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Not Backing Down: Harvesters Hold Strong After St. John’s Rally

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Close to a thousand people gathered today in St. John’s in front of the Confederation Building, calling for action to save the province’s snow crab fishery. The Union that represents over 14,000 people in the province, including all 10,000 professional fish harvesters and some 3,000 processing workers, says that it’s the government’s responsibility to protect the people who rely on the fishery, and ensure processing companies operate in a manner that benefits the people of our province. 

Why Windsor Salt workers are on strike

Windsor Salt workers are standing firm in their refusal to sign away their jobs. The Unifor members have been on strike for two months against American hedge fund owners that are demanding the right to contract out their work. Watch their stories.

Unifor hosts Sinn Féin representative during 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

For Gavin McGarrigle, the Good Friday Agreement hits too close to home.

The Unifor Western Regional Director spoke of his earliest memories as a six-year-old crossing the border between Ireland and Britain frequently with his family before emigrating to Canada in 1981. During those crossings, he recalls the chaos and violence.

“I can remember standing on the side of the road in front of a massive guard tower while our family’s car was ripped apart by British soldiers on patrol,” he said.

Unifor members ratify contract with Coast Mountain Bus Company (TransLink)

SURREY—Wage increases and benefits enhancements are key features of a collective agreement between Unifor and Coast Mountain Bus Company, ratified today by members of Unifor locals 111 and 2200. 

“The gains in this collective agreement will help improve working conditions and the quality of life for Metro Vancouver’s transit workers and their families,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Unifor members ratify new contract with Fairmont Empress Hotel

VICTORIA—The membership of Unifor Local 4276 voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a new three-year contract with their employer at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

“Unifor members at the Fairmont Empress have secured a strong collective agreement and have helped set the table for upcoming negotiations in the hospitality sector,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Congratulations on a job well done.”

Decade long health care privatization fight wins in Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed Cambie Surgeries Corporation’s attempt to overturn the BC Medicare Protection Act

“Canadians will always defend and work to build a health care system that is accessible, universal not for profit,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “This ruling should be a lesson that Canadians will not accept a two-tier health care system where the kind of care you get is determined by your wealth.”

B.C. minimum wage increase will help protect vulnerable workers from inflation

Unifor is welcoming the news that B.C.’s minimum wage will increase to $16.75 per hour on June 1, 2023.

“Premier David Eby’s government is signalling that it will not leave the province’s lowest paid workers behind as the cost of living rises,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Strong minimum wage, improved employment standards, and greater access to forming a union are all part of the pro-worker changes introduced by this government, and other provinces should follow suit.”

Members unite to shape new national bargaining strategy

What would a strategic bargaining program look like that truly represents members? Unifor is on a mission to find out.

The union is engaging in ‘Bargaining Worker Power’ sessions, a cross-country consultation to uncover current issues and priorities across Unifor’s many industries and gather new ideas to strengthen the union’s bargaining position.

Workers at Native Child And Family Services Of Toronto reach tentative agreement

Unifor Local 2488 bargaining committee and Native Child And Family Services Of Toronto have reached a tentative collective agreement.

“This was a difficult round of negotiations, but our bargaining committee stood together,” said Andrea Lawrence, President of Local 2488. “This agreement would not have been reached without the skills and solidarity of the bargaining committee.” 

New Flyer bus manufacturer workers ratify new deal

The members of New Flyer, a Canadian multinational bus manufacturer based out of Winnipeg, Man., have voted to ratify a new five-year deal.

“This new agreement will provide stability and meaningful gains during these uncertain times, in light of inflation, for our members,” said Clint Seys, Unifor Local 3003 President. “The biggest challenge going into negotiations was the financial state of the company coming out of Covid, but our bargaining committee stayed strong and walked out with no concessions.”

New pension and LTD plans in Northern Transformer deal

Workers at Northern Transformer in Vaughan, Ont. voted to ratify a new four-year agreement with the company on March 25, 2023.

“This is a great deal, especially since we have an aging workforce who both require a pension plan and long-term disability they can count on,” said Eamonn Clarke, President of Local 252.

