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Woodland Caribou: forest industry workers rally in Saint-Félicien

More than 1,000 people gathered on March 18, 2023, in Saint-Félicien, Que., for a rally organized by Unifor to raise questions to the provincial government on the upcoming strategy to stop the decline of woodland and mountain caribou populations.

"We are marching today because there is a lot of uncertainty about the plan that the government wants to put in place,” said Daniel Cloutier, Unifor Quebec Director.

RailLine Volume 10 Issue 8

Tentative agreements reached with CN Rail

The Unifor Local 100 and Council 4000 Bargaining Committees have achieved tentative collective agreements with CN Rail, averting strike action.

Following a round of deadline bargaining, the tentative agreements were reached the afternoon of March 20.  

Details of the tentative agreements will be provided during a series of ratification meetings, which will be held at locations across the country in the coming days. Information on the ratification meetings will be communicated once details are finalized.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with CN Rail

MONTREAL- Unifor has reached tentative collective agreements with CN Rail, averting strike action.

“These negotiations were fraught with challenges, including demands for concessions by CN,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “With the solid support of the membership, the bargaining committees were able to stand up to this large profitable company and persevere to secure the tentative agreements.”

Unifor makes final push for petition signatures to limit foreign ownership of Pacific fishery

VANCOUVER—Unifor is reaching out to members and supporters this week to sign a petition to stop the displacement of local fish harvesters on the Pacific coast.

“Canadian natural resources, such as the Pacific fishery, should provide good jobs and benefit working families,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The federal government is failing coastal communities and the rest of Canada by allowing massive multinational corporations to plunder our communal wealth.”

Union momentum heats up in Canada’s auto parts sector

LONDON—More than 150 auto parts workers at Sodecia Automotive hot stamping facilities in London, Ontario voted to join Unifor last month after a year-long union drive.

“Auto parts workers understand that joining Unifor means driving higher standards of living for workers across the industry,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Momentum is growing across the sector to join our union as workers look to secure a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.”

CN Rail negotiations to continue over the weekend in Montreal

Dear members,

Your bargaining committees had another challenging week with the company in Montreal.

Though the employer has not yet moved on key areas, we remain determined to push them to a collective agreement that respects the work of all members.

Therefore, we have decided to continue negotiations over the weekend.

Your solidarity has been critical in reaching this stage of negotiations. Together we have shown a united front behind members’ demands.

International Day of La Francophonie 2023

Statement by Daniel Cloutier

The International Day of La Francophonie is a unique opportunity to celebrate our language and its invaluable contribution to the rich diversity of our world. In Quebec and Canada, we cannot mark this event without reflecting on the great responsibility we bear to ensure the promotion and vitality of the French language in an environment that presents many challenges.

Letter to Premier Ford and Ministers McNaughton and Smith re: Windsor Salt strike

TO: The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development of Ontario; The Honourable Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Dear Premier Ford and Ministers McNaughton and Smith,


Gesco workers get 11% wage bump in first year of new contract

Unifor Local 462 members reached a three-year deal with Gesco Limited Partnership in Brampton, Ont.

“The members were seeking to increase wages and ensure job protection due to market conditions,” said Andrew Kellman, the president of Local 462. “Members overwhelmingly voted for this agreement and appreciated the hard work that Unit Chair Larry McIntyre and bargaining committee members Jason Gardner and Val McGraw put into getting them wage bumps.”

Prairie Regional Council focuses on building worker power

Unifor’s 2023 Prairie Regional Council (PRC) focused on the union’s work to build worker power through political fightback, social activism, and tough collective bargaining.

Approximately 150 delegates from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta participated in the three-day council during March 8-10 in Calgary. 

Council opened with a welcome from Prairie Regional Chairperson Guy Desforge followed by a blessing from Elder Bruce Starlight and a dance performance by Brown Bear Woman Events. 

Two provincial budgets illustrate wildly different aims of B.C. and Alberta premiers

by Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle

Two premiers with the most ideologically divergent views in Canada, both recently elected by party members but untested in a general election, tabled their first budget on February 28. 

There is a lot to be gleaned from the Eby and Smith budgets about “left” and “right” philosophies and more importantly, the outcomes for working people.

GTAA’s travel cap fails passengers and workers

TORONTO – Leading up to March break and the busy summer travel season, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) decision to cap flights and the number of travelers fails both passengers and airport workers, says Unifor.

“The GTAA is punishing the traveling public by limiting flights and services as a band-aid solution to airport congestion, instead of fixing the problem by implementing common sense solutions to improve job quality and hire needed workers,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“There’s no Gender equality without trans women”: National coalition of community organizations

OTTAWA – On International Women’s Day 2023, hundreds of community organizations from across Canada have signed a statement declaring that gender equality cannot be achieved without supporting, celebrating, and uplifting trans women. Canada has seen rising hate against trans communities, and particularly against trans women, but trans women deserve our respect and care – in addition to concrete government action to address anti-trans hate.

Irving Shipbuilding hiring hundreds of skilled trades workers

Unifor Marine Workers’ Federation (MWF) Local 1 is growing!

Members of the Local are reaching out to friends and colleagues to recruit skilled tradespeople to help build the future of the Royal Canadian Navy.

“We walk into this shipyard every day knowing we are part of something truly special,” said Shannon Sampson, President of Unifor MWF Local 1. “We are eager for our Local to grow and we’re ready to welcome skilled workers to join our Unifor MWF Local 1 family.”

Mill Local President sets positive precedent with bargaining of Women’s Advocate language

For Bob Lederer, creating bargaining Women’s Advocate language at his workplace’s collective agreement was personal.

In 2004, he was a new worker at the paper mill at Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay. At that time, the mill was not unionized. He and his co-workers wore headsets for communication and one particular interaction made him aware of the sexism in the heavily male-dominated workforce.

Major wage gains and Cost of Living Allowance in new deal for Ingredion workers

Manufacturing workers at Ingredion – which processes corn into sweeteners and other products in Cardinal, Ont. – have ratified a new four-year agreement.

“This agreement recognizes the skill and hard work of our members at Ingredion,” said Local 483 President Bill Garlough. “There were no concessions in the new agreement.”

The 150 members of Local 483, which includes processing and Skilled Trades workers, voted to ratify the contract on March 3, 2023, by 82%.

The new agreement begins March 15, 2023, and expires April 14, 2027.

Stefanson pre-election budget falls short

WINNIPEG—Despite some spending measures aimed at winning re-election, the Heather Stefanson government is still defined by growing hospital wait times, health care privatization, and suppressing the minimum wage, says Unifor.

“Manitobans will not forget the Stefanson government’s deliberate and wilful dismantling of the health care system,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “One budget cannot undo years of mismanagement by the conservative government.”

CN workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

TORONTO- Unifor members working at CN voted overwhelmingly in support of strike action amid ongoing negotiations in which CN has tabled a package of broad concessions.

Local 100 members voted 98%, and Council 4000 members voted 97% in favour of strike action. The earliest possible date of job action would be March 21, 2023, following a 72-hour notice.

Unifor fights for respect for Skilled Trades at Robinson Solutions Maintenance

The Robinson Solutions Maintenance unit from Unifor Local 222 in Oshawa, Ont. ratified a new agreement Feb. 28 at 84%, ensuring that members from Skilled and Semi-Skilled Trades get the respect they deserve.

“We made sure that our Skilled Trades workers had an hourly wage that reflected the global competitiveness of the skilled trades market,” said Local 222 President Jeff Gray. “These skilled workers deserve to be paid what they are worth. We are very proud that the goal was achieved. As the expression says, skilled labour isn’t cheap and cheap labour isn’t skilled.”