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Unifor members at General Motors ratify pattern agreement

TORONTO— Unifor members at General Motors (GM) have voted to ratify the pattern agreement by 80.5%.

“I am proud of our members at General Motors for their solidarity throughout their brief but decisive strike action and for ratifying this contract that contains life-changing improvements,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “This agreement reflects true collective bargaining. Our goal was to bring more fairness and equity to auto workplaces and to lift everyone up. We did that.” 

St. Lawrence Seaway workers deliver overwhelming strike mandate

MONTREAL- Members of Unifor Local 4212 and Local 4323 in Ontario and 4320 in Quebec working for the St. Lawrence Seaway Corporation voted 99% in favour of a strike should negotiations not result in a deal by the October 21, 2023 strike deadline.

Unifor sets up in the Battery Valley in Bécancour, Quebec

Unifor celebrated the inauguration of its new union office in the town of Bécancour on October 5. The strategic location was chosen to reinforce Unifor's presence close to the future GM-POSCO and Ford battery production plants, which will be built in the Bécancour industrial park and is anticipated to start production in 2025.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with General Motors

TORONTO— Unifor and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement following strike action at Oshawa Assembly Plant, St. Catharines Powertrain Plant and Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre. 

Unifor members on strike at General Motors

TORONTO—Unifor members began strike action at General Motors at midnight. 

“This strike is about General Motors stubbornly refusing to meet the pattern agreement. The company knows our members will never let GM break our pattern: not today, not ever,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The company continues to fall short on our pension demands, income supports for retired workers, and meaningful steps to transition temporary workers into permanent, full-time jobs.” 

Time for BoC to hold fire on interest rates

Op-ed originally published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 4, 2023

Lana Payne and Rob Wildeboer

The Bank of Canada has raised the interest rate 10 times in 18 months. It’s the steepest rate hiking campaign in modern history. It’s time to hold fire.

The fact is inflation has come down quite dramatically in that time period from 8.1% in June of last year to 4% this August. Remove mortgage interest and volatile energy costs from the data and recent inflation is tracking at about 2.3% - let’s face it, the battle is pretty much over.

Halifax science centre workers deliver unanimous strike mandate

Members of Unifor Local 4005 at the Discovery Centre in Halifax voted unanimously to strike, giving full support to the bargaining committee currently in conciliation with the employer.

“This unit is unbreakable, and they have again shown their strength and solidarity with this unanimous strike vote,” said Jennifer Murray, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “Discovery Centre workers are fighting for recognition of their knowledge and expertise and the union will stand with them to win a fair deal.”

Day of action for MMIWG2S

October 4 serves to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited persons (MMIWG2S), and to extend our heartfelt solidarity to their families. 

Today Unifor renews support for the families calling on the Government of Manitoba to prioritize the immediate search of the Winnipeg landfill for the bodies of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran. 

Unifor members at Salvation Army ratify contract after 44-day strike

After 44 days of picketing and unwavering determination, 35 members of Unifor Local 114 at the Salvation Army in Langley, BC, have successfully ratified a new collective agreement.

The members, consisting of Truck Drivers, Assistant Truck Drivers, Dock Workers, and Sorters, took to the picket line in pursuit of fair wages and better working conditions. Their determination and solidarity paid off as they achieved substantial wage increases, with workers seeing their wages rise by as much as $4.50 per hour over the course of the four-year agreement.

Unifor celebrates rejection of “heartless” PC government

WINNIPEG—By electing Wab Kinew premier to lead a Manitoba NDP government, voters have rejected a “heartless” government that was increasingly out of touch with working people, says Unifor.  

“Wab Kinew and his team presented a positive and optimistic vision for the province and for workers, one that gave Manitobans the chance to move past the cuts and chaos of the Pallister-Stefanson years,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “We look forward to working with Premier Kinew to strengthen bargaining rights and grow good jobs in Manitoba.”

December 6 materials are available to order now!

Get your Local ready to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on December 6 by ordering buttons for members and posters to hang on bulletin boards, in lunch rooms, union offices and more.

Digital copies of the poster and social media graphics are available to download here.

