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Large wage gains in new contract at Kingston Access Bus

The members of Kingston Access Bus, Local 4266 in Kingston, Ont. have ratified their new agreement by 92%.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee for their hard work to support our skilled and hard-working transit members who perform incredibly important duties in the community, day in and out,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

“Thank you to the members, who have been vocal about their support to Unifor’s accomplishments during this round of bargaining.”

Unifor Expertech members ratify new collective agreements

MONTREAL/TORONTO- Unifor members employed by Expertech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., ratified new collective agreements following several weeks of voting in Quebec and Ontario.  The new agreements cover approximately 730 members who work in clerical and technical capacities. 

Kamloops can lead in forestry campaign

On May 30, Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle joined Local 10-B President Sheldon Morice and 1st Vice President Wes Mitchell for a tour of the Kruger pulp mill in Kamloops, B.C.

While in Kamloops, McGarrigle and Unifor leaders met with Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson, City Councillor Katie Neustaeter, and Kruger management to discuss the mill’s struggles with a regular economic access to fibre with which to run the mill. Kruger’s facility is not alone in its fibre supply troubles:

Unifor applauds CRTC for supporting local news

TORONTO—Unifor applauds the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)’s announcement today of new supports for local Canadian news, in conjunction with its regulatory plan to modernize Canada’s broadcasting framework.
 

“Unifor has been advocating for American streamers to pay their fair share to the Canadian broadcasting system for over 15 years,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Labour Dispute at Best Theratronics

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 
280 Slater Street
P.O. Box 1046, Station B 
Ottawa, ON K1P 5S9 

As Canada's nuclear regulatory agency, we are writing to inform you of the potential for mishandling of radioactive material at the Best Theratronics medical devices facility in Ottawa, Ontario.

Unifor continues to pressure Bank of Canada for interest rate reduction

Unifor continues to pressure the Bank of Canada to lower interest rates as the bank prepares for its upcoming June 5 announcement. 

“The Bank of Canada hiked and then stubbornly held the interest rate level for far too long and it is past time for relief to be provided to working people across the country,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The reality is high interest rates are creating the inflation problems the Bank is trying to address.” 

Unifor Statement on National Indigenous History Month 2024

June marks National Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, art, and music of Indigenous peoples. This month is an opportunity to honour the resilience, achievements, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, and to reflect on the importance of their traditions and heritage.

With the election of Canada’s first First Nations premier, Wab Kinew, there is lots to celebrate.

Unifor members begin strike at Gibraltar copper mine

WILLIAMS LAKE—Unifor members at Local 3018 were forced to take strike action at the Gibraltar copper mine on June 1, 2024 after the company refused to negotiate basic terms of a new collective agreement.

“A fair collective agreement, with wages and benefits that reflect the significant contributions of our members, is not too much to ask. The disruption that began earlier today is entirely the company's doing,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.  

Unifor calls for all-party support for New Brunswick anti-scab legislation

Fredericton —Unifor Atlantic Regional Director Jennifer Murray was present as the Green Party of New Brunswick tabled anti-scab legislation and says every party should be supporting this bill.

“The use of scabs undermines bargaining, breaks trust between employer and employees, and leads to longer labour disputes and a more toxic work environment,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Every worker has a right to free and fair collective bargaining and anti-scab legislation upholds that right.”

Lana Payne testimony on 2026 CUSMA Review

National President Lana Payne outlines Unifor’s priorities for the 2026 CUSMA in her testimony before the Standing Committee on International Trade.

Mental health and suicide prevention training focus at Unifor’s ETOP Council

Mental health was the front and centre topic at the Education Technical Office and Professional (ETOP) Council on May 29 and 30 at Unifor’s national office in Toronto.

“We have found in the ETOP sector it’s really had a huge impact for all of our members,” said ETOP Council Chair Emily Heikoop. “We need to reduce the stigma and change how we talk about mental health in the workplace, both in terms of representing our members and taking care of our union reps who are taking care of them.”

