Local 531 YYZ Nomination Results for Unit Chair and Trustee


Thank you to everyone who has put their name forward or has been nominated by your coworkers for Unit Chair and Trustee Elections for Local 531.

Congratulations to Maria-Josey Bouey, who has been acclaimed as Local 531 YYZ trustee.

We will proceed with an election for the position of Unit Chair YYZ. Those nominated have been offered the opportunity to provide a bio for the election.

Candidates for Unit Chair Election

Keaton Cole  - YYZ Chair nomination
YYZ Local 531 Bargaining Committee member

Mayooran Kamalanathan – YYZ Chair nomination

Erica Kelly - YYZ Chair nomination
YYZ Local 531 Bargaining Committee member

 (Candidate and bio at the bottom of the email)

Nominees may not use Company email systems to solicit votes.

Unit Chairperson (1 position)

A Unit Chairperson is responsible for administrating all facets of the collective agreement in conjunction and support of the elected workplace leadership, including workplace representatives, health and safety representatives and the bargaining committee.  In addition, the Unit Chairperson reports on their workplace issues and concerns to the EB for deliberation and additional actions or support. The successful candidate will work closely with the other Unit Chairpersons in YVR and YYC, as well as the President of the local.  They will be scheduled time out of the operation to perform job functions related to their new role. 

The election period will commence at 0900 EST Wednesday, May 24th and conclude at 0900 EST Tuesday, May 30th.

Successful candidates must receive a majority of ballots cast, and in the event due to more than 2 persons running for a position, a candidate does not receive a majority of votes, a run-off election will take place.

If required, the run-off election will commence at 0900 EST Wednesday, May 31 and close at 0900 EST Monday, June 5th. 

The election will be conducted electronically by a neutral 3rd party provider, Simply Voting, and details of the vote will be forthcoming. All eligible voters will receive an email with instructions on the voting process and access to their electronic ballot shortly before the vote commences. All results will be posted and emailed at the conclusion of the voting times.

The election will be conducted in accordance with Unifor Policy C-100, Policy Regarding Local Union Election.

The full policy can be found and viewed at this link: https://www.unifor.org/node/7836.

 If you have any questions or concerns or do not receive your voting instructions, please contact us at [email protected]

 Yours truly,

John Aman
Senior Director 
Local Union Matters 


Billy O’Neill
National Representative
Organizing Department


Here are your candidates listed in alphabetical order:


Keaton Cole  - YYZ Chair nomination
YYZ Local 531 Bargaining Committee member

In August 2018, I, Keaton Cole, was a part of a small group of individuals who started the union drive here in YYZ without resistance. After many attempts before my presence at WS, this time around (pre and post-pandemic), we finally successfully certified with Unifor. In Oct 2022, you, the YYZ team, elected me (along with my colleagues) on the bargaining committee to fight for your concerns and well wishes to improve your work conditions. In April 2023, YYZ made history and ratified our 1st collective-agreement; we did that! From the response, it seems that it is a foundation we can build upon. I have grown so much from that experience that I believe I'm ready to continue in Leadership and serve everyone one of you in all possible situations. I consider my involvement with the union and the YYZ team as my baby because I am passionate about helping you and your working needs. I endeavour to be your Unit Chair, administer all facets of our collective agreement, and support you. 

Peace and Love
Keaton Cole


Mayooran Kamalanathan – YYZ Chair nomination

Hi ya, all,

I just want to let you know that I am running for Unifor, Unit Chairperson for local 531 YYZ.

Guys it me CSA Mayooran Kamalanathan, AKA Mayoo. Also, your representative at the OH&S committee and as well as at the Emergency Response committee. You know all that I have excellent communication skills, which you have to have if you want to be a Unit Chairperson.

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in Sri Lanka, Jaffna, and moved to Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1992. I studied from grade 9 to 13 and went to college. I have a diploma in International Trade from the Forum for International Trade Training and a certificate in Customs and Immigration from Humber College, where I graduated with honours as well Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from a Private institute.

I have extensive years of Customer Service, Handling large crowds, and experience in dealing with emergency situations; I was a hospital security guard / Team Lead for many years. I have extensive Business and Security experience and believe I would be a great match for the Unit Chairperson. Who is someone who has the ability to listen and then make the right decision which would benefit the Collective.

When I came to Canada, I started with the Canadian Red Cross as a Youth volunteer. Then I became a Sea Cadet, serving two years up to the rank of Leading Cadet, where I had to age out.

Then I was involved with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), a Co-Chair for Cluster 4 Parent.
Academy, Had a budget of 10,000. My Team and I would create a program for parents whose children are in the TDSB school system, provide them with tools to understand the school system better and provide job-creating workshops and certificates.

I believe I have persuaded your mind to vote for me in the upcoming election for Unit Chairperson.




Mayooran Kamalanathan

CSA, OH&S Representative

Emergency Response Committee


Erica Kelly - YYZ Chair nomination
YYZ Local 531 Bargaining Committee member