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Unifor members at Windsor Salt mine to begin job action

WINDSOR—Concessionary demands for contracting out work are among the issues that will force Unifor Locals 1959 and 240 to begin legal strike action at Windsor Salt tonight at midnight.

“When the employer comes with concessions and schemes to bust the union, Unifor members are going to fight back every time,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Workers at Windsor Salt have the full backing of our union.”

CP Rail workers ratify new contract

MONTREAL - Unifor members at Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail have ratified a new two-year contract.

“Rail workers, just like workers in many sectors across Canada, are bargaining in particularly challenging conditions right now,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The members of the 101-R bargaining committee remained focused and committed to achieving a fair agreement for their membership. I applaud them for their work and look forward to their continued efforts to improve working conditions for their members in the future.”

Rail Line Volume 10, Issue 3

Local 101R Ratifies their Tentative Agreement

Dear Members,

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules and attending the ratification and strike vote meetings. We are please to report that the Local 101R membership has ratified the tentative agreement reached on January 13, 2023.

There is no other way to put it – this was a very difficult round of bargaining. Your bargaining committee was facing an employer who purposed concessions right off the bat. We knew we had our work cut out for us.

PeopleCare long-term care workers join Unifor

Health care workers at peopleCare long term care home in Tavistock, Ont. have voted to join Unifor.

“Health care workers across the country are demanding more for themselves and those that they care for,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Joining a union is the first step in improving the working and living conditions in long-term care homes. I welcome our newest members at peopleCare and look forward to bargaining a first collective agreement that respects, protects and adequately pays our members.”

Unifor Media Council releases discussion paper spotlighting harassment against media workers

TORONTO – Unifor Media Council is launching a new media discussion paper—Breaking the News: Media Workers Under Attack—which focuses on confronting the increasing harassment of media workers.

“We hear stories from our media members all the time about the hate, racism, homophobia and misogyny they face on a daily basis, online and in-the-field,” said Unifor Media Council Chair Julie Kotsis.

Unifor media workers honoured at CJFE gala for fighting back against harassment

Three women journalists, two of whom are Unifor members, were recognized tonight at the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression gala in Toronto for their brave efforts to fight back against misogyny and their online abusers.

This year’s Tara Singh Hayer Award was presented to Toronto Star podcast co-host and producer Saba Eitizaz and Global News political reporter Rachel Gilmore, both Unifor members, and The Hill Times journalist Erica Ifill.

Prioritize retiree’s pensions in bankruptcy, says Unifor to Senate Committee

A private member’s bill with all-party support in the House of Commons currently before a Senate Committee could fundamentally improve pension security for retirees across the country.

Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985, would amend bankruptcy and insolvency legislation to give “super-priority” to funding the deficit of a pension plan.

Unifor members ratify new contract with Mosaic

ESTERHAZY, SK—Wage increases form the cornerstone of a new collective agreement ratified February 13, 2023 between Unifor Local 892 and Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Limited.

“Unifor members working at Mosaic stood united in their demands for a fair contract,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “They can be very proud of what they accomplished.”

Unifor condemns alleged editorial interference from ownership of QP Briefing

TORONTO – Unifor is extremely concerned about the reported editorial interference at Queen’s Park Briefing (QP Briefing). These are serious allegations that undermine the integrity necessary for independent, fact-based journalism.

Unifor was made aware of allegations of editorial interference at QP Briefing late last week, which propelled a journalist and a management editor to resign in protest. The union strongly condemns any action that leads to this kind of editorial interference. 

Unifor backs taxi drivers in case against City of Ottawa

OTTAWA—Regulators at the City of Ottawa acted irresponsibly when they rushed through ride-sharing approvals without a plan to mitigate the impacts on the city’s taxi fleet, says Unifor.

“By capitulating to the demands of multinational tech giants, the local government set up a race to the bottom in the taxi industry and, in many cases, stripped workers of their retirement security,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The resulting two-tiered system was devastating for hundreds of families relying on incomes from taxi services.”

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.”

