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April 3, 2020

The Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

April 2, 2020

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Trudeau, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Prime Minister,

March 23, 2020

Dear members,

Thank you for keeping Canada connected

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Garneau:

The Honourable Filomena Tassi
Minister of Labour

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 is a global day of celebration of women and women’s achievements.

March 2, 2020 marks the first Black Mental Health Day, set to occur annually on the first Monday in March.

Honorable Carrie Lam
Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Office of the Chief Executive
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Unifor proudly recognizes Pink Shirt Day, an annual event on the last Wednesday in February where people across Canada unite and commit to commitment to...

To the Honourable Premier Scott Moe,

On International Migrants Day, Unifor reaffirms its strong commitment to protecting the rights of migrants.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted to guide people out of conflict and suffering.

On December 6 we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Shawn McLeod

Deputy Minister of Labour and Immigration

Labour Building, 10th Floor

10808 – 99 Avenue

November 25, 2019

Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ottawa

Ontario Canada K1A 0A6

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender and gender diverse people whose lives...

Premier Blaine Higgs
Chancery Place
Fredericton, NB

Friday, October 25, 2019

Dear Premier Higgs,

Each October 18, Canada celebrates Persons Day.

October 4 is a day to honour murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited peoples (MMIWG2S) while showing love and support to their...

On October 1st we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons.

Premier Stephen McNeil
Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 6, 2019

Dear Premier McNeil and caucus,

Unifor supports UAW in negotiations for a fair contract with GM  

September 15, 2019

Solidarity to striking workers, to your families, and to the Communications Workers of America.

August 19, 2019

Hateful harassment and violence targeting LGBTQ people must be stopped at the source.

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
Ottawa, Ontario

July 10, 2019

Dear Minister Garneau:

On May 17, 2019, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), Unifor encourages members to build community with queer and trans...

Today, May 1, 2019 Unifor joins nations around the world to mark International Workers’ Day or May Day.

March 6, 2019                                                  

February 28, 2019

Letter of solidarity from Unifor

To: UE union and UE Locals 506 & 618

Unifor statement on the recent announcement from General Motors

Unifor unites with a growing movement around the world in acknowledging November 20 as the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR).

October 18, 2018

We come together as unions representing ICTS and contact centre employees around the world to jointly state our commitment to ensure that Teleperformance...

Unifor mourns the loss of a great civil rights advocate and union leader. Dr. Bromley Lloyd Armstrong passed away on August 17, 2018.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dear Nova Scotians: 

July 17, 2018

Greetings members and friends,

Calls to end "zero tolerance" migration policy that has resulted in the separation of migrant children and parents at the southern United States border...

In recognition of the hard work and dedication of nurses throughout Canada, Unifor celebrates and salutes all nurses on National Nursing Week, held on May 7...

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Please accept this submission on Bill 107, amending the Labour Standards Code, Respecting Leaves of Absence.

On April 28 Unifor joins workers across Canada to observe the National Day of Mourning to remember and honour those workers who have died or who have been...

Unifor celebrates International Francophonie Day 2018

March 20, 2018

I write today in support of the thousands of Unifor members working in the steel and aluminum sectors, including 1,000 at Rio Tinto in British Columbia and...

February 13, 2018

Unifor echoes and amplifies the longstanding demands from Indigenous people for reform of Canada’s broken justice system.

The first time Muslims were killed inside a mosque in North America happened on January 29, 2017 and it happened in Canada.

This past week in Ontario alone, five women have been murdered in situations of domestic violence – by their ex-boyfriend, their husband or the husband of...

Unifor members across the country will be taking part in the national day of action on January 19 in support of Tim Hortons workers who have had their...

Minister Mitzie Hunter, Ministry of Education,

Minister Kevin Flynn, Ministry of Labour

December 1, 2017

December 22, 2017                                                                       

On December 6, take a pause to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

November 9, 2017                                                               

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.

On October 18, Unifor members join Canadians in celebrating Persons Day.

On October 4th, Unifor asks it members and allies to stand in solidarity with Indigenous families and communities to honour the lives of missing...

The General Assembly of the United Nations designated October 1st as the International Day of Older Persons.

Unifor is unequivocally united against white supremacy, racism, and bigotry in all its forms.

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is an annual reminder and call to action for equity.

 May 3, 2017

World Press Freedom day comes this year as journalism faces new and unprecedented threats around the world.

Equal Pay Day marks how many additional days women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  This year, Equal Pay Day is being marked on...

Unifor recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31.

On April 28, the National Day or Mourning, let us pause to pay tribute to all workers hurt or killed on the job through injury or employment-related illness...

On March 8, Unifor marks International Women's Day with the theme...

Throughout the month of February we are given the occasion to thoughtfully acknowledge Black History Month.

Recognizing International Human Rights Day

More than 25 years ago 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique.

Recognizing World AIDS Day 2016

October 18 marks Persons Day in Canada.

On the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day we celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous peoples.

Canada has been accepting refugees for over 200 years, but its refugee policies have not always reflected the generous, humanitarian values that inform the...

