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UFCW activists help Light the Night across Canada

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St. John’s, N.L., Halifax, N.S., Montreal, London, Ont., Calgary, and Vancouver – October 21, 2019  – From St. John’s to Vancouver, and numerous cities in between, UFCW activists from across Canada joined families, friends and neighbours at Light the Night walks to support and fundraise for the life changing and life saving work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).

Spiritual Care Awareness Week – October 20 to 26, 2019

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The Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals and groups experiencing spiritual, moral and existential distress related to changes in health, maturation, ability, and life circumstances.  This year’s theme is Diversity in Spiritual Care.

Congratulations to all Spiritual Care practitioners.

Please visit the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care website for more information.


Government Withdrawing Motion to Adjourn Court Challenge of Bill 28

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Last week the Province of Manitoba introduced an11th hour amendment to its wage freeze legislation (Bill 28), which is being challenged by the MGEU and other public sector unions in court. Today the government backed down from its latest stalling tactic, by officially withdrawing its motion to adjourn, which means the challenge is going to trial as planned.

Hormel Workers Approve Contract for 2,500 Employees in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Georgia

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With Final Vote, Hormel Workers Ratify New Four-Year Contract to Strengthen Wages, Expand Healthcare Coverage, Increase Pensions

WASHINGTON, D.C.– This week, the final vote by Hormel workers in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Georgia was cast with members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 6 (Algona Iowa), Local 9 (Austin, Minnesota), Local 1473 (Beloit, Wisconsin), and Local 1996 (Atlanta, Georgia) overwhelmingly approving the new contract.

The democratic process for contract negotiations requires members of all four UFCW Local Unions to vote on whether or not to accept the terms of the agreement before contracts are official. The new contract strengthens wages, protects and expands healthcare, and protects and increases pensions for Hormel workers across the country.

The presidents of UFCW Locals 6, 9, 1473, and 1996 released the following statement:

“By strongly voting for a new contract that improves wages and benefits, thousands of our hardworking members sent a powerful message this week about the power that comes from workers standing together.

“This contract not only rewards hard work, it provides affordable healthcare, strong pensions, and critical benefits that ensure our UFCW members are able to build the better life they’ve earned. For millions of Americans, this contract ensures that they can continue to count on our members for the high-quality Hormel products they feed their families every day.”


A total of 2,500 Hormel workers – represented by UFCW Local 6 (Algona Iowa), UFCW Local 9 (Austin, Minnesota), UFCW Local 1473 (Beloit, Wisconsin), and UFCW Local 1996 (Atlanta, Georgia) – strongly stood united since contract negotiations started the week of July 28, 2019. Together, these workers protected their health care, secured better wages, and improved pensions.

A Tentative Agreement was reached on Friday, October 4 and all four local unions held contract ratification votes with final votes concluding earlier this week.

The new contracts achieve the following:

  • Healthcare: All workers will continue to have access to the affordable and quality healthcare that they and their families need.
  • Pensions: All pensions were protected and increased to help workers prepare for the secure retirement they and their families have earned.
  • Wages: All workers will see increases in wages to help them continue to provide for their families and build a better life.


The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org

Join us in celebrating RT week! October 20-26th, 2019

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Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are regulated, health care professionals who bring expertise and specialized skills and knowledge to the health care team. RRTs provide interventions such as ventilation including life support. RRTs also perform patient assessments, diagnostic testing, and perform treatments for a multitude of cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) conditions for all age groups- from newborns to the elderly. They provide education to patients and families in disease management and disease prevention.


RRTs work in many areas of the health care sector including:

– Hospitals: areas include Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, Operating rooms, General Wards, Labour & Delivery
– Air & Ground Transportation
– RTs also work in: outpatient clinics, specialized medical centers such as sleep disorder clinics, patients’ homes, pulmonary function testing laboratories, long term care facilities, research facilities, medical equipment sales & product service, education programs, pulmonary rehabilitation programs.


RRTs perform a number of vital roles throughout the health care system which include the following but not limited too:

– Operation of Life Support equipment
– Ventilation & Airway management
– Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
– Oxygen & Aerosol Delivery
– Educate & manage patients with chronic heart and lung diseases such as Asthma, COPD & Congestive Heart Failure
– Perform Pulmonary Function Testing & Sleep Apnea Testing
– Provide Pulmonary Rehabilitation
– Provide Heart & Lung disease prevention such as smoking cessation

For more information, please visit the Manitoba Association of Registered Respiratory Therapists and Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists websites.

Unifor celebrates Continuing Care Assistant Week in Nova Scotia

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Unifor is celebrating the first Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) Week, organized by the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) as part of Continuing Care Month.

"CCAs offer the highest quality of care that allows people in their homes and in long-term care to live comfortably and with dignity,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Their contribution as part of the health care team is incredible and deserves the special recognition this week and every single day of the year."

HANS aims to raise awareness of the vital role of CCAs in the health care team, in home care and long-term care across the province. 

"CCAs consistently go above and beyond to provide excellent care, compassion and companionship to patients and residents," said Linda MacNeil, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. "As a healthcare worker, I know first-hand how hard CCAs work. The enormous mental, physical and emotional contributions they make in caring for patients and residents, is second-to-none."

Show your support by sharing the Unifor graphics on Facebook and by using the Facebook profile picture frame.

For more information about CCA Week and Continuing Care Month, visit the HANS website.