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Unifor launches campaign to improve warehouse working conditions

TORONTO– As the holiday shopping season ramps up on Black Friday, Unifor has launched the ‘Warehouse Workers Unite’ campaign to improve working conditions for workers in warehousing, distribution and logistics facilities across the country.

“Frontline essential warehouse workers literally carry the load to ensure that we have access to the goods that we need but they also bear the brunt as pressure for faster and faster delivery results in ever-worsening conditions, with increased demands to work at almost impossible speeds,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Unifor launches campaign to improve warehouse working conditions

As the holiday shopping season ramps up on Black Friday, Unifor is launching the ‘Warehouse Workers Unite’ campaign to improve working conditions for workers in warehousing, distribution and logistics facilities across the country.

“Frontline essential warehouse workers literally carry the load to ensure that we have access to the goods that we need but they also bear the brunt as pressure for faster and faster delivery results in ever-worsening conditions, with increased demands to work at almost impossible speeds,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Unifor unveils new poster for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

To recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women next month, Unifor is launching a new poster to commemorate the day on December 6, 2021.

The downloadable and printable posters will feature male leadership, including National President Jerry Dias, encouraging other men to speak up about men’s violence against women with a list of ways they can advocate for it.

Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Unifor’s activism against violence against women and gender-based violence in all its forms is strong and longstanding. Together workers have won efforts to prevent violence, and better support survivors. Women have led the way. 

Women still experience violence predominantly at the hands of men, most often their intimate partners or family members. Men's violence against women has increased sharply during the pandemic. 

By naming the source of the violence, we can focus more clearly on finding solutions. 

Unifor members at Clean Harbors take strike action

November 22, 2021

SARNIA—The workers responsible for treating toxic waste at Corunna’s Clean Harbors site went on strike starting at 12:01 a.m. today.

“Gender equality and fairness are at the core of this job action,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The employer can either follow the collective agreement and ensure wages keep up with inflation or it can expect work disruptions.”

Building Back Better a strong focus at Aviation Council

Unifor’s Aviation Council held its first meeting in two years on November 17, 2021 since COVID-19 caused a shutdown of the airline sector.

“As a sector, we’re clearly in for a slow path back to where we were before the pandemic. While flights may be full, there are far fewer than before as airlines manage capacity,” said Leslie Dias, Unifor Director of Airlines in her opening remarks. “As a union, we’ve been looking at things we can do to speed up that process.”

Unifor Local 2002 ratifies new three-year deal with Nasittuq

The 50 Unifor members that work at the Canadian Forces Station Alert military site in Nunavut have struck a new three-year deal with their employer, Nasittuq.

Unifor Local 2002, which represents site-support services, food services, airfield operations, program management, and logistical and administrative support to the Canadian Government for the maintenance and operation of the CFS Alert, ratified the agreement on November 15, 2021 by 67%.

World Toilet Day 2021

Most Canadians take safe sanitation for granted. But across the world, approximately 3.6 billion people do not have access to a safely managed sanitation service (WHO/UNICEF 2021).

As an affiliate of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Unifor recognizes World Toilet Day as an opportunity to raise awareness about regions and workplaces where workers still fight for the basic dignity of safe sanitation.

Historian tracks spillover of right-wing politics

The storm of right-wing politics that has raged in the United States is showing signs of coming north and affecting Canada, Duke University historian and author Nancy MacLean told a Unifor meeting this week.

“It’s very much tornado weather in U.S.,” MacLean told Unifor’s Strategic Planning Committee. “It has been quite a wild ride and now we are in a race with time ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections.”

MacLean, who also spoke at Unifor’s Constitutional convention in Quebec City, said the situation among right-wingers has only got worse since then.

Unifor Statement on the Trans Day of Remembrance

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.

Unifor’s own constitution asserts the union’s commitment to equity and inclusion, to ensure equality for all members regardless of gender identity and to fight for their rights in our workplaces, communities, and in broader society. 

