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Appeal Court sides with Unifor on EVAS pilot hearing jurisdiction

ST. JOHN’S - The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has ruled that Unifor’s challenge of an arbitrator’s decision affecting Exploits Valley Air Services (EVAS) pilots can go forward.

“The employer took advantage of the pandemic and denied pilots their recall rights as airline operations ramped back up, forcing them to unfairly re-start their careers upon their return,” said Jennifer Murray, Atlantic Regional Director. “Unifor will continue to fight for EVAS pilots and protect the rights enshrined in their collective agreement.”

Unifor donates $75,000 to Syrian and Turkish earthquake recovery

TORONTO – Unifor’s Social Justice Fund is making a $75,000 donation to the Humanitarian Coalition for the Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund.

“The scale of the damage and suffering caused by these earthquakes is overwhelming, and the response must match the scale of the crisis,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The Humanitarian Coalition is bringing together international partners to support search and rescue and family reunification, as well as deliver vital aid including physical and mental health supports.”

Unifor supports striking MUNFA workers

ST. JOHN’S-Unifor is calling on the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the President and Vice-Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN) to act to resolve the issues of striking Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) members.
 

Unifor Local 755 ratifies new collective agreement with Lactalis Dairy

ST. CLAUDE, MAN.—Unifor members working at Lactalis Dairy have ratified a new collective agreement with wage increases and improved benefits.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee of Local 755 on their great work,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The new agreement will see improved wages and benefits as we continue to fight hard for workers across bargaining tables everywhere.”

Outsourcing of jobs at Gecko Alliance to Quebec

Quebec City – Members of Unifor Local 1044, working at Gecko Alliance, were told last week that production will cease by July 2023 as the company has decided to transfer its operations remaining production to its plant in Mexico.

More than 15 people will lose their jobs. This is in addition to the dozens of people laid off since the beginning of the wave of relocation that began a few years ago.

Windsor Star layoffs and closure threatens local news coverage

WINDSOR, ONT. –Postmedia's decision to close the Windsor Star's Starway Printing Plant brings an end to more than a century of daily print newspaper publishing in Windsor and comes at the cost of eliminating roughly 75 media jobs in the city, say unions Unifor and CWA Canada.

MEDIA ADVISORY - EllisDon Facilities Services workers to hold rally

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – EllisDon Facilities Services (SAH) Inc. workers represented by Unifor Local 1359 will conduct an information picket outside the Sault Area Hospital on February 1 to demand the company  return to the bargaining table instead of going to arbitration. 

Media Advisory: Windsor Star media worker cuts hurt local news

MEDIA ADVISORY

Unifor and CWA Canada locals and members in Windsor are protesting Postmedia’s decision to eliminate editorial and inserter positions, and outsource printing of the Windsor Star, cutting the jobs of over 75 people.

Unifor members ratify new agreement with PepsiCo

CALGARY—Unifor Local 1410 members were successful in winning unionization for the part-time merchandisers in a new four-year collective agreement ratified on Jan. 28, 2023.

“Organizing new members is a key priority for many Unifor locals,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Local 1410 should be very proud of the work they’ve done to secure an excellent agreement and expand the bargaining unit. Congratulations to them and welcome to our new members.”

Postmedia’s slow bleed of information disrespects media workers

TORONTO –Unifor is disappointed and frustrated that Postmedia has largely kept the union and media workers hanging with a slow bleed of information that has provided no real clarity to workers about what jobs are on the chopping block.

“Workers are still in the dark after the company announced restructuring plans over a week ago. To dangle dire news that is detrimental to media workers’ livelihoods, careers and families is disrespectful and hurtful to the workers who have given so much to the company,” said Unifor’s National President Lana Payne.

As Liberals meet before Parliament returns, broad coalition of unions and progressive groups says pharmacare extremely urgent

OTTAWA – As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet gather in Hamilton for a three-day retreat, a broad coalition of unions and progressive groups says that implementing a comprehensive pharmacare program must be a top priority for the Liberal government. The cost-of-living crisis has significantly increased cost-related obstacles to Canadians’ access to prescription drugs, while high drug prices are draining billions of dollars from hospitals’ budgets.

Cascades Delta Casino workers join Unifor

DELTA, B.C.—Workers at the Cascades casino in Delta became Unifor’s newest members after the B.C. Labour Board certified the unit on January 24, 2023.

“Unifor is very proud to welcome a new group of hospitality and gaming workers into our union, joining thousands of Unifor members in the sector. We thank the Cascades workers for choosing Unifor and I know they are eager to get started on having a say in improving their working conditions,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.  

Unifor supports media workers during Postmedia restructuring

TORONTO –Unifor is looking at all options to protect media workers after Postmedia announced restructuring plans today, which includes laying off workers in the media sector.

"We will do everything in our power to protect our members working in the media sector,” said Unifor’s National President Lana Payne. “Journalists and media workers often put their lives on the line to provide fact-based reporting to the public and they deserve respect, not constantly worrying when the next axe in the newsroom will drop.”

Unifor MWF 1 ratifies agreement with Irving Shipbuilding

HALIFAX- Members of Unifor MWF 1 ratified a new four-and-a-half year collective agreement with Irving Shipbuilding. 

