Unifor members recognized at CALM awards


Unifor members were recognised with eight awards at this year’s Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) conference.

The annual CALM awards, presented at the annual conference on May 12, recognize excellence in union publications and productions.

Congratulations to all who tirelessly represent members in our fight for good jobs and social justice. Unifor locals were well-represented at the annual conference, with members from Locals 1-S, 88, 112, 222, 1106, 1285, 2002 and 5555 present, as well as national staff. Information about all Unifor winners is listed below.

CALM brings together nearly 200 labour unions and locals across Canada to strategize and better communicate with members on campaigns and issues. Local unions of all sizes benefit from CALM’s membership through resources, education, training and support. For more information about membership, or to join, please click here.

Unifor CALM Winners, 2018 Awards

The Cliff Scotton Prize for narrative, video, audio or visual that reflects history, traditions and culture of the labour movement: Unifor “Remembering Bob White” by Charles Haggart. Bob White was a true working class hero. Founder and President of the CAW until he was elected president of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1992, he championed fairness for Canadian workers around the world. Please join Bob’s family, and his labour movement family, to celebrate his life, his fearless leadership and his relentless commitment to social justice.

Dennis McGann Stroke-of-Genius Award: Unifor - Six Minute Challenge. The 6-minute challenge is a witty and viral campaign that highlights the dire staff shortages in long-term care in Ontario. Through the campaign, Unifor asked the public to try to get ready in just 6 minutes in the morning, the average amount of time that staff currently have to get residents up and ready each morning. The resulting pictures were funny, but also painted a troubling picture of the reality of life in long-term care.

Best Poster- Staff Produced: Unifor national: Unite to stop racism and Islamophobia. The poster, designed by Tariq Sami in collaboration with national staff, focused on the elimination of Islamophobia, was produced in the immediate aftermath of the January 29, 2017 shooting in a Quebec City Mosque. Download and print the poster, and associated statement here.

Through Solidarity we will prevail. Unite to stop racism and Islamophobia.

Best Photograph Volunteer Produced: Unifor Local 88 for the photograph below of a member and her son on the picket line during the 2017 strike at CAMI in Ingersoll.

A member of Local 88 carries their child on their shoulders.

Rosemarie Bahr award for excellence in print layout and design in regular print publication for imaginative and effective use of graphics, cartoons, photography, typography and layout. - Volunteer produced: Unifor Local 88 - Off the line, April 2017. Read and download issues of the publication here.

Best Website Content Volunteer produced: Unifor Local 88 for their member-focused website, unifor88.ca.

Best audio production: radio ad, podcast Volunteer Produced: Unifor Local 199 for Young Workers of Niagara Podcast, produced by Brock Labour Studies co-op students.

Best Website Redesign Volunteer Produced: Unifor Local 199 for their website, unifor199.org.

There is more to CALM membership than the annual awards and conference. Local executive, committee members and staff can benefit from CALM resources, including royalty-free images, media-consulting and training, education and much more.

More details about the awards and CALM can be found here.