Unifor salutes the exceptional courage and compassion of all paramedics on occasion of Paramedic Services Week, being recognized from May 22 to May 28, 2016...

On May 19th, 2016 Unifor salutes the many thousands of Unifor members employed as Personal Support Workers (PSWs) on occasion of the Ontario celebrations...

Unifor calls on everyone to join in recognizing May 17th as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Unifor salutes all nurses during National Nursing Week 2016 — recognized from May 9 to 15 in 2016 across Canada.

As flames continue to engulf the city, Unifor’s thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray during these difficult days.

May Day is a day to celebrate the achievements that working people and their unions have won through resistance and solidarity: democratic rights, human...

On Thursday April 28, we mark the National Day of Mourning as we stop to remember all those lost to workplace injury or illness and honour the memory of our...

Creating and preserving a safe harassment-free environment at all union activities, events and meetings is our collective responsibility, members, elected...

On March 21st, people around the world celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

International Women’s Day is an event with its roots in the labour movement.

Pink Shirt Day began in Berwick, Nova Scotia,  Canada in 2007 when David Shepherd, Travis Price and a group of students decided to defend a kid who was...

Throughout the month of February, Unifor will join with others to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of black people and those of African and...

Unifor is appalled by the misogyny and hateful events, known as Return of Kings, that were being organized by Roosh V’s online hate group for February 6.

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the first province, Manitoba, in Canada to grant women the right to vote and be elected.

We write to you today pledging Unifor’s full support to the members of the Halifax Typographical Union in your contract talks with the Chronicle Herald.

On December 1, World AIDS Day, unions around the world are taking action and working towards zero – zero discrimination, zero new infections and zero AIDS-...

On December 6, 2015, Unifor recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The first Transgender Day of Remembrance resulted from the vicious murder of a transgendered person on November 28, 1998.

Around the world over a billion people are living with disabilities and far too many of them face economic, political and social exclusion.

David V. Pathe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sherritt International Corporation
1133 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 2Y7

The General Assembly of the United Nations designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.

Unifor, the union for journalists in Canada, expresses its deepest condolences and solidarity at the news of two journalists shot and killed on the job this...

Paramedics, as emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, bring tremendous dedication, skill and commitment to their jobs as first responders.

In celebration of Personal Support Worker Day on May 19th, 2015 Unifor salutes the contributions of the thousands of Unifor members employed as...

Unifor calls on everyone to join us in recognizing May 17th as the International day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Alan Borovoy, a determined and generous advocate for civil liberties in Canada, made Canada a more just place.

Nursing Week is celebrated each year throughout Canada and the world during the week of Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12.

This is turning out to be another deadly year for journalists around the world.

On March 8th, we will mark International Women’s Day – an event with its roots in the labour movement.

The CBC is a vital organization, with dedicated journalists whose work has informed this country’s most important debates and kept Canadians informed on the...

Unifor joins with people of African heritage in the celebration of Black History Month.  Every February communities across the country hold festivals and...

Today, Canadians woke up to the news of the terrifying attack on the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people...

Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on...

Working people understand that we do not live in a fair society and that this lack of fairness extends into our workplaces.

On December 6, 2014, Unifor recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  We remember all women who have died as a...

November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day born out of the need to recognize, mourn and take action on violence against trans people.

On December 1, World AIDS Day, unions around the world taking action – recognizing HIV/AIDS as a workplace issue, a union issue and a social justice.

Unifor would like to thank outgoing British Columbia Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair for his years of service to the working people of BC.

The General Assembly of the United Nations designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.

For months, Unifor, CUPE, NSGEU and NSNU have been working together to find a way to address your government’s concerns.

The first national Unifor women’s conference is calling for a federal action plan on the issue of violence against women, including an inquiry into the...

The wretched and horrific violence in the Middle East, including the blanket and abhorrent killing of innocents, the vast majority of them Gazan civilians,...

Unifor, which represents journalists across Canada, is shocked at the harsh sentences handed down in Egypt to three Al Jazeera journalists – including one...

Unifor joins with Aboriginal peoples across the country in recognizing June 21st, Aboriginal Peoples Day - the summer solstice that has for...

Unifor BC, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Councils express support for the concept of a national energy and environmental strategy for Canada,...

Forestry is vital for all of New Brunswick.

May 17th is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Nursing Week is celebrated each year throughout Canada and the world during the week of Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12.

A functioning democracy relies on voters who are informed about the issues – whether these are things we want to hear about, or the inconvenient truths we...

Our union will stand in solidarity and will continue to support the people of Ukraine in their fight to create a constructive democratic dialogue between...

On International Women’s Day, Unifor’s 86,000 women are standing up for our rights – the right to have a union, the right to equal pay, reproductive rights...

"The hard work and courage of the Volkswagen workers to bring a union to their plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been an inspiration to us in Canada,"...

Unifor National President Jerry Dias extends an invite to Tim Hudak Leader, Progressive Conservative Party to debate Hudaks proposed labour law changes for...

February - African Heritage Month

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

On November 20, workplaces and communities across Canada and around the world will take the time to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and commemorate...

The advent of new hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) technologies has dramatically altered the economic and environmental effects of the petroleum...