UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

President’s Message Fall 2022

Municipal Elections are Important: Vote on October 24

During the pandemic, local support and services became more important than ever. As many families went through illness and experienced income loss, some turned to food banks, were unable to make rent, and more.

Today, the pandemic continues to bring the effects of complacency and the failings of our broken systems right to our very own front doors.

Many decisions governing our day-to-day lives are made at the provincial level or above. But there are also many decisions made at the municipal level that have an impact on the citizens and workers in your community.

On October 24, 2022, municipal elections are happening and it’s your chance to have your voice heard once again.

Your municipal government:

  • Sets property taxes and de-livers public services;
  • Determines incentives and criteria for businesses in your community;
  • Hires and funds police, fire, first responders and EMS;
  • Contracts companies to collect waste, clean buildings, and more;
  • Manages infrastructure such as water supply, sewage treatment, transit, and road and sidewalk maintenance;
  • Develops policies on statutory holiday shopping;
  • Manages assisted living homes and services, sports arenas, and more.

Your communities also make decisions that have a significant impact on climate change and the environment, strengthening relations with Indigenous com-munities, and more. The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) has information on the role and responsibilities of local government.

Your school boards are also up for election on October 24. School boards work on behalf of the community to advocate for the needs of your children, develop policies, and allocate funding for public education. They are accountable to the Board and the province, but more importantly, just like any other elected official, they are accountable to you.

I know a lot of people are tired of politics and elections. It’s understandable. But apathy won’t create positive change. Apathy only lets the status quo continue.

Municipalities must take a hard look at community planning and development – from affordable accessible housing to parks and playgrounds, from tax incentives for businesses to requiring that all municipal employees be paid a living wage.

Municipal government sets the standard for your community and can help make many systems, and the people those systems serve, more resilient to crisis.

Visit your town or city’s website to find out more about the candidates running in your area or go online to for links, voter information, and more.

Municipal elections are a chance to help your communities rebuild better. Get out and vote on October 24, 2022.

In Solidarity,
Shawn Haggerty

UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

Secretary-Treasurer’s Message Fall 2022

Secretary-Treasurer's Message Summer 2022

Labour Day: Celebrating the resilience of working people

I was happy to see many smiling faces at Labour Day this year. It felt good to be back to seeing each other in person, marching alongside each other, and sharing stories over a picnic table.

Labour Day is a celebration of our successes as a movement for workers’ rights and our gains at every bargaining table that help improve the lives of our members. A celebration of the enduring solidarity and strength of our membership.

The resilience of the members of our incredible Union kept this country moving during a time of fear and uncertainty. There were no CEOs standing on production lines day after day; no shareholders holding the hands of clients in long-term care; no billionaires standing behind grocery check-outs, stocking shelves, delivering goods, or doing any of the day-to-day tasks that provide goods and services for the people.

Your labour is what makes it possible for people and their families across this country to go about their day-to-day lives.

As we continue to face a provincial government set on driving a wedge between different groups of working people, we have to remember that a gain for any worker is a good thing. Don’t let politicians at any level, or employers for that matter, corrupt that message; because a win for any worker is a win for all of us.

Our lives and experiences shape each of us into very different people, and the diversity of those lives is an incredible strength. I am not just a worker. I am not just a mother. I am not just a woman. I am not just any one thing, and neither are any of our members. Our identities are complex and intersectional, and millions of people suffer because of oppressive and repressive systems and policies that exploit and disregard people based on aspects of their identity.

Protecting the rights of all people is well worth the effort because a win means uplifting people in every way.

Our Local Union will continue working to:

  • Improve all workers’ rights provincially and federally;
  • Enhance compensation and language gains in collective bargaining;
  • Advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples;
  • End systemic racism and sexism, and gender-based discrimination;
  • Eliminate violence and harassment, and;
  • Much more.

As we go to press with this issue, the Ontario Superior Court began its hearing on the constitutional challenge against Bill 124. The work to overturn Bill 124, which suppresses the wages and collective bargaining rights of public sector workers – including a number of Members of UFCW Locals 175 & 633 – is another battle that your Union is proud to be a part of. While progress can take time, especially when the challenge involves the courts, every step forward is important.

I hope you enjoyed your summer and celebrated Labour Day among friends, family and co-workers.

