Special Union General Membership Meetings: January 31, 2021

While the novel coronavirus COVID-19 led to many of the challenges we faced together in 2020, it’s becoming clear that 2021 will continue to be dominated by issues intended to lessen the virus’ impact, like masks and vaccines. Our last union General Membership Meeting tackled the issue of masks, and it was a great discussion.

But what about vaccines? What is a vaccine? Do vaccines work? How might they impact workers? Can they be forced on workers by governments or employers? These are burning questions, and their answers may impact UFCW Local 401 members in their workplaces throughout 2021.

We’re ready to cover important issues early and with the best information available. That’s why we’ve enlisted experts and special guests to join us to discuss the legal and medical issues around vaccinations and their possible impacts on working people.

This will happen during our first General Membership Meeting of 2021!


Please join us for “Vaccinations & Workers’ Rights,” a special Union General Membership Meeting exclusively for UFCW Local 401 members. With President Hesse and Secretary-Treasurer Stewart as hosts, we’ll have an interactive discussion with legal and medical experts on the issue of vaccinations, workers’ rights, and more!

Click on the image below to see a special invite from UFCW Local 401 President, Thomas Hesse, and Secretary-Treasurer, Richelle Stewart:




11:00 AM or 7:00 PM

Choose one time to tune in, or feel free to tune in to both calls!

Location: In observing all current public health measures, this meeting will be held via our Telephone Townhall format.

How to join the call: Just before the call, all UFCW Local 401 members with updated contact information should receive a phone call inviting them to join the call.

If you do not receive a call, you can also participate online by using the following link:


If you don’t have access to the internet, you can request the call-in details by writing us well in advance of the meeting at ufcw@ufcw401.ab.ca

Regular participants will note that the timing of this General Membership Meeting is unique. In response to requests from members, we are holding this meeting on a Sunday, and we will have two meeting options for people to attend. We hope that this will increase the accessibility of these meetings for members, especially for those who do shift work.

In addition to the above topics, this General Membership Meeting will provide members with an update on ongoing negotiations and all the normal, procedural union General Membership Meeting topics, including a review of previous minutes, union finances, and other matters. You can also expect to be polled on a variety of topics.


Members participating in the call can dial *3 to ask a question LIVE or have their question read for all members to hear. But we’ve noticed that we often get more questions on our telephone town halls than we have time to answer, so this time, we’re going to experiment with something to help us better prepare and cover the topics that matter most to you.

We will be holding a draw for two prizes!

To enter, you only have to do two things:

  1. Ask your question in advance using the quick online form below AND
  2. Attend the meeting (by phone in or online)


In these difficult times, we are all strong leaders, and we build a strong union by getting involved and participating in it. No matter what challenges 2021 will bring, we are energized and ready to keep building an even stronger union – with YOU!

In Solidarity,

Thomas Hesse, President
Richelle Stewart, Secretary-Treasurer