“We have tried for years to get a pension plan in place and now we have it. Bargaining an extra sick day is also great news for our members, all this along with securing an almost 16% increase over the four years makes this the best contract so far.”

Workers’ voices must be amplified following PEI election

CHARLOTTETOWN-The decisive Progressive Conservative win in the Prince Edward Island provincial election shows the need for coordination between progressive organizations and the labour movement to amplify workers voices, says Unifor.

Unifor demands greater transparency from Crowns Minister Don Morgan

REGINA—The Sask Party government must stop shielding information about where outsourced SaskTel jobs are heading and come clean about why Crown corporation jobs are leaving Saskatchewan, says Unifor.

“The people of Saskatchewan deserve answers about why Minister Don Morgan is so eager to send good jobs to Alberta and overseas,” said Len Poirier, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer.

“SaskTel is owned by the people of Saskatchewan. Let’s make it do better to employ the people of Saskatchewan.”

Letter to Minister Wilkinson Re: Windsor Salt Labour Dispute


The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources
House of Commons
Ottawa  ON  K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Wilkinson,

Re: Windsor Salt Labour Dispute

On behalf of Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector, I am writing to you about a labour dispute that is impacting one of the largest salt producers in Canada. More than 250 members of Unifor Locals 240 and 1959 working at the Windsor salt mine and evaporation plant have been on strike for nearly six weeks now, since February 17.

Unifor members honoured at Hillman journalism awards

Unifor Media Council Chair Julie Kotsis shone a spotlight on challenges newsrooms and media workers face across the country at the Canadian Hillman Prize Celebration on March 30 in Toronto.

In her speech, Kotsis – a journalist at the Windsor Star with more than three decades of experience under her belt – said the news industry is at a crossroads with shrinking newsrooms and cost-cutting, combined with the harassment and abuse journalists and media workers face in the field and online.

Unifor signs tentative agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company (TransLink)

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA—The joint bargaining committee for Unifor Locals 111 and 2200 have achieved a tentative agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company.

“Transit workers kept Metro Vancouver moving throughout the pandemic. They have clearly demonstrated their value to the Lower Mainland economy and they deserve fair wages and benefits,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Lana Payne address to UAW Convention

In a keynote address to delegates at the United Auto Workers Special Bargaining Convention, Unifor National President Lana Payne speaks on the need to plan for the transition to a green future to ensure that workers are not left behind, workers bearing the cost of interest rate hikes and inflation, and the unique moment of opportunity for working people to change the future.

Lana Payne brings message of solidarity, worker power to UAW Conference

Unifor National President Lana Payne brought a message of solidarity, union building and worker power in a keynote address at the United Auto Workers (UAW) Special Bargaining Convention, held in Detroit March 27-29, 2023.

“Our unions are about building worker power. They have always been about building worker power,” Payne told UAW delegates. “We are experiencing a special moment across the working class in North America. And that if we organize enough to seize it, we can profoundly change the future for working people in both our countries".

Unifor Statement on Trans Day of Visibility

Unifor recognizes and invites all members to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. This annual day celebrates the value and resilience of transgender people both within the union and around the world.

Transphobia and anti-trans discrimination is on a dangerous and violent rise in Canada and around the world and is closely associated with growing far-right movements and political parties.

This makes workers’ commitments to equity and justice more urgent at every bargaining table, kitchen table, workplace and community space.

Unifor ratifies contract with Mr. Furnace

Wage increases and improved benefits are highlights of a newly ratified collective agreement between Unifor Local 1999 and Mr. Furnace in St. Catharines.

“My congratulations to Local 1999 members for their commitment to resisting concessions and bargaining a fair contract,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. 

The three-year agreement includes wage increases of 8.5% over the term plus a $300 signing bonus. Task rates were increased, paid bereavement leave improved, and the recall period was doubled. 

Unifor seeks update on Competition Bureau’s display ad investigation into Google

TORONTO –Unifor is demanding an update on the Competition Bureau’s civil investigation into whether Google has engaged in certain practices that harm competition in the online display advertising industry in Canada.

“Every day that Google is allowed to monopolize ad revenue, more harm is inflicted on the Canadian news industry, which has a negative impact on democracy as a whole,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.