UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

December 2017: Extending Union Solidarity throughout our Communities

The December 2017 issue of Checkout is a special thank you to you, the Members. For 10 years now it has been my privilege to represent you and I am proud to continue to lead this strong group of Union workers as we move forward.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the things that happen outside our day-to-day experiences. Sometimes what’s happening outside our lives
is too overwhelming to think about very often. The attempts to divide and conquer working people are everywhere and seem to be growing. Workers are struggling and the wealthy are striving.

So I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the good that Union members do out in the world.

Often, the generosity of Union members gets lost in the drama of strikes, battles against corporate greed, and finding ways to pit us against each other while the wealthy get richer. We can’t control the media or corporations. But we can control the way we think and speak about our Union and the labour movement.

Our Members embody the spirit of giving back and raising those with less up out of the shadows. That, my Union Sisters, Brothers, and Friends, is solidarity.

I’ve spoken before about the good I see every day in the things our Members achieve. Whether at work, in the community, or on the other side of the world, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Members do amazing things.

Your Local Union continues to have a healthy budget and it’s only right to ensure we do what we can to raise others up as well. In these pages you’ll see just how much good can come from your Dues. We take pride in helping others in our communities as well.

You help send students to college and university. You help your Sisters, Brothers, and Friends on the picket line stand strong and united through the strike fund.

When members fall on particularly hard times, you help get them back on their feet through hardship donations and fundraisers. You help rebuild communities after wildfires, hurricanes, and floods. You bring medical services, shelter, food, and security to those in need in times of crisis.

When disasters happen – whether forest fires obliterating homes to ash or hurricanes flooding entire communities – you’ll see Union members
showing up to help, to support, and to get people back on track.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, some media reported that unionized truck drivers on the island went on strike. But that
wasn’t the truth. In fact, local union members were on the ground getting supplies to the people who needed them and overcoming challenges
like washed away bridges and zero electricity.

We forget that first responders are often Union members. We forget that the truck drivers who get supplies to people in some treacherous conditions, are often Union members. We forget that our children are taught by Union members, that Union members check us out at the grocery store, that Union members drive our buses and our trains. We forget that Union members work almost everywhere.

So let’s take this time to focus on the good. Know that your dues support the real lives of workers because they go toward so much more than day-to-day servicing.

We have the ability to build the fair and just society that we envision. But we must continue to fight for it. Whether it’s taking on corporations for anti-worker practices, holding our government accountable to a higher standard, or those vital day-to-day acts of kindness, it’s on all of us to work together.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Checkout because it truly is about all the good that comes from your Membership in this Union.

I wish all of you and your families a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the year to come.

In Solidarity,

Shawn Haggerty
President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

December 2017: Empower & Uplift

We often talk about new Union members: Empowering non-Union workers to stand up to their employers. Lifting them up out of precarious circumstances to recognize the true benefits of belonging to a Union. But the work of Unions quite often goes beyond the walls of the workplace.

I’m happy that our Local Union recognizes that it’s important that we continue to work to make sure those who have the least are not left behind.

Take pride in your Union membership. You are part of more than 140 years of Union activism in Canada. From the Toronto Printers’ Strike in 1872 fighting for a shorter workweek, the Winnipeg General Strike almost 50 years later, right up to now when workers across this province made their voices heard to get Bill 148 passed into law.

Of course, we still face challenges. We need to be more outraged when we see executives taking home millions while workers are left bearing the brunt of cost-cutting measures.

We must hold corporations and the government accountable. You work hard for what you earn. But in the search for that almighty dollar, many get left behind. Our laws and underfunded programs don’t protect the most vulnerable.

I’m proud to be part of a Union that understands the bigger picture. We fight for things that benefit most people because those things benefit workers and the families of workers.

We strive to raise the quality of life for the people we know and love, and the people we interact with every day.

In fact, many of our Members go out of their way to organize, run, and volunteer at events to raise money for various charities and to support their communities.

Firefighters in Owen Sound cook breakfast at an annual event to raise funds for children whose lives have been altered by fire. Money raised also goes toward Christmas hampers and a toy drive for the community.

Susan Pritchard, a Union Steward at Food Basics in Kitchener, organized a golf tournament in memory of a co-worker who passed from Epilepsy. She and her supporters raised $600 for the Epilepsy Foundation. Read more about some of the inspiring things Members are achieving for charities and their communities on page 16 of the December 2017 issue of Checkout.

The Local Union supports a number of organizations and causes, which you can read more about on page 18 (Checkout December 2017).

When we support special interest groups and equity-seeking organizations, it’s important to remember that what they fight for benefits all of us.

Those battles for basic human rights, equality, pay equity, and protection for the most vulnerable raise the social consciousness of us all. They shed light on parts of life that we might not experience ourselves, but that have life and death consequences for others. They tell us that things are not okay as they are, and they tell us why.

We fight to raise everyone up, and when someone achieves success, it let’s us all take a step forward with them, united.

Think about the recent achievements in Bill 148.

Bill 148 includes a likely life-saving five days paid leave for victims of domestic or sexual violence.

What an important step toward protecting many people, especially women and children. I look forward to what we can achieve next.

I’m proud of the work your Local Union does in communities and through other organizations fighting for social justice or charities doing amazing work to save lives.

None of it would be possible without you. So, thank you all for your ongoing participation in your Union.

I hope all of you have a peaceful and happy holiday season and a happy New Year spent with family and friends.

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, 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, Mona Bailey, John DiFalco, Anthony DiMaio, Tony Nigro, Mark Stockton, Dave White

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, Lionel MacEachern, Dean McLaren, Joe Tenn: Servicing Representative – Jacques Niquet

Region 4

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329 – 1-800-565-8329 – fax 905-821-7144
Director – Chris Fuller
Union Representatives – Ron McGuire, Brenda Simmons: Servicing Representatives – Rick Daudlin, Virginia Haggith, Lee Johnson-Koehn, Casey Magee, Christina Mayberry, Arlene Robertson

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, Mario Tardelli: Servicing Representatives – 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, Joe DeMelo, Ashleigh Garner, Jason Hanley, Mike Mattioli, Melody Slattery: Servicing Representative –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, Dave Forbes

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, Jennifer Hanley, 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, Chris Watson – 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, Jeffery Lu, Meemee Seto, Amy Tran – Organizing Representatives
Tim Hum – Organizing Apprentice
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