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HAMILTON, March 27—Fifteen months after more than 100 staff at Hamilton TV station CHCH lost their jobs with no notice and no severance, Unifor has reached a deal to compensate those workers who lost their employment.

“Today’s deal means some justice for these dedicated workers,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias. "The challenges facing the broadcast industry as a whole, however, continue. The federal government and the CRTC need to act quickly to ensure we continue to have strong local broadcasters delivering news to keep Canadians informed about their communities."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Waterloo— Voting on a tentative agreement for Grand River Transit (GRT) drivers has yielded a split result, so transit service will continue during more negotiations.

“There are aspects of the agreement that were rejected and remain unresolved,” said Tim Mitchell, Unifor National Representative.

Unifor Local 4304 has reached out to the employer to return to the table this week to avoid job action, but the union warns that GRT has to be committed to progress.

Unifor invites former General Electric-Canada Peterborough workers, their families, and the community to attend information sessions on Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims related to hazardous material exposure at the plant.

March 23, 2017

MONTREAL- Yesterday, Unifor staff and management learned the terrible news of the murder of Daphne Boudreault, daughter of union representative for Local 4511, Éric Boudreault.

“Nothing can protect us from such a terrible tragedy. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Eric and his family. He can count on his union family to support him in these difficult times,” said Unifor Québec Director Renaud Gagné.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Regina—The Sask Party has introduced measures that punish families and could slow the economy even further—exactly the opposite of what the province needs, says Unifor.

“The Sask Party has failed voters. This government has created a mess of our province’s finances yet they’ve asked families, the working people of the province, to bail them out,” said Paul McKie, Unifor Area Director. “Brad Wall has effectively told Saskatchewan voters that they’re to blame for the deficit.”

OTTAWA, March 22 – While today’s federal budget contains several encouraging elements to grow and strengthen an economy that helps working people and their families, more could have been done, says Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“It is encouraging to see investment measures in this budget that will help workers, their families and their communities to build better futures,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.

OTTAWA – Unifor National President Jerry Dias will be in the Centre Block of Parliament as the federal budget is released on Wednesday, and available to do media interviews on what the budget means for working Canadians.

“Working people in Canada need a budget that addresses the real needs they face and creates opportunities for them, their families and their communities to prosper,” Dias said. “Canadians need to know that their government is working to improve their lives.”

OTTAWA, March 21 – Unifor National President Jerry Dias will be in the Centre Block of Parliament as the federal budget is released on Wednesday, and available to do media interviews on what the budget means for working Canadians.

“Working people in Canada need a budget that addresses the real needs they face and creates opportunities for them, their families and their communities to prosper,” Dias said. “Canadians need to know that their government is working to improve their lives.”

Toronto - Unifor’s East Danforth Community Chapter and the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization will host a public forum on March 23 to reveal the illegal, unfair and discriminatory employment practices of temporary agencies.

“Illegal working conditions are experienced by too many workers, but our voices are often silenced as we move from job to job,” said Syeda Sabiha President of the Unifor East Danforth Community Chapter. “As precarious workers we are saying enough is enough; it’s time to make predatory work practices stop.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Regina—A record turnout of Unifor Local 594 members have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s so-called final offer on Monday night.

“Workers have sent a crystal clear message to Co-op’s management: drop the concessions,” said Kevin Bittman, Local 594 President. “Co-op’s owners are massively profitable. Demanding concessions from the workers who contribute to Co-op’s success is unnecessary and unfair."

Waterloo—After bargaining into the night and through the strike deadline, Unifor Local 4304 has reached a tentative agreement with Grand River Transit.

No interruption of service will result from the last minute deal.

“I’m proud of our bargaining committee’s skill and commitment to getting a tentative agreement,” said Rick Lonergan, President of Unifor Local 4304. “We are committed to serving this community, so we bargained through the night.”

March 16, 2017

On March 10, the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta signed agreements for health care transfers with the federal government, leaving Manitoba as the only province yet to sign.

“It is a positive sign that Ottawa has made mental health and home care priorities in its agreements with the provinces,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “But we want to ensure there are benchmarks for each province to deliver the kind of mental health and continuing care services that Canadians need.”

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Edmonton—The Alberta government’s commitment to job creation and protecting public services is the right course of action to a stronger recovery, says Canada’s largest private sector union.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Regina—The Co-op Refinery has moved one step closer to a labour disruption after the employer served a final offer to its workers.

“Giving our union an ultimatum is a tactic that is doomed to fail,” said Kate McKinley, Unifor National Representative. “Labour negotiations have to be a ‘give and take’, not ‘take it or leave it’.”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vancouver—Robust profits at Pacific Newspaper Group (PNG), a division of Postmedia Inc., mean that lay-offs announced this week are unnecessary and will undermine journalism in British Columbia, says Unifor.

“The employer has posted almost $18-million in profits. There’s no reason for aggressive job cuts that will further damage the quality of professional journalism that British Columbians rely on,” said Brian Gibson, Unifor Local 2000 president.

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