To our Newest
Retiree France Ahern
Nov 1, 2018


Retiree Stu Hart
Passes Away
October 26, 2018


Local 584 Attends
Health Care Rally
at Queens Park
Oct 23, 2018


Local 584
Food Drive
Oct 5, 2018


Locals on
of the


Norm Colville
Passes Away
Aug 26, 2018


July 2018




Swearing In
June 10, 2018

Retiree John
Passes Away
May 29, 2018


Retiree Herman
Oliveira Passes
Away May 16, 2018


Plant Run
off Election


Election Results
May 16, 2018


Election Candidates
to be Voted on
May 16, 2018


from April 8,
2018 Meeting


Retiree Bill Clark
Passes Away
Feb 22, 2018


To our Newest
Retiree John
Feb 1, 2018


Notice to Members
on Unifor’s
Disaffiliation from
the Canadian
Labour Congress


Passes Away
Jan 6, 2018


Denying benefits
to minimum
wage workers

Green Shield
Out of Province
Criteria Explained
Important Read
































































Local 584 Newest Retiree

France Ahern
Retired Nov 1, 2018
19.4 Years


Retiree Stu Hart Passes Away

Stu Hart

Sept. 20, 1940 - Oct. 26, 2018
(Age 78)

Retired Oct 1, 1998
34.3 Years

It is with great sadness that we inform you
of the passing of Retiree Stu Hart.

Stu passed away on Friday October 26, 2018.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his
wife Mei-Lin
and the entire Hart family.

There is an online Tribute Page for condolences


Stewart Cannon Hart

Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Headwaters Health Care Centre on October 26th, 2018 at the age of 78. Loving husband of Mei – Lin; cherished father of Teresa and her late husband Jim, Stewart and his wife Nancy; loved and remembered by his grandchildren Amanda and her husband Brian, David, Kenny, Emily, Rob, Grace and great grandson Ryan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Stu Hart at our 2017 Retirees Thanksgiving Luncheon


Local 584 Attends Queens
Park Rally Standing up to
Protect Our Public Health Care
October 23, 2018

Local 584 Says "Keep Hands
Off of $15 Minumum Wage"



Local 584 Retirees Thanksgiving
Luncheon/Food Drive - Oct 5, 2018

Click Above to Enlarge

Councillor Doug Whillans Donating to the Food Drive

President Sandy Knight and Plant Chair Gary Rumboldt unload at Knights Table

On behalf of Knights Table, we are indebted to Unifor Local 584  annual Food Drive to assist those impacted by hunger, poverty & homelessness in the community.

A week and half ago the food bank was basically empty without any food.  We were challenged with limited food to give to our clients.

To date, we received 87, 863 pounds of food  during our Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Our Thanksgiving Food Drive ends on October 26, 2018 and it is our hope that we can continue to receive food donations to assist those in need in our community.

Please note the totals for Unifor Local 584 Thanksgiving Food Drive:

  • Unifor Local 584 Retirees:         800 lbs. Plus $150 in Cash Donations
  • Unifor Local 584:            954  lbs.

Thank you for caring for those individuals and families who continue to rely on Knights Table for their daily food support.

Annie Bynoe
Executive Director                                                                                                               



Toronto Unifor Locals
on Actions of

Posted Sept 20, 2018


When Unifor disaffiliated from the Canadian Labour Congress in January of 2018, we immediately shared our principled stance with our locals and the broader labour movement that workers in Canada have the right to belong to a union of their choosing. The Canadian Labour Congress is failing to provide unionized workers with that choice, and now we see that the Toronto and York Region Labour Council has chosen the same path.

When your union took that stance to oppose the failed enforcement of Article 4, we encouraged you to continue your relationship with your labour councils. Much of the work of our unions happens in our communities, and labour councils can be an important space for advocacy and organizing.

It has become clear however, that Unifor is unable to continue that connection with President John Cartwright and the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. Since Unifor’s disaffiliation, Unifor labour council delegates have engaged in a sustained effort to participate in the Council, but lately the TYRLC executive has disparaged and insulted our union instead of fulfilling their mandate of forging solidarity across unions and communities. 

On Tuesday September 11, workers at the Fairmont Royal York voted on joining Unifor, the largest union representing hotel workers in Canada. Just days before this vote, Cartwright, as President of the Labour Council, wrote to these workers attempting to push them to vote against joining our union. This letter contained multiple inaccuracies and is an inexcusable overreach, a blatant attempt to interfere in the democratic process and to influence a choice between one TYRLC affiliate and another.

In the immediate aftermath of Unifor’s disaffiliation, Cartwright penned his Open Letter to the Labour Movement, which again completely disregarded the importance of Unifor’s stance, and took cheap shots at our union. Unifor members are blocked from participation on committees and the executive board, and we have seen no decision made on their status at the Council.

