UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

June 2018: The Labour Movement Must Mobilize

The recent election marks an interesting direction for Ontario. We have Progressive Conservatives (PC) running Ontario for the first time in 15 years.

The Checkout mailed before the election received both praise and criticism. I’m sure there were many reactions in between too. But, the most important thing we hoped to achieve with that mailing was to start a conversation and get people to vote.

We can’t let division direct us and we can’t let a difference of opinion be the end of a conversation.

We have to choose to keep talking to each other – whether we agree or disagree. We must continue to hear the concerns of our family, friends, and co-workers. And, we must continue to stand strong for the most marginalized people.

Regardless of what colour your particular Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) wears, they still answer to you, the citizens in their own ridings.

Trish Hennesy, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Ontario office, put it well: “Democracy isn’t just about casting a vote at election time; democracy happens in between elections, too.”

We must build a stronger Union and a stronger Labour Movement. We must all pick up and move forward.

For working people, now is the time to organize.

Clearly, Ontario wanted change. For the first time since 1987, the NDP will form the Official Opposition. This is an important step forward for working people.

And even though the Labour Movement was happy to see the improvements to workers’ rights in Bill 148, it took the Liberals 15 years of being in power to get there. So, while we wait to see what Doug Ford will do with those recent improvements and other pro-worker laws, we cannot be complacent.

The only thing that can really let the labour movement falter is our own apathy.

Engage your local MPPs, regardless of their political party, and tell them what you expect of them when it comes to workers’ rights. We must continue to press for things that make a real difference in real people’s lives every day:

  • Gender and income equality;

  • Laws that protect people instead of corporations;

  • Better funded health care and educational systems, and;

  • Making every day necessities like child care, rent, and hydro more affordable for working people.

We cannot forget that many years of hard work and dedication by Labour activists brought some of the most basic rights to our workplaces.

We still have a long way to go. But, without the labour movement, there would be no maximum work week or minimum wage or maternity leave. There would be no mandatory vacation entitlement or pay. No worker would have Just Cause protection, and the health and safety of our workplaces would be dismal.

And, it’s not all strikes or protests blocking the streets or shouting matches across a bargaining table. A lot of quiet work goes on day to day. It’s winning a precedent-setting grievance, like the one on page 13 of the June issue of Checkout.

So, how does the labour movement move forward? We keep fighting. We organize. We talk to each other and we listen. We hold our elected representatives accountable to serving our best interests.

I continue to be proud to represent each and every one of the Members of this Local Union. I know that together, we can help build a stronger Labour movement and achieve great things for workers.

In Solidarity,

Shawn Haggerty
President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

June 2018: The impact of politics and getting involved

Politics – whether we like it or not – affect most aspects of our day-to-day life. It’s easy to forget that, but it’s an important fact.

Too often we realize its impact only when something bad happens to us or our loved ones. The reasons we forget is because politics are messy and overwhelming. And, too often, it feels as though the decisions are out of our hands.

I know it can be discouraging. When we feel like that though, it’s all the more reason to take a step toward getting involved.

Getting involved means speaking up when your municipality wants to allow shopping on Statutory Holidays, or when your school board puts forth a bad budget. It means taking a stand when the provincial government freezes minimum wage.

There are many ways to get involved in making positive change.

  • Find out who your local, provincial and federal representatives are and where they stand on issues that are important to you. Try picking one issue that affects you the most and focus on that.

  • Attend events or rallies and speak to people about why they’re fighting for a particular cause.

  • Attend city council or town hall meetings. Get to know the people in your community who are acting on your behalf. This applies to school boards too.

  • Volunteer to help on political campaigns, register voters, or work at a polling location.

  • Help out with your Parent-Teacher association, a sports team, the local food bank or shelter. You’ll meet members of your community and learn first hand about the issues that affect them the most.

  • Read and watch the news critically, and speak to your family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers with an open mind.

  • Write letters to the editor of local or larger circulation papers and even online sources.

  • Take courses that help you get politically involved or prepare you to run for office. Many of these courses aim to help women enter politics specifically. Labour councils can provide resources too. UFCW Canada has an online course free to Members called Politics Matter, Women Matter that you might find helpful. Visit for more information on this and other courses.

