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Northwood long-term care workers ratify tentative agreement

July 16, 2021

HALIFAX – Unifor Local 4606 members at the Northwood Halifax Campus long-term care facility have voted to accept a new three-year collective agreement that includes wage increases and the addition of a new Racial Justice Advocate.

Nelson Mandela Day 2021

Nelson Mandela Day is recognized each year by the United Nations on July 18, Mandela’s birthday, to commemorate his legacy of struggle for freedom and social justice.  The theme for Mandela Day 2021 is action to address global poverty.

Unifor is pleased to mark Mandela Day 2021 with the announcement of Unifor Social Justice Fund contributions of $375,000 to the Canadian Humanitarian Coalition to provide:

Letter to Premier Ford on Permanent Pandemic Pay

The Honourable Doug Ford, M.P.P.
Premier of Ontario

Dear Premier Ford,

Re: Permanent Pandemic Pay

Earlier this month, you informally announced that the pandemic pay scheduled to end in August would become permanent for Personal Support Workers. While Unifor applauds this decision, it only addresses part of a much larger problem wherein many frontline health care workers, whose work and sacrifice carried us through the pandemic, continue to be excluded.

Information Bulletin #19

Sisters and Brothers,

As you know, bargaining broke off in early June. Earlier this week, the Company submitted a new counter proposal, which your committee has since responded to.  We will now resume holding talks with the company via Zoom from Peterborough beginning Tuesday, July 20th, to address the differences in our positions.

Unifor Local 4268 at GFL Environmental will conduct strike vote

HAMILTON—GFL Environmental’s refusal to bargain fair wages and benefits for the waste and recycling truck operators deemed “essential” during the pandemic is pushing Local 4268 members towards a strike, said Unifor.

“When GFL customers needed curbside and commercial services during the pandemic, we were there,” said Local 4268 President Debbie Montgomery. “It’s only fair that waste and recycling truck operators are recognized in their next contract.”

Nova Scotia Health Care Workers Accept Tentative Agreement

Nova Scotia’s health care workers have voted to ratify a new collective agreement. 82 per cent of the members who voted cast their ballot to accept the agreement, which provides for reasonable wage increases in each of the three years it spans, as well as significant language improvements.

Unifor calls for more time to transition container trucks

VANCOUVER—Port Metro Vancouver’s plans to download more costs onto drivers during the pandemic is the wrong move and could lead to instability at the port, says Unifor.

“The federal government needs to put the brakes on this program until truckers are consulted about the best way to retire aging trucks,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We can’t trust the port’s management to do the right thing. This requires government leadership to bring together the parties to achieve a fair solution.”

NS health care workers take strike vote

More than 7,500 health care workers across Nova Scotia are voting on a province-wide health care strike vote today after the provincial government...

Unifor members ratify new agreement with Reliance Home Comfort

TORONTO—Members of Unifor Local 1999 have voted to ratify a new collective agreement that will end the 49-day lockout by Reliance Home Comfort of 830 members at 14 locations across Ontario.

"Reliance's workers are the reason this company is successful. Our members' contribution needed to be recognized in this new collective agreement," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

The ratification ends the Ontario-wide boycott campaign launched by Unifor after the employer chose to use scabs to do the work of Local 1999 members.

Canada Recovery Hiring Program Fact Sheet

The federal government announced the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) on April 19, in Budget 2021. The program is meant to provide financial support for hard hit businesses to hire workers and/or increase hours of existing workers as the recovery takes hold.

The program will run from June 6 to November 20, 2021 and support up to 50% of the difference between base period and current period payroll, up to a maximum of $1,129 per eligible employee, for qualifying businesses.