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Unifor congratulates progressive candidates

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor congratulates the many progressive candidates who were elected today in Ontario's municipal and school board elections.

Sheri Laekeman: Seaway automation a public safety concern

By Sheri Laekeman

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital link to the rest of the world for much of the Canadian economy.

More than 37 million tonnes of cargo last year passed through the waterway’s locks along the Welland Canal and the St. Lawrence River. Add to that more than 10,000 pleasure craft moving through the Seaway, and you begin to see how important the system is to the Canadian fabric.

Unifor disappointed by lost investment

TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor is disappointed that the Ford Motor Company and the federal and provincial governments were unable to reach an agreement that would have secured more than 1000 good jobs in Windsor and the long-term stability of the Windsor plant.

Union welcomes vote at Earls Court nursing home

LONDON, ON, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor welcomes the results of a vote at Earls Court Village Nursing Home in London, Ontario where employees, excluding RNs, voted to be represented by Unifor.

"Unifor proudly represents health care workers who work hard every day to care for us and our families and we're pleased that workers at Earls Court chose to be represented by Unifor," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Ottawa shooting

Our thoughts today are with the people of Ottawa...

St. Lawrence Seaway talks to resume

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Contract talks resume next week between the St. Lawrence Seaway and members of three Unifor Locals in Ontario and Quebec representing workers along the vital waterway.

"We are looking forward to getting back to the table and reaching a deal that is fair to all," said Joel Fournier, Unifor National Representative.  

Unifor votes

Municipalities across three provinces are heading to the polls in the coming days.

No changes expected to shipbuilding contract

HALIFAX, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor fully expects members at Halifax Shipyard to build six Arctic patrol vessels (AOPS) as planned.

"We have been assured by the company that everything is full speed ahead. Design work on AOPS continues and a contract is expected to be signed in January for the six AOPS vessels and that the build work in the yard will begin in September 2015," said Unifor's Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne.

Navistar Ratification

HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Today workers at a Navistar Canada Inc. ratified an agreement that significantly addresses an unfair wage structure at their workplace.

Members of Unifor Local 504, on strike since September 29, accepted an agreement that avoided the establishment of a third tier of wages, and considerably closed the gap between the existing two tiers.

Jim Sinclair Inspired as BC Federation of Labour President

Unifor would like to thank outgoing British Columbia Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair for his years of service to the working people of BC.

Jim provided vocal leadership during difficult years under the BC Liberal government, which regularly undermined the basic workplace rights of British Columbians. When former Premier Gordon Campbell illegally tore up public sector contracts in 2002, Jim led a unified and grassroots fight-back that inspired a generation of activists.

Unifor reaches deal with Navistar

HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - After more than two weeks on strike, workers at Navistar Canada Inc. will vote Thursday on a tentative deal with the company.

"These workers, young and old, have stood together for a better deal," said Dave Reston, President of Unifor Local 504. "Our bargaining team is recommending that this new contract be ratified."

Arbitrator appointed in NS health merger

HALIFAX, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor is pleased with the appointment of James Dorsey Q.C. as the mediator/arbitrator to resolve the difficulties resulting from the implementation of Bill 1 and its impact on health care workers, their union representation and their collective agreements. Mr. Dorsey was recommended by all four health care unions - Unifor, CUPE, NSNU and NSGEU - and accepted by the employer, the Health Authorities of Nova Scotia (HANS).

Unifor demands action on bandit taxis

TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor National President Jerry Dias has written to the Ontario Minister of Transportation demanding immediate action to curb the spread of bandit taxi operation in the province, including those dressed as mobile apps such as Uber.

Bell Aliant workers reach tentative agreement

HALIFAX, Oct. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor members at Bell Aliant have reached a new tentative three-year agreement with the employer ahead of the completion of the acquisition by Bell Canada Enterprises, Inc. on October 31.

"We continued with a bargaining process that had begun before the announcement of the BCE buyout and feel that this agreement is in the best interests of Bell Aliant workers," said Rick Rose, National Representative at Unifor.

Media Advisory - Canada to join global Rio Tinto protests

KITIMAT, BC, Oct. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor Local 2301 will protest the treatment of Kitimat workers by Rio Tinto, the mining giant. The action is part of a global "day of defiance" against Rio Tinto happening in more than 20 countries, coinciding with the World Day for Decent Work.

World Day for Decent Work

Unifor is one of a growing number of organizations across the globe taking action....

Unifor will stand for Sun Media and Postmedia workers

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor, which represents workers across Canada at both companies, will be closely monitoring the planned purchase of Sun Media by Postmedia as the process unfolds in the coming months.