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Unifor joins multi-party call to address Ontario hospital crisis

Unifor leaders joined health care union leaders and opposition party leaders in Ontario to demand urgent action on the crisis in hospitals in a virtual news conference on January 10. 

The emergency summit was convened by Ontario Liberal leader Stephen Del Duca, and included Unifor Assistant to the President Katha Fortier and Health Care Director Andy Savela.

Good start on temporary workers but more needed

TORONTO – The steps taken by the Ontario government to protect temporary workers and regulate unscrupulous temp agencies are a good start, but further action is needed to improve health and safety for such workers, Unifor says.

“These fly by night agencies have damaged communities by exploiting the most vulnerable workers, including racialized workers, women, newcomers and migrant workers,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.

“We commend the government for listening to advocates and community members and introducing these changes.”

Unifor urges Premier Ford to protect COVID heroes from anti-vaccine protesters

TORONTO — Unifor is calling on the Ontario government to enact legislation to ban anti-vaccine protests near hospitals, schools, daycares and COVID-19 immunization and testing clinics.

“Anti-vaccine protests not only put the health and safety of our members but the entire community at risk,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “These COVID heroes have sacrificed so much for the betterment of society and to have a group of people intimidating them while working is unacceptable. Our COVID heroes deserve better.”

Bud Jimmerfield Award Form

The deadline to nominate a member for the Bud Jimmerfield award is Thursday, September 30, 2021. The recipient must demonstrate strong leadership and a proven commitment to prevent future occupational...
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Letter to B.C. Minister of Labour Harry Bains re: Paid Sick Days

September 8, 2021    
Via: Email

Honourable Harry Bains 
Minister of Labour
West Annex Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
@email

RE: Paid Sick Leave

Dear Minister Bains,

I'm writing as a follow up to our many conversations about paid sick leave, including the broad-based lobbying effort undertaken by Unifor members this spring.