Unifor Local 99 ratifies new agreement with Arconic

LETHBRIDGE—Wage increases and a signing bonus are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified August 2, 2022 by Unifor members working at Arconic.

“This was a difficult round of bargaining and the committee should be proud of what they accomplished in this collective agreement,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. 

Kleenzone workers on strike

Kleenzone workers who provide cleaning services at the Sanofi Pasteur Plant in Toronto remain on the picket line on day four of strike action.

The approximately 60 Unifor Local 1701 members began the strike on June 14, 2022 after voting to reject a second tentative agreement offer.

“This will only be settled at the bargaining table and we’re willing to return to negotiations so we can resolve this and get our members back to work.” said Mike Hill, Unifor Local 1701 President.

New 3-year deal for Local 1917 Hitachi workers

Unifor Local 1917 Hitachi unit members in Guelph, Ont. voted 95% in favour of ratifying a three-year collective agreement that guarantees current members historic ‘no layoffs’ language for the duration of the contract.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee for securing a great deal for Unifor members at Hitachi,” said Shane Wark, Assistant to Unifor’s National President. “With rising inflation costs, going to work without fear of layoffs hanging over workers is a huge relief.”

The deal was ratified on Sat., May 14, 2022, at an in-person meeting.

March for locked-out Ash Grove cement workers

More than 300 members of Unifor and QFL-affiliated unions answered the call by locked-out Unifor Local 177 members at the Ash Grove CRH cement plant to join them in a march at the Port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec on April 1.

Unifor members of the Prelco unit launch strike

Members of Unifor Local 1044 at Prelco in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec went on strike October 24. They have been without a collective agreement since last February.

The 225 members rejected a tentative agreement reached the previous week and voted in favour of the strike at a general meeting on October 24. The main stumbling block in the negotiations is wage increases.

The picket line is being set up in front of the plant at 94 Cartier Boulevard in Rivière-du-Loup.