Bargaining

Returning for National Bargaining 2022

Recap

Last year upon the completion of provincial bargaining, the restrictions in place meant we did a one year roll over collective agreement that was ratified by the membership with a wage increase that is due to expire on March 31, 2022.

Where we are at

Your national bargaining committee had plans to convene in Toronto the last week of January to commence negotiations. With the current pandemic status and the multiple restrictions, been put in place is making us reevaluate the timing of negotiations.

Unifor members at GFL Windsor ratify new agreement

Wage increases and improved contract language are just some of the gains in a new collective agreement for the 54 Unifor Local 444 members at GFL Environmental in Windsor.

“Congratulations to Local 444 members for persevering in tough negotiations to achieve a deal that properly recognizes their contribution,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

The three-year contract includes wage increases of $1.25 per hour in the first year, followed by a 1% increase in each of the remaining two years. Local 444 members also received a $750 signing bonus.

RailLine Volume 9, Issue 1

Via Rail Bargaining Update #2

Members,

Bargaining between Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 with VIA Rail opened up virtually on January 17, 2022.

Contracts for more than 2,000 members expired on December 31, 2021. The two local unions will bargain separately.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias says, “Members should have the utmost faith in their bargaining teams who are experienced and skilled. They have been working diligently throughout the pandemic and ensured a fair contract was negotiated for all in 2020-2021.”

VIA Rail negotiations open virtually, covering 2,000 members in rail

Bargaining between Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 with VIA Rail opened up virtually on January 17, 2022.

“Members should have the utmost faith in their bargaining teams who are experienced and skilled,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our members have been working diligently throughout the pandemic and ensured a fair contract was negotiated for all in 2020-2021.”

In the year since the signing of the last agreement, Unifor members in rail continued to work while keeping travellers safe, comfortable and delivering a high quality mode of transportation.

VIA Rail talks begin virtually for 2000 members

MONTREAL — Bargaining between Via Rail and Unifor Locals representing 2000 members opened up virtually on January 17, 2022.

“Members should have the utmost faith in their bargaining teams who are experienced and skilled,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our members have been working diligently throughout the pandemic and ensured a fair contract was negotiated for all in 2020-2021.”

Unifor and PPWC reach pattern deal with Canfor

PRINCE GEORGE-Two of the country’s largest pulp and paper unions, Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), have reached a tentative deal with Canfor that establishes the pattern for Western Canadian forestry.

Hospitality and Gaming Industry Council reviews bargaining achievements and challenges ahead

Unifor’s hospitality and gaming sector met virtually this past week to review the sector’s accomplishments and remaining economic challenges.

“Unifor warned that the hospitality and gaming sector would be hit first, hit hardest and take the longest to recover,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the council. “Sadly, what we predicted proved all too accurate.”

For the first year of COVID-19, virtually every gaming sector worker in the country was laid off. At hotels and restaurants, lay off rates were between 80% and 100%.

Unifor members at Port of Vancouver ratify pattern agreement

Container truckers at Aheer Transportation and Prudential Transportation overwhelmingly ratified a pattern agreement avoiding a potential strike at Canada’s largest port. 

The agreement helps Unifor truckers achieve some the best wages and benefits at the port.

“Unifor’s pattern agreement has set the standard in Metro Vancouver’s container trucking industry for years,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Truckers deserve an agreement that reflects their significant contribution to our economy.”