Employees at Golden Boy Foods in Markham voted by more than 90% in favour of joining UFCW Local 175
Employees at Golden Boy Foods in Markham voted by more than 90% in favour of joining UFCW Local 175. The new bargaining unit is comprised of approximately 60 members. When Post Foods purchased the facility, which produces and packages peanut butter, more than three years ago, the workers’ wages were frozen, health benefits were cut and sick days were taken away.
The workers started their organizing drive because of concerns about unjust terminations, unfair treatment and a lack of respect for their seniority. In addition, both agency employee and long-time workers had concerns about job security. A number of Agency Employees also expressed a desire to join the Union through proposals that language be negotiated to create more permanent full-time jobs at the workplace.