I was happy to see many women taking part and running for office in this election. It’s important that women are a real part of the debate when it comes to every issue.

In fact, 56% of the NDP’s candidates were women and half of the 40 seats won by the NDP this time around will be filled by female candidates.

This election saw women win 49 seats out of 124 ridings.

That’s 39.5%, or 4.5% more than the previous election and it’s a definite step in the right direction.

Having more voices from all walks of life participating in our democracy will help shape a future for our country that better reflects us all.

I encourage everyone to be involved in their communities on some level.

In fact, municipal elections will take place on October 22, 2018 and it would be a great time to take that first step.

Not only is it important to stay informed and active about local politics, but it can be a great stepping stone to provincial or federal office if you decide that being involved in politics is what you are passionate about.

No matter how you choose to get involved, the important thing is that you show up, speak your mind, and stand your ground.

In Solidarity,

Kelly Tosato
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 175


Local 175

Shawn Haggerty – President
Kelly Tosato – Secretary-Treasurer
Karen Vaughan – Recorder


Rick Alagierski, John Beaton, Lucy Bedore, Jeff Beitz, Bryan Braithwaite, Maggie Brayson, Lorne Bruce, Paul Capranos, Michael Collins, Colleen Cox, Kelly Dick, Michelle Dow, Dawn Hanlon, Shirley Hepditch, Kimberly Hunter, Omar Hylton, Pathmarajah Jamesantony, Todd Janes, Lynn Jillings, Deb Kaufman, Tim Kelly, Kelly Kobitz, Carolyn Levesque, Rocco Maddalena, Jose Marteniano, Carolyn Martin, Julia McAninch, Nancy McKay, Sharon McMahon, Jim McLean, Jim Montgomery, Guy Morissette, Doug Mulder, Jean Patenaude, Toni Pettitt, Michel Poirier, Jason Polhill, Sandra Proulx, Louis Rocha, Karen Ronald, Dale Simon, Linda Souliere, Leighton Stephenson, Louise Summers, Rick Szyja, Fred Teeple, Lori Wallis, Kimberley White and Byron Williams.

Local 633

May Chalmers – President
Marylou Mallett – Secretary-Treasurer
Brian Koslowski – Recorder


Dennis Gagnon, Julie MacCrae, & Dale Stuart

Executive Board Committees

Community Action Network
Co-Chairs: Chris Fuller and Angela Mattioli
E-Board VPs: Bryan Braithwaite, Pathmarajah Jamesantony, Lynn Jillings, Carolyn Levesque, Jose Martiniano, Doug Mulder, & Kimberley White.

Growth Committee
Co-Chairs: Sandra Rogerson and Rick Wauhkonen
E-Board VPs: Jeff Beitz, Kelly Dick, Todd Janes, Michel Poirier, Marc Praill, Linda Souliere, Louise Summers, & Rick Szyja.

Membership Advocacy Committee
Co-Chairs: Sharon Kempf and Daniel Mercier
E-Board VPs: Paul Capranos, Dawn Hanlon, Shirley Hepditch, Nancy McKay, Sharon McMahon, Guy Morissette, Jean Patenaude, Leighton Stephenson, & Byron Williams.

Membership Discounts
Chair: Fernando Reis
E-Board VPs: Rick Algierski, John Beaton, Vanessa Ernst, Toni Pettitt, Jason Polhill, Sandra Proulx, Louis Rocha, Fred Teeple, Lori Wallis.

Political Action
Co-Chairs: Derik McArthur and Rob Nicholas
E-Board VPs: Maggie Brayson, Lorne Bruce, Colleen Cox, Kimberly Hunter, Kelly Kobitz, Marylou Mallett, Jim Montgomery, & Dale Simon.

Training & Education
Co-Chairs: Rob Armbruster and Kelly Nicholas
E-Board VPs: Lucy Bedore, May Chalmers, Michelle Dow, Deb Kaufman, Brian Kozlowski, Rocco Maddalena, Karen Ronald, & Karen Vaughan.

Co-Chairs: Kelly Tosato and Al McLean
Staff: Rob Armbruster, Ann Johnston, Fernando Reis
E-Board VPs: Dan Bondy, Rick Alagierski, Karen Vaughan, Dale Simon, Lori Wallis, Jose Marteniano.

