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You Have Rights as a Worker!

It takes less than a minute to take the first step if you believe you and your co-workers could benefit from belonging to the Union. Fill out the form below to contact our Organizers (or call 1-800-565-8329) and find out more about how to bring Union representation into your workplace.

We get to celebrate victories with many workers who vote to Join the Union! Read about those wins here.

Want to learn more about what workers gain by negotiating as Union members? Check out our Negotiation Update section to see what workers can achieve together!

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Got Questions?

As a unionized worker who is a member at UFCW Locals 175 & 633, you have the right to:

  • Have a Union Steward present at any discipline meeting with your employer.
  • Just Cause protection, which means you cannot be fired without a justifiable reason
  • File a grievance (formal complaint) if the employer violates a part of your collective agreement.
  • Have input on bargaining for your collective agreement.
  • Vote on your contracts and Union bylaws and policies, and participate in Union meetings.
  • Benefit from the provisions of your collective agreement and know the Union will hold your employer accountable.

If you’re a Member of UFCW Locals 175 & 633, then you should contact your Union Steward(s) or you can go directly to your Union Representative at the Union office. You can find office contact info here, call the Union’s Head Office at 1-800-565-8329, or send an email to membership@ufcw175.com.

If you’re a non-Union worker, contact the UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Organizing Department to speak to one of our staff who can help you determine how having a Union could help solve your workplace issue.

It takes courage to form a Union in your workplace, but UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Organizers are here to make the process easier. Our Organizers will walk you through the steps and work with you to get cards signed by your co-workers. They will be with you throughout the campaign right up to the secret ballot vote held by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). To learn more about the Organizing process and read about workers celebrating their victories, visit our Organizing page here: https://ufcw175.com/join-the-union/

Our Organizers respect confidentiality throughout the process.

Rank-and-file members are the backbone of any Union and your voice is important. Your role in the Union is to be active and aware.

  • At work, keep an eye out for health & safety hazards and violations of your collective agreement.
  • Speak to your co-workers about Union matters and attend Union meetings.
  • Run for Steward positions, become a Health & Safety Certified Member, or even run for the Local Union Executive Board.
  • Remain united during difficult times such as during bargaining or a strike.
  • Submit proposals when it comes time to negotiate a renewal agreement.
  • Always come to cast your vote at any ratification meetings; and,
  • Support other Unionized workers on strike and Shop Union whenever you can.

A Union Steward is one of your co-workers who volunteers their time to help employees with issues that arise at work. Depending on the size of your workplace, you might have one Steward or you might have a number of Stewards.

Your Steward(s) assists your Union Representative. Your Union Rep is a full-time staff member at the Union who deals with grievances, arbitrations, negotiations, and much more. Find out more about the role of a Union Steward here.

As a Union member you will pay a small amount in Union Membership Fees on a regular basis. The current formula for weekly fees at UFCW Locals 175 & 633 is:

Multiply your hourly rate by .6, then add 25 cents.

So, for example, if you make $14 per hour, your fee would be calculated as:

14.00 x .6 + 0.25 = 8.65 per week

When a Unionized employer hires you, there is usually a one-time enrollment fee. At UFCW Locals 175 & 633 that amount is $25 for part-time, and $40 for full-time. If you are part-time, the $25 is usually broken down over several paycheques.

And remember, the Membership Fees you pay to the Union are tax deductible.

Want to read more about where the money from your Membership Fees goes? https://ufcw175.com/why-join/

Seniority is an important part of being a Union member. Your seniority is usually based on your hire date – and sometimes it can come down to the minute you were hired too.

Most often, seniority relates to job postings, overtime, and layoffs. Employees with more seniority – and the ability to perform a job – who apply to job openings at the workplace should receive those jobs. Often, overtime will be offered by seniority as well. Layoffs generally happen by reverse seniority. It can also play a role in vacation requests.

Each collective agreement will detail how and when your seniority is determined and how seniority affects different parts of your working life. So, familiarize yourself with what seniority means at your workplace and if you have any questions or concerns, speak to your Union Steward or contact your Union Rep.

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You have rights as a worker.

But, we know that many working people have their rights violated daily. Employees who continue to seek out our Organizers tell stories of division and exploitation as they face hurdle after hurdle just to be heard. Unions offer workers the ability to take back some control of their working lives.

Belonging to a Union has never been more important. Workers are facing new and fast-paced changes to the job market. Bringing a Union into the workplace lets workers take charge of their working life and work toward the future they deserve.

Our Union has your back. UFCW Locals 175 & 633 represents 70,000 working people across Ontario. Our Union wants to bring workers together, to stand united, and fight for the better lives they deserve.

Today’s working world is changing. Don’t get left behind. Want to know more about your rights and what your employer can and cannot do during the Organizing process? Learn more here.

Take charge of your future. Join the Union.

Click here to learn more about Joining the Union or reach out to our Organizers!

Fill out the form on this page, or call them at 905-821-8329 or 1-800-565-8329. You can also email them at organizing@ufcw175.com.

And remember, all of your correspondence with our Organizers is confidential.