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As president of Unifor Local 649, I have come to believe that our success as a labour organization will depend on our ability to engage our members, motivate them to become involved and ensure that they are well informed about union activities and goals.
Unions are built on the fundamental principle that we are stronger when we work together – that there is strength in numbers. Alone, each worker would have to negotiate and deal with their employer as an individual. By working together, workers have a more powerful collective say about their working conditions, health, and safety, pay, and benefits.
Through its collective voice, the union movement has been able to accomplish much for workers over time. In fact, many of the working conditions workers in our society enjoy today are because of the efforts of the labour movement over the years. This includes health and safety standards, maternity & paternity leaves, pensions, minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, weekends, and the list goes on and on.
I encourage you to watch our social media sites, on which we’re posting our most up-to-date information.
Stay in contact, and please try to stay healthy. It’s impossible to know exactly what the future will bring, but through our solidarity and hard work, our fight on behalf of all workers will endure.
The union works for you and our greatest strength is solidarity – standing together through both good and bad times.
T.J. (Trevor) Davies
Local 649 President
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