Health Care Sector
Chair: Fernando Reis
E-Board VPs: Lucy Bedore, Shirley Hepditch, Karen Vaughan, & Kim White.


Officers of Local 175

Shawn Haggerty – President
Kelly Tosato – Secretary-Treasurer
Karen Vaughan – Recorder
Sylvia Groom – Executive Assistant to the President
Luc Lacelle – Executive Assistant to the President
Jim McLean – Executive Assistant to the President

Officers of Local 633

May Chalmers – President
Marylou Mallett – Secretary-Treasurer
Brian Koslowski – Recorder

Region 1

(Thunder Bay Office)
807-346-4227 – 1-800-465-6932 – fax 807-346-4055
Director – Kelly Tosato
Union Representatives – Colby Flank, Tracy Stubbs

Region 2

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329 – 1-800-565-8329 – fax 905-821-7144
Director – John Dinardo
Union Representatives – Farman Ali, Orsola Augurusa, Rick Daudlin, John DiFalco, Anthony DiMaio, Casey Magee, Christina Mayberry, Tony Nigro, and Mark Stockton.

Region 3

(Ottawa & Cornwall Offices)
613-725-2154 – 1-800-267-5295 – fax 613-725-2328
Director – Daniel Mercier
Union Representatives – Shannon Epp, Paul Hardwick, Dean McLaren, Jacques Niquet, Joe Tenn; Servicing Representative – Sandra Proulx

Region 4

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329 – 1-800-565-8329 – fax 905-821-7144
Director – Chris Fuller
Union Representatives – Dave Forbes, Ron McGuire: Servicing Representatives – Virginia Haggith, Jennifer Hanley, Tim Kelly, Sabrina Qadir, Arlene Robertson, Chris Watson.

Region 5

(Cambridge & Leamington Offices)
Cambridge: 519-658-0252 – 1-800-267-1977 – fax 519-658-0255
Leamington: 519-326-6751 – 1-888-558-5114 – fax 519-326-0597

Director – Angela Mattioli
Union Representatives – Jehan Ahamed, Brad Morrison, Ashleigh Vink: Servicing Representative – Rolando Cabral

Region 6

(Hamilton Office)
905-545-8354 – 1-800-567-2125 – fax 905-545-8355
Director – Rob Nicholas
Union Representatives – Wendy Absolom, Sam Caetano, Matt Davenport, Jason Hanley, Lee Johnson-Koehn, Lionel MacEachern, Mike Mattioli, Melody Slattery, Mario Tardelli, Fred Teeple.

Region 7

(Cambridge Office)
519-658-0252 – 1-800-267-1977 – fax 519-658-0255
Director – Sharon Kempf
Union Representatives – Diane Sanvido, Steve Springall: Servicing Representatives – Dan Bondy, Todd Janes

Region 8

(Sudbury Office)
705-674-0768 – 1-800-465-1722 – fax 705-674-6815
Director – Sandra Rogerson
Union Representatives – Jeff Barry, John Beaton, Matt Belanger, Jim Hames, Derek Jokhu

Workers’ Compensation Department
519-658-0252 – 1-800-267-1977 – fax 519-658-0255
Rob Armbruster – Director
Joanne Ford, Phil Hames, Sarah Neath – Workers’ Compensation Representatives; Georgina MacDonald – Intake Representative

Health & Safety
519-658-0252 – 1-800-267-1977 – fax 519-658-0255
Rob Armbruster – Director
Mary Shaw – Health & Safety Representatives

Legal Department

Fernando Reis – Director
Saranjit Singh Cheema, Matthew Jagodits, Jane Mulkewich – Legal Counsel

Organizing Department
1-800-565-8329 / 905-821-8329
Rick Wauhkonen – Director
Linval Dixon, Tim Hum, Jeffery Lu, Meemee Seto, Amy Tran – Organizing Representatives
Joce Cote – Servicing Representative

Communications Department
1-800-565-8329 / 905-821-8329
Jennifer Tunney – Senior Communications Representative
Laurie Duncan – Communications Representative

Training & Education call 1-800-267-1977
Rob Armbruster – Director
Kelly Nicholas – Co-ordinator
Tim Deelstra – Engagement & Media Relations Strategist