WINE RACK FIRING UNFAIR!

Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
MEDIA RELEASE
January 8, 2016
For Immediate Release

MUST NEGOTIATE WITH THE IWW OR FACE BOYCOTT

OTTAWA—The Industrial Workers of the World are picketing Wine Rack to defend a member unfairly fired on September 6, 2015.

Our member engaged in his legally-protected right to organize and was publicly engaged in a card-signing campaign by another union in efforts to certify a bargaining unit for Wine Rack locations in Ottawa, Ontario.

Wine Rack is owned by parent company Constellation Brands, a US-based multinational corporation with two billion dollars of profit in 2013. Front-line employees of Wine Rack are paid minimum wage and given only conditional yearly increases lower than the rate of inflation, compounding the difficulties posed by a part-time and unpredictable schedule for workers.

According to the Labour Relations Act, all workers have the right to form, select, and administer a union without interference from the employer. In response to our member’s organizing efforts, Wine Rack manufactured a spurious reason to terminate his employment without following their established disciplinary processes.

The IWW will continue to picket Wine Rack to demand fair treatment for our member until our demand for our member’s reinstatement on the job with back pay is met. All employees deserve to be able to organize without reprisal.

The IWW is calling on Ottawans to not cross our picket line and to respect a boycott of Wine Rack locations until management meets with our union to negotiate.

This is yet another instance of arbitrary firings and disrespect for the Labour Relations Act happening here in Ottawa. Workers can win these fights when they unite and take action. The IWW is a member-run union for all workers and is dedicated to organizing on the job.

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For more information contact John Bainbridge, IWW Representative, at  (613) 797-9955.

Union Members Picket Hype Hair Salon

Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Industrial Workers of the World

MEDIA RELEASE

December 19, 2011

For Immediate Release

UNION MEMBERS PICKET HYPE HAIR SALON

WAGE THEFT IS NOT A ‘SPECIAL EVENT’ IN OTTAWA

PICKETS
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 12.30PM
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 12:30PM
THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 12:30PM
FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 12:30PM

OTTAWA—Two union members are demanding their first month’s pay from a hair salon on Bank Street the week before Christmas.

Brandon Wallans and Stephen Toth, members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), are owed approximately $2,400 and $1,200 respectively for a combined 7 weeks of work at Hype Unisex Salon and Spa at 386 Bank Street.

“We thought helping launch this salon was a great opportunity, but the manager took advantage of our enthusiasm. When we realized that we would not get paid, we quit.”

Management at Hype now denies Brandon and Stephen were employees. She has rebuffed all attempts of the union to negotiate a settlement or discuss the matter. Instead, she has repeatedly called the Ottawa police in order to disrupt the picket line while she snuck clients into her salon through the back door.

The police have threatened Brandon, Stephen and their supporters with charges of trespassing for picketing on a public sidewalk. Police ticketed Brandon under Ottawa’s Special Events on City Streets bylaw during his first week.

“Wage theft in today’s economy is common, not a “Special Event” in Ottawa or anywhere in Ontario,” said Ahmed, secretary of the IWW branch in Ottawa.

The IWW will continue to press for justice and demands that the Ottawa police respect our lawful picket and the rights of our members as guaranteed under the Constitution of Canada. Everyone has the right to get paid for work done.

The Ottawa-Outaouais IWW will continue holding picket lines at 386 Bank Street and invites everyone who is concerned about workplace justice to join us.

More information about wage theft in Ontario can be found at OttawaIWW.org

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For more information, please send an email to info@ottawaiww.org