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Unifor marks five years of activism

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Beginning with a vote to reaffirm disaffiliation from the CLC, delegates to Canadian Council committed to continue the fight for workers’ rights by rebuilding the labour movement from the ground up, at the bargaining table and through political action.

“We have made one heck of a difference. We’ve changed the face of progressive politics in this country. We have made history,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in his opening address.

“And we’ll continue to make history. Our future is still being written. And you are the ones that are writing it.”

Council began with a debate about whether to reaffirm the decision of the National Executive Board in January to disaffiliate from the CLC in a dispute over the Congress’s failure to prevent attacks on workers from their U.S.-based unions.

CLC rules meant to ensure workers have democratic rights, and that Canadian members of U.S. unions maintain their autonomy are not being followed or respected, allowing U.S.-based unions to trample on the rights of workers in Canada.

“Workers are not the chattels of their union. Workers must have the right to choose their own union,” said Chris MacDonald, Assistant to the National President.

Quebec director Renaud Gagné said collective bargaining is at the centre of Unifor’s strength and influence.

“There is no doubt on the side of employers that we are an organization that defends its values, beliefs and members,” he said. “The challenges are many, but I have no doubt that together we will succeed in meeting them hands down.”

Dias recalled the strength of Unifor’s bargaining activity, especially at critical negotiations in the salt mine in Goderich, Bombardier Downsview, the Port Arthur Health Centre in Thunder Bay and more.

“We can never lose sight of how critical a tool collective bargaining is for workers to take back our share of the wealth that we help create every single day,” Dias said. “And we are certainly using our collective bargaining to shake things up.”

Dr. