Winnipeg Tim Hortons Workers Vote to Unionize

WINNIPEG, July 27, 2017 /CNW/ - In an inspiring win for food service workers, Tim Hortons staff at the Lombard Avenue restaurant in Winnipeg voted to join Workers United Canada Council.

The 15 employees are the second group of Tim Hortons workers to form a union with Workers United Canada Council in Winnipeg. They join 35 Tim Hortons workers at the Portage Avenue & Wall Street restaurant, who have been represented by Workers United since 2015.

"The workers voted to form a union because they see it as the best way to improve their working conditions," said Rabia Syed, Organizer with Workers United Canada Council. "Tim Hortons workers deserve fair wages, better scheduling, and they have the right to be respected at work."

"It's powerful to see food service workers supporting each other," said Barry Fowlie, Director of Workers United Canada Council. "Tim Hortons franchisees have formed their own organization, the Great White North Franchisee Association, to protect their rights in their recent struggles with their parent company, and now Tim Hortons employees are forming a union so they can do the same. Workers can make real improvements by organizing together."

The workers cast their votes on June 23, 2017, however the ballot box was sealed until the Manitoba Labour Board could make a ruling on the employer's procedural challenge that the single franchise did not constitute an appropriate and viable bargaining unit. The board ruled in favour of the union on July 21 and asked the parties to return on July 26 for the ballots to be counted.

Today, workers are thrilled to announce their overwhelming win and are eager to begin bargaining for the first collective agreement without delay.

Workers United represents 10,000 workers across Canada and 100,000 more across the United States. Workers United members work in garment and textile, fitness, food service, hospitality, social services, manufacturing and distribution industries.

SOURCE Workers United Canada Council

For further information: Rabia Syed, Organizer with Workers United Canada, 204-588-2245 or


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