Unifor Remarks to House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade

Testimony of Lana Payne, National President
May 30, 2024

Good afternoon Madame Chair, and members of the committee.

My name is Lana Payne and I’m the National President of Unifor, Canada’s largest labour union in the private sector representing 320,000 working people across the country. Joining me is Unifor Director of Research Angelo DiCaro.

Kruger Trois-Rivières members go on strike

TROIS-RIVIERES - Unifor announces that 298 members of Locals 136, 234, 234 cp and 265 working for the Kruger Trois-Rivières S.E.C. plant went on strike last night. This follows the overwhelming rejection of an offer from the employer.

After months of fruitless negotiations on monetary issues, the members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to express their dissatisfaction and their determination to obtain a fair collective agreement.

Bakery workers organize to win milestone contract

London, ON—Members at the newly organized Unifor Local 27 bargaining unit at The Original Cakerie have ratified a first contract that covers 820 workers who produce up to 10,000 cakes per day for Costco and other big chain grocery stores.

Wage increases, health benefits improvements in Nestle deal

TORONTO—Workers at Nestle have ratified a new three-year contract today with the chocolate maker that has significant bumps in wages, pensions, and health benefits, ending a strike that began on May 5.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee for their tenacious work in securing this deal, which protects members from precarious work and provides them and their families some cushion from the affordability crisis we’re in,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor Ontario retirees celebrate contributions and plan for future

The Unifor Ontario Region Retired Workers Council Meeting, held at Unifor Local 88 in Ingersoll, Ontario on May 29, saw retirees coming together to celebrate their contributions to the union and to discuss future initiatives.

“Retirees are invaluable to our union,” said Samia Hashi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “Their wisdom and unwavering commitment serve as a foundation upon which we continue to build our union."

WM workers ratify new contract, ending southwestern Ontario strike

STONEY CREEK, ONT.—Unifor members at Waste Management Canada Corp. (WM) have ratified a new three-year contract today, ending a nearly month-long strike.

“We’re proud of our members for standing up for a healthier work environment,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“WM workers provide skilled and crucial waste management services in the southwestern Ontario region and they’re ready to get back to work and serve their communities.”

Unifor serves 72-hour strike notice at Gibraltar copper mine

WILLIAMS LAKE—Unifor Local 3018 will begin legal strike action against Taseko (TSX:TKO) at its Gibraltar Mine if a fair settlement cannot be reached before Friday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m.

“With the rising cost of living it's crucial that our members at Gibraltar receive fair wages, strong safety protocols, and equitable treatment on the job,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Solidary Rally for Nestle Workers

Nestlé workers in Toronto were proudly joined by Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council executive and members at a rally at the plant where Kit Kat, Aero, and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, as well as S

Workers at Amazon win the right to vote on forming a union with Unifor

VANCOUVER—Workers at the Amazon facility in Delta can vote this week to join Canada’s largest union in the private sector after the B.C. Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) dealt with Unifor’s application on May 27, 2024.

“The power of union representation is within reach for Amazon workers at Delta,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The best way to have a strong voice at work is to vote to join our union and send your employer a clear collective message.”

Unifor members working for Viterra Canada go on strike in Bécancour

The 85 members of Local 2022 working at Viterra Canada's canola and soybean processing and refining plant in Bécancour began strike action on May 26, following a unanimous strike vote taken earlier in the month.

The workers are denouncing the inadequacy of the employer's proposals after eight fruitless negotiation sessions.

Unifor urges Senate to pass anti-scab bill and government to implement it without delay

OTTAWA—Unifor applauds Members of Parliament for unanimously passing the amended Bill C-58, otherwise known as anti-scab legislation, today, but now urges the Senate to approve so the law can be implemented as soon as possible.

“This legislation is about protecting the right to fair and free collective bargaining, including the right to strike,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Workers have fought for generations to get to this day, but there is still a final step.”