UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty

Shawn Haggerty

President, Local 175 UFCW Canada

President’s Message Summer 2021

Federal Election: A Test of Trudeau’s Pandemic Response and More

A nation can rebuild its economy, pay off its debt, and create new jobs. What a nation can’t do is bring back the lives lost from COVID-19, and from the mental health crisis we’re already in the midst of as we emerge, hopefully, from the worst of the pandemic.

In the bigger picture, there are crises beyond COVID-19 happening in this country, and many of them are issues that have been ignored for far too long.

The federal election will be a good indicator of how different regions and populations in Canada viewed the Liberals’ pandemic response, and approach to the economy and jobs. It will also be a test of both the government and the public response to First Nations Reconciliation, systemic racism, violence and terrorism, gender equality, and much more.

Working people need a government that will work hard to:

  • Prioritize employment and income security,
  • Improve our healthcare system,
  • Invest in the protection of jobs and the environment, and;
  • Address systemic racism and oppression through real change.

I encourage you to read through the bullet points on page five, and take special note of how many of the problems we face in this country are not only related to one another, but are also related to decades of undervaluing labour and the well-being of working people.

When the approach to governing focuses only on the bottom dollar, those not at the top are pushed further to the bottom.

It’s clear that when governing focuses on profit and corporate interests, a lot of people, many of whom make an average income, get left behind to fend for themselves.

This is an important election. Even if your priorities differ from those on page five, I encourage you to speak to the
federal candidates in your area about their vision for Canada and their positions on the things that matter to you.

I will use my vote to choose the party I feel will make the best strides toward a future that values your hard work and sacrifice; a government that works to ensure every person in Canada has equal access and opportunities, and that takes action to strengthen this country’s approach to healthcare, social justice, employment, and the environment to secure a better future for us all.

Your vote is your voice. Please use it.

In Solidarity,
Shawn Haggerty

UFCW Local 175 Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato

Kelly Tosato

Secretary-Treasurer, Local 175 UFCW Canada

Secretary-Treasurer’s Message Summer 2021

The Dangers of Misinformation as we Near an Election

In recent elections here, and in the United States as well, we’ve witnessed interference from sources outside our borders. We’ve seen intentional misinformation go viral on social media with false statements and other bad information pretending to be real facts.

Advertisers, influencers, and of course, politicians, all want you on their social media platforms to share their posts, stories, and information. Some organizations, including news outlets, and people have a clear opinion and good factual information, but others are most definitely trying to convince you of something, and some will use immoral tactics and bad ‘facts’ to do it.

As we head toward the federal election on September 20, it’s important that we each take the time to understand the different party platforms and ensure that the resources and information we use to form that understanding are factual and real.

Misinformation can be dangerous. A lot of people who share social media posts don’t actually read the article that accompanies the headline. The message – whatever it is – gets propelled with very few users actually knowing what they’re sharing. We all know of people on social media who share things without reading, that hit like simply because of a headline or meme. These knee-jerk shares and interactions are what lead to a lot of the confusion and fake news out there.

No matter what your opinions on the issues are, misinformation doesn’t help anyone. Sometimes it’s hard to see the difference between opinion and fact, and the same facts can be shaped to support different opinions. But ultimately, no matter what anyone says, writes, or shares it’s up to each of us to do the work, understand the issues, and develop our own point of view.

This magazine has editorials. This is one of them. President Haggerty’s message is also an editorial. Items like the piece on the WSIB ‘surplus’ on page eight has an opinion that sides with injured workers over corporations. Our words in this magazine along with items posted on the Union’s website and social media are meant to offer an opinion from the perspective of what we consider to be important issues for working people.

You don’t have to agree with what’s said here. More than anything, we hope these messages inspire Members to dig further into the issues and to make important connections between politics, the economy, healthcare, employment, equality, and more.

What do you want to see for Canada as we move forward? Ultimately, it’s up to you to make sure that when you vote – and please, please vote – that the choice you make on the ballot truly reflects the best option that fits your beliefs.

In Solidarity,
Kelly Tosato

Locals 175 & 633 Executive Boards

Local 175

Shawn Haggerty – President
Kelly Tosato – Secretary-Treasurer
Karen Vaughan – Recorder


Rick Alagierski, Glen Avila, Chris Bernardi, Maggie Brayson, Lorne Bruce, Paul Capranos, Michael Collins, Al Couture, Kelly Dick, Michelle Dow, Ozren Elezovic, Ross Fraser, Lynne Grant, Rob Hamilton, Dawn Hanlon, Shirley Hepditch, Jennifer Hoskins, Kimberly Hunter, Scott Jackson, Sharon Jones, Kelly Kobitz, Carolyn Levesque, Murray Macrae, Jose Marteniano, Julia Mcaninch, Sharon McMahon, Cheryl Miner, Jim Montgomery, Tony Morello, Jean Patenaude, Jamesantony Pathmarajah, Toni Pettitt, Alan Reston, Louis Rocha, Terry Rombough, Joy Searles, Linda Souliere, Leighton Stephenson, Rick Szyja, Navidad Talbot, Jonathan Van Egmond, Lori Wallis, Byron Williams, Michael Windley.