Despite these actions, we continued to collaborate and attempted to work together for a celebratory labour day in Toronto. But, in a move that can only be described as petty, the TYRLC Executive chose to repeat last year’s parade line-up to prevent our union from marching in front for our 5-year anniversary when it was our turn, and deliberately placed us last.

The accumulation of these actions paints a clear picture about the position of Cartwright and the TYRLC Executive. They chose to take a side in what should be a free vote for members choosing to join Unifor, and they have outwardly disparaged our union.

We cannot continue to encourage your participation in this Council. The time has come for Unifor local unions to cease participation and funding of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. Hopefully this relationships can be repaired, but that day will not come until respect can be shown on both sides.

If you have any questions about this process, or are looking for ways to continue your activism in the city, please contact Josephine Petcher, Unifor Toronto Area Director at Josephine.Petcher@unifor.org or email politicalaction@unifor.org. Our union remains focused on the challenges that lay ahead and will continue to be active in Toronto and in all Unifor communities. All members are encouraged to join in the exciting work that Local Union Task Force organizers are coordinating through ongoing campaigns and Unifor Area Councils.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias  
National President
Naureen Rizvi
Unifor Ontario Regional Director

Original Letter in PDF

Letter to Royal York workers from TYRLC


Retiree Norm Colville
Passes Away
August 26, 2018

Norm Colville
Retired Oct 1, 1993
21 Years Service

Visitation - Thursday August 30, 2018 - 4-8 pm

Celebration of Life – Friday August 31, 2018 at 1 pm

Brampton Memorial Gardens
10061 Chinguacousy Road
Brampton, ON L7A 0H6
(905) 840-3400


COLVILLE, Norman Passed peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in his 90th year. He was predeceased by his cherished wife of 57 years, Elizabeth (nee Armstrong). He will be sadly missed by his loving family. Father to son Jim and daughter Lynne (Gordon) White and proud Grandpa to Kathleen and Matthew. Lovingly remembered by his sister Maureen (John) McKinnon and many nieces and nephews in Northern Ireland and Canada. Norman was a kind and generous man, who was "always thinking." Relatives and friends will be received for a Visitation at the Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery, 10061 Chinguacousy Rd., Brampton, on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. A Celebration of Norman's life will take place at the Brampton Funeral Home on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. Friends are invited to sign an online book of condolences at www.bramptonmemorial.com



Congratulations to
our Newest Retirees

Sherry Genova
July 1, 2018
29.3 years

Ian Kinnear
July 1, 2018
31.8 years

Dave Shouldice
July 1, 2018
18.5 years







Swearing In Ceremony June 10, 2018 (Click to Enlarge)

May 13, 2018 General Meeting

Executive 2015-18


John Christensen

June 22, 1938 - May 29, 2018

Passed Away
May 29, 2018

Aug 1, 2002

31 Years Service

It is with great sadness that we
inform you of the passing of
Jorgen (John) Christensen
who passed away May 29, 2018

Gilbert MacIntyre and Sons Funeral Home
252 Dublin Street North
Guelph Ontario


Thursday May 31
2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm

Also Friday June 1, 2018
12pm to 1pm


Celebration of life Service
to follow and reception.


Map to Dublin Chapel

Obituary for Jorgen Sloth "John" Christensen

Christensen, Jorgen Sloth (John) –
Passed away peacefully at home, with his wife at his side, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. John Christensen in his 80th year, was the beloved husband of Marion (Wright) Christensen of Guelph. Predeceased by his brother Ole and by his sister Inger. He is survived by his sister-in-law Anne Marie Christensen of Denmark. John was the dear uncle of Karen, Per, and Johannes. He will be fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Pat Wiggins, and by Marion’s children and their families, and also by his close friend Reid Bickerton, and by his many neighbours and friends.


Herman Oliveira

11/3/1954 - 5/16/2018

July 1, 2008
32.8 Yrs

It is with great sadness that we inform
you of the passing of Retiree Herman Oliveira
on May 16, 2018.

Our deepest condolences go out to his entire family

Brampton Funeral Home
(Chinguacousy & Bovaird)
10061 Chinguacousy Road

Friday May 18,2018
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Memorial Service
Following (May 18, 2018)
Brampton Funeral Home
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM





Run Off Election Results

Plant Chairperson

Gary Rumboldt 86
Richard Green 81

Total Votes 170

Alternate Committee-Person

Lisa Girgenti 70
Chris Scott 96

Total Votes 170


Retiree Bill Clark Passes Away

Bill Clark

Bill Clark

Retired Feb 1, 1989
22 Years Service

It is with great sorrow that we inform you
of the passing of retiree Bill Clark.