“On behalf of the union, I send my thanks and congratulations to the MWF 1 bargaining committee for what they achieved for workers at the Halifax Shipyard,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “In addition to important economic improvements, this agreement will support the growth of the skilled workforce in the shipyard, an anchor for good union employment in the Halifax region.”

Canfor closure in Prince George a sign of neglected forestry policy, says Unifor

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.-The permanent closure of the pulp line at Canfor’s Prince George mill was preventable, says Unifor.

“Hundreds of families have been forced to deal with job loss due to an entirely preventable mill closure,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.  “Our union, along with many others, has been advocating for better and more sustainable forestry policies for years. It’s clear this government is not moving fast enough to repair the damage done by the B.C. Liberals.”

Unifor urges Ontario government to stop the slippery slope of healthcare privatization

TORONTO- Unifor will continue to fight for public health care in the face of Ontario PC government’s latest steps into privatization.

“This is far from the first step of Ontario’s path toward private healthcare, but this must be where it ends,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Public health care in Ontario is too important and we will not allow this government to bring us closer to an American-style for-profit system of health.”

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with CP Rail

VANCOUVER- Unifor Local 101R has reached a tentative agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), covering 1,200 workers at 18 locations from British Columbia to Quebec. 

“These are hard working members who provide a vital service and I know the Bargaining Committee was determined to make progress during these difficult times,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I thank the Committee for their outstanding work.”

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Irving Shipbuilding

HALIFAX-The union representing workers at the Irving Shipyard has reached a tentative collective agreement covering more than 1,000 tradespeople building the next generation of Canada’s naval fleet.

“The members of MWF-Local 1 at the Halifax Shipyard are a dynamic, diverse, and skilled group of workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I congratulate the bargaining committee for their outstanding work in reaching a tentative agreement with Irving Shipbuilding.”

Bois Chic-Chocs plant members unanimously ratify deal

CAP-CHAT, QUE., – A deal has been reached between Unifor and Bois Chic-Chocs (Damabois), with Local 299 members voting 100% to ratify the tentative agreement presented to them at a meeting on Dec. 12, 2022, ending a six-week strike at the plant.

UPDATE - New Brunswick unions to protest Bill 23 outside MLA offices

SAINT JOHN– New Brunswick labour leaders will protest Bill 23 outside Labour Minister Trevor Holder’s office on Monday, December 19, 2022.

“The labour movement will not sit quietly while Premier Blaine Higgs passes legislation that strips rights away from the hard-working people of this province,” said Daniel Legere, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour.

New Brunswick unions to protest Bill 23 outside MLA offices

Media Advisory 

SAINT JOHN– New Brunswick Federation of Labour, its affiliate unions, and Unifor will protest Bill 23 outside the offices of Labour Minister Trevor Holder, and MLAs Ernie Steeves (Moncton), Arlene Dunn (Saint John), and Jill Green (Fredericton) on Monday, December 19, 2022.

“The labour movement will not sit quietly while Premier Blaine Higgs passes legislation that strips rights away from the hard-working people of this province,” said Daniel Legere, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour.

Unifor members at Quebec City airport ratify new three year deal

QUEBEC CITY - Local 2002 members working at the Aéroport de Québec in Quebec City voted 70% in favour of the tentative agreement presented to them at a ratification meeting on Dec. 12, 2022. 

The new three-year contract offers wage increases of 6% in the first year, 4% in the second year and 4% in the third year.  

Child care legislation will benefit generations of working parents

TORONTO - Bill C-35 is important legislation to enshrine the federal government’s commitment to early learning and child care, says Unifor.

“We welcome the protection of child care investments for generations to come,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Working parents need high-quality, affordable child care more than ever and we will continue to work with provincial, territorial and federal governments to make child care accessible to all.”

Strike by Transervice members ends

MONTREAL- Voting in a virtual meeting, Transervice members ratified the settlement proposed by the mediator by 72%, thus putting an end to the six-week-long strike. 

The four-year contract includes wage increases of 10.5% over the duration of the collective agreement, in addition to a signing bonus and several other improvements to working conditions. 

All members are slated to return to work on December 12, 2022. 

Sunwing backs away from intention to hire temporary foreign pilots

TORONTO – Sunwing pilots are celebrating news the company has decided to abandon its intention to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to boost staffing levels.

“Our main concern from the get-go was training and safety,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “As a union, we expect rigorous analysis before an employer is allowed to use the TFWP. We’re pleased that Sunwing chose to back away from using TFWP and honour our collective agreement.”

Strike averted at Bombardier as Unifor members ratify tentative agreement

MONTREAL- On Wednesday, Unifor Local 62 members working at Bombardier’s Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre voted 83.8% in favour of the new tentative agreement. 

The new contract lasts three years and includes wage hikes of 6.5% for the first year and 3% for each of the second and third year, as well as a signing bonus of $2,000 to protect against inflation. The monthly retirement pension benefit will also be raised by $4.00 as of January 1, 2023, $2.00 on January 1, 2024 and $2.00 on January 1, 2025.