GoodLife faces challenges after unionization vote

Personal trainers in Toronto join Workers United
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/09/2016

With GoodLife Fitness touting its corporate culture over the years — and making it onto several top employer lists — it may have come as a surprise to some when employees in Toronto voted to unionize at the fitness chain.

More than 900 participated in a vote on June 6, with 181 personal trainers voting yes and 116 voting no when it came to joining Workers United Canada Council, and 147 group fitness instructors voting yes while 305 voted no.

The employer community is not particularly attuned to the risks and consequences of unionization, said Jeffrey Murray, a partner at Stringer in Toronto.