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Best Theratronics owner holiday email rant slams stat holidays, touts benefits of seven-day workweek and threatens to move jobs overseas

OTTAWA— In what was supposed to be an uplifting email message to workers over the Victoria Day long weekend, Best Theratronics (BTL) owner Krishnan Suthanthiran instead went on a tirade, casting his workers as entitled and lazy for having too many statutory holidays, touting the benefits of a seven-day workweek, and even threatening to move jobs of workers on strike at the company overseas.

Unifor holds solidarity rally for Nestle workers in Toronto

Unifor solidarity was in full force at the Nestle picket line in Toronto today as Ontario Regional Council executive and members rallied to support the chocolate giant’s workers who have been out on strike since May 5.

“The Ontario Regional Council stands together with members at times when they’re going through a tough strike or lock-out to show our support,” said Balkar Bains, Unifor ORC Secretary-Treasurer, who attended the rally. 

KB Components members ratify new agreement following standoff at plant

Members at KB Components Canada have voted to ratify a new three-year agreement following tense negotiations that culminated in a standoff to prevent the removal of equipment from the plant when the strike deadline approached. 

“I commend all of our members for their swift action, that prevented anything being removed from this plant, that would have weakened the union’s bargaining power and diluted any potential strike action,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

Canada’s auto industry has turned a corner, and we can never go back

Lana Payne

Investment in Canada’s auto industry is booming. With Honda’s recent $15 billion commitment to new EVs and battery components, including a first-ever separator facility in Port Colborne, that’s more than $50 billion in auto supply chain investments in just over three years – an impressive run of industrial success. 

Sadly, some in this country have a hard time accepting this.

2024 Prairie Regional Council Highlights

Unifor Prairie Regional Council delegates gathered in Regina during May 1–3 to discuss recent successes and make a plan to elect a worker-friendly government in Saskatchewan.

Media Advisory - Striking Nestle workers hold solidarity rally at Toronto plant

TORONTO—Unifor will join members and supporters for a solidarity rally on Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. to support Unifor Local 252 on strike at Nestle’s Toronto manufacturing plant. 

“It’s been nearly three weeks since our workers went on strike and Nestle has refused to budge on pension improvements and the time it takes to get to the top rate of pay,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor welcomes new aerospace innovation zone and calls for a national industrial strategy

MONTREAL—Unifor welcomes the Quebec government's creation of a new aerospace innovation zone in Greater Montreal. Espace Aéro helps meet the aerospace industry’s needs identified by key stakeholders and reflects the strategic role it plays in Quebec’s economy. This initiative will help strengthen Montreal's position as one of the world's leading aerospace industrial centres and improve future prospects for thousands of the sector’s workers.

EI broken promises continue in Budget 2024

Unifor is disappointed by the key omission of Employment Insurance (EI) reform to improve eligibility and benefits for workers in federal Budget 2024.

“While our union believes this year’s budget builds upon the social fabric, one major piece of the puzzle is missing with the lack of EI reform,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

National AccessAbility Week Statement

National AccessAbility Week, from May 26 to June 1, 2024, Unifor recognizes the valuable contributions, achievements and leadership of persons with disabilities. On this week, our union wishes to highlight the important work being done in concert with allies, organizations, and communities to remove barriers and create a more accessible and inclusive society.

WM’s use of scab labour creates massive safety issues

STONEY CREEK—Unifor is extremely concerned about Waste Management Canada Corp. (WM) using managers and outside workers as scab labour and creating safety concerns.

“It is clear by the company’s actions that they will resort to any means necessary to try to bust our strike and demands for a fair collective agreement,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “WM’s use of unqualified scabs creates a dangerous work environment, and it is our concern as a union that health and safety is at risk as a result.”

Unifor holds rally for MDA Space workers on strike

BRAMPTON—Workers and community supporters rallied today at the MDA Space headquarters in Brampton, Ontario where workers have been on strike for the past five weeks, fighting for a fair contract. 

Unifor members join national week of action in solidarity with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

The National Rainbow Week of Action, May 11—17, drew together thousands of union leaders, workers, community activists, and supporters who issued a national call for unity and equality in Canada. 

The week featured a prominent social media campaign, rallies in communities across the country, and letter writing drives to demand that politicians take action against rising anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate.

