Union endorses trend toward 'super locals'

Unions agree that larger local membership can produce a better negotiation position
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/29/2011

Two United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) locals in Ontario officially combine on August 1 to create North America’s largest local union. Together, Locals 175 and 1977 will represent 60,000 workers, many of them employed by grocery giant Loblaw.

The trend toward “super locals” is increasingly popular among Canada’s largest unions as they struggle with declining membership, aggressive employers and continuing economic turmoil.

“It’s becoming more and more important,” says UFCW Canada director Wayne Hanley. “If we pool our resources, we can give better service.”