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Unifor reaches tentative deal with Nasittuq Corporation in Nunavut

Unifor has reached a tentative three-year agreement with Nasittuq Corporation, where Unifor members from Local 2002 work at the Canadian Forces Station Alert in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut.

Highlights of this contract include increased wages, benefits, premiums, allowances, and vacation pay after five years of service, as opposed to the previous 10-year mark. 

Unifor secures tentative agreement for GATX Rail Canada workers

Unifor Local 21-A Bargaining Committee, representing workers at GATX Rail Canada in Red Deer, Alta., have reached a four-year tentative collective agreement with the company. 

The agreement is pending ratification by the members of GATX Local 21-A in Red Deer. The tentative agreement includes retroactive wage increases totaling 14% over its term, a $1,000 monthly boost in Long Term Disability benefits, and enhanced contributions by the company to the employees’ pension plan.

Critical EV battery investment helps secure Canada’s auto future

TORONTO – Critical multi-government investment for new Honda Canada electric vehicle, battery and battery material facilities will further bolster Canada’s auto sector and help secure and grow jobs across the value chain. 

The projected $15 billion investment to assemble new electric vehicles, build a new battery cell plant in Alliston, Ontario alongside additional joint venture battery component and material facilities in Ontario is expected to create an estimated 1,000 new, direct jobs. 

Unifor protests to demand $10 million in monies owed to Wescast workers

WINGHAM—Today, Unifor members rallied outside the Wescast plant in Wingham, Ontario. The protest is in response to Wescast Industries continued refusal to pay approximately $10 million in severance and termination pay owed to workers who were laid off in 2023 following the Company’s decision to cease foundry operations. 

2024 Day of Mourning

Watch Lana Payne discuss the loss of workers killed at work during the past year and the union's commitment to health and safety.

WM Hamilton workers vote in favour to strike

Unifor members who work at WM Hamilton – a commercial waste removal and recycling facility in Stoney Creek, Ont. – voted 93% in favour of a strike, as talks continue to a deadline of May 2 at midnight.

“We have a toxic work environment with poor moral and multitude of violations of the collective bargaining agreement with open grievances and arbitrations that we need to deal with before we can move forward with respect,” said Local 4268 President Debbie Montgomery.

The local held a strike vote on April 24.

MDA Space workers on strike

 

Watch Unifor aeropsace members outline the stakes in the ongoing strike at MDA Space and their fight for a fair contract.

Unifor fights for safety and rights of media workers on World Press Freedom Day

Press freedom isn’t free.

Particularly when it comes to journalists and media workers who are risking their lives to cover and deliver quality, fact-based journalism.

On May 3, we mark the 31st anniversary of World Press Freedom Day and celebrate the victories and highlight the worldwide challenges of maintaining a free press. Freedom of the press is an essential cornerstone to a democratic society, and like anything worth having we need to continually fight for it.

Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards workers join Unifor

Unifor welcomes new members at Pelee Island Winery and Vineyards Inc. in Kingsville, Ont., who joined the union this week.

“The best way to improve your workplace is to organize,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “We are thrilled that these brave and dedicated winery workers have chosen our union to stand by them and fight for them for good jobs, fair wages and respect.”

Unifor May Day Statement 2024

On May 1st, Unifor joins unions across Canada and around the globe to mark International Workers’ Day – a day where we celebrate workers and the labour movement – from our collective victories to our common struggles. 

Asian Heritage Month 2024

Unifor celebrates Asian Heritage Month, that occurs annually each May. Together we honour and commemorate the culture and history of Asian communities in Canada. 

NAV Canada threatens workers with use of scabs

As the Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) at Unifor Local 1016 continued to negotiate with NAV Canada on the Maintenance of Activities in the event of a legal strike and/or lock-out to protect the Canadian travelling public, the company has advised the local it plans to use scab labour. 

Statement on the National Day of Mourning

April 28 is the Day of Mourning, a day to remember workers who have died or become injured because of their work. It is also a time to renew our commitment to building safe workplaces and fighting for the safety of all workers.

Close to 1,000 workers in Canada die each year in workplace incidents.

This is a staggering statistic, but those who are lost must be more than one number among many. 

GreenShield workers ratify new contract that protects them from outsourcing and boosts job security

WINDSOR – Unifor members at GreenShield Canada look forward to returning to work after ratifying a new three-year contract by 92% in Windsor and 91% in Toronto with the company, ending a strike that began on March 1.

“I am so very proud of this bargaining committee and these members for standing up and fighting to protect good jobs for women for today and into the future,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “We can’t advance equality in this country without the power of trade union women fighting on all fronts.”

Workers at two Toronto hotels take strike votes

Unifor members at the Courtyard by Marriott and the W Toronto hotel have voted overwhelmingly to strike if a new collective agreement cannot be reached next month.

“Hospitality sector workers are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “It is critical that collective agreements keep up with rising costs so workers don’t fall behind.”

Unifor Lobby Week in B.C.

Watch Unifor members in B.C. speaking to the govt caucus about the union's policy proposals for improving rights at work.

Budget 2024 delivers social progress to help Canadians weather economic headwinds

OTTAWA –Unifor recognizes the federal government for delivering a budget that pushes social progress and jobs in the face of economic inequities, relentless affordability pressures and stubbornly high interest rates.

“Working people in Canada have been struggling with an affordability crisis, exacerbated by the Bank of Canada’s stubborn refusal to lower interest rates,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Dominion

ST. JOHN’S–Unifor reached a tentative agreement with Loblaw-owned Dominion stores in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Details of the tentative agreement will first be shared with Dominion members of Unifor Local 597 in a series of ratification meetings to be scheduled in the coming days.

Unifor represents more than 1,600 Dominion grocery workers at 11 stores across the island of Newfoundland.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with GreenShield

WINDSOR – Unifor members on strike at GreenShield Canada have reached a tentative deal with the company.

Members from Unifor locals 240 in Windsor and 673 in Toronto began strike action on March 1 over key issues of job security and contracting out.

The ratification meetings in Windsor and Toronto are scheduled Wed., April 17. 

No details will be released until after the ratification meeting.

There are over 580 union members in Windsor and 24 union members at Local 673 in Toronto.

Unifor members at Expertech vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike mandate

TORONTO - Unifor members employed by Expertech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., expressed overwhelming support for a strike mandate.

Technicians supported the measure by 93.4%, while clerical workers voted 81% in favour of strike action. The vote, which achieved a remarkable 86% turnout, demonstrates the willingness of workers to stand up for their rights.