Bill passed away on February 22, 2018.

We remember Bill as a happy jovial man
with a great sense of humour.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his
wife Helen and his entire family.

He will be sadly missed by all.


Sunday, February 25th, 2018
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Fawcett Funeral Home
1 Highland Drive
Flesherton, ON
N0C 1E0


Monday, February 26th, 2018

Fawcett Funeral Home
1 Highland Drive
Flesherton, ON
N0C 1E0


Comrades of the Royal Canadian Legion,
Branch #333 are invited to join in the
chapel on Monday, at 10:30am


Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333
14 Elizabeth St
Flesherton, ON
N0C 1E0


Clark; William Wesley “Bill”

Peacefully, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Thursday, February 22, 2018 in his 89th year. Beloved husband to Helen Wickens. Loving father of Vicki(Glen) Hanley of Paisley, Cindy(Bill) Nicholls of Kimberley and step father to Jeff(Elise) Morrison of Boston, Blair Morrison of Hamilton and Kim(Rob) Sinclair of Feversham. Much adored grandfather to Kyle(Rose), Siobhan(Drew), Kim(Craig), Bill(Jennie), Courtney(Cory) and Cody(Stephanie). He will be greatly missed by 11 great grandchildren and sister in law Ruth Clark. Predeceased by siblings Leila Hopkins, Robert Clark, Mary Coburn, Harold Clark and wife of 38 years Joan Hill.

Bill was born and raised in Rock Mills. As one of many children in the family, his family was always very important to him. Among his many talents, he enjoyed singing and dancing, teasing his family and coming up with “wacky” plans like going down a ski hill with a toboggan, riding his prototype side by side bicycle - run by a snowmobile engine - and his fertilizer spreader that may or may not have flipped over on him. Bill loved toys and inventions with his latest interest being RC soaring plans and drones. Everyone who met him, loved Bill. Many of his accomplishments include his fuel and oil business in Ceylon for many years, and didn’t give up his community involvement when he sold the shop, having received a pin for 50 years of membership from the Masonic Lodge. He will be fondly remembered by his Masonic brothers and Legion Comrades.

The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2-5pm. Brethren of the Prince Arthur Masonic Lodge #333 are asked to assemble on Sunday at 1:45pm. Comrades of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #333 are invited to join in the chapel on Monday, at 10:30am. Funeral service at 11:00am. Donations to the Sick Kids Foundation – Brain Tumour Research would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences and online donations available at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810




Congratulations to
our Newest Retiree

John McCloskey

Retired February 1, 2018

27.8 Years Service



Notice to Members on Unifor’s
Disaffiliation from the
Canadian Labour Congress

January 18, 2018

Over the course of the past year Unifor has been vocal and public about our concern with US-based unions trampling on the rights of workers and their democratic right to choose their own representation or to express dissent. In light of the ongoing lack of action and will by the affiliates of the Canadian Labour Congress to address the aggressive and undemocratic tactics shown by US-based unions towards workers in Canadian locals, a decision was made by the leadership of our union.

The National Executive Board (NEB) made a unanimous decision on January 16, 2018 to discontinue Unifor’s affiliation and membership in the Canadian Labour Congress effective immediately. The CLC has been notified of this decision today, along with other labour federations.

Our union will remain affiliated and continue to participate in and support the federations of labour and labour councils and our collaborative campaign work. The NEB and leadership of Unifor feel strongly that this is the principled action to take at this time. Ongoing communication will be provided to members in a timely matter as we move forward.

Unifor stands in support of union democracy and the rights of workers. Our union is opposed to any union that threatens, harasses, intimidates, or silences workers for simply asserting their democratic rights to choose a union or for the purpose of quelling dissent within the local.

Unifor is proud to defend the rights of working people and unions and will continue to do so in a stead fast manner.

Should you have any questions on this decision please contact the Executive Assistant to the President, Scott Doherty scott.doherty@unifor.org.

Please see this letter that was sent to Brother Yussuff on Wednesday, January 17.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias, National President and Renaud Gagné, Quebec Director




Passes Away
Jan 6, 2018

July 1, 2003
31.2 Years

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the sudden passing of Retiree Duncan McCallum who passed away at the
Brampton Civic hospital on January 6, 2018.

He will be remembered fondly by his co-workers for his pleasant, bubbly personality and interesting story telling. Every Christmas during his working life he strolled down every aisle in the Ford Warehouse playing his bagpipes.

He will be sadly missed by all.

