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Unifor celebrates Nova Scotia Continuing Care Assistant Week

Unifor proudly celebrates Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) Week, October 10-15, 2022, organized by the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) as part of Continuing Care Month.

"We share our gratitude and respect for CCAs this week as we continue to support these workers in gaining the recognition and working conditions they deserve,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I want to personally thank CCAs for their dedication and deep commitment to care. Our communities are more compassionate because of you.”

Unifor members contribute strategies at International Black Health Conference

Unifor members attended the inaugural International Black Health Conference in Halifax, N.S. to discuss strategies for improving access to health care in Black communities across Canada. 

The conference – from Oct. 6 to 8, 2022 – is the first in Canada. Its main goal is to create better health outcomes across Black communities, inform clinical practice, initiate policy change, and showcase achievements and promising practices, which will be documented in a report available to the public in early 2023.

Unifor in solidarity with protestors demanding freedom, justice and equal rights in Iran

Unifor stands in full support and solidarity with protestors bravely taking to the streets across Iran in the wake of the murder of 22-year old Mahsa Amini on September 16th, at the hands of Iran’s Guidance Patrol (commonly known as the ‘morality police’), after allegedly failing to adhere to the country’s strict dress code.

Unifor opposes National Supply Chain Task Force anti-worker recommendation

TORONTO-Unifor is calling on the federal government to renounce an ‘incredulous’ recommendation by the National Supply Chain Task Force to develop an alternative model of labour relations intended to diminish workers’ fundamental right to strike and to publicly recommit to basic workplace rights afforded to Canadian workers.

2022 South Island Powwow

Orange Shirt Day is a reminder of the colonial violence that still haunts survivors and their families today. The Songhees Nation hosted the South Island powwow on September 30 as a show of unity and perseverance. Watch Unifor activists participate in the day's activities.

Unifor celebrates wage increases for NS Early Childhood Educators

HALIFAX –Unifor is congratulating Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) on their long-fought victory for wage increases following today’s Nova Scotia government announcement to invest an additional $75 million annually in the sector.

“Accessible, affordable, quality child care is what underpins our workforce and it doesn’t work without living wages for ECEs,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Respecting child care workers will ensure the success of the Canada-wide $10-a-day child care plan and strengthen the Canadian economy.”

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Autoport 

HALIFAX––Unifor has reached a tentative agreement on behalf of workers at the Autoport vehicle processing and transshipment facility, located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia at the mouth of the Halifax harbour. 

“With the united support of the membership behind them the bargaining committee was able to secure a tentative agreement that addresses key priorities for the workers,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

Health and Safety Conference tackles foundational workplace issues

More than 150 health and safety representatives and leaders gathered at Unifor’s Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ont., for the 2022 Health and Safety Conference. Held biannually, this was the union’s first in-person health and safety conference in four years, but in that time, the pandemic meant the national union and local leaders were more occupied with health and safety issues than ever before.

Oshawa, Ont. auto dealership workers secure job security in contract talks

Unifor Local 222 members at Mills Motors recently ratified a collective agreement, focusing on job security at the automotive dealership.

“The ongoing supply chain shortages and other economic interruptions have squeezed automotive dealerships, and by extension, workers. Congratulations to the bargaining committee for securing this contract amidst difficult times for the auto industry,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

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Local 100 and Autoport Eastern Passage Bargaining and Strike Vote Results

The bargaining committee at Autoport Eastern Passage has been negotiating with the employer since February 15, 2021. The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2021.

No more stolen sisters

October 4 is a day to honour murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited persons (MMIWG2S) while showing love and support for their families.

Unifor stands united with the families of MMIWG2S and calls on the Trudeau government to place the implementation of the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the top of the legislative agenda.

October is Women’s History Month

This year we mark Women’s History Month in Canada with the knowledge that gains toward equality are fragile and need vigilance to continually protect and enshrine them into the fabric of our union and country.

As we reach back into our past to share the stories of women who have been trailblazers, we learn important lessons from their struggles and triumphs that we need to continually remind ourselves of today.

Lana Payne shares hope for Canadian journalism’s future

It was Lana Payne’s career in journalism that sparked her love of unions.

