UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

Summer 2019: Our Strength & Unity Can Create Change for the Better

Political action is key to how your Union protects and expands the rights of the membership and all working people. It’s important for all of us to be active and engaged at every level of our government.

Changes don’t just happen on their own. Change is a direct result of groups, like your Union, that get involved. In the last few elections (provincial and municipal) Members assisted in campaigning door-to-door to speak with other Members about important issues facing working people. The involvement of Members in a number of campaigns and key ridings has shown how much we can do when we take action.

The Union has made presentations to Federal Minister of Labour Patty Hadju on Pay Equity and Paid Sick Leave, and presented to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hadju on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Much of our economy and employment are driven by trade deals and legislation. The USMCA threatens supply management for the dairy and poultry sectors – where our Members work.

Beyond the workplace, every one of us is affected in some way by the way that Doug Ford is dismantling what it means to be Ontarian.

Our health care is a source of pride for all Ontarians and it is under threat from Ford. Ford has reduced funding for community health and changed the administration of emergency services, which will have a direct effect on our Members, not to mention patients, in those fields. He also proposed scrapping out-of-province coverage.

Since Doug Ford’s election less than a year ago, he has:

  • Delayed minimum wage increases.
  • Taken away paid leave.
  • Made overtime harder to get.
  • Reduced access to unionization.
  • Gutted funding for social programs including autism care.
  • Slashed education and school repair funding while he increased class sizes.
  • Cut post-secondary education and library funding.
  • Eliminated funding for conservation and environmental programs.
  • Cut legal aid funding.

And, in place of all that, we got...

  • Buck-a-Beer and tailgating.
  • ‘Open for Business’ signs at the border.
  • A new slogan for license plates.

Ford’s goal is to underfund our public programs to the point that they don’t work for most people, and then those who can afford it choose private services – whether it’s health care, education, etc. Those who cannot afford it are left dealing with an underfunded system staffed by overworked, underpaid people.

This is why belonging to a Union is more important than ever.

We were able to secure many contracts with the better benefits and protections contained in Bill 148 before Ford repealed it. And your Union contract cannot be stripped away by Ford.

Several of our Bylaw & Policy guest presenters – from President Perrone and Secretary-Treasurer Barclay, to Gabrielle Carteris – spoke of improving public opinion when it comes to Unions. More and more people from all walks of life – Union and non-Union – are realizing the strength and benefits of belonging to the Labour movement.

When Unionized employees in a workplace are connected and engaged, it creates a stronger Union with more power. These employees are harder to divide in tough times because they support and have a strong connection to one another and their Union. This same strength can be found in our communities and among all working people if we work together to raise each other up and stand up to protect the things that are important to all of us.

We must see what’s happening for what it is: an attack on what it means to be Canadian. Let these attacks ignite a fire in you that will build our strength and momentum as a movement to empower all workers. It’s up to all of us to not let that fire die out.

Let’s create the future we want and deserve for our families, our province, and our country.

In Solidarity,

Shawn Haggerty
President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

Summer 2019: Ensuring Safe Workplaces & Equity for All

In March, I was honoured and humbled to attend the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference (UNCSW) in New York City on behalf of UFCW. More than 9,000 delegates from around the world registered to take part in the conference. Of those, 177 were trade union delegates representing 42 countries.

The focus for this year’s session was social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres indicated that his top priorities include:

  • Eliminating all sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff against vulnerable people in places under UN peace-keeping operations;
  • Promoting the adoption of these priorities in other countries; and,
  • Ensuring gender equality and human rights are present across all aspects of life.

Guterres also aims to have gender-balanced leadership at the UN by 2021.

I took part in several workshops focusing on gender, violence, human trafficking, and equity. In each workshop, representatives from different countries spoke of their experiences and the work they’re doing to combat gender violence and the oppression of women. Hearing first-hand of the day-to-day struggles faced by women and girls around the world was at times shocking and often heart-wrenching. Their words and their work inspired me.

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) hosted a panel on Universal Child Care with speakers who are working to achieve this on a global level. The current system in many countries – Canada included – means that parents feel lucky to find affordable accessible child care.

