WHO WE ARE

Unifor Local 1285 represents over 8000 proud Retirees and active Members helping to build a better community. We have been leaders in the struggle for democracy and progress in Brampton and surrounding areas since 1961.

In 1949, our members worked for Nash Motors – a division of the Nash Kelvinator Corporation. The plant was located on Danforth Avenue in Toronto and produced the “Nash Rambler”. At that time, our members belonged to United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1115. Nash Kelvinator was later bought by the American Motors Corporation (AMC). The first contract between the UAW and AMC occurred in 1956.

AMC built a plant in Brampton at the corner of Steeles Avenue East and Kennedy Road and in 1961 began building the Rambler. Local 1285 received a separate UAW charter on May 12, 1961. Charlie Carr was elected as our first President.

Several other workplaces have joined Local 1285 since 1961. Terry Gorman was the longest serving President of any CAW Local—he was elected in 1975 and served 6 terms. Buzz Hargrove was our National Representative in 1975.

In 1977, AMC hired its first union sister, Cecilia Palmer. Today, the Brampton Assembly Plant has one of the highest percentages of female workers of all major automotive assembly plants in North America.

In 1985, the Canadian Autoworkers separated from the UAW. We received our Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Charter September 22, 1986. What is now known as the Brampton Assembly Plant was built in 1986 by AMC Renault. Chrysler bought out AMC and acquired both plants in August 1987. The Brampton plant built the “Premier”, and the “Monaco”. There was only one shift, and not a lot of work during that time. Layoffs were rampant. The Kennedy Road plant was closed on April 4, 1992.

President, Terry Gorman retired in 1993 and Vince Bailey was elected as President.

On September 1, 2013, The Canadian Auto Workers Union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada merged to form Canada’s news and largest private sector union, UNIFOR.

Local 1285 is now an “amalgamated union” structure with 25 units and a retirees’ chapter. Units include but are not limited to transportation, warehousing, parts distribution, food and dairy, health care, waste management, toner production and automotive.

PAST  PRESIDENTS

Charlie Carr – (1961 to ?)

Gord Aldham – (? to June 1963)

Jim Peters – (June 1963 to October 1973)

Floyd Gill – (October 1973 to May 1975)

Terry Gorman – (June 1975 to September 1993)

Vince Bailey – (September 1993 to May 2008)

Leon Rideout – (May 2008 to May 2017)

Jaspal Brar – (May 2017 to May 2020) 

CURRENT EXECUTIVE:

Danny Price            President

Vito Beato                1st Vice President

Joe Giorgi                 2nd Vice President

Lisa Contini             Financial Secretary

Bill Turner               Recording Secretary

Wayne Hunter       Trustee

Laurie Fellows       Trustee

Jessica Ridgwell   Trustee

Mike Allen               Sergeant-at-Arms

Ryan Kelly               Guide

UNITS

Abednego

2000 Williams Parkway East, Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Tony Principe
Tel: 905-458-2810

These workers are responsible for waste water and waste management at the Brampton Assembly plant on a 3 shift basis.

Android

14 Precidio Cres, Brampton, ON
Unit Chairperson: Jody Schneider
Tel: 905-458-4774
Email: jschneider@android-ind.com

These workers assemble a number of automotive components for the Brampton Assembly Plant.

AWC

Unit Chairperson: Anthony Persaud

Chartwell Montgomery

155 Riddell Rd. Orangeville, ON L9W 6R4
Unit Chairperson: Bonni Ryder

Compass

2000 Williams Parkway East, Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Sabina Abiaka
Tel: 905-458-2637

This group of service sector workers are located within the Brampton Assembly Plant. They service the cafeteria of the facility on both shifts.

Durapaint Industries

120 Summerlea Road, Brampton, ON L6T 4X3
Unit Chairperson: George Bonsu
Tel: 905-458-4555 x225
E-mail:Local1285@tiltonindustries.com

The membership are applicators of sprayed enamel finishes and powder coatings.

FCA Assembly

2000 Williams Parkway East, Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Ardis Snow
Tel: 905-458-2865
E-mail: ardis.snow@fcagroup.com

Workers at this plant are responsible for assembling the 300C, Charger, and Challenger, on a two-shift operation. The Brampton Assembly Plant is the single largest employer in Canada’s 11th largest city.

