Winnipeg Tim Hortons workers vote to unionize

Canadian Pizza
July 28, 2017
By Canadian Pizza
Winnipeg – Staff at a second Tim Hortons restaurant in Winnipeg have voted to join Workers United Canada Council.

The 15 employees join 35 Tim Hortons workers at the Portage Avenue and Wall Street restaurant, who have been represented by Workers United since 2015.

"The workers voted to form a union because they see it as the best way to improve their working conditions," said Rabia Syed, organizer with Workers United Canada Council, in a news release. "Tim Hortons workers deserve fair wages, better scheduling, and they have the right to be respected at work."

"It's powerful to see food service workers supporting each other," said Barry Fowlie, director of Workers United Canada Council. "Tim Hortons franchisees have formed their own organization, the Great White North Franchisee Association, to protect their rights in their recent struggles with their parent company, and now Tim Hortons employees are forming a union so they can do the same. Workers can make real improvements by organizing together."

The workers cast their votes on June 23, 2017. However, the ballot box was sealed until the Manitoba Labour Board could make a ruling on the employer's procedural challenge that the single franchise did not constitute an appropriate and viable bargaining unit. The board ruled in favour of the union on July 21 and asked the parties to return on July 26 for the ballots to be counted.

Workers United represents 10,000 workers across Canada and 100,000 more across the United States. Union members work in garment and textile, fitness, food service, hospitality, social services, manufacturing and distribution industries.

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