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Action needed now to resume construction of Stellantis battery plant

WINDSOR—Urgent action is required by the federal government so that construction can resume on the five billion Stellantis EV battery plant in Windsor, Ontario.

“It’s outrageous that tens of thousands of jobs are in jeopardy due to a failure to come to terms on government investment,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The situation is as serious as it gets. This needs to be resolved immediately to preserve workers’ livelihoods and construction of the EV plant can resume.”  

Take action on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

Unifor marks the 2023 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) with solidarity for people of all sexual and gender diversities.

Every year on May 17, the IDAHOBIT is celebrated globally. The campaign aims to increase awareness of the persistent discrimination, violence, and marginalization faced by individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics, including two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (2SLGBTQI) peoples.

Personal Support Worker Statement 2023

In celebration of Personal Support Worker Day on May 19, 2023 Unifor salutes the contributions of the thousands of Unifor members who work as Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Ontario.

We are especially proud to recognize PSW’s who were on the front lines putting themselves in danger ever day by providing care for others during the pandemic.

Celebrate Unifor’s 10th anniversary at Canadian Council

Join in celebrating Unifor’s 10-year anniversary Canadian Council in Halifax, N.S. this August.

The official call letter has gone out and registration is open for locals to register members online to attend before the deadline of July 19.

There is no registration fee for the Canadian Council, but advance sign-up is required via the online registration system. Delegates’ usernames and passwords will be sent directly to the local union president in a separate email.

Unifor members win safety award in Sudbury

The 2022 John T. Ryan National Award for Metal Mines for the best safety performance in Canada was awarded to Unifor Local 598 workers at the Glencore Nickel Rim South Mine in Sudbury.

"Achieving the best safety performance in Canada is an accomplishment to be proud of. Safety as we know requires everyday vigilance. And it should always come before profit," said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. "Local 598 is setting a standard for the whole industry."

Unifor Local 4304 members ratify contract with Grand River Transit

WATERLOO—Wage increases and benefits enhancements are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified today by members of Unifor Local 4304 working at Grand River Transit.

“Unifor members in the transit sector have done a terrific job of serving the public. They negotiated very hard to get improvements in their contracts,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I’m proud of Local 4304 and congratulate them on this progress.”

The ratification means service will resume on May 11, 2023.

Auto parts workers at TRQSS ratify first contract

WINDSOR—More than 600 Unifor Local 444 members at TRQSS, a seatbelt manufacturing plant in Windsor, ratified their first contract this weekend making significant economic and equity gains.

Unifor Local 4304 reaches tentative agreement with Grand River Transit

WATERLOO—Unifor Local 4304 members working at Grand River Transit will vote Tuesday, May 9 on a tentative agreement signed on the weekend with the employer.

Service will resume May 11 if the contract is ratified by the Local 4304 membership.

Details within the agreement will be available to the public following ratification.

Unifor stands by Lachine retirement home workers after CIUSSS announces layoffs

More than 60 Unifor activists rallied on May 5 in front of the Résidences Floralies Lachine in Lachine, Que. in support of the workers at the seniors' residence.

Unifor learned recently that the long-term care home was forcing residents to relocate, after seven months of direct management by the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux (CIUSSS) West Island of Montreal.

Because of the relocation, the company announced there will be layoffs impacting the 130 Floralies Lachine employees.

Unifor Nursing Week 2023 Statement

As we celebrate Nurses Week 2023, we take a moment to recognize and appreciate the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of nurses across Canada.

Unifor represents 4,000 Registered or Licensed Practical Nurses (RPNs/LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RN) who work in hospitals, private and municipal long-term care homes.

Now, more than ever, we have come to realize the critical role that nurses play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

Letter to Toronto City Council Re: Expanding tourist area exemptions for retail

Dear Councillor,

Re: Proposed Amendment to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 510-5

We are writing to you on an urgent matter.

It has come to our attention that the City’s Economic and Community Development Committee has recommended amendments to the Toronto Municipal Code, expanding the number of designated retail businesses operating with ‘tourist area exemption’ status. The stated objective is to expand the number of retailers allowed to open for business on statutory holidays.

WestJet workers in Toronto ratify their first collective agreement

TORONTO – The 350 members of Unifor Local 531 have overwhelmingly ratified their first collective agreement with WestJet at Pearson International Airport in Toronto (YYZ).

“Congratulations to our WestJet members and the bargaining committee,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor member running for the Alberta NDP in Fort McMurray

Unifor Local 707-A member Tanika Chaisson has a passion for social and economic justice.

“There’s so much important work the government has to do to improve public services for the people of Alberta,” said Chaisson. “The Danielle Smith government simply isn’t doing it. In fact, it’s doing the opposite: it is starving health care and attacking our basic rights at work. We need to change the government.”

Unifor Quebec Council

The 18th Quebec Council of Unifor was held in Trois-Rivières from April 26 to 28.

Sophie Albert, the new president of the Quebec Council, chaired her first council since her election in Nov. 2022.

Unifor Local 4304 members on strike at Grand River Transit

WATERLOO—Unifor Local 4304 members working at Grand River Transit (GRT) began strike action early on May 1 after rejecting the tentative agreement negotiated with the transit service.

“It’s clear the employer has not met the expectations of transit workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Local 4304 members provide key services for the region and expect wages and benefits to keep pace with economic growth.”

No bargaining meetings with the employer are currently scheduled.

WestJet workers in Toronto get their first tentative agreement

TORONTO – The 350 members of Unifor Local 531 have reached their first tentative deal with WestJet at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

“A first contract sets the base from which we bargain in the future and WestJet members have worked hard to reach this tentative agreement,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “By joining Unifor, WestJet members have gained a strong voice to improve their working conditions and can now do so through collective bargaining.”

RailLine, Volume 10, Issue 9

More than 3000 CN Rail workers ratify new contract

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

Workers gain protection as pension super-priority Bill receives royal assent

Ottawa – Bill C-228, a private members’ bill that gives pension plan members super-priority during plan windups and bankruptcy proceedings received royal assent.

“This change has been many years in the making. I’m glad to see lawmakers in both chambers say ‘enough is enough’ and put workers first by adopting this legislation,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Pensions are deferred wages and they cannot be allowed to be stripped away and put to the back of the line if the company closes up shop.”

Global working-class resistance resonates across borders on May Day

Unifor proudly marks  International Workers' Day, celebrated internationally on May 1, as workers and trade unions continue to struggle for peace, equality, and economic and social justice.

This past year has been particularly challenging for workers as central bankers and corporate profiteers in Canada and elsewhere have waged an open war on the working-class. Shamefully, they have blamed workers for rising inflation and the high cost of living, asserting that too many people are working and that worker wages are increasing too rapidly.

An Open Letter Concerning the PSAC Strike

To: The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, House of Commons
Workers whose job it is to assist other workers when they need EI income benefits are now on strike for a fair contract.
The undersigned community and civil society organizations urgently call on the federal government to negotiate a fair collective agreement with striking Service Canada workers.