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Unifor members at Gardaworld ratify first collective agreement

CALGARY—Wage gains, seniority protections, vacation time, and pension increases are all features of a new collective agreement signed by Unifor members working as screening officers at the Calgary airport for Gardaworld.

“Unifor is a strong union for airport workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “First contracts can be tricky to negotiate, so we’re proud of the work done by the committee to get the job done.”

Unifor warns of possible summer disruption to Victoria Clipper service

VICTORIA—Members of Unifor Local 114 working at the Victoria Clipper say the pace of bargaining for their next contract suggests that the Victoria-Seattle ferry service could be disrupted before the end of the summer.

“The Clipper’s negotiators seem to be stuck in a pandemic concessionary mindset,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Ferry ridership has rebounded from COVID-19. The company simply has no excuse to drag its feet on a fair contract for workers.”

Unifor members get thrills at Wonderland

Members lined up bright and early on July 9 for a day of roller coasters, hot dogs, burgers and mountain selfies at Unifor’s Member Appreciation Day at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ont.

This is the sixth year Unifor has organized a day at the amusement park (taking a pause during the pandemic), where members can connect with each other, let their hair down and enjoy a summer’s outing with their families. The event sold out after more than 5,500 tickets were purchased this year.

Unifor’s ORC Chair wins 2023 Leading Women Leading Girls Award

Shinade Allder, Unifor Ontario Regional Council Chair, has won the 2023 Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award for her leadership work to break down racial barriers and encourage Black youths to pursue careers where they can make change.

“Congratulations, Shinade, for all your hard work,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “This is a wonderful recognition of her activism and the barriers she crushes everyday.”

Allder was presented the award by New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler last week.

Unifor encourages all governments to halt ads on Meta platforms

TORONTO – In the wake of Meta’s threat to ban Canadian news on its platforms because of the Online News Act, Unifor is calling on all provincial and municipal governments to follow the federal and Quebec governments’ announcements that they will stop advertising on Facebook and Instagram.

Unifor is also calling on corporations who are responsible for a large portion of the more than $4 billion in revenue Facebook takes out of Canada every year to also stand up for local news and Canadian content.

Unifor stands with ILWU in its fight for a fair contract

VANCOUVER—Unifor calls on the BC Maritime Employers’ Association to bargain in good faith and negotiate a fair settlement with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

“Unifor is very familiar with the underhanded tactics used by employers at the ports in Metro Vancouver,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Unifor members, including hundreds of container truckers at the ports, stand united with ILWU in its strike for a fair contract.”

Unifor members and allies rally to support striking Windsor Salt workers

Unifor members, fellow unionists and community supporters from across Southwestern Ontario travelled to Windsor for a rally on Thursday, June 29. Members of Local 1959 and 240 have been on strike at Windsor Salt since February 17, 2023.

“Unifor members on strike have the full support of our union from coast to coast,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Members at Local 1959 and 240 have shown incredible solidarity and determination for months. We’re here to show them their struggle matters and we’re all-in to get them a fair contract.”

Local 551 President urges trade tribunal to renew trade duties to Korean imported line pipe

The president of Unifor Local 551 is warning that importing Korean line-pipe products will have a detrimental effect on Canadian jobs.

Amanda Servais testified on July 4 at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal during a hearing about Korean line-pipe imports to Canada, which is in competition with products that are built by Unifor members at Evraz in Camrose, Alta.

“Without adequate protections, the workers at Evraz Camrose will face layoffs, bargaining concessions, and potentially even the closure of the plant,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

Unifor Local 522 members at Canadian Aviation Electronics secure new five-year-deal

MONTREAL – Unifor Local 522 members working for Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd. (CAE) ratified their tentative agreement.

"Throughout these negotiations, we faced increased demands for efficiency and versatility from the employer,” said Sophie Albert, president of Local 522. “However, through our determination and commitment to our members, we managed to find an acceptable compromise that preserves all jobs.”

The members stood in solidarity when they rejected the initial employer offers on June 17 and voted for a strike mandate by 98%.

Municipality of Calvin workers join Unifor

Unifor welcomes the approximately six new members who work for the Corporation of the Municipality of Calvin, Ont. (near North Bay).

The workers had a unanimous vote count on June 28, 2023, to join Unifor. The certification covers municipal workers for the township. The unit will be assigned to an existing local shortly.

Unifor Local 103 led the organizing drive during May 2023. After a new municipal council was elected began to make negative changes to employment contracts, the municipality’s workers began the union drive to protect job security, wages, and time off.

