UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

March 2017: The Dangers of a Trump Presidency

Sisters, Brothers, & Friends:

Beliefs are an integral part of what makes us who we are and how we live our lives.

I believe we all have an ethical duty to raise people up and do our best to make sure no one gets left behind. That means everyone from all walks of life, regardless of their place of birth, religion, skin
colour, or any other identifier that society uses to categorize human beings. That’s what led me to the Labour movement: This movement is about protecting people.

We lost a UFCW Brother – Aboubaker Thabti – from Local 1991P in the act of terror at the Québec City Islamic Cultural Centre last month. He was an immigrant from Tunisia. He worked at the Exceldor poultry plant in Saint-Anselme. He had two young children and a wife.

This violence is heartbreaking and it has exposed a lingering, lurking darkness to our country that has been ignored through complacency for too long.

President Donald Trump has made hate normal and that has awakened hatred throughout the U.S. and beyond. It’s always been there and some communities experience open acts of hate and xenophobia on a regular basis. But Trump has truly brought it to an international level.

Trump has invigorated extremists. This President vilifies the media every chance he gets for what he sees as dishonest reporting, but when called on false statements he’s made (whether tweeting or at press conferences) he shakes his own mistakes off as information that ‘was handed to him.’

He turns everything that opposes him into the media’s fault, or the fault of his opponents standing in his way. All of this reinforces the beliefs of his supporters. It’s a vicious cycle. But how fragile must his ego be if having just won the U.S. presidency, he has to keep reminding the world of the size of his audience and the size of his Electoral College win?JFK Quote: Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.

There is incredible danger in having a person like that in power. He sincerely believes he’s beyond reproach. Trump is a prime example of why real facts, good reporting, and critical thought are important.

But as acts of violence and hatred grow we have to pay attention to what’s actually happening. We have to connect the dots and rise up against it. We have to put aside his rhetoric, his antics – his ridiculousness – and see that he is leading that nation to a very dark place and that darkness will bleed beyond the borders of the U.S., like we’ve already seen.

The impact of the Donald Trump presidency probably won’t be fully understood for decades to come. What we have to be wary of is a very dark future if we’re not careful.

But we shouldn’t have to hit rock bottom before we recognize we’re in a downward tailspin. The signs are there.

I am encouraged when I see protests around the world, fighting back against Trump’s agenda; Thousands upon thousands of women and supporters rallying the day after his inauguration; Lawyers donating their time to help immigrants stranded at the airports. It won’t be an easy battle, nor a short one, but there are many willing to stand up and take on the fight.

There is hope.

In Solidarity,

Shawn Haggerty
President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

March 2017: Making Steward Training More Accessible

For many years, our Local Union has offered a wide variety of educational opportunities for our Members and Stewards. It’s a tradition we are more than proud of and a practice that we review and improve on a regular basis.

I hope as a Member or Steward that you’ve had the opportunity to take part in at least one of these opportunities, whether through online training, winning a post-secondary scholarship, attending a first aid class, or coming out to learn at one of the weekend seminars.

We welcome feedback from our Members and take suggestions under consideration. When it comes to Stewards’ education, the Local Union has decided to make some changes to increase the accessibility and relevance of our Stewards’ training.

Some of the concerns brought to our attention were that travel to some of our seminar locations made it difficult for some to attend. Others were not able to leave their home responsibilities for a two, sometimes three-day period. And others couldn’t afford the time away from work.

In response to this, and to help provide a more tailored learning experience, this year we are launching Steward Cell Training. These one-day sessions will take place closer to your homes during the week. Stewards attending will be paid for lost-time at work, and we’ll be grouping you with people from similar industries whenever possible. 

Some of the topics that will be covered include understanding pensions, new member orientation instruction, detailed grievance handling, and dealing with management. There will also be time set aside in each session for a general question and answer period where we hope Stewards will share their stories, challenges, and solutions to enhance your learning experience even more.

I believe that providing our Stewards with practical skills and knowledge is imperative to ensuring a safer workplace, strong bargaining units, and a collective agreement that your employer will respect and uphold.

You can find more details on these Cell Training sessions on page 18 of March 2017 Checkout. Invitations will be extended to approximately 2,200 Stewards and we certainly hope as many as possible
attend. Next year we will return to the regional weekend seminars, and then we will alternate year-to-year going forward.

I sincerely hope that this new training format enables more Stewards to attend, and provides an opportunity for valuable learning and networking with other Union activists near your community.

We are lucky at Locals 175 & 633 to have an incredible group of Union Stewards who do an amazing job every day to help and protect their co-workers. I thank you all for your continued hard work and dedication.

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, Pathmarajah Jamesantony, Todd Janes, Lynn Jillings, Deb Kaufman, Kelly Kobitz, Carolyn Levesque, Rocco Maddalena, Jose Marteniano, Carolyn Martin, 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


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 – Derik McArthur
Union Representatives – Mona Bailey, Anthony DiMaio, John DiFalco, John DiNardo, Melody Slattery, 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, Sandra Proulx: Servicing Representative – Jacques Niquet

Region 4

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

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, Bob Kearney, Brad Morrison, Mario Tardelli: 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, Joe DeMelo, Ashleigh Garner, Jason Hanley, Jeffery Lu, Mike Mattioli: 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, Matt Belanger, Derek Jokhu, Tony Nigro, Arlene Robertson

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
Darcel Bullen, Roberto Henriquez, Matthew Jagodits, Jane Mulkewich – Legal Counsel

Organizing Department
1-800-565-8329 / 905-821-8329
Rick Wauhkonen – Director
Linval Dixon, Ali Farman, Amy Tran – Organizing Representatives
Amit Singh, 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
Meemee Seto – Servicing Representative

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