Compass Minerals salt workers ratify collective agreement

Members of Unifor Local 677 in Unity, Sask. voted to ratify a new collective agreement, securing wage increases and the introduction of paid sick days.

“All workers need access to paid sick days, to keep our co-workers safe and so that people can take the time they need to get well when they’re under the weather. I’m proud that this contract makes paid sick days a reality for members,” said Ken Coons, Unifor Local 677 President.

Unifor Skilled Trades

The Unifor Skilled Trades Council and national Skilled Trades department are dedicated to raising standards and strengthening the Skilled Trades across Canada.

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 raises more than $70K for “One Night” for homeless prevention programs

They huddled in sleeping bags in the back of their cars and set up tents in parking lots in locations across Canada in a show of solidarity to tackle homelessness.

Unifor locals, members and staff participated in Raising the Roof’s “One Night” event on Feb. 7, 2023 to raise awareness and money for the organization’s homelessness prevention programs. Unifor's fundraising efforts reached over $70,000, contributing approximately half of the $142,261 total raised nation-wide at One Night events. 

Unifor air traffic specialists (FSS) begin bargaining with Nav Canada

The Air Traffic Specialists Association of Canada (ATSAC), who are members of Unifor Local 2245, opened bargaining with Nav Canada this week in Toronto.

“During the past three difficult years, the members of the Air Traffic Specialists Association of Canada, Local 2245, continued to demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the safety of the flying public across this country,” said ATSAC President Elizabeth O’Hurley.

Windsor Machine members ratify three-year contract

Members at Windsor Machine voted overwhelming to ratify a new three-year collective agreement that delivered wage gains, a signing bonus and a host of contract language improvements.

“This is a healthy deal that reflects a greater worth in our members,” said Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy. “The committee's experience and knowledge of the workplace were vital to the process, they remained focused on our member's critical issues throughout negotiations. I commend them for their commitment to our Windsor Machine members.”

Profit Doesn’t Care: Unifor rallies during federal funding negotiations

Workers rallied on Parliament Hill while Premiers and Prime Minister Trudeau negotiated a new health care funding deal for provinces and territories.

Ahead of the February 7th action, Unifor launched a petition to send a message to provincial and federal decision-makers to protect the future of public health care in the deal.

The event brought together union workers and health care advocates from across the country to demand that people are put ahead of profits.

Unifor Quebec mobilize in support of the Iranian people

Under the banner of “WOMEN-LIFE-LIBERTY,” members of Unifor Quebec and Quebec Director Daniel Cloutier braved the cold on Feb. 4, 2023 to support the Iranian people at a demonstration in downtown Montreal.

"As a union, how can we not respond to this call for freedom?” said Cloutier, addressing the protesters. “That's why we are here, to join our voice to those millions of other voices calling for freedom, justice and security.”

Gate Gourmet’s closure at YUL Airport sheds 50 jobs

Members of Unifor Local 698 working for Gate Gourmet in Dorval, Que. learned earlier this week that the employer would be shutting its operations at the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and cutting 50 positions.

The closure is said to be due to the loss of a contract with the airline, Swiss Air.

Unifor Rec Committee Football Pool touches down

Unifor’s Recreation Department has announced the winners of the NFL Fantasy Football Pool for this year, running up to Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII.

The second-annual online virtual pool ran from Sept. 8, 2022 to Jan. 8, 2023, attracting some 1,200 Unifor members across the country who participated picking games every week. The person with the most successful picks was the winner of the pool for that week.

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 in solidarity with striking faculty at Memorial University

The Honourable Andrew Furey

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Confederation Building, East Block
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL  A1B 4J6

Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University
Office of the President
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL  A1C 5S7

Dear Premier Furey and Dr. Timmons,


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.”

Westrock Guelph packaging company members sign new agreement

Members at Westrock Guelph packaging company signed a new four-year agreement with 11.25% total wage increases and their first Women’s Advocate and Racial Justice Advocate.

“My congratulations to the members at Westrock Guelph on their new agreement,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Local 1917 has done a great job with this round of bargaining, getting improvements to wages and benefits and negotiating Women's and Racial Justice Advocates. They should be very proud of their work to build a more inclusive workplace.”