A settlement reached at the Quebec Superior Court upholds www.walmartworkerscanada.ca, the labour rights website dedicated to helping Walmart Associates know and exercise their rights as workers in Canada.
In 2010, UFCW Canada, our community partners and allies continued to fight for dignity and respect for the over 250,000 migrant workers that enter Canada annually. For instance, in British Columbia, migrant farm workers at Abbotsford’sSidhu and Sons Nursery (and see) became members of UFCW Canada Local 1518 and successfully negotiated a first collective bargaining agreement with their employer. What makes this victory so important is that, for the first time in Canadian labour legal history, migrant workers were organized as a separate bargaining unit from domestic workers. Similar successes occurred in Quebec as well.
UFCW Canada recently joined over 1,500 activists from around the world in Quito, Ecuador, to participate in the 4th World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM). The WSFM – which took place despite an attempted coup against the government of Rafael Correa – is an extension of the long running World Social Forum and is dedicated to advocating for migrant worker rights.
Walmart's outrageous challenge of freedom of expression is now before the court. From December 13 to 17, the Quebec Superior Court is scheduled to hear arguments from the world’s largest corporation against the long-standing and award-winning website dedicated to helping Walmart Associates to empower themselves as workers in Canada.
Following a workplace accident that killed two farm workers on December 4, UFCW Canada is once again calling on Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach to End the Harvest of Death by immediately legislating health and safety protections for the province’s agriculture workforce. The two men killed on the farm near Edmonton were electrocuted after a portable auger touched an overhead power line.
For over 15 years UFCW Canada has been leading the fight in Canada to help Walmart Associates understand and exercise their rights as workers and to challenge Walmart’s impact on good jobs, communities and free speech.
Coming on the heels of the union’s first ever National Political Action Conference, UFCW Canada activists in the West recently mobilized to play an impressive role in the 2010 Alberta New Democratic Party (ANDP) Convention, held in Red Deer from Nov. 5 – 7.