Affordability and health care privatization key issues at NOLM

Unifor members from 14 locals gathered in Thunder Bay, Ont. on May 13-14, 2024, for the Northern Ontario Leadership Meeting (NOLM) to identify specific issues of the region, including in the health care and forestry sectors, and Indigenous communities.

“A big reason why NOLM was created a decade ago was because it was sometimes challenging to send 125 Northern Ontario delegates to the Ontario Regional Council (ORC) all the time,” said Unifor Northern Area Director Stephen Boon.

RailLine, Volume 11 – Issue 15

CNTL ratifies 4 year agreement

Dear Members,

We are pleased to announce that Unifor members working for CN Transportation Ltd. (CNTL) have successfully ratified a new four-year collective agreement. This achievement reflects our commitment to securing improved working conditions and fair compensation for all members.

This challenging round of bargaining has resulted in an agreement that sets a new standard for equitable labour practices in our sector. 

Unifor applauds court decision that City of Ottawa ‘abandoned’ taxi drivers by giving into Uber

OTTAWA– Unifor applauds yesterday’s Ontario Superior Court ruling that the City of Ottawa was negligent in enforcing its taxi bylaw when it allowed Uber to illegally operate in 2014 for two years, effectively harming the taxi industry – many of whom are Unifor members.

“Hard-working, established taxi drivers in Ottawa finally have some justice after being abandoned by their city, who succumbed to the whims of multinational tech giants,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor Celebrates Personal Support Worker Day 2024

Unifor proudly recognizes the dedication and care provided by Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Ontario on the occasion of Personal Support Worker Day on May 19. These health care heroes are essential to the well-being of every community, providing compassionate support and expert care that impacts countless lives every day.

This year, we celebrate not only their daily contributions but also a significant victory for all public sector health care workers in Ontario.

Unifor’s support for U of T’s investigative journalism program continues to produce powerful storytelling

At a time when the Canadian media sector faces job cuts, news deserts and a struggle for supports to save local news, Unifor is proud to fund the Investigative Journalism Bureau at the University of Toronto and welcomes the work of its two interns in this year’s summer program.

“Our union is thrilled to support the next generation of journalists,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

Budget 2024 announces concerning plans to potentially privatize Canada’s airports

With Budget 2024, the federal government has, once again, opened the door for airport privatization and profitization in Canada. 

Overall, while Unifor was pleased to see this year’s federal budget build upon the social fabric Canada needs, the union is disappointed that Budget 2024 has advanced the possibility of airport privatization or for-profit transformation of Canada’s airport system.

Unifor members vote overwhelmingly in favor of a strike mandate at SOPFEU

QUEBEC-Firefighters working for the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) across Quebec have voted 99% in favour of a strike as negotiations have stagnated since their previous contract expired on January 1, 2023.

SOPFEU forest firefighters negotiated non-monetary language in individual local negotiations which concluded in February 2024, and then all six local unions bargained as one unit to negotiate wages, meeting with the employer over the course of a dozen days. 

Unifor supports students and teachers in struggle against Scott Moe

REGINA—The Scott Moe government’s refusal to address class size and complexity in public schools is more evidence that it’s time for change, says Unifor.

“Unifor stands with Saskatchewan’s teachers in their fight for justice and a fair collective agreement,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Teachers are trying their best to improve the public education in Saskatchewan, but the Sask Party government refuses to invest in public schools.”

Unifor celebrates Paramedic Services Week 2024

Unifor proudly honours the relentless and unwavering commitment of paramedics to mark Paramedic Services Week from May 19 to May 25. 

 This year’s theme, "Help Us, Help You", focuses on sharing tips on how community members can best support paramedics and other emergency services personnel in the event of an emergency. By working together, community members and first responders can help build a safe and healthy community.

Unifor denounces Rayonier’s abandonment of Témiscaming and lack of response from Quebec government

Témiscaming– Unifor is expressing its consternation following the press release published on May 7 by Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), justifying the suspension of its activities at its cellulose plant in Témiscaming, Quebec. RYAM acknowledged that this decision is about demonstrating, among other things, that the site and its various processes can be operated separately with the goal of facilitating its bid to sell the business, which the company initiated last fall.