A representative from CUPW spoke about how that Union was successful at negotiating a Child Care Benefit Program funded by both employees and the employer. This program provides eligible members with access to funds to assist with child care costs. In the years that followed, CUPW also negotiated to have this program funded entirely by the employer. Currently, the employer contributes a yearly maximum of $2.5 million to the fund and approximately 500 employees access the program. Most of the funds accessed go toward families whose children have special needs, for whom it’s even more difficult to find affordable adequate child care.

During the recent Bylaw & Policy Conference, we heard from Farrah Khan, who is a leading advocate against oppression and sexual violence.

We live and work in a country where one in three women, and one in six men, report being sexually assaulted every year.

These numbers are higher for trans women and women of colour. Farrah pointed out several times that this violence and oppression is happening in Canada; not somewhere else by somebody else, but right here. It’s happening to our family, our loved ones, our friends, and our co-workers.

Your Union believes in empowering women in the workplace. We work to not only negotiate agreements that include pay equity, but we bargain to include gender neutral language, paid leaves that apply to all spouses and partners, and more. We work continuously to ensure that women make up a large part of our leadership team and staff as well.

We must all do our part to ensure safe workplaces and lives for women and trans women, and to make sure their voices are heard. That means:

  • protecting accessible affordable quality health care,
  • maintaining and improving social services like Legal Aid and affordable housing; and,
  • helping those women achieve Union membership whenever possible.

Your Union membership is about more than a collective agreement. Our Union family protects each other and works to ensure a healthy and safe workplace for every member. Your Union Reps and Directors, any of the Executive Assistants, myself or President Haggerty – we are all resources for you. We also have a Members Assistance Program (see the back cover of the Summer 2019 issue of Checkout magazine) that can put you in touch with support in your community as well.

In Solidarity,

Kelly Tosato
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 175


Local 175

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


Rick Alagierski, Glen Avila, 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, Tim Kelly, Kelly Kobitz, Carolyn Levesque, Rocco Maddalena, Jose Marteniano, Carolyn Martin, Julia McAninch, Nancy McKay, Sharon McMahon, Jim McLean, Jim Montgomery, Guy Morissette, Jean Patenaude, Toni Pettitt, Jason Polhill, Louis Rocha, Joy Searles, Linda Souliere, Leighton Stephenson, Rick Szyja, Navidad Talbot, Lori Wallis, Kimberley White, Byron Williams, and Michael Windley.

Local 633

Marylou Mallett – President
Julie Hinsperger – Secretary-Treasurer
Brian Kozlowski – Recorder


Dennis Gagnon & 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, & Kimberley White.

Growth Committee
Co-Chairs: Sandra Rogerson and Rick Wauhkonen
E-Board VPs: Jeff Beitz, Kelly Dick, Todd Janes, Linda Souliere, & 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, Toni Pettitt, Jason Polhill, Sandra Proulx, Louis Rocha, 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.

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

Chair: Kelly Tosato
Staff: Rob Armbruster, Charles Fulcher, Fernando Reis
E-Board VPs: May Chalmers, Rick Alagierski, Karen Vaughan, 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

Marylou Mallett – President
Julie Hinsperger – Secretary-Treasurer
Brian Kozlowski – 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, Casey Magee, Christina Mayberry, and Tony Nigro.

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 : Servicing Representatives – Colleen Cox, 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, Ashleigh Vink
Servicing Representatives – Rolando Cabral, Joce Cote

Region 6

(Hamilton Office)
905-545-8354 – 1-800-567-2125 – fax 905-545-8355
Director – Rob Nicholas
Union Representatives – Sam Caetano, Matt Davenport, Jason Hanley, Lee Johnson-Koehn, Lionel MacEachern, Mike Mattioli, Brad Morrison, 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
Ron McGuire, Mary Shaw – Health & Safety Representatives

Legal Department

Fernando Reis – Director
Shauna Fabrizi, Mary Hurley, Matthew Jagodits, Jane Mulkewich, Avo Topjian – 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

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