Seasonal agriculture workers in Quebec have had their Charter rights to unionize upheld by a decision rendered by the Quebec Labour Relations Board (QLRB). The QLRB decision to certify a union bargaining unit at a Mirabel-area farm comes 20 months and 36 days of hearings after a majority workers at the farm chose to join UFCW Canada.
UFCW Canada Local 12R24’s already extensive network of more than 60 Members Assistance Program (MAP) workplace representatives grew by nine on March 31 when the new peer-to-peer volunteers completed training and were certified at a session in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Refugee Rights Day – recognized every April 4 – commemorates a historic decision made by the Supreme Court of Canada, a decision that changed the fate of many refugees arriving to seek asylum in this country.
On the same day the House of Representatives was busy giving final sanction to the health care bill, a crowd estimated as high as a half-million people rallied along a seven-block length of the Washington, D.C., National Mall in front of the Capitol in support of much-needed immigration reform.
March 9, 2010 marked the first-ever chapter launch of a new national, student-led activist organization – Students Against Migrant Exploitation, or SAME – at Carleton University in the nation’s capital, sponsored by UFCW Canada’s Human Rights, Equity & Diversity (HRED) department. A few days later, on March 12, more than a hundred students took part in launching another SAME chapter, this time on the campus of Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ont.