RailLine, Volume 10, Issue 14



We are pleased to inform you that September 28, 2023, Local 100 has officially entered negotiations with Autoport LTD.

Your bargaining committee presented our preliminary proposals and are ready to start the bargaining process.

Big tech’s impact on journalism among top focus areas at Media Council

The impact of big tech, shrinking revenues and increased job cuts in the media sector, race and reporting, and harassment of journalists were among the headline discussions at this year’s Unifor Media Council, held Sept. 22 to 24 in Halifax.

Unifor National President Lana Payne spoke to the 100 delegates via Zoom and acknowledged media workers have had their share of hardships over the past years, including 2023.

N.S. health care admin workers demand fair wages

Hundreds of health care workers wore red shirts and took their lunch break on Monday, Sept. 25 to speak out against unjust treatment of the administrative professionals bargaining unit in Nova Scotia’s acute health care system.

The unit, comprising more than 5,000 professionals working for Nova Scotia Health and the IWK Health Authorities, has been without a contract for nearly three years and has only been offered marginal wage increases that amount to a pay cut.

Unifor member seeking election in Manitoba bellwether riding

Unifor Local 191 member Tracy Schmidt is running for the Manitoba NDP in the battleground provincial riding of Rossmere in northeast Winnipeg.

Schmidt started her labour career with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. After going back to school to become a labour and employment lawyer, she became a staff lawyer for another union in Winnipeg.

Historically, Rossmere has voted for the party that has gone on to form government, so close races like this one are targets for Unifor’s provincial election effort, especially with a member running for office.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

September 30 is a national statutory holiday to recognize the widespread abuse at residential schools, honour survivors, and work for reconciliation. The event has been known as Orange Shirt Day since 2013, named after the clothing taken from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad when she was six years old on her first day at residential school.

Unifor members ratify contract with Angus Facilities Management

Unifor members at Local 112 working at Angus Facilities Management Ltd. in Toronto have ratified a new three-year agreement with their employer.

“I am very proud of the bargaining committee, along with the support of the members who stood strong,” said Local 112 President John Turner. “They are gaining the richest contract that Angus has ever seen — a three-year deal with a 15.5% raise.”

Wage increases of the new contract are about 7% in the first year, 5% in the second year, and 3% in the last year.

Unifor taps General Motors as next Detroit Three target company

TORONTO —Unifor has tapped General Motors (GM) as the next target company in the union’s negotiations with Detroit Three automakers. The announcement was made by Unifor National President Lana Payne in a video message to members.

“We’ve got an incredibly strong pattern agreement at Ford that will serve us well over the coming years. Our job now is to negotiate that pattern in the form of a renewal collective agreement with General Motors and Stellantis,” said Payne. “General Motors will be our next target company. Starting tomorrow Unifor will be at the table with GM.”

World News Day means fighting for journalists’ rights and freedoms year-round

World News Day (September 28) is a global campaign to amplify the power and impact of fact-based journalism. But one day is not enough.

We have seen digital media giants moving into the Canadian media landscape, siphoning off much needed advertising revenue, upending the traditional funding models that supported newspaper publishing and broadcast TV.

Unifor members ratify collective agreement with Ford Motor Company

TORONTO—Unifor members voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement with Ford of Canada.

“Our bargaining team showed exceptional leadership and successfully pushed Ford of Canada on every front,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “This contract will change lives in a profound way. It fundamentally transforms pension plans, provides protections during the EV transition and includes the highest wage increases in the history of Canadian auto bargaining.”

ITF Safe Rates Global Statement of Demands – Participating Unions

Around the world road transport workers face severe work pressures due to low-cost tendering practices, unreasonable scheduling, and low rates of pay. These pressures originate in a business model based on an over-reliance on sub-contracting and a level of competition that is destroying jobs and lives.

Unifor joins global call for safe roads

TORONTO – Unifor is calling on the federal government and industry stakeholders to support changes to improve conditions for road transport drivers and make roads safer for all drivers.

“Low pay and unsafe conditions force drivers to take enormous risks in order to make ends meet. While this might make sense for the narrow interests of corporate shareholders, it is a disaster for everyone else,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.