Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 315,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy. Our membership includes thousands of workers in warehousing and distribution operations in critical sectors including food retail, auto parts, pharmaceuticals, and general merchandise.
Unifor believes that warehouse workers across the country deserve the best health and safety protections, fair wages, better working conditions, and respect on the job.
Unifor launched the Warehouse Workers Unite campaign to bring warehouse workers together to address common issues and join forces to raise industry standards.
Through collective bargaining, members of Unifor can:
- Improve wages and working conditions
- Set rules for scheduling and overtime
- Create a safer work environment with access to health and safety equipment, training and proper safety protocols, enforced by worker Health & Safety representatives
- Provide job security and protection from random punitive actions by the employer
- Demand respect and equality for all workers on the job
Unifor is a worker-run union. Each member gets a say in what they think the union should be doing, to debate issues, elect representatives or run themselves, vote on their contracts and have a say on other key issues.
Bargaining units (in other words, each workplace) elect their own officers and manage their own affairs in accordance with By-laws and the Constitution of your Union.
Some of the positions members vote for include:
Stewards: These are front-line workers who are there as a point person to go to with questions and concerns.
Bargaining committee: These coworkers represent you in collective bargaining, and, along with a professional Unifor representative, negotiate with the company on issues such as wages, benefits and working conditions.
Local officers: These roles include President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.
Delegates: Delegates attend regional and national councils where we discuss union priorities, industry changes and strategies.