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Union members won’t fall for Conservative con job

Jerry Dias
Originally published in the Toronto Sun

Canada’s federal parties are trying, very hard, to win the support of union members this election.

It makes sense.

There are around 5 million card-carrying union members in Canada, making up roughly 30 percent of the working population.

Union members are well versed in democracy, practiced through union and workplace elections. 

Unifor Racial Justice forums kick off next week

Unifor is hosting seven online forums beginning next week that will shine a spotlight on racial justice in the workplace over the next month.

The sessions – kicking off Sept. 16, 2021 in the Atlantic region – will bring together union leadership, activists, employers and community organizations to brainstorm new ideas, tools, strategies and policies for racial justice, whether in union locals, workplaces and communities.

Revera to cut long-term care jobs at Hallowell House during pandemic

August 26, 2021

PICTON —Revera plans to cut long-term care jobs at Hallowell House in Picton, Ontario during the fourth wave of COVID-19.

"Clearly Revera has learned nothing during this pandemic," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "Revera is determined to maintain skeleton staff levels to care for residents as it continues its profit over people business model."

NEB Statement on Comprehensive Workplace Immunization Programs and Mandatory Vaccinations

August 2021

Despite significant progress made in Canada’s campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19 over recent months, including nearly three-quarters of eligible people being fully vaccinated, the country is staring down a fourth wave of the virus.

Sadly, this comes as little surprise. Epidemiologists the world over continue to warn that until vaccines reach a critical mass of people, globally, variants will spread – evolving into more highly transmissible and potentially deadlier strains. 

‘Big Reset’ will deepen economic crisis

By Kaylie Tiessen, Unifor Research

While Premier Andrew Furey is contemplating cutting wages and regressing working conditions for people across the province, as recommended by Moya Greene in her Premier’s Economic Recovery Team (PERT) ‘Big Reset’ Report,  governments and advisors the world over are talking about building back better with inclusive growth policies that ensure no one gets left behind.

Meet the new Unifor website

Unifor’s national website has undergone a substantial makeover with a modern new design to make it easier for members to stay up to date, connect with campaigns, and connect with their union. 
Unifor’s communications department has spent months redesigning to better meet the union’s needs with an updated, mobile friendly theme. 
The new website supports the union’s multi-media campaigns to make help ensure that the voice of workers is loud and clear online in Canada.

Unifor's Newfoundland and Labrador Election Questionnaire

The following message was sent to Unifor's Newfoundland and Labrador Locals on April 16, 2019

Dear Newfoundland and Labrador Unifor Locals

A provincial election is expected to be called any day.

This election, Unifor will be demanding improved workers rights for all workers.

We have prepared a questionnaire for all the main political parties. It is attached for your information. We will provide a report on the responses we receive to you and your members.

Backgrounder - Unifor Health Accord Campaign

“A new Liberal government will re-engage on Canadian health care and negotiate a new Health Accord with provinces and territories, including a long-term agreement on funding.”

Health Spending In Canada

 Canada’s total health spending for 2015 is expected to be $219.1 billion, an increase of $3.4 billion that represents 10.9% of our country’s GDP. 

Media Advisory: De Havilland workers rally to protect 700 aerospace jobs

August 23, 2021

TORONTO–Unifor will hold a rally and news conference at the De Havilland picket line on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, where workers are on strike to stop their wealthy corporate owners from moving Dash 8 aircraft production, putting 700 jobs at the Toronto facility at risk.  

Unifor condemns injunction against striking De Havilland workers

August 20, 2021

TORONTO–An overreaching injunction issued by Justice Fred Myers against Unifor members who are on strike and picketing at De Havilland Aircraft of Canada is an affront to workers’ rights, says Canada’s largest private sector union.

Unifor celebrates Mexican union vote, supports Mexican autoworkers

August 19, 2021 TORONTO – A vote by workers at a General Motors plant in Mexico this week, rejecting an imposed and undemocratic union contract, is a great step forward for them and for workers across North America, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says. “This is exactly what we worked so hard to achieve during the talks to renegotiate NAFTA. Every worker deserves a real voice in their workplace” Dias said.

Unifor statement on the situation in Afghanistan

Unifor is expressing solidarity with the people and workers of Afghanistan, as news reports continue to paint a dire and desperate situation for the country's people. Over the past few weeks, the Taliban have advanced across Afghanistan, which has caused a rise in violence and threats against citizens.

Bell Media cuts show need for level playing field

The layoffs being announced at Bell Media at its Queen Street location today, resulting in 27 jobs lost and another 22 jobs being reclassified, shows the need to level the playing field as foreign Internet broadcasters operate outside existing regulations.

Ontario’s healthcare system at risk as Ford government fails to address worsening health human resource crisis

Union leaders from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, SEIU Healthcare, and Unifor were joined by a frontline healthcare worker at a media conference on Tuesday to demand an urgent and comprehensive strategy from the Ford government to address the worsening health human resource crisis in Ontario that is leaving seniors and patients without the staffing levels they need.

Media Advisory: Striking De Havilland workers hold rally

TORONTO–Unifor will host a rally to support De Havilland workers on strike at the Downsview picket line on Tuesday, August 17 at 12 noon.

“Hundreds of good aerospace jobs in Toronto are at risk of being lost when we need them most,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We need our economy to recover rapidly from the effects of COVID-19. With a federal election in full swing it’s time for politicians to take action to protect highly skilled workers now more than ever.”

Media Advisory: Ontario’s health human resource crisis is getting worse after a failed approach to recruitment and retention

SEIU Healthcare, CUPE, and Unifor to hold joint media conference with frontline healthcare worker on August 17 – 10 a.m.

Union leaders from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, SEIU Healthcare, and Unifor will be joined by a frontline healthcare worker at a media conference on Tuesday to discuss the worsening health human resource crisis in Ontario that is leaving seniors and patients without the staffing levels they need.

Unifor’s Bell Craft and Services members ratify deal that protects jobs and improves wages

TORONTO – Unifor members in Bell’s craft units vote to ratify a collective agreement that protects full time jobs, increases wages, and expands the company’s diversity and inclusion.

“Unifor members in telecommunications continue to set industry standards with this contract. Canada’s telecom workers provide an indispensable service to communities, families and businesses, and the commitment of union members and the bargaining committee helped ensure that their contributions are fully recognised in this contract,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

Unifor Local 2301 to meet with employer

Striking members of Unifor Local 2301 will discuss future bargaining protocol with the employer on August 12 for the first time since the strike began