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Unifor members ratify new agreement with Loomis

TORONTO—Wage increases and improved sick day provisions are part of a new five-year collective agreement ratified today by Unifor members at Loomis Express.

“Unifor is a strong union for courier industry workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Time and again, Loomis Express workers have identified policies that will improve working conditions and bargained skillfully to achieve new gains.”

Local 591-G ratifies three-year deal with CKNX broadcaster 

Workers at radio station CKNX in Wingham, Ont., have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with its parent company, Blackburn Media Inc.

“Congratulations to the bargaining team on negotiating a strong deal for the membership,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Local broadcasters provide a vital service to rural communities by keeping listeners informed and connected.”

Unifor mourns loss of life at James Smith Cree Nation

Like so many, we at Unifor are grieving the loss of life and suffering experienced by the people of James Smith Cree Nation and in the community of Weldon. For our Union, the loss is deeply personal, Carol Burns was a valued member of Unifor Local 2S.

We expect that many difficult moments will lie ahead for all of the families, friends and communities impacted by the senseless violence. Unifor sends its support and solidarity to the Indigenous Elders carrying the weight of these painful events as they focus on assisting their peoples and communities. 

Doug Ford is underspending in child care and health: Here’s why that’s not a good move

Last week, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) revealed that the province spent $776 million (nearly 2% less than planned) in the first quarter of the year.

Here’s how that spending was broken down, and what it means for workers in Ontario.

The shortfall in spending falls into health services and the early learning and child care plans – two sets of programs that are very important to our members, Ontario’s residents and the economy.

Canada’s Airport woes need solutions not finger pointing

By Kaylie Tiessen

Air travellers are frustrated, and for good reason.  A shortage of workers in the industry has clashed with rapidly returning demand for air travel to create cascading flight delays, lost luggage, cancellations and other disruptions at airports around the world.

These problems have been experienced at airports around the world, but Canada’s airports have been the worst.

Unifor school bus drivers reach tentative agreement with First Student

OWEN SOUND —School bus drivers represented by Unifor Local 4268 have reached a tentative agreement with First Student Owen Sound, Kincardine/Port Elgin.

“As the leading union for Ontario’s school bus sector, it’s important that Unifor continues to raise the bar for these critically important workers,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “These negotiations were protracted and I thank the bargaining committee for their dedication in securing a tentative agreement for our members.” 

FFAW Launches Industrial Focused Safety Campaign

ST. JOHN’S, NL – FFAW-Unifor, the largest private sector trade-union in the province, is launching a campaign focused on health and safety issues affecting members. The campaign will run throughout the fall months and will highlight key topics with the goal of bringing change from legislation makers and employers.

Bell Aliant workers vote to accept new contract

HALIFAX- Unifor members at Bell Aliant voted to accept a new collective agreement, ending an 8-month negotiation period.

“Telecommunications workers were razor-focused throughout these talks. The members demanded fair wage increases and commitments to keep good union jobs here in Atlantic Canada,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

The 4-year tentative agreement was reached with Bell on September 9, 2022 and was presented to members for a vote on September 13 and 14, 2022.

Purdy’s workers ratify new contract

VANCOUVER—Wage increases and shift premiums are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified September 14 by Unifor members at Purdy’s Chocolatier.

“This contract makes important gains for workers struggling to cope with the rising cost of living in Metro Vancouver,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Bell Atlantic Bargaining Bulletin Update #7

Members vote yes to accept new tentative agreement

Dear members,

Congratulations, you now have a new collective agreement with Bell. Our 8-months of negotiations and our national fight for this deal have come to a close.

Members voted to accept the deal by 67.4%.

Votes in Favour:            918

Votes Against:               444

School bus drivers at First Student overwhelmingly vote to support strike action

OWEN SOUND —School bus drivers at First Student have voted overwhelmingly to support strike action if negotiations with the company fail to produce a new collective agreement.

“This is a job with tremendous responsibility, not a hobby, but companies continue to ask drivers for a full-time commitment for a part-time pay,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “It’s time for these drivers to be treated with the respect that they deserve.”

Rail line Volume 9, Issue 12

Unifor opens Negotiations with CP Rail

Dear Members,

Today Unifor National Secretary Treasurer Len Poirier, alongside Unifor Local 101R President Rick Raso and his bargaining committee opened negotiations with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) for a new collective agreement this morning in Calgary.