When the Unifor National President was 21, she worked for her hometown paper, the St. John’s Evening Telegram in Newfoundland and Labrador, calling it a “baptism by fire,” enduring night shifts and eventually discovering her passion in covering labour issues. She found her beat.

Unifor calls for respect for Torstar workers amidst dissolution application

TORONTO –Unifor is disheartened that news of a court application to dissolve NordStar Capital Inc., the controlling company of Torstar and the Toronto Star, came from a media outlet, rather than the employer.

"Today's unexpected news was completely disrespectful to the hard-working Toronto Star staff who felt blindsided by this information – or rather, lack-of,” said Unifor’s National President Lana Payne. “Journalists and media workers often put their lives on the line to provide fact-based reporting to the public and they deserve better.”

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

September 30 is a national statutory holiday to recognize the widespread abuse at residential schools, honour survivors, and work for reconciliation. The event has been known as Orange Shirt Day since 2013. It is named after the clothing taken from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad when she was six years old on her first day at residential school.

Unifor reaches first tentative deal with Saputo

Unifor has reached a tentative three-year agreement with Saputo Dairy Products after a six-month period of negotiations.

“Congratulations to the bargaining team to stand firm on negotiating the best collective agreement for new members,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The first contract always sets a standard and this deal addresses the needs and concerns of our members.”

International Day of Older Persons 2022

On October 1, we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons.

First observed in 1991, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated this day to draw attention to the important contribution of seniors and to changing demographics: the greying of the population, or the "age of ageing."  We mark this day as a way of providing education on public issues and concerns, to mobilize for change and action and to celebrate achievements.

Unifor calls for support for fact-based journalism and local news

Unifor stands with journalists and independent news organizations on World News Day – Sept. 28, 2022 – a day where many recognize the importance of fact-based journalism.

The rise of misinformation and the acute lack of funding for quality local news is leading Canada to a crossroads. As a country, we can choose to fund and value local news and the work of journalists, or face the consequences caused by fake news and unreliable information spread on social media.

Fact-based news is an integral part of a healthy democracy, and it must be defended and adequately funded.

Unifor donates $500,000 to Canadian Red Cross Hurricane Fiona response

TORONTO- Unifor will donate $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for the Hurricane Fiona in Canada Appeal in support of recovery efforts in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec.

“The devastation in coastal and Atlantic communities cannot be overstated. Recovery efforts will be ‘all hands on deck’ and Unifor is prepared to step up and participate through what will surely be a long and difficult period,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Unifor ratifies collective agreement with Extendicare

TORONTO— Members at the Extendicare group of nursing homes across Ontario ratified 10 new collective agreements with precedent-setting improvements including a pilot project to move the entire workforce to full-time. 

Unifor converts 300 temporary positions into permanent jobs

FORT MCMURRAY—A new memorandum of understanding signed with Suncor will convert 300 temporary positions into permanent jobs by the end of 2024.

“Local 707-A has done great work to secure these additional good jobs by mutual agreement with the employer,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

EI/CPP activists develop skills and plan for continued campaign action

The 2022 Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan (EI/CPP) Conference, hosted at the Unifor Family Education Centre, took place over a monumental weekend for EI benefits in Canada.

On Saturday, September 24, the remaining EI temporary measures were allowed to expire by the federal government. Delegates were trained to navigate a much different system where fewer Canadians will be able to qualify for benefits, and where separation payments will now be allocated all despite Unifor’s ongoing campaign efforts.

Fiona Leaves Wake of Devastation for Inshore Harvesters

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Professional fish harvesters on the southwest coast of the province are left reeling after post-tropical storm Fiona made landfall in the area on Friday and Saturday. The damage left in Fiona’s wake has impacted multiple enterprises, leaving significant damage to gear, boats, motors, and sheds. FFAW-Unifor is seeking financial support from federal and provincial governments to assist these inshore harvesters in their rebuilding efforts. 

Statement on Hurricane Fiona Devastation

Families across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec are facing devastation of their homes and neighbourhoods, displacement, injury, and other damaging effects of Hurricane Fiona today.

This is a storm like we have never experienced before. Indeed, the severity and frequency of such storms has increased dramatically in recent years due to climate change. The toll of the damage is still unknown but reports grow as we cautiously wait for the weather to clear and for more information to come in.