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Ontario Budget Watch: Show up at consultations with labour allies

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Provincial government spending directly affects the lives of workers in Ontario. Budgets represent the government’s priorities, and Unifor members are clearly stating what their priorities are.

“Participating in the budget process is an important way for Unifor members to share their priorities with government,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “We must be clear about what our province needs; private and public sector workers alike rely on strong public services like healthcare and post-secondary education and cuts to these programs hurt us all.”

At a budget consultation in Dryden, Ontario, Melissa Wood, Local 598 member presented her perspective on what these priorities should be. She shared her experience of working in long-term care in Ontario, stressing the pressing need for immediate funding and a standard, dedicated four hours of direct, hands on care per resident per day.

Outside the hearings, allies of the Ontario Health Coalition, Unifor members, and many others gathered in the cold to demonstrate their support for investments in healthcare and public services.

Unifor members are encouraged to attend community rallies, organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, which will follow the budget consultation meetings across the province. Here is a list of upcoming rallies:

Timmins - January 22, 12 noon, Rally Senator Hotel, 14 Mountjoy St S.

Ottawa - January 23, 12 noon, Rally Courtyard Marriott, 350 Dalhousie St

Sarnia - January 24, 12 noon, Rally Holiday Inn Point Edward, 1498 Venetian Blvd

Kitchener-Waterloo - January 25, 12 noon, Rally Delta Hotel, 110 Erb St W

Peterborough - January 28, 12 noon, Rally Holiday Inn, 150 George St N

View a complete list of events on the Ontario Health Coalition website here.

Improving Handi-Transit & Sidewalk Clearing | Allen Mankewich, Winnipeg disability rights advocate

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Women's March 2019


“What will bring women closer to equality now is doing exactly what has made gains in the past: making demands and backing up those demands using the tools we have as union members and as citizens,” — Elisabeth Ballermann, Secretary-Treasurer, NUPGE

UFCW: Shutdown Threatens America’s 16 Million Retail Workers and Our Nation’s Economy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone, issued the following statement regarding the 28-day government shutdown and its impact on America’s 16 million retail workers and the broader economy.

“Every day the government shutdown drags on, 800,000 federal workers continue to be locked out of their job or forced to work without pay. But this wasteful shutdown is also threatening the 16 million American workers who help power our country’s $2.6 trillion retail sector and the broader economy.

“When Republicans shut down the government in 2013, retail sales from furloughed workers dropped seven percent and the economy lost $2 billion in productivity. About 1 in 10 Americans are employed in the retail industry and the longer the current shutdown continues, the harder hit these workers and our economy will be.

“It’s high time for President Trump and Congress to stop playing politics with our economy and American workers and finally end this reckless government shutdown.”

Background: The last extended federal government shutdown in 2013 had a significant impact on the U.S. economy:

  • Annualized GDP growth for the quarter fell by 0.25 percent.
  • Private sector jobs decreased by 120,000.
  • Shopping by some 800,000 furloughed federal employees fell by 7 percent.
  • As income of furloughed workers shifted to later in the month, consumption habits shifted as well – including on gasoline – and bill payments were delayed.


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.