welcomed 35 new members from the Oakville and Milton Humane Society.

In operation since 1951, the Oakville and Milton Humane Society employs approximately 25 full-time and 10 part-time employees who work in various animal welfare job classifications.

Workers approached our Union because they felt burnt-out and overwhelmed by their conditions at work. The new members wanted to secure their right to negotiate with the employer and meet the industry standards at other locations.

“Workers in jobs that deal with animal welfare face very real challenges every day,” said President Haggerty. “They are caring, understanding, and often put the needs of the animals before themselves.”

These workers wanted to ensure they had a collective voice. They turned toward Unionization to ensure there was fairness and job security, and up-to-date health and safety practices. They also hope to elevate wages and benefits through the collective bargaining process.

In minimally Unionized industries, workers sometimes feel pressured to put the needs of the job, in this case caring for their animals, before the needs of themselves. The members at the Oakville and Milton Humane Society have shown a great sense of unity and determination which was instrumental in their success. They came together for the betterment of their future and the welfare of the animals in their care.

The newest members are eagerly awaiting their proposal meeting and the subsequent bargaining process for their first collective agreement. “These workers are feeling optimistic about bringing positive change into their workplace,” said Organizing Representative Ricardo Bocanegra. “We look forward to working with these members to ensure they can build a workplace culture of mutual respect and cooperation.”

Congratulations and welcome to your Union.

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