Our deepest Condolences go out to the entire McCallum Family

Scott Funeral Home - Brampton Chapel
289 Main Street North
Brampton ON L6X 1N5

Event Times:
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Funeral Service

St. Paul's United Church
30 Main Street South
Brampton ON L6W2C4

Event Times:
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory

McCallum, Duncan

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Duncan on Saturday January 6th, 2018 at Brampton Civic Hospital,
one day shy of his 72nd birthday.  Duncan was the beloved husband of Donna for 45 years.  Loving father to Kirsty and Robert, and proud grandpa to Abbey.  Duncan was born in Renton Scotland to Sadie and Peter McCallum (deceased).  Brother to Eleanor (Andy), and predeceased by his sister Betty (Alan).  Duncan retired after 31 years from Ford Motor Company of Canada.  Duncan was a retired sergeant and piper with the Lorne Scots Pipes & Drums (Peel, Dufferin & Halton Regiment) and received the Canadian Forces of Decoration (CD) for 18 years of service to Canada, 1976-1984. 

Duncan was a member of the Royal Legion Branch 15, and the Flower City Lodge.  We will miss Duncan’s sense of humour, his corny jokes, his smile that could light up a room, and his beautiful Scottish tenor singing voice.  He had a huge heart, loved to laugh and lived life to the fullest. 

The family would like to thank the wonderful and compassionate ICU nurses who took care of Duncan, along with the physicians at Brampton Civic Hospital.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke foundation, St. Paul’s United Church or a charity of your choice.

Facebook message from his son.

Retiree MeetingDuncan attended many Retiree Meetings over the years

When more details are available they will be posted here on our website.




Denying benefits to minimum
wage workers outrageous: Unifor

January 10, 2018

TORONTO – The choice by Tim Hortons and other businesses to roll back benefits and paid breaks and then blame the cuts on Ontario’s minimum wage increase is a bully tactic by greedy business owners says Unifor.

“The minimum wage increase in effect since January 1 is long overdue and very much deserved. To see wealthy business owners now use that as an excuse for their own greedy desires is simply an outrage,” Dias said.

A Tim Hortons outlet in Cobourg, Ontario, owned by heirs to founders of the donut chain, made headlines for its decision to cut benefits and paid breaks for its non-union workers, and claimed the cuts result from an increase in the minimum wage to $14 that came into effect this week.

Since then, instances of additional Tim Hortons outlets and other chain restaurants cutting benefits, and even confiscating worker’s tips, have come to light. This follows complaints from Loblaw Chief Executive Officer Galan Weston last summer about the cost of the wage increase.

“We can’t continue to have an economy based on poverty-level wages for workers,” Dias said.

“At a time when CEOs are making record multi-million-dollar salaries, it is not too much to ask that workers be able to afford a decent standard of living – and that begins with raising the minimum hourly wage.”

Dias pointed out that there was no shortage of discussion about the minimum wage increase in the months leading up to it, giving businesses plenty of opportunity to prepare without hurting vulnerable staff. As well, small businesses were given a tax break to lessen the impact.

“There is no excuse for these wealthy business people for making these cuts. Workers deserve better and their rights should be respected," added Naureen Rizvi, the union's Ontario Regional Director. Rizvi also pointed out that workers in unionized shops are not seeing such arbitrary measures being taken because the employer can’t take away rights enshrined in a collective agreement.

“This week has really shown why workers need a stronger voice in the workplace,” Dias said.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

Will you sign the petition calling on Tim Hortons owners to stop attacking their workers? If enough of us come together to sign, we can have a real impact — but we have to make it huge! 


Protests planned at Tim Hortons over cuts to paid breaks, benefits

Jan 10, 2018

Protests are planned outside some Tim Hortons locations in Toronto on Wednesday, following a decision by some franchise owners to get rid of paid breaks and scale back on employee benefits — in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage increase.

The protests, which have been organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour, will take place at over a dozen locations across southern Ontario, including eight in Toronto (list below):

3488 Lawrence Ave. E. (near Markham Road) – 8 a.m.

2708 Keele St. (near Wilson Avenue) – 8 a.m.

455 Spadina Ave. (near College Street) – 8 a.m.

1094 Bloor St. W. (near Dufferin Street) – 8 a.m.

1733 Eglinton Ave. E. (Bermondsey Road) – 9 a.m.

264 Bloor St. W. (at University of Toronto near St. George Street) – 2 p.m.

4700 Keele St. (at York University near Steeles Avenue) – 3 p.m.

444 Yonge Street (near College Street) – 4:30 p.m.

 Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will be at one protest in Cobourg — that franchise is owned by the children of Tim Hortons founders.

The minimum wage went from $11.60 per hour to $14 at the start of the year.

The coffee chain has released a statement condemning the choice of the franchise owners, saying employees shouldn’t be treated as an expense or to “further an agenda.”