FCA Office, Clerical and Engineering

2000 Williams Parkway East, Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Patrick Derian
Tel: 905-458-2875
E-mail:patrick.derian@fcagroup.com

This office unit consists of engineers, clerical and office workers. They assist the production workers on all shifts at the Brampton Assembly Plant in achieving their end product. These workers make up the largest office group in our local.

MOPAR Parts Depot

6500 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 1A8
Unit Chairperson:George Avgeropoulos
Tel: 905-821-6099

This world class logistics facility houses not only the National Parts Distribution Centre, but also the Ontario regional office, a service training school, the National Fleet and Lease Department, and houses FCA parts for distribution to Ontario dealers.

Kuehne & Nagel – Edwards

6335 Edwards Blvd., Mississauga, ON  L5T 2W7
Unit Chairperson:  Greg Comrie

Kuehne & Nagel – Hogan

2300 Hogan Drive, Mississauga, ON  L5N 0C8
Unit Chairperson:  Joseph Evans

Martin Brower

12 Barton Street, Brampton, ON L6T 5H6
Unit Chairperson: Mark Brownridge
Tel: 905-790-1700 ext. 317530
E-mail:Local1285_mbchair@hotmail.ca

The workers at this unit, warehouse, and deliver stock for McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to performing office and administrative duties.

Oakley

1600 Clarke Blvd, Brampton, ON L6T 3V7
Unit Chairperson: Jay Hydal
Tel: 905.799.0444 ext. 228
E-mail:uniforoakley1285@gmail.com

The workers in this unit assemble and sequence tires and rims for the Brampton Assembly Plant.

Parkview

Brampton Yard, 12151 Airport Road, Caledon, ON  L7C 2X3
Caledon Yard, 13960 Bramalea Road, Caledon East, ON   L7C 2P5
Caledon East & Peel Yard, 22 Holtby Ave., Brampton, ON  L6X 2M1
Unit Chairperson: Manisha Chudasam

Saputo Dairy

279 Guelph St.
Georgetown, ON  L7G 4B3
Unit Chairperson: Jermaine Bramwell
Tel: 905-702-7200

Saputo produces, markets and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality.

Syncreon 

2250 North Park Blvd, Brampton, ON L6S 5M4
Unit Chairperson: Mike Stocks
Tel: 905-793-0015

These workers sequence a wide variety of parts for the Brampton Assembly Plant.

Team Industrial  #1

2000 Williams Parkway East, Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Ed Flude 
Tel: 905-799-5215

These workers have been proud members since 1993. They are located in the FCA Brampton Assembly plant and are responsible for Industrial cleaning, preventative maintenance and waste recovery in the paint shop.

Team Industrial  #2

2000 Williams Parkway East, Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Dwayne Moore
Tel: 905.458.2800

This group of workers perform janitorial work in all areas of the Brampton Assembly Plant except the Paint Shop.

Team Industial Mopar

6500 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 1A8
Unit Chairperson: Brad Cowle
Tel: 905.821.6103

Industrial workers unit within the Chrysler Parts Depot.

TI Automotive Group

316 Orenda Road, Brampton, ON L6T 1G3
Unit Chairperson: Zeb Teves 
905.793.7100  x530
E-mail: zteves@ca.tiauto.com

Treehouse Food Inc.

120 Armstrong Avenue, Georgetown ON L7G 4S3
Unit Chairperson: David Watts

The 300 workers produce foodstuffs, including crackers for the domestic and international market. There are 7 production lines, with 4 dedicated to production, 2 for R&D and 1 for excess capacity.

Universal Logistics

2000 Williams Parkway, (Trailer o/s Body Shop), Brampton, ON L6S 6B3
Unit Chairperson: Tarlochan Sandhu
These workers are shunt drivers at the Brampton Assembly Plant compound.

Vast Auto

10 Driver Road Brampton, Ont L6T 5V2
Unit Chairperson: Lucio Angcos
905-5952886 x7760
Tel: 1 855.778.VAST (8278)
E-mail:unifor@vastauto.com

With four distribution centers located in the Eastern provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Vast-Auto Distribution forges strategic alliances with its partners, members and clients to lead the aftermarket to new heights in terms of quality and success.

Xerox

2660 Speakman Dr., Mississauga ON L5K 2L1
Unit Chairperson: Vaskar Hossain