Local 633

Marylou Mallett – President
Brian Kozlowski – Secretary-Treasurer
Julie Hinsperger – Recorder


Dennis Gagnon, Agron Klecka, Rita-Lynn Swiderski.


UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Staff (2019)

Officers of Local 175

Shawn Haggerty – President
Kelly Tosato – Secretary-Treasurer
Karen Vaughan – Recorder
Rob Armbruster – Executive Assistant to the President
Chris Fuller – Executive Assistant to the President
Sylvia Groom – Executive Assistant to the President
Angela Mattioli – Executive Assistant to the President
Jim McLean – Executive Assistant to the President


Officers of Local 633

Marylou Mallett – President
Brian Kozlowski – Secretary-Treasurer
Julie Hinsperger – Recorder

Region 1

(Thunder Bay Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Tracy Stubbs
Union Representatives – Alex Stubbs, Tracy Stubbs

Region 2

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Lee Johnson-Koehn
Union Representatives – Rick Daudlin, Sacha Edey, Todd Janes, Christina Mayberry, Tony Nigro, Sabrina Qadir

Region 3

(Ottawa & Cornwall Offices)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Daniel Mercier
Union Representatives – Sean Carroll, Shannon Epp, Paul Hardwick, Kimberly Hunter, Joe Tenn; Servicing Representative – Sandra Proulx

Region 4

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – John Di Nardo
Union Representative - Tim Kelly; Servicing Representatives – Nunzio Cannistraci, Colleen Cox, Brittany Farr, Virginia Haggith, Jennifer Hanley, Amanda Nagy, Chris Watson.

Region 5

(Cambridge & Leamington Offices)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144] Cambridge:

Director – Jehan Ahamed

Union Representatives – Joce Cote, Mario Tardelli
Servicing Representatives – Rolando Cabral, Kelly Dick

Region 6

(Mississauga Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Sam Caetano
Union Representatives – Dave Forbes, Jason Hanley, Mike Mattioli, Melody Slattery, Navidad Talbot, Fred Teeple.

Region 7

(Cambridge Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Jehan Ahamed
Union Representatives – Chris Bernardi, Todd Janes
Servicing Representatives – Arlene Robertson, Michael Windley

Region 8

(Sudbury Office)
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Derik McArthur
Union Representatives – Jeff Barry, John Beaton, Richard Eberhardt, Jim Hames

HOPE Sector
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director, Long-Term Care & Retirement: Sandra Ashcroft;
Union Representatives: Ayesha Jabbar, Derek Jokhu, Dean McLaren, Steve Springall

Director, Community Care: Sandra Rogerson;
Union Representatives: Nabeela Irfan, Casey Magee, Meemee Seto
Servicing Representative: Hodan Wais

Pay Equity, Health & Safety, and Workers' Compensation

Directors – Chris Fuller, Sharon Kempf

Pay Equity

Representatives – Orsola Augurusa, Matt Davenport

Workers’ Compensation Department
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Coordinator – Sarah Neath
Workers’ Compensation Representatives – Joanne Ford, Sarah Neath, Nelson Pereira, Courtney Salomons
Intake Representative – Georgina MacDonald

Health & Safety
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Health & Safety Representative – Mary Shaw

Organizing Department
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Rick Wauhkonen
Organizing Representatives – Ricardo Bocanegra, Tim Hum, Jeffery Lu, Lionel MacEachern, Amy Tran

Legal Department

Director – Jane Mulkewich
Legal Counsel – Shauna Fabrizi-Jomaa, Mary Hurley, Matthew Jagodits, Silvia Neagu, Kendall Yamagishi

Training & Education
905-821-8329  |  1-800-565-8329  [fax: 905-821-7144]

Director – Rob Armbruster
Coordinator – Kelly Nicholas
Servicing Representative – Teresa Wilson

Communications Department

Coordinator – Jennifer Tunney
Communications Representatives – Laurie Duncan, Ashleigh Vink

Government Relations and Member Engagement

Coordinator – Tim Deelstra

Project Coordinator

Coordinator – Wei Chen