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RailLine, Volume 10, Issue 13

Unifor’s Local 101R Ratify Tentative Agreement With Toronto Terminals Railway

Vancouver, British Columbia, Unifor Local 101R-60 members ratified the tentative agreement reached with Toronto Terminals Railway (TTR) on August 24, 2023.

Unifor represents approximately seventy (70) engineers and conductors working at TTR at Delta Port and South Shore located Vancouver, BC.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Metro

TORONTO— A tentative agreement has been reached between Unifor and Metro, following a month-long strike action by 3,700 frontline grocery store workers.

“Our union was able to negotiate this new tentative agreement due to the unwavering commitment of our Metro grocery members who were united in their goal to improve their wages and working conditions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I commend the workers and the bargaining committee for their solidarity and also the customers who supported them during this difficult time.”

Unifor members ratify new contract with Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

VANCOUVER—Major wage increases and more manageable workloads are key features of a new three-year contract with the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ratified today by Unifor members.

“Unifor members make the Hotel Vancouver one of the most desirable hotels in the country,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “They have negotiated an outstanding collective agreement that leads the industry and helps set a standard for upcoming negotiations elsewhere in the sector.”

Unifor to announce Detroit Three target company

Media Advisory

TORONTO— Unifor will announce the union’s Detroit Three (D3) target company in the current round of negotiations with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis at a media conference today at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

Media interested in attending in person or via the conference call must register in advance by emailing @email.

Unifor Detroit Three members deliver overwhelming strike mandate

TORONTO— Unifor members at Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Stellantis have delivered overwhelming strike mandates, authorizing their bargaining committees to take job action, if needed, to achieve fair collective agreements with the Detroit Three (D3). 

Unifor members ratify new contract with Windsor Salt

WINDSOR—The 192-day strike at Windsor Salt has come to an end after members of Unifor Local 240 and 1959 ratified a new five-year contract with the employer this afternoon.

“Determination on the picket line and rock-solid support from local unions and the community at large helped us achieve a contract our members could overwhelmingly support,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

The new collective agreements include wage increases of up to $4.60/hour over the term, a $3,000 ratification bonus, shift premium increases, and a variety of benefits enhancements.

Unifor and Windsor Salt reach tentative agreement

WINDSOR—A tentative agreement has been signed between bargaining committees representing members of Unifor Local 1959 and 240 and the employer, Windsor Salt.

The union began legal strike action 189 days ago on February 17, 2023.

More details will be made available after the ratification vote on Sunday, August 27.

This round of bargaining is the first since Windsor Salt was purchased by Stone Canyon Industries in 2021, a U.S-based private holding firm.

Support Fire Relief in Northwest Territories and British Columbia

Fires are ravaging the Northwest Territories and British Columbia, upending lives and leaving thousands in urgent need of help. Families are being forced to evacuate with little notice, and the scale of devastation is immense.

“In moments of crisis, our collective strength shines brightest when we come together to support those in need,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “As part of the Unifor community, our solidarity and compassion empower us to make a lasting impact during times of crisis.”

Canadian Council celebrates a decade of activism

Canadian Council kicks off Unifor’s 10-year anniversary celebrations

The opening day of Unifor’s 2023 Canadian Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Delegates were officially welcomed by Gary Joseph, Indigenous Elder, to Mi’kma’ki, to the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Strike deadline set for Labour Day weekend at Victoria Clipper ferry

VICTORIA—Unifor Local 114 members at the Victoria-Seattle ferry service have voted 100% in favour of taking legal strike action on Sunday, September 3 if a fair contract cannot be reached before then.

“Unless the employer shows up to the bargaining table with a fair offer, the Victoria Clipper will be anchored on one of the busiest tourism weekends of the year,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Ferry workers deserve a fair contract and will take job action if negotiations continue to stall.”

Unifor opposes Sask Party move to “out” youth in schools

REGINA—The safety of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth is under threat after Sask Party Education Minister Dustin Duncan announced sudden, sweeping changes to education policy that will make some queer and trans students unsafe in the classroom. 

Canadian Council focuses on mental health awareness on closing day

Unifor’s Canadian Council focused on supporting mental health in the workplace on the third and final day. 

Former Team Canada member, motivational speaker, and firefighter Kendra Fisher shared her personal journey with mental illness and the isolation that cost her the dream of playing hockey in the Olympics.

“To understand what anxiety feels like, I want you to image trying to put the treadmill up to an awkward speed. And on an incline. You’re going to start to feel that burn in your legs and feel out of breath,” said Fisher. 

Dave Churchill receives Bud Jimmerfield Award, Unifor marks 25 years since Bud’s death

This year’s Bud Jimmerfield Award is presented to Dave Churchill of Local 28, Unifor’s Health and Safety Policy Committee Co-Chair for Bell Technical Solutions (or BTS) Ontario.

In this position, Dave works to identify problems, risks, and hazards in what is recognized as one Canada’s most dangerous jobs. His dedication has resulted in creative ways to adapt to rapidly changing workplaces.

Canadian Council kicks off Unifor’s 10-year anniversary celebrations

Resilience. Strength. We’ve come so far, but the fight doesn’t end here.

The first day of Unifor’s Canadian Council, on Aug. 18 in Halifax, N.S., brought together nearly 1,000 delegates from across the country to celebrate 10 years of solidarity since the Canadian Autoworkers’ Union (CAW) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) unions merged to form Unifor.

“This union was born in 2013 – as a bold act of hope and solidarity,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. 

A decade of Pride activism celebrated at Canadian Council

Ten years of Pride doesn’t mean it was all rainbows.

At Canadian Council in Halifax this weekend, Unifor reflected on the past decade of progress of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, while acknowledging there is still much more work to do.

“I want our LGBTQI2S committees to know something: You will always have the support of this union to defend equality, to stand up for the most vulnerable in our society, to fight for safe spaces for everyone,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne in her speech on the first day of council.

Unifor sets national bargaining agenda at historic summit

Building worker power means growing ideas from the bottom up.

The Bargaining Workers’ Power National Collective Bargaining Program Summit, the special one-day conference on Aug. 17 – the day before the opening of Unifor’s Canadian Council in Halifax, N.S. – brought together nearly 1,000 members to hear the union unveil its new bargaining strategy.

“We are bargaining hard everywhere, because right now, we have a moment unlike any other,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne in her opening address.

Ford Motor Company’s Bécancour, QC battery plant investment welcome, says Unifor

MONTREAL- Unifor is encouraged by Ford’s commitment to invest in a battery cathode plant in Bécancour, Quebec, alongside Korean companies EcoProBM and SK On.

As the union representing 37,000 auto workers across the country, including Ford workers, Unifor welcomes this further commitment to re-invigorate Quebec’s auto industry and anchor the electric vehicle transition in Canada.

Bargaining Workers' Power

Over four months, Unifor held 45 individual Bargaining Workers' Power strategy sessions across the country.

Federal and Ontario governments’ failure to fund subway cars leaves Alstom workers and Toronto commuters behind

Workers at the Thunder Bay Alstom plant were shocked to learn that the federal and Ontario governments failed to officially allocate funding needed to purchase 80 subway trains for the TTC Line 2 operations and expansion. This failure caused the TTC to cancel its Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase these vehicles. All levels of government have been actively aware of the urgency to fund this replacement for years.

2023 Atlantic Regional Council

Members, leaders and staff gathered in Moncton, NB, for Atlantic Regional Council, the union's democratic regional event to direct the union's priorities and share updates on progress and struggles.