More Personal Trainers Vote for a Union

GoodLife Personal Trainers in Peterborough have joined Toronto and Ajax in voting for a union! This is an important first step in ensuring fairness and better working condition for GoodLife workers.

We encourage other Fitness Professionals who are also interested in making GoodLife a better place to work to consider signing a union card or talking to one of our Union Organizers. Please contact us to get involved.

Personal Trainers vote yes for a union!

After reaching an agreement with GoodLife around bargaining unit descriptions that had delayed the voting results, yesterday afternoon the ballots were counted and the results are in:

City of Toronto Personal Trainers have agreed to form a union and are now represented by Workers United!

Group Fitness Instructors, however, have voted not to be represented by a union.

Throughout this campaign and voting process we have always taken the position that workers themselves should decide on whether they wanted to form a union. While we are excited to have Personal Trainers join us, we respect the decision by Instructors to not join a union at this time. We are confident, however, they will be next time.

For Instructors who supported us, please rest assured that this is only a temporary setback and that we will continue working with you so that we can re-file again within a year’s time.

As we work with Personal Trainers to develop a strong collective agreement – one that sees positive changes and improvements in working conditions at GoodLife – we remain positive that other gyms across the GTA and Canada will see the benefits of forming and joining a fitness union. We will continue our efforts to ensure all Goodlife workers have the rights and protections at work that they deserve.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to everyone on the Organizing Committee who has worked so hard during this campaign.

We will soon be scheduling meetings to discuss electing representatives for bargaining and additional next steps. Further detailed information will be sent very shortly.

Press Release: GoodLife Instructors and Personal Trainers eagerly await union vote results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GoodLife Instructors and Personal Trainers eagerly await union vote results

TORONTO, June 17, 2016/ – Over 900 Toronto-area GoodLife Fitness Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors cast a ballot during a union certification vote held on June 6th.

Workers United Canada Council, the Union seeking to represent GoodLife Fitness Professionals, initially filed to hold a certification vote for only City of Toronto Instructors and Personal Trainers. However, GoodLife requested that the Labour Board include workers from six other cities in the Greater Toronto area – without those employees’ knowledge or ever having participated in the union drive. As a result, the Labour Board sealed the ballot boxes.

An upcoming Labour Board meeting to resolve this issue between GoodLife and Workers United is scheduled for June 29th, 2016.

“Workers are disappointed that GoodLife has attempted to manipulate the bargaining unit to avoid having Toronto workers unionize,” said Tanya Ferguson, Workers United Organizing Coordinator.

Despite this legal challenge, Workers United argues that votes could be counted for 70% of the undisputed ballots, if both parties agree to it. “It’s pretty straightforward – nearly a thousand workers showed up to decide whether they want a union. We believe the workers’ votes should speak for themselves. Let the workers decide,” Ferguson added.

Fitness professionals have raised a number of issues and concerns regarding working conditions at GoodLife, including: lack of WSIB coverage in case of workplace injuries, wage theft, out of pocket expenses, and forced to sign non-compete clauses that restricts their ability to work as trainers or instructors elsewhere.

For more information contact:

Navjeet Sidhu, Communications (Workers United), 416-510-0887 x274 or nsidhu@workersunitedunion.ca

GoodLife Clients from Coast to Coast Support GoodLife Fitness Professionals!

We’ve received a great positive response and many words of encouragement from the public about our GoodLife campaign to support fitness professionals in their union drive. Here is just a sample:

“As a member of GoodLife for over four years, I can testify that the Les Mills fitness instructors at GoodLife are the strongest, most supportive people I know. I am grateful to them for helping me become and stay healthy and even joyful. I wish GoodLife would appreciate them instead of paying senior executives as much as possible and paying instructors and other employees as little as possible. I hope unionizing gets the instructors basic rights like insurance in the case of injury on the job and benefits, like physiotherapy, to help them prevent and heal from work-related injury as well as much deserved pay increases. Fitness instructors are the heart and soul of GoodLife. A boat cruise once a year is nice, but workers’ rights and fair wages are nicer. Courage!” – Kristine, Ottawa

“The staff at my Goodlife deserve infinitely better wages and working conditions. I support this union drive 100%.” – Emily, Toronto

“I greatly value the work that the GoodLife instructors do. I support this campaign and hope it is successful!” – Mandeep, Nova Scotia

“I’ve worked in the fitness industry for 20 years and it makes me sick how fitness professionals are treated and paid.  I’ve brought up numerous issues to head office only to be blown off.”  Leah, British Columbia

“As a Goodlife Member I fully support fitness professionals’ fight for fairness.” – Kim, Ontario

“I’m really happy to see Good Life employees standing up for themselves.  I am aware that Good Life expects employees to “donate” their time to attend work functions.  In other words they are “voluntold” to attend meetings and that’s just the beginning!  I appreciate the work they do with a cheerful smile!  I honestly don’t know how they do it and would like to see things improve for them!” – Sharon, Ontario

“I would be much happier as a Goodlife member if the hard-working employees had a union.” – Jason, Canada

“I fully support your efforts. I have been a member of the plaza club since it opened in 1993 as a Sports Clubs of Canada gym, before being taken over by Ballys and then GoodLife. I have had a trainer at the gym for over 10 years. GoodLife employees deserve their fair share. A company is only as good as their employees. GoodLife’s success is in large part to employees. I hope you succeed.” – Kevin, Toronto

Please continue sending us your messages of support for GoodLife workers!