Bill 124 Charter challenge is heard in Ontario Superior Court

Bill 124 squashed the wages and bargaining rights of public sector workers for two years in Ontario.

And now, after two years of prep, Bill 124 hearings began on Monday September 12, 2022. The hearings will run Monday-Friday from September 12-23.

Jury on inquiry into Sudbury miner’s 2015 death adopts Unifor safety recommendations

TORONTO –A jury adopted several of Unifor’s safety and process recommendations to help prevent future death and injury to miners following an inquiry into the October 15, 2015 workplace death of Sudbury miner Richard Pigeau. 

“The jury’s safety, support and training recommendations must be implemented immediately as they are necessary to protect workers in the mining sector,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “One worker’s death is one too many. These practical changes can save lives and prevent injury.”

Unifor opens contract talks with CP

CALGARY – Bargaining for a new collective agreement began this morning in Calgary between Unifor Local 101R and Canadian Pacific (CP).

“Our members have worked tirelessly day in and night across the country, in helping CP earn record profits,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “It is our expectation that CP rewards our members with the fair and equitable wage increases that they deserve.”

Purdy’s workers reach tentative deal before midnight deadline

VANCOUVER—Unifor Local 2000’s bargaining committee has secured a tentative agreement with Purdy’s Chocolatier during negotiations that went down to the deadline set by the union.

“I’m proud of the solidarity and the work done by Local 2000 members to reach a tentative deal that advances their goals,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. 

Purdy’s workers set midnight strike deadline

VANCOUVER—Members of Unifor Local 2000 working at Purdy’s Chocolatier could be on strike at midnight if the employer refuses to make a fair wage offer during negotiations today.

“Unifor members have helped make Purdy’s a household name in British Columbia,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Workers at Purdy’s deserve a fair contract that protects their wages from inflation during uncertain economic times.”

Bell Aliant workers reach tentative agreement

HALIFAX-Unifor members at Bell Aliant reached a tentative agreement with the company on September 9, 2022.

“I want to congratulate the members and the bargaining committee for their solidarity and perseverance through these long and important negotiations,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Details of the collective agreement will only be released pending ratification by members of the bargaining unit. Local unions will hold ratification votes in the coming weeks.

Unifor signs Reproductive Justice Manifesto

Unifor has become a signatory to the Reproductive Justice Manifesto, coordinated by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, the BC Humanist Association, Options for Sexual Health, and the University of British Columbia Social Justice Centre.

Cabot Manufacturing members in Nova Scotia sign first collective agreement

With the ratification of their very first collective agreement, workers at Cabot Manufacturing in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia are looking forward to a more reasonable pay structure and greater health and safety measures.

“The group at Cabot Manufacturing is a great example of the recent resurgence in workers unionizing to better protect and enforce their rights at work,” said Jennifer Murray, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “I send my congratulations to the bargaining committee for the strong work in achieving this solid first agreement.”

GDI Services locks out underpaid Durham College cleaners

TORONTO —GDI Services has served illegal layoff notices to 70 Durham College campus cleaners, locking out the workers after they began strike action on August 24, 2022. 

“This callous and illegal move by GDI is designed to intimidate workers, who are predominantly low-paid women,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The company also threatened workers by telling them they would only keep their jobs if they cross their own picket line. Unifor will not allow our members to be bullied. Not now. Not ever.”

Unifor members from across the GTA support striking GDI Services workers

TORONTO —Unifor members from across the Greater Toronto Area will join striking GDI Services workers on picket lines at Durham College campuses on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
“GDI is using scab workers to perform the cleaning duties of the workers who maintained health standards for students and faculty during the pandemic,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “These workers earn $16.05 an hour and are fighting for economic justice. Unifor will not tolerate the use of scabs and will utilize the full power of our union to support our striking members.”  

Bell Aliant workers to enter final week of conciliation 

HALIFAX- Unifor members at Bell Aliant are heading into the final days of bargaining Tuesday September 6, 2022.

“Unifor members at Bell Aliant have kept Atlantic Canadian connected. Their dedication to their work and solidarity across the region is strong,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “What better time to push Bell for a great contract than the week of Labour Day, when workers across our union are celebrating successes and committing to push for progress.”