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Unifor's 20th Quebec Council: a call for solidarity for temporary foreign workers

Montreal vibrated to the rhythm of solidarity and mobilization at Unifor's bi-annual Quebec Council, held April 24 to 26, With a focus on issues faced by temporary foreign workers, the event was marked by fiery speeches, fruitful exchanges and a shared determination to defend the rights of those who are often in a vulnerable position.

CANSA prepares for end of cooling off period

The Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) at Unifor Local 1016 is preparing for the end of the 21-day cooling off period – during which no strike or lockout can take place – with employer NAV Canada on May 3, 2024, just before midnight.

“The support and solidarity our members have shown over the last 300 days they have been without a contract speaks volumes which cannot be ignored by NAV Canada,” said James Walker, President of CANSA and Unifor Local 1016.

Unifor celebrates National Nursing Week 2024: Changing Lives; Shaping Tomorrow

During National Nursing Week, May 6-12, 2024, Unifor proudly honours the dedication and unwavering commitment of Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) across Canada. Unifor represents 4,000 Registered or Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses who work in hospitals, private and municipal long-term care homes.

This year’s theme, "Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow." reflects the pivotal role these professionals play in transforming health care and crafting the future of patient care.

Local 530-A members begin mobilization for bargaining

More than 100 Unifor Local 530-A members turned out April 24 to leaflet the gates of their workplace at the Shell Scotford facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The energy workers are raising the profile of wage gaps between their facility and Shell Scotford's competitors.

“Implementing the gains from the national pattern agreement is a top priority for Unifor,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Whatever efforts the members at Shell Scotford undertake to secure the pattern, they have the full support of Unifor.”

Unifor Open Letter to BCE Inc. Shareholders

On behalf of Unifor members, including more than 19,000 telecommunications workers at BCE and its subsidiaries, and more than 2,100 members at Bell Media, we are reaching out ahead of BCE’s 2024 annual general shareholder meeting on May 2.

The hard work and expertise of our members have made BCE a successful and profitable company and shareholders have been among the beneficiaries of this success.

Best Theratronics workers go on strike after company’s 0% offer

KANATA, Ont.—Members of Unifor Local 1541 who work at Best Theratronics – a company in Kanata, Ont. that manufactures medical devices – went on strike this morning after the company refused to budge on major concessions, including a proposed two-year contract with zero wage increases.

“We are dealing with an affordability crisis right now and having zeros on the table is untenable for our members, with the rising cost of living,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor welcomes 170 new members from St. Andrew's Terrace long-term care

Workers at St. Andrew's Terrace Long Term Care Community in Cambridge, Ont., have chosen Unifor as their voice in the workplace. 

This new addition brings 170 workers from various classifications, including personal support workers (PSW), cooks, environmental workers, dietary aides, maintenance staff, and life enrichment personnel.

Workers at Gibraltar mine vote to strike

WILLIAMS LAKE—Members of Unifor Local 3018 have voted 98% in favour of taking legal strike action against Gibraltar Mines if a fair settlement cannot be reached in May 2024.

“The employer’s bargaining committee must get serious about resolving key outstanding issues if it wants to avoid strike action,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. 

Unifor reaches tentative deal with Nasittuq Corporation in Nunavut

Unifor has reached a tentative three-year agreement with Nasittuq Corporation, where Unifor members from Local 2002 work at the Canadian Forces Station Alert in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut.

Highlights of this contract include increased wages, benefits, premiums, allowances, and vacation pay after five years of service, as opposed to the previous 10-year mark. 

Unifor secures tentative agreement for GATX Rail Canada workers

Unifor Local 21-A Bargaining Committee, representing workers at GATX Rail Canada in Red Deer, Alta., have reached a four-year tentative collective agreement with the company. 

The agreement is pending ratification by the members of GATX Local 21-A in Red Deer. The tentative agreement includes retroactive wage increases totaling 14% over its term, a $1,000 monthly boost in Long Term Disability benefits, and enhanced contributions by the company to the employees’ pension plan.

Critical EV battery investment helps secure Canada’s auto future

TORONTO – Critical multi-government investment for new Honda Canada electric vehicle, battery and battery material facilities will further bolster Canada’s auto sector and help secure and grow jobs across the value chain. 

The projected $15 billion investment to assemble new electric vehicles, build a new battery cell plant in Alliston, Ontario alongside additional joint venture battery component and material facilities in Ontario is expected to create an estimated 1,000 new, direct jobs. 

Unifor protests to demand $10 million in monies owed to Wescast workers

WINGHAM—Today, Unifor members rallied outside the Wescast plant in Wingham, Ontario. The protest is in response to Wescast Industries continued refusal to pay approximately $10 million in severance and termination pay owed to workers who were laid off in 2023 following the Company’s decision to cease foundry operations. 

2024 Day of Mourning

Watch Lana Payne discuss the loss of workers killed at work during the past year and the union's commitment to health and safety.

WM Hamilton workers vote in favour to strike

Unifor members who work at WM Hamilton – a commercial waste removal and recycling facility in Stoney Creek, Ont. – voted 93% in favour of a strike, as talks continue to a deadline of May 2 at midnight.

“We have a toxic work environment with poor moral and multitude of violations of the collective bargaining agreement with open grievances and arbitrations that we need to deal with before we can move forward with respect,” said Local 4268 President Debbie Montgomery.

The local held a strike vote on April 24.

MDA Space workers on strike


Watch Unifor aeropsace members outline the stakes in the ongoing strike at MDA Space and their fight for a fair contract.

Unifor fights for safety and rights of media workers on World Press Freedom Day

Press freedom isn’t free.

Particularly when it comes to journalists and media workers who are risking their lives to cover and deliver quality, fact-based journalism.

On May 3, we mark the 31st anniversary of World Press Freedom Day and celebrate the victories and highlight the worldwide challenges of maintaining a free press. Freedom of the press is an essential cornerstone to a democratic society, and like anything worth having we need to continually fight for it.

Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards workers join Unifor

Unifor welcomes new members at Pelee Island Winery and Vineyards Inc. in Kingsville, Ont., who joined the union this week.

“The best way to improve your workplace is to organize,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “We are thrilled that these brave and dedicated winery workers have chosen our union to stand by them and fight for them for good jobs, fair wages and respect.”

Unifor May Day Statement 2024

On May 1st, Unifor joins unions across Canada and around the globe to mark International Workers’ Day – a day where we celebrate workers and the labour movement – from our collective victories to our common struggles. 

Asian Heritage Month 2024

Unifor celebrates Asian Heritage Month, that occurs annually each May. Together we honour and commemorate the culture and history of Asian communities in Canada.