UFCW Canada is Canada's leading and most progressive union. Together, we are more than a quarter of a million Canadian workers strong, and together we are building a stronger future for UFCW Canada Members, Families and Communities, while protecting and promoting employees rights and social justice for all.
UFCW Canada stands for the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada. We are one of Canada's most experienced and respected unions, with union history that goes back to 1899. At the same time, we are one of Canada's most youthful unions with more than 40 percent of UFCW Canada Members under the age of 30.
We are a democratic union. Members vote for their Local Union leaders, the bylaws that govern their Local Union, and their collective agreements.
We are a Canadian union backed up by the strength of UFCW International – one of North America’s largest private-sector unions with more than 1.3 million Members.
Many people think of UFCW Canada as the food workers’ union because we represent Members in every sector of the food industry from the field, to the processor, to the warehouse, to the store, to the dinner table. But we are more than that. Across Canada tens of thousands of UFCW Canada Members also work in retail, healthcare, hospitality, security, financial services, non-food manufacturing and many other industries.
The UFCW Canada Membership is diverse and vibrant, and UFCW Canada Members work in every province in Canada. The Membership is made up almost equally between men and women, and whether you are employed part-time or full-time, every UFCW Canada Member is entitled to the same level of service and work-related assistance.
All UFCW Canada Members are treated equally, including thousands of Members who are also Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – on a path to permanent status because of their UFCW Canada collective agreements.
UFCW Canada – Democracy, Solidarity and Strength
The structure of UFCW Canada is built on the strength and participation of the Membership. Members in each workplace are represented and serviced by one of 36 UFCW Canada Local Unions across Canada.
Each Local Union is part of the national union through Membership in the UFCW Canada National Council. Some UFCW Canada Local Unions are small, representing just a few dozen workers at a single workplace. Others have tens of thousands of Members working at hundreds of workplaces in their area.
No matter their size, all UFCW Canada Local Unions only exist because of the Membership, who nominate and elect the President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recorder and three or more Vice Presidents of their Local Union. In some UFCW Canada Local Unions, rank-and-file Members also serve as Vice Presidents. Presidents and other officers may be also be rank-and-file Members; while at other Local Unions the positions are full-time.
Rank-and-file Members also participate directly on Local Union advisory boards, and sometimes as the Local Union's representative to local labour councils and federations.
Most UFCW Canada Local Unions have their own full-time union representatives, organizers and administrative staff. Some smaller Local Unions are supported with training, bargaining, organizing and administrative services through the UFCW Canada National Office.
The UFCW Canada National Council
All UFCW Canada Local Unions presidents are represented at the UFCW Canada National Council. The National Council meets twice a year and is the union’s National Executive Board and leadership forum.
Unifor was officially formed on August 31, 2013, at a Founding Convention in Toronto, Ontario. It marked the coming together of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) – two of Canada’s largest and most influential labour unions.
The birth of Unifor represented a sign of hope for the Canadian labour movement, and working people more generally.
For decades, union membership (as a share of total employment) had been in steady decline – particularly in the private sector. Running parallel to this decline in union density had been a sharp rise in income inequality, growing threats to retirement security, chronic unemployment and underemployment (particularly for young people) and a noticeable rise in insecure, precarious forms of work, especially among newcomers. The decline of union influence coincided with the rise of grossly imbalanced business-friendly policies, starting in the 1980s, that included tax cuts, labour market deregulation and corporate-led free trade deals.
Unifor was a bold answer to the question: “How do Canadian unions respond to the changing economy and these challenging times?” - Read more
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the professional and protective organization representing over 76,000 teachers, occasional teachers, and education professionals employed in the public elementary schools of Ontario. All public elementary teachers in Ontario are active members of ETFO provincially, and also a member of one of its 68 locals across the province.
ETFO strives to develop programs and services that both protect and enhance the working lives of its members in these challenging times for education. It works continuously to provide an environment that celebrates the diversity of its members and the students in their care. In addition to its internal work in support of members, ETFO reaches out to the broader community to foster a climate of social justice in this province and beyond.
Formed in 1966, the Public Service Alliance of Canada is one of Canada's largest unions. It represents more than 180,000 people from coast to coast to coast, the PSAC also represents people who work abroad in embassies and consulates.
The PSAC strives to enhance its members' quality of life and has been at the front of a variety of significant and successful campaigns for workplace and human rights, including the struggle for equal pay, enhanced workplace health and safety and the rights of same sex spouses.
The PSAC's membership is diverse and growing.
The majority of PSAC members work for the federal government and its agencies.
A growing number of PSAC members work for private sector enterprises and in the broader public sector including universities, women's shelters and others.
The PSAC is also a strong presence in Canada's north, representing workers employed by some municipalities and the Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories governments.
The PSAC is working to achieve a compassionate and inclusive society free of sexism, racism, homophobia and all other forms of discrimination.
PSAC is committed defending access to quality public services, and to social justice through emergency relief funding anti poverty and development work both in Canada and around the world.