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COVID-19 Update: This Fall, Keep it Small

We are watching the number of COVID-19 cases rise in provinces across the country, and we are concerned, just like many of you are..

Labour Day 2020 Flyer Dominion

Labour Day 2020 Flyer Dominion

Unifor membership numbers at Detroit 3 facilities 2020

Unifor Members at Detroit 3 Facilities July 2020

Canada's Auto Industry Fast Facts 2020

Fast facts and background information on Canada's auto industry.

Restarting the Economy: What workers in the post-secondary education sector need to know

The closure of college and university campuses across the country began taking place along a similar timeline as elementary and high schools in their respective provincial jurisdictions. Workers in the sector have been impacted differently depending on their function within the institutions.

Restarting the Economy: What workers in the telecommunications sector need to know

Unlike many other sectors, telecommunications sector has not seen a significant slow-down or shutdown of operations during the pandemic. Considering the essential nature of the services being provided by telecommunications providers, the impact on job security has been fairly minimal on Unifor’s telecommunications membership.

Restarting the Economy: What workers in the long-term care sector need to know

Long-term care workers have faced an extremely challenging time during the pandemic. Before COVID-19, Unifor and others had consistently raised the issues of understaffing, problematic working conditions, low compensation for workers and the lack of an enforceable direct care standard for residents.

Work, Inclusion and 2slgbtq+ People in Sudbury and Windsor

Sudbury and Windsor have proud labour histories and a strong sense of community tied to mining and manufacturing employment. These stories, however, often leave out the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ workers. To gain insight into the work experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Sudbury and Windsor, the research team collected 673 survey responses and conducted 50 in-depth interviews over the past 3 years. The research shows that despite the many advances that have been made in terms of sexual and gender minority rights, most 2SLGBTQ+ workers don’t feel comfortable at work. Just over half (50.6%) of the 2SLGBTQ+ people surveyed were not fully out at work and two out of three people experienced some type of harassment or discrimination in their current job. Those surveyed were also less likely to be working in well-paid jobs in mining and/or manufacturing, and more likely to be working in the low-wage service and/or the public sector. 2SLGBTQ+ people’s decisions about what job to take or where to work were also shaped by fears about whether workplaces or industries would be accepting. A substantial number of 2SLGBTQ+ workers also left workplaces that were not supportive. Reports of unsupportive workplaces were common in all sectors, with people working in male-dominated sectors or occupations least likely to feel supported at work. When workers did not feel comfortable and supported at work, they were also more likely to have poor mental health. Transgender and racialized workers in our sample faced even greater constraints and challenges in the labour market and workplace and transgender and bisexual participants had poorer mental health than lesbian and gay participants. The hope is that this report will encourage employers and unions to engage in open, honest assessments of their workplace practices and cultures, undergo training and education about sexual and gender diversity, and put in place more diverse and inclusive workplace practices.

Air Transportation in Canada: Industry preservation and recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Canada’s air transportation industry. In a normal year, the industry contributes roughly $10 billion to Canada’s GDP, but in April, GDP on an annualized basis fell to just $300 million. The industry cut capacity by 90% and thousands of people were laid off. Air transport workers and their employers, including airlines, airports, Nav Canada, and ground control handlers, among others, have done their part to control the pandemic by limiting capacity or even shuttering completely. The lock-down has gone on longer than anyone expected and at this point there is no end in sight. The government must do a combination of the following in order to move forward and ensure a recovery of the industry: preserve and support the industry where travel restrictions remain in place, and lift travel restrictions where it is safe to do so.

Health and Safety: The “New Normal” is not the old normal

As many of us transition back to our workplaces during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will certainly experience changes in our daily work environments...