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Agriculture Workers Alliance now 10,000 members strong – and growing

Date

2011-09-13

Authors

UFCW Canada

Abstract

The Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) celebrated a major milestone at this year’s Labour Day Parade in Toronto. After four years of community outreach and non-stop organizing, the AWA recently surpassed the 10,000 member mark – confirming its role as the largest and most dynamic farm worker organization in Canada.

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UFCW Media and News

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The Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) celebrated a major milestone at this year’s Labour Day Parade in Toronto. After four years of community outreach and non-stop organizing, the AWA recently surpassed the 10,000 member mark – confirming its role as the largest and most dynamic farm worker organization in Canada.
“This is a great achievement for agriculture workers, the labour movement and all social justice activists,” says UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley. “The AWA’s success confirms that farm workers are looking to improve their working conditions through collective action, and that a growing number of agriculture workers are seeing the AWA as the leading voice for justice, decency and fairness in one of Canada’s most important industries.”
Each year, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) brings over 30,000 farm workers into Canada to grow and harvest the fruit, vegetables and flowers that make the multi-billion dollar agriculture industry possible.
Agriculture workers from different regions of Ontario came out in force for this year’s Labour Day Parade in Toronto, where they gathered with over 600 UFCW Canada activists to celebrate the achievements of workers and the AWA’s milestone. Other AWA members participated in Labour Day events in Windsor and Vancouver.
In association with UFCW Canada – Canada’s largest private-sector union – the AWA operates ten agriculture worker support centres across the country.

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Support initiatives

Target groups

Public awareness

Regulation domains

Health and safety at work, Social security, (Im)migrant workers selection criteria, Right to equality (gender), Health care & social services, Family reunification, Status regularization procedures, Right to unionize, Newcomers integration programs, Right to proper information, Remittances and co-development programs, Legal aid, Determination fair wages and labour shortage, Right to liberty, Right to choose place of residence, Access to permanent status, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, Right to change employer, Recrutement / placement agencies, Trips abroad and re-entries, Labour standards, Housing standards, Right to dignity, Free employment services, Right to equality (social status), Employment insurance, Right to equality (national origin), and Right to privacy

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Languages

French and English