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Why Join UFCW?
You have the RIGHT to join a Union.
That right is guaranteed under the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA)
and the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, under Freedom of Association.
Frequently Asked Questions
At UFCW Locals 175 & 633, we have Members that are covered by almost 1,000 separate collective agreements. Each of those agreements contains different benefits – health, vision, dental, or pension – through different plans. Some are through the employer and some are Union* plans.
*Please keep in mind the Union does not administer the plans and any claims issues must be dealt with through the Plan Administrators.
If you’re not sure which plan(s) you participate in or if you’re eligible to receive benefits, please contact your Union Representative. Your Union Steward at work, or your Human Resources department may also have forms. If you know you participate in the following plans, here are some useful links.
- Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP)/PBAS https://ccwipp.ca/index.php/en/
- UFCW Trusteed Dental Plan/PBAS https://theontariodentalplan.ca/dental-form
- UFCW Dental Benefit Trust/Benefit Plan Administrators https://www.bpagroup.com/home
If you’re looking for information on Workers’ Compensation benefits please click here or email email@example.com.
As a unionized worker who is a member at UFCW Locals 175 & 633, you have the right to:
- Have a Union Steward present at any discipline meeting with your employer.
- Just Cause protection, which means you cannot be fired without a justifiable reason
- File a grievance (formal complaint) if the employer violates a part of your collective agreement.
- Have input on bargaining for your collective agreement.
- Vote on your contracts and Union bylaws and policies, and participate in Union meetings.
- Benefit from the provisions of your collective agreement and know the Union will hold your employer accountable.
Employees should always check their pay stubs to make sure they receive the correct rate of pay for the correct number of hours. If you find an error, take it to your employer immediately. Often, they will correct the issue. Your collective agreement may contain language that requires them to pay the difference or a portion of the difference within a certain time frame.
You should also inform your Union Steward of any pay issues so that they can track it. Other employees may experience the same issue and they’ll need to know if there’s a bigger problem.
If you’re a Member of UFCW Locals 175 & 633, then you should contact your Union Steward(s) or you can go directly to your Union Representative at the Union office. You can find office contact info here, call the Union’s Head Office at 1-800-565-8329, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a non-Union worker, contact the UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Organizing Department to speak to one of our staff who can help you determine how having a Union could help solve your workplace issue.
It takes courage to form a Union in your workplace, but UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Organizers are here to make the process easier. Our Organizers will walk you through the steps and work with you to get cards signed by your co-workers. They will be with you throughout the campaign right up to the secret ballot vote held by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). To learn more about the Organizing process and read about workers celebrating their victories, visit our Organizing page here: https://ufcw175.com/join-the-union/
Our Organizers respect confidentiality throughout the process.
The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) is an independent institution that processes claims and provides compensation to workers who are made ill or injured while at work. Participating employers are required to submit regular payments to the WSIB, which then acts as a sort of insurance for workers. Injured workers must submit claims to the WSIB to be eligible to receive compensation.
You can visit the WSIB website at: https://www.wsib.on.ca
If you’ve been injured or made ill through work, make sure you follow the procedure to file a claim with the WSIB and pay special attention to timelines. Your Union Rep or Steward can help you through this process. https://ufcw175.com/workerscompensation/#filing
You should file a claim if you’ve been injured or made ill at work. Many workers do not file claims and that only benefits employers. Your employer cannot tell you not to file a claim.
At UFCW Locals 175 & 633, we have dedicated workers compensation specialists to help our Union Members through the WSIB process.
If you receive a denial for your injury claim from the WSIB or if you are having trouble in a return-to-work process or with accommodation, make sure to contact our Workers Comp Reps at email@example.com or 1-800-267-1977.
This service is FREE to UFCW Locals 175 & 633 members and is one of the benefits of belonging to our Union.
For more information on the WSIB process and what to expect, visit our Workers’ Compensation section. https://ufcw175.com/workerscompensation/
Rank-and-file members are the backbone of any Union and your voice is important. Your role in the Union is to be active and aware.
- At work, keep an eye out for health & safety hazards and violations of your collective agreement.
- Speak to your co-workers about Union matters and attend Union meetings.
- Run for Steward positions, become a Health & Safety Certified Member, or even run for the Local Union Executive Board.
- Remain united during difficult times such as during bargaining or a strike.
- Submit proposals when it comes time to negotiate a renewal agreement.
- Always come to cast your vote at any ratification meetings; and,
- Support other Unionized workers on strike and Shop Union whenever you can.