Sunwing backs away from intention to hire temporary foreign pilots

TORONTO – Sunwing pilots are celebrating news the company has decided to abandon its intention to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to boost staffing levels.

“Our main concern from the get-go was training and safety,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “As a union, we expect rigorous analysis before an employer is allowed to use the TFWP. We’re pleased that Sunwing chose to back away from using TFWP and honour our collective agreement.”

Rail line Volume 9, Issue 21

CP Bargaining Update

Dear Members,

The Local 101R bargaining committee continued negotiating with the Employer this week in Calgary.

As reported in the last RailLine, the Union filed a Notice of Dispute, requesting the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Strike by Transervice members ends

MONTREAL- Voting in a virtual meeting, Transervice members ratified the settlement proposed by the mediator by 72%, thus putting an end to the six-week-long strike. 

The four-year contract includes wage increases of 10.5% over the duration of the collective agreement, in addition to a signing bonus and several other improvements to working conditions. 

All members are slated to return to work on December 12, 2022. 

Thistle Printing Ltd. Unifor members ratify new agreement

The 40 members from Unifor Local 591-G have ratified a new agreement with Thistle Printing Ltd. that sees a 3% increase in each year of the three-year contract.

The contract – retroactive from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025 – also stipulates the Toronto commercial printing company will pay the five bindery assistants a $4 per hour increase from $16 to $20 (a 25% increase), also retroactive to July. The group also gained improvements to applicable pensions and benefits as well.

Strike averted at Bombardier as Unifor members ratify tentative agreement

MONTREAL- On Wednesday, Unifor Local 62 members working at Bombardier’s Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre voted 83.8% in favour of the new tentative agreement. 

The new contract lasts three years and includes wage hikes of 6.5% for the first year and 3% for each of the second and third year, as well as a signing bonus of $2,000 to protect against inflation. The monthly retirement pension benefit will also be raised by $4.00 as of January 1, 2023, $2.00 on January 1, 2024 and $2.00 on January 1, 2025. 

Unifor Local 4050 ratifies first contract with Pieridae Energy Caroline

CALGARY—New Unifor members at the Caroline, Alberta facility of Pieridae Energy will enjoy significant wage increases as part of a contract ratified this week by Local 4050.

“Unifor is Canada’s leading, and growing, union for energy workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “We’re excited to welcome these members and look forward to growing good jobs in the energy sector.”

End of labour dispute for Unifor workers at WestRock in La Tuque

La Tuque, QC - Members of Unifor Locals 530 and 27Q working for WestRock in La Tuque, Quebec, voted in favour of the mediator’s proposed settlement presented to them Monday at a general meeting, bringing an end to their labour dispute.  

Rail Line Volume 9, Issue 20

CN Bargaining Update

Dear Members,

Local 100 and Council 4000 bargaining committees continued negotiating with the employer this week in Montreal. 

Talks, again this week, were productive with the employer and are progressing well. At the table, we worked through work rules and language proposals. We have agreed on some items and are still wading through others.

We have agreed to meet with the employer the week of Dec. 12, 2022 in Montreal. We will continue discussing non-economic items and hope to convene discussions on monetary items.