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Message from FFAW-Unifor President on World Fisheries Day

Today, the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is celebrating World Fisheries Day. One day, held annually on November 21, internationally recognizes commercial fisheries and the many people whose livelihoods rely on sustainably managed ocean ecosystems.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the commercial fishery of today is not the fishery of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. The commercial fishery of 2022, in many ways, would be unrecognizable to our forefathers. 

Rail Line Volume 9, Issue 18

Dear Members,

Local 100 and Council 4000 bargaining committees met with the employer this week to begin discussions on non-economic proposals which includes the addressing the on-going issue of contracting out unionized work.

Your Master Bargaining Committee feels that talks this week were productive with the employer and are progressing well. We are committed to impress upon the company that our members deserve a collective agreement that treats you with dignity and respect.

Unifor files for mediation after Mosaic Potash negotiations reach impasse

ESTERHAZY, SASKATCHEWAN–Unifor Local 892 has filed for mediation after contract negotiations with Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Limited reached an impasse. 

“Mosaic is a multi-national corporation that rakes in billions yet refuses to help its workers keep up with the cost of living,” said Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle. 

Trans Day of Remembrance, 2022

Unifor recognises November 20 as the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR). November 20 is a day of mourning, as our union comes together to recognize those whose lives - overwhelmingly Black trans women and femmes - have been taken due to anti-trans violence.

On Saturday, November 20, Unifor encourages members to engage with this important day of remembrance by attending a vigil and sharing the union’s resources.

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World Toilet Day 2022

On World Toilet Day, November 19, Unifor renews its call for employers and governments to ensure all workers have access to safe sanitation at work.

“Safe sanitation at work is about dignity,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President and ITF Board Member., “Workers and workplaces are diverse, so every employer must take steps to ensure sanitation facilities are clean, appropriate and safe to meet the individual needs of workers.”

Unifor serves strike notice at Dearborn Ford

KAMLOOPS—Unifor Local 10-B members at Dearborn Ford in Kamloops will strike on Thursday, Nov. 17 at noon if the profitable employer doesn’t drop its demands for concessions.

“We will not let a payroll practice banned in numerous places be imposed on Unifor members in B.C.,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Our members work too hard to be short-changed by a profitable employer.”

Unifor opposes health care privatization in Manitoba

WINNIPEG—Unifor will fight for public health care after conservative Premier Heather Stefanson promised increased private sector delivery in the speech from the throne.

“Privatization means cutting corners and prioritizing profits over proper care,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Private health care might be popular among the PC’s elite donor class, but it is a non-starter with working people.”

Guelph car dealership workers ratify new agreements

Vehicle service workers at Wayne Pitman Ford and Barry Cullen Chevrolet dealerships in Guelph made solid gains to wages, benefits, and more after ratifying new three-year agreements.

“Wages were certainly top of mind in this round of bargaining,” said Jerry Escott, Unifor Local 1917 President. “I am proud of the work of the union’s bargaining committees that delivered wage gains over and above the previous round of negotiations.”

Ontario government fall economic statement fails to invest in workers

TORONTO – With rising surpluses and deepening service cuts, the Ontario Fall Economic Statement shows that government has not fully learned the lessons of this month’s labour strife.

“The Government of Ontario should be using these funds to build strong services and invest in critical infrastructure and manufacturing, growing good jobs in both the public and private sectors. Ontario’s healthcare and education systems are long overdue for increased funding, and workers in Ontario need a raise,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Unifor federal lobby calls for worker-centered policies and action on affordability

OTTAWA – Unifor National President Lana Payne called for urgent action to address the affordability crisis and for enactment of policies that will bolster and support workers and their families as she outlined the union’s 2023 federal budget priorities to start the union’s lobby week.  

Payne spoke at a media conference alongside Len Poirier, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer, Daniel Cloutier, Unifor Quebec Director and Matthew Green, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre.

Letter of support to GO Transit workers

To Brother Rob Cormier, President of ATU Local 1587:

RE: Unifor Road Transportation Council in solidarity with striking GO Transit workers

On behalf of the 23,000 members of Unifor’s Road Transportation Council, we would like to send our collective support and solidarity with the 2,200 striking GO Transit workers, represented by ATU Local 1587.

FFAW Echoes Call for Increased Search and Rescue in Labrador

On the heels of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (Nl-FHSA) Safety Symposium last week and the arrival of Minister Joyce Murray in St. John’s this week, the FFAW’s Inshore Council is reiterating the need for increased search and rescue resources in Labrador. 

Letter to Premier Ford from Unifor Auto Council and IPS Council to rescind Notwithstanding legislation

The Honourable Doug Ford, M.P.P.
Premier of Ontario

Dear Premier Ford,

Re: Keeping Students in Class Act, 2022

The extraordinary action your government has taken, through the Keeping Students in Class Act, 2022, to deny CUPE members their constitutional right to strike, but also deny their right to free and fair collective bargaining, is an egregious and needless assault on trade union freedoms.

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Disallow the Keeping Students in Class Act

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

In the midst of collective bargaining between CUPE education sector workers and the Ontario government, Premier Doug Ford’s government this week introduced Bill 28 which enacted the Keeping Students in Class Act.

Unifor 101R files for conciliation

Rail Line: Volume 9 Issue 17

Dear members,

The union commenced bargaining for a new collective agreement with Canadian Pacific (CP) on Sept. 14, 2022.

At the meeting, both parties exchanged proposals. The union made it clear that we are concerned with the employers heavy handed discipline, grievance backlog and the need for CP to improve wages for our members.

Unifor pledges $100,000 donation to support striking CUPE education workers

TORONTO- Unifor and Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council (ORC) announce joint donations to support CUPE education workers fighting Ford’s egregious attack on workers’ rights using the Notwithstanding Clause.

“This morning, Unifor members are out in force on CUPE picket lines, but we need to pool our support as CUPE members and the union face threats of excessive fines for taking job action,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The provincial government attacked all workers with its targeting of CUPE members, so all workers must respond.”

Bill C-18 – Parliamentary Hearing Presentation

Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 310,000 members. Our union represents more than 10,000 media workers, including journalists in the broadcast and print news industry.

Journalism is a public good and its role in holding power to account, strengthening democracy and building community has never been more important. Social media has proven to divide us, pitting neighbour against neighbour.  We are more polarized than ever, but a strong Canadian news media can build community.

Federal fall economic statement shows promise but stops short

TORONTO- The federal fall economic statement, tabled today by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, shows promise but stops short of additional measures needed to ensure economic prosperity and stability for Canada’s workers and their families. 

Unifor Recreation Council works to build engagement and union solidarity

Building membership engagement and union solidarity through social, sport and leisure activities was a key topic of discussion at the Unifor National Recreation Council meeting, held Oct.28-30 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Recreational committee members from locals across Ontario and Manitoba gathered to strategize on outreach and diversification of activities to improve communication with members and increase participation.

Contract ratified at Right Time Call Centre

Unifor Local 1999 members working at Right Time Call Centre will see wage increases and stronger RRSP matching after ratifying a new collective agreement on November 2, 2022.

“Congratulations to the members of Local 1999 at Right Time for hanging tough in negotiations,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The myriad of gains in this agreement are well-deserved.”

Unifor members unanimously ratify new contract at Porter Airlines Fixed Base Operations

Significant wage increases are part of a new collective agreement adopted this week by a unanimous vote of Unifor Local 2002 members working at Porter Airlines Fixed Base Operations Ltd. in Toronto.

“Members prioritized raising the wage floor in this round of bargaining,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The bargaining committee didn’t back down and negotiated the best deal in the interest of the members, with no concessions.”