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Basic protections for B.C. gig workers are a step forward

VANCOUVER—A wage floor and access to workers' compensation for gig workers are among the positive changes to employment standards regulations announced June 12 by the Government of B.C.

“B.C. is leading the way to enshrine the basic rights of the gig workers,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Today’s proposals will take gig workers one step closer to economic fairness.”

Atlantic Regional Council aims for provincial anti-scab legislation and increased health and safety protections

Unifor members in the Atlantic region marked a decade of fightbacks and victories as the Atlantic Regional Council convened in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 10-12.

Longtime friend of the council and Elder at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre Debbie Eisen welcomed attendees to Mi’kmaqi. Unifor Indigenous Relations Officer Gina Smoke spoke about smudging and the smudging kits delegates received.

10 Years of Atlantic Regional Council

Unifor members in the Atlantic region reflect on a decade of building worker power and the incredible community of trade unionists responsible for the biggest worker victories over the past ten years.

Letter regarding Enbridge Gas Reduction in Shifts

Her Worship Olivia Chow
Mayor, City of Toronto
@email    

Dear Mayor Chow,

Re: Enbridge Gas Reduction in Shifts (SM35669)

Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, is writing to express our concern regarding proposed cuts by Enbridge Gas that may negatively affect the safety and increase costs for residents of Toronto.

There are two issues affecting Toronto:

World Refugee Day Statement 2024

Image source: Julie Ricard 

On June 20, we observe World Refugee Day, a moment to reflect on the struggles and resilience of refugees around the globe and to reaffirm our commitment to their rights and dignity.

Unifor working to mitigate impacts of possible Fort Nelson gas plant closure

FORT NELSON—Unifor has received six-months notice of a possible closure or partial-closure of the Fort Nelson Gas Plant (FNGP) from North River Midstream and is working with the company to ensure severance provisions are followed in the event of a closure.

The notice is a requirement of the Unifor National Energy Pattern Bargaining Agreement. 

“It is concerning news and we will work hard to ensure that our members receive appropriate severance and related accommodations,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

Unifor Local 112 ratifies new agreement with W Hotel in Toronto

Wage increases, benefits enhancements, and gratuity improvements are key highlights of a new three-year collective agreement with the W Hotel ratified on June 1, 2024 by members of Unifor Local 112.

“Unifor members are standing up to employers and negotiating excellent contracts in the hospitality sector,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The standard set at the W Hotel today will help form the basis for upcoming hotel negotiations in Toronto.”

Unifor Women in Skilled Trades

For more than twenty years, the Unifor Women in Skilled Trades and Technology Awareness program has provided hands on training and support to open paths for women to work in Skilled Trades. Watch Unifor’s strong and fierce mentors share their knowledge with the next generation of Skilled Trades women.

Health care workers rally for fair deal

Health care workers, members of Unifor Local 598 and community supporters rallied outside Jarlette Health Services in Midland, Ontario demanding fair wages and for the employer to come back to the bargaining table and negotiate a collective agreement. 

VIA’s new baggage policy: Prioritizing efficiency over accessibility

VIA Rail’s recent changes to its baggage policy highlight a shift in priorities, making eco-friendly travel more challenging in Canada. 

Passenger rail travel remains the most environmentally-friendly mode of intercity transport, crucial for many remote and isolated communities. VIA Rail serves as a vital link for those needing to travel for family, work, school, and health care.

Unifor members vote to strike at Manitoba Hydro

WINNIPEG—Manitoba Hydro Utility Service’s management’s refusal to grant the public sector pattern wage increases has led to an overwhelming strike vote at Unifor Local 681.

“If Manitoba Hydro intends to widen compensation gaps within its workforce, we’re going to have a problem,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Local 681 members will have the support of Unifor members from coast to coast as they pursue a fair contract.”

Unifor-funded IBJ fellowship fuels recipient’s investigative journalism instincts

Mzwandile Poncana’s fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Investigative Journalism Bureau (IBJ), which Unifor has supported with funding, paved the way for a bright summer internship at the award-winning digital magazine, The Local.

“Unifor is proud to invest in the next generation of journalists by investing in the IBJ,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “As we know, journalism is the backbone of democracy and investments in local news to provide quality, fact-based journalism can only benefit Canadian society.”

Unifor sounds alarm over Enbridge Gas cuts to emergency response

TORONTO—Enbridge Gas’ proposal to eliminate the evening and overnight emergency response shift will jeopardize the lives of customers and nearby residents, says Unifor.

“The disregard for public safety is breath-taking,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “If the company does not have enough workers to fulfil critical emergency roles, it is because it has laid off too many workers in pursuit of returns for shareholders.”

Large wage gains in new contract at Kingston Access Bus

The members of Kingston Access Bus, Local 4266 in Kingston, Ont. have ratified their new agreement by 92%.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee for their hard work to support our skilled and hard-working transit members who perform incredibly important duties in the community, day in and out,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

“Thank you to the members, who have been vocal about their support to Unifor’s accomplishments during this round of bargaining.”

Unifor Expertech members ratify new collective agreements

MONTREAL/TORONTO- Unifor members employed by Expertech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., ratified new collective agreements following several weeks of voting in Quebec and Ontario.  The new agreements cover approximately 730 members who work in clerical and technical capacities. 

Kamloops can lead in forestry campaign

On May 30, Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle joined Local 10-B President Sheldon Morice and 1st Vice President Wes Mitchell for a tour of the Kruger pulp mill in Kamloops, B.C.

While in Kamloops, McGarrigle and Unifor leaders met with Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson, City Councillor Katie Neustaeter, and Kruger management to discuss the mill’s struggles with a regular economic access to fibre with which to run the mill. Kruger’s facility is not alone in its fibre supply troubles:

Unifor applauds CRTC for supporting local news

TORONTO—Unifor applauds the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)’s announcement today of new supports for local Canadian news, in conjunction with its regulatory plan to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework.
 

“Unifor has been advocating for American streamers to pay their fair share to the Canadian broadcasting system for over 15 years,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Labour Dispute at Best Theratronics

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 
280 Slater Street
P.O. Box 1046, Station B 
Ottawa, ON K1P 5S9 

As Canada's nuclear regulatory agency, we are writing to inform you of the potential for mishandling of radioactive material at the Best Theratronics medical devices facility in Ottawa, Ontario.