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Rothsay-Darling ratifies new four-year agreement

Congratulations to the bargaining team of Unifor Local 39-X on the ratification of a four-year agreement with Rothsay-Darling, after a round of tough negotiations. The new contract – hard fought for by the union – will enhance the 92-member unit’s wages and benefits and includes language that improves the day-to-day operation of the workplace moving forward. The members work at the Rothsay-Darling plant in Moorefield, Ont., which provides rendering, recycling and recovery solutions to Canada’s food industry. 

Unifor reaches first tentative deal with Saputo

Unifor has reached a tentative three-year agreement with Saputo Dairy Products after a six-month period of negotiations.

“Congratulations to the bargaining team to stand firm on negotiating the best collective agreement for new members,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The first contract always sets a standard and this deal addresses the needs and concerns of our members.”

Cabot Manufacturing members in Nova Scotia sign first collective agreement

With the ratification of their very first collective agreement, workers at Cabot Manufacturing in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia are looking forward to a more reasonable pay structure and greater health and safety measures.

“The group at Cabot Manufacturing is a great example of the recent resurgence in workers unionizing to better protect and enforce their rights at work,” said Jennifer Murray, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “I send my congratulations to the bargaining committee for the strong work in achieving this solid first agreement.”

The scorned of MABE regroup to mark the 8th anniversary of the bankruptcy of their ex-employer

MABE retirees, or MABE scorned as they like to be called, gathered in front of the former MABE plant in Montreal on August 25 to mark the sad anniversary of their former employer's bankruptcy. Locals from the greater Montreal area also joined to show them that they are not alone in their fight and that their Unifor family is behind them.

Retirees and active employees lost the equivalent of 22% of their pension as well as the protection of group insurance and life insurance due to the bankruptcy in August 2014.

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.