In the past few weeks, more than 370 workers have joined Unifor in Ontario and Alberta in the energy, healthcare and gaming sectors.
“The growth we have seen all year continues. The workers in all three of these workplaces have shown solidarity and determination to unionize. It is truly inspiring,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.
The newly organized workers include 255 chemical engineers, maintenance workers, electricians, instrumentation workers, millwrights and pipefitters at the Shell Scotford refinery and chemicals plant in in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta who had worked for more than a decade to unionize.
When the refinery opened, the company actively sought worker input on its operations. As the company moved away from that model over the years, support for unionization grew as a way to regain a voice in the workplace.
The Scotford workers join Shell Canada workers in Sarnia, Ontario and Jumping Pound, Alberta who are already members of Unifor.
As well, 98 gaming workers at the Flamboro Elements Casino in Dundas, Ontario have voted to join Unifor. They join gaming workers across Canada to become part of the largest gaming sector union in Canada.
In nearby Simcoe, 23 healthcare workers at the Cedar Crossing retirement community, which is an Extendicare facility, voted to join Unifor, which represents more than 26,000 healthcare workers, including many working at retirement and old age homes.