Unifor Local 2002 members ratify new contract with Ornge

Unifor Local 2002 is pleased to announce that its Ornge paramedic services members have ratified a new collective agreement by 83.9%.

“We are so proud of the hard work the bargaining committee performed for our paramedic members,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“Paramedics responsible for life-and-death patient care and medical transfers deserved the respect of a contract that speaks to their interests. Proud to see they got that. Congratulations!”

U Waterloo stabbing shows we have work to do on gender-based violence

Unifor is sending solidarity and empathy to the University of Waterloo community following yesterday’s stabbing on campus.

Accounts of the perpetrator’s entrance into a classroom describe him asking about the subject of the class, and upon hearing it was a philosophy course on gender issues, proceeding to close the classroom door, pull out two knives and attack the professor and students, leaving three injured.

Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions to File for Conciliation for Acute Care Nurses

Halifax-Talks that began earlier this year between the Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions (NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor) and employers (Nova Scotia Health and the IWK) came to a halt earlier today, without reaching a final agreement.

After a lengthy round of negotiations, which were delayed in part due to the pandemic, the teams representing nurses who work in hospitals, satellite clinics and public health throughout the province’s acute care sector came to an impasse.

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Unifor Local 100 reaches tentative agreement with Hudson Bay Railway

Winnipeg – Wednesday, June 28, this morning, the Unifor Local 100 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the Hudson Bay Railway (HBR) to renew the Collective Agreement that expired on December 31, 2022.

Unifor represents freight car mechanics, electricians, machinists, and servicepersons who work in northern Manitoba for the Hudson Bay Railway.

The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the Local 100-51 membership at HBR.

Mexican auto workers elect independent union after Unifor presses Canada to intervene on labour abuses

Unifor applauds Mexican auto parts workers at global automotive supplier Fränkische after joining the Sindicato Independiente Nacional De Trabajadores Y Trabajadoras De La Industria Automotriz (SINTTIA) union following a closely watched vote on June 26. The vote followed the launch of a union-initiated investigation by the Canadian government into labour abuses by the company and its incumbent union in March.

Windsor Salt divide-and-conquer tactics doomed to fail

WINDSOR—Unifor is extremely disappointed that Windsor Salt has resorted to bargaining in the public. Such tactics are counterproductive and doomed to fail.

“Windsor Salt has yet again made it more difficult to reach an agreement to end the 132-day strike with these kinds of actions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. 

“Our members have been on strike for 18 weeks. They deserve a fair collective agreement—not disrespect.

Statement from Lana Payne on proposed Postmedia Nordstar merger

For too many of our members and media workers this has to feel like Groundhog Day. 

News of the proposed merger between Postmedia and Nordstar is brutal on top of the other job losses and cuts in media since the start of this year. 

The sector has been in a continuous and sometimes rapid decline. We at Unifor are deeply concerned about the continued consolidation of our Canadian news media. 

 Our priority is jobs and journalism. 

It’s time this became everyone else’s priority. The media companies. And all levels of government. 

Bill C-18 is a positive move to save local news, but not a silver bullet

Unifor applauds last week’s passing of Bill C-18: The Online News Act as an important next step towards supporting local news and Canadian content in the media.

“The government has made it law for digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, to pay their fair share. This is something Unifor members have fought hard for and now we need to make sure it works,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

SaskTel permanent job loss continues with help of

REGINA—Unifor has uncovered more contracting out of permanent, unionized jobs on the site, the fourth such discovery this year by the union.

“Scott Moe needs to answer to SaskTel customers and the people of Saskatchewan: why the rush to replace good jobs with low-bid contractors and out-of-province firms?” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Unifor statement on Bell Media application to amend conditions of license

Unifor strongly opposes Bell Media’s application to the CRTC to eliminate all regulatory requirements for local news at all of its CTV, CTV2 and Noovo stations across Canada. We will do everything in our power to ensure that Bell Media continues to live up to its legislated obligations to fund and create local news and programming.

Saputo Dairy maintenance workers in Edmonton join Unifor

The 30 maintenance workers at Saputo Dairy Ltd. Supply of Canada GP in Edmonton, Alta., will join the production workers who have an existing separate certification of this location with Unifor Local 445.

“It’s about time,” said Unifor Local 445 President Guy Desforges.

Unifor members raise funds for healing centre in Tears for Hope relay race

Unifor locals and members – from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia – put their best foot forward during the Tears for Hope relay race on June 17.

The Tears to Hope Society provides support to the families and loved ones of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people (MMIWG2S). The charity relay event raised funds to help support a healing centre in northern British Columbia.