UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

President’s Message Spring 2022

Chronic issues plague our province: we all need to vote on June 2

A 2019 Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers survey found that 30% of Ontario’s workers “experienced symptoms of burnout ‘all of the time’ or ‘a large part of the time’.”[1]

Thirty per cent of Ontario’s 7.5 million[2] workers is equal to 2.25 million people experiencing burnout. Behind that statistic are millions of family, friends, and co-workers in a significant state of mental distress that affects far more than just their work.

As the June election nears, the state of mental health for Ontario’s workers should be at the front of our minds. We need to elect a government that, quite frankly, gives a sh*t about working people and the quality of life those working people have.

There are always strings attached to promises made leading up to an election and the decisions made once in office. But when a government or candidate constantly boasts about slashing spending, that money has to come from somewhere.

The province’s elimination of the annual license renewal fee is a good example. That $120 in our pockets has a steep price tag of $1 billion in lost revenue for the province. That’s $1 billion less going to schools, healthcare, social programs and infrastructure.

At a time when our healthcare workers have been begging for support, and the quality of care for our loved ones is on the line, why is that money not going toward that sector? If we can afford to lose a billion dollars in revenue, why are so many healthcare workers’ wages still limited to a 1% increase by Bill 124?
Underfunded programs inevitably fail because there’s no money to run them; privatization of those services is the next step.

While this is happening, to distract from the long game happening underneath it all, we see inadequate scraps tossed out:

  • A $15 minimum wage (several years after Ford himself cancelled a planned increase);
  • New legislation on employee rights to disconnect from work (while leaving what that means up to the discretion of the employer);
  • “Protections” for Gig workers (that treat them as another class of worker and don’t allow them to qualify as employees under the Employment Standards Act);
  • Saving Ontarians $120 per year on license renewal fees (a gift with a hefty price tag);
  • Paying a $5,000 retention bonus to nurses (just before an election instead of two years ago, and while Bill 124 remains intact).

None of this addresses the employment, healthcare and other systems that are crumbling with far too many people made to fight just to get by. And worse, the system leaves many people behind altogether, impoverished by a cycle that perpetuates only existing wealth and power.

It took until the end of March for Ontario to sign on to the $10 per-day childcare plan. Affordable childcare can save families thousands of dollars a year, and help ensure that parents that want to return to work can do so, particularly women who, for many reasons including an average wage gap of 32%, are the primary caregivers in many households. But, Ontario was the last province/territory to sign on. Affordable childcare could have been done long ago, but it only became a priority a few months before an election.

A government that cares about people does not create or sustain barriers to living wages, affordable childcare, good healthcare, and public services. Workers should feel valued and be compensated fairly, and have the resources and support they need, particularly through difficult times.

And you shouldn’t have to wait for an election to have it happen.

Your labour is valuable. This province has a robust and skilled workforce and it has the capacity to be a global leader in workers’ rights, quality universal healthcare, and much more.

I encourage you to vote on June 2 for the government you believe cares the most for working people and would strive to move this province and the interests of workers forward.

In Solidarity,
Shawn Haggerty

1Ontario Health Clinic for Ontario Workers: Workplace Mental Health. Accessed Mar 8, 2022
2Ontario Government: Labour Market Watch. Accessed Mar 8, 2022
UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

Secretary-Treasurer’s Message Spring 2022

Strength and resolve continue to bring new members to the Union

Last year, our Organizing Team helped 752 workers join our Union. From healthcare to child education services, food production to not-for-profit work, and more: workers across all sectors are voting Union Yes.

It’s also encouraging to see that across Canada and the U.S., more young people – from cannabis workers to coffee baristas, and more – are discovering the advantages of joining a union. With a passion for social justice and incredible networks connected to causes that are close to their hearts, I believe the future of the labour movement is in enthusiastic and capable hands.

In 2021, among all permanent and temporary employees over the age of 15 across Canada, unionized workers made an average of $4.57 more per hour than non-union employees.[1] At 40 hours a week, that’s $182.80 more per week or just over $9,500 per year. And, dues are tax deductible.

But unionized workers achieve a better quality of life through more than just higher wages, and the pandemic seems to have brought about a resurgence in workers desiring more from their jobs.

Workers organize because:

  • Government isn’t protecting or improving workers’ rights;
  • Bosses don’t follow through on their ‘promises’;
  • They want and deserve fair wages, benefits, pensions, paid time off, better health and safety, and more;
  • They want a way to seek recourse against injustice in the workplace, and;
  • They understand that standing strong together and looking after one another is the best way to achieve gains that benefit everyone.

Solidarity, strength and resolve are what get workers through tough rounds of bargaining, whether for a first agreement or a renewal.

That doesn’t mean that workers will always get everything they asked for, but it’s about taking steps with each round of bargaining to level the playing field and, in particular, raise up and give a voice to those workers who might otherwise get left behind.

The importance of unions goes beyond bargaining, too.

Many of the workers’ rights won over decades of hard-fought battles now benefit all kinds of workers. That includes minimum wage, the 40-hour workweek, paid vacation, parental leave, and much more. From fighting back against anti-worker legislation, to protecting existing rights like the ability to join a Union, and more, your Union will continue to use every opportunity to lobby all levels of government to ensure that workers have a voice at the table.

Congratulations to all of our newest members on their courageous victories, which you can read more about on page 8 of the Spring 2022 issue of Checkout magazine.

And to every new member who joins us – whether through a hard-won campaign or by starting a new job at a company where the employees are already members – welcome to Your Union.

Want to learn more about joining UFCW Locals 175 & 633? Click here.

In Solidarity,
Kelly Tosato

1 Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0066-01 Employee wages by job permanency and union coverage, annual

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
Rob Armbruster – Executive Assistant to the President
Chris Fuller – Executive Assistant to the President
Sylvia Groom – 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, Tracy 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

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 - Tim Kelly; Servicing Representatives – Nunzio Cannistraci, Colleen Cox, Virginia Haggith, Jennifer Hanley, Amanda Nagy, Chris Watson.

Region 5

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

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

Representatives – Orsola Augurusa, Matt Davenport

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, Amy Tran

Legal Department

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

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

Director – Rob Armbruster
Coordinator – Kelly Nicholas
Servicing Representative – Teresa Wilson

Communications Department

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

Project Coordinator

Coordinator – Wei Chen