Second Winnipeg Tim Hortons Unionizes

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WINNIPEG — Fifteen employees at a Tim Hortons on Lombard Avenue in Winnipeg have voted to join the Workers United Canada Council.

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

“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,” says Barry Fowlie, director of Workers United Canada Council.

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.

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