Unifor at Glasgow COP meeting

Unifor was among several Canadian unions and labour organizations at the recent COP26 climate change meetings in Glasgow, Scotland, helping to ensure Canada signed onto the Just Transition Declaration.

“It was vital that Unifor be at these meetings. The voice of workers needs to be heard when decisions about climate change are being made, and commitments are agreed to,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Unifor was represented in Glasgow by Environment, Health and Safety Director Sari Sairanen and Researcher Sune Sandbeck.

Alberta families gained nothing with Kenney’s delay on child care

Families in Alberta may soon be able to have $10/day child care after the provincial government finally signed onto the federal childcare agreement, but Unifor says the long delay engineered by premier Jason Kenney was for naught. 

“All the chest-pounding and Ottawa-bashing might be popular with Jason Kenney’s base, but if you read the details, the agreement announced on November 15, 2021 is effectively the same deal achieved by B.C. Premier John Horgan five months ago,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. 

Unifor Local 341-O ratifies new four-year agreement with BASF

Unifor members working at BASF successfully fought back concessions to negotiate a new collective agreement that includes wage increases and fairer discipline policy.

“Congratulations to Local 341-O for persevering during difficult negotiations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The bargaining committee got the job done and they should be proud.”

First in person NEB meeting in 2 years underway in Port Elgin

Unifor’s elected National Executive Board (NEB) met in person for the first time in two years this week in Port Elgin.

“It is absolutely joyful to be back here at the Family Education Centre – the heart of our union,” said Unifor’s National Secretary Treasurer, Lana Payne as she opened the meeting, which included the 25 elected members as well as Department, Sector and Area Directors.

Shorelines Casino Peterborough workers join Unifor

Workers at the Shorelines Casino in Peterborough have voted overwhelmingly to join Canada’s largest union for gaming workers, Unifor.

“After a very difficult year, casino workers want more control over their conditions of work,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Having a union gives workers an important voice and helps level the playing field with their employer.” 

Unifor members get 36% wage increase in first contract with Scarlet Security

Unifor Local 2300 secured a 36% wage increase over the life of their first collective agreement with a newly organized unit at Scarlet Security.

“We welcome the new members in Kitimat and congratulate them on the skilled negotiations for their first collective agreement,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

The collective agreement ratified on November 7, 2021 includes major gains in addition to wage increases in the four-year contract. They also secured a pension plan, more control over scheduling, better overtime provisions, paid leaves, and health benefits.

Atlantic and Clerical members united as Bell delays release of information

Bargaining Update: Bell Aliant and Bell Clerical Negotiations

The commencement of bargaining for both Bell Aliant and Bell Clerical continues to be delayed.

Failure to Disclose Information

Before entering into fair negotiations, your union needs to receive information about displacement of work from our bargaining units, both on shore and off shore. As everyone is aware, both units have seen a consistent reduction in membership.

First truck rolls off reopened GM Oshawa assembly line

The first vehicle rolled off the newly reopened General Motors assembly line in Oshawa at an event on November 8. The Chevy Silverado drove off the line following an address by Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“Today is an incredibly important day for all of you, your families, and the community of Oshawa,” Dias told hundreds of workers who participated in the event. “It is so incredible to see so many of you who maintained your recall rights and those of you that are brand new to the operations—we want to welcome you to the Unifor family.”
 

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding the appeal of the Federal Court’s ruling on compensation for Indigenous children

November 9, 2021

SENT VIA EMAIL
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
@email    

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of Unifor, I want to express my extreme disappointment with your government’s decision to appeal the Federal Court’s ruling upholding the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) order regarding First Nations children. 

Unifor takes safe transport campaign national

TORONTO—Unifor’s Road Transport Council voted to expand its Ontario campaign for safe rest stops to every province in a push to make roads safer and protect long-haul drivers.

“Nobody should be forced to ‘drive tired’ to make deadlines,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Roads are safer for everyone when truck drivers can safely stop to rest and check their loads.”