In Solidarity,
Kelly Tosato

Locals 175 & 633 Executive Boards

Local 175

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


Rick Alagierski, Glen Avila, Chris Bernardi, Maggie Brayson, Lorne Bruce, Paul Capranos, Michael Collins, Al Couture, Kelly Dick, Michelle Dow, Ozren Elezovic, Ross Fraser, Lynne Grant, Rob Hamilton, Dawn Hanlon, Shirley Hepditch, Jennifer Hoskins, Kimberly Hunter, Scott Jackson, Sharon Jones, Kelly Kobitz, Carolyn Levesque, Murray Macrae, Jose Marteniano, Julia Mcaninch, Sharon McMahon, Cheryl Miner, Jim Montgomery, Tony Morello, Jean Patenaude, Jamesantony Pathmarajah, Toni Pettitt, Alan Reston, Louis Rocha, Terry Rombough, Joy Searles, Linda Souliere, Leighton Stephenson, Rick Szyja, Navidad Talbot, Jonathan Van Egmond, Lori Wallis, Byron Williams, Michael Windley.

Local 633

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


Dennis Gagnon, Agron Klecka, Rita-Lynn Swiderski.


UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Staff (2019)

Officers of Local 175

Shawn Haggerty – President
Kelly Tosato – Secretary-Treasurer
Karen Vaughan – Recorder
Chris Fuller – Executive Assistant to the President
Angela Mattioli – Executive Assistant to the President
Jim McLean – Executive Assistant to the President


Officers of Local 633

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

Region 1

(Thunder Bay Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Tracy Stubbs
Union Representatives – Alex Stubbs

Region 2

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Lee Johnson-Koehn
Union Representatives – Rick Daudlin, Sacha Edey, Christina Mayberry, Tony Nigro, Sabrina Qadir, Amy Tran

Region 3

(Ottawa & Cornwall Offices)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Paul Hardwick
Union Representatives – Sean Carroll, Shannon Epp, Kimberly Hunter, Joe Tenn; Servicing Representative – Sandra Proulx

Region 4

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – John Di Nardo
Union Representative - Jennifer Hanley, Tim Kelly; Servicing Representatives – Fatima Butt, Nunzio Cannistraci, Amanda De Melo, Shirley Hepditch, Maxine Prince, Chris Watson.

Region 5

(Cambridge & Leamington Offices)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Jehan Ahamed

Union Representatives – Joce Cote, Mario Tardelli
Servicing Representatives – Rolando Cabral, Kelly Dick

Region 6

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Sam Caetano
Union Representatives – Dave Forbes, Jason Hanley, Mike Mattioli, Melody Slattery, Navidad Talbot, Fred Teeple.

Region 7

(Cambridge Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Jehan Ahamed
Union Representatives – Chris Bernardi, Todd Janes
Servicing Representatives – Arlene Robertson, Michael Windley

Region 8

(Sudbury Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Derik McArthur
Union Representatives – Jeff Barry, John Beaton, Richard Eberhardt, Jim Hames

HOPE Sector
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director, Long-Term Care & Retirement: Sandra Ashcroft;
Union Representatives: Ayesha Jabbar, Derek Jokhu, Dean McLaren, Steve Springall

Director, Community Care: Sandra Rogerson;
Union Representatives: Nabeela Irfan, Casey Magee, Meemee Seto; Servicing Representative: Hodan Wais

Pay Equity

Coordinator –  Matt Davenport
Representative – Orsola Augurusa

Workers’ Compensation Department
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Coordinator – Sarah Neath
Workers’ Compensation Representatives – Joanne Ford, Nelson Pereira, Courtney Salomons
Intake Representative – Georgina MacDonald

Health & Safety
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Health & Safety Representative – Mary Shaw

Organizing Department
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Rick Wauhkonen
Organizing Representatives – Ricardo Bocanegra, Tim Hum, Jeffery Lu, Lionel MacEachern

Legal Department

Director – Jane Mulkewich
Legal Counsel – Shauna Fabrizi-Jomaa, Mary Hurley, Matthew Jagodits, Silvia Neagu

Training & Education
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Kelly Nicholas
Servicing Representative – Teresa Wilson

Communications Department

Coordinator – Jennifer Tunney
Communications Representatives – Laurie Duncan, Ashleigh Vink

Project Coordinator

Coordinator – Wei Chen