Workers face challenging organizing drive, come out victorious as members of UFCW Locals 175 & 633

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September 28, 2023

On August 28 – 29, 2023, workers at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Welland voted in favour of joining Canada’s largest local Union, UFCW Local 175. “This victory is a huge win for workers in the hospitality industry,” said President of Local 175, Shawn Haggerty.

Prior to the vote, workers were nervous but excited, and after a month-long campaign were pleased with the results. The workers, along with the support of the Local 175 Organizing Team, gained bargaining rights through certification, and the right to fight for better wages, benefits, respect, and eliminating favouritism in the workplace. They look forward to starting the negotiation process in the weeks to come.

“Workers in hospitality have faced the deep impact of the last few years throughout their industry. While it has been a difficult time for many, we are seeing an upswing in workers advocating for themselves and their co-workers,” said President Haggerty. “Workers want respect and dignity at work, and we look forward to supporting them in the goal to build a better life by joining the Union.”

Congratulations to our new members. Welcome to UFCW Locals 175 & 633.

Are you ready to find out more and want to talk to one of our Organizers? Send them an email at or give them a call at 1-800-565-8329. All your conversations with our Organizers are confidential.

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Read more about other recent organizing victories for working people across the province!