July 26, 2019 – Personal Trainers with GoodLife Fitness in Oshawa voted today to unionize.
The workers from these two Oshawa locations join 50 clubs in Toronto, Ajax and Peterborough who have already joined Workers United to improve their working conditions and ensure fitness professionals get the respect they deserve.
This settlement sends an important message to GoodLife and to the fitness industry as a whole: all work must be paid.
via the London Free Press:
Canada’s largest fitness chain, headquartered in London, will pay $7.5 million to its non-management staff after a two-day mediation in Toronto averted the class action suit going to trial.
“We are thrilled with these results. We are very happy more workers will be paid what is owed them,” said Adrie Naylor, union representative with Workers United, representing GoodLife employees.
The Union negotiated and ratified a collective agreement with the employer in December, after 13 months of talks and 30 bargaining dates.
“It sends a message to GoodLife and the fitness industry that if someone works for you, you have to pay them,” said Naylor.
“GoodLife is a very wealthy company. Its workers should be compensated.”
The settlement covers workers in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
All workers have the right to work safe.
Nyasha has worked at GoodLife for almost 6 years. She started as a member, then became a fitness instructor, and a personal trainer. She’s been recognized as a Top 500 employee.
Due to workplace injuries, she is now physically unable to do her work. If she had paid sick days, and the opportunity to heal, her circumstances could have been much different.
Our health matters. We can raise the bar by working together to hold the company accountable, ensuring that GoodLife is a safe, healthy and fair place to make a living.
Listen to Vidya’s story and her call to action.
Fitness instructors put our bodies on the line every single day. Our health and safety matters. When we get injured, we deserve the same protections as other workers. It’s completely unfair to exclude us from workplace safety insurance (WSIB) coverage.
We’re organizing together to change this.
Our campaign is gaining momentum and drawing attention all around North America. Two articles about our efforts to improve working conditions and negotiate a first contract with GoodLife came out today!
They’ve been published by a magazine based in the US called Labor Notes, which has been in print since 1979. They’re both online and the interview with trainers and bargaining team members Eris Collins, Danesh Hanbury, and Jason Lau will also be published in the September print edition of the magazine. Here are the articles:
Solidarity’s No Heavy Lift, Say Fitness Workers
Stickering Up for Paid Sick Days
On Wednesday July 12, 10 union members and GoodLife clients from the community group We Are Oshawa talked to clients outside the Rossland club in Ajax about some of the main issues impacting trainers. Specifically: the need for GoodLife to provide trainers with paid sick days and to fully compensate trainers for all of the work you do, including administrative work, scheduling, preparation and programming. Overall the clients we spoke to were very supportive of you and many stopped to talk despite the rain and signed a petition calling on GoodLife to address these issues.
We are disappointed by the news of cutbacks to the JUMP childcare program that many staff and parents rely upon. We will continue to organize to protect this vital service.
“We would like to see GoodLife keep all the JUMP programs open,” says Adrie Naylor, union representative with Workers United Canada, which represents 650 personal trainers at GoodLife clubs in Toronto, Ajax and Peterborough. “JUMP staff support GoodLife members and employees with young children who rely on this service in order to stay physically active and perform their jobs.”
CBC News: GoodLife Fitness angers parents after it drops child care at 3 locations
Toronto Star: Working mother pushes GoodLife to keep child-minding program
CNW: Parents deserve to have a good life too: Gym members and staff upset about closure of child minding programs at GoodLife Fitness
Personal Trainer Eris Collins and union representative Adrie Naylor were interviewed on CIUT 89.5FM about the #RespectFitnessWorkers campaign.
Eris also talked about her initial apprehension towards the union and what caused her to change her mind (starting at 33:55).
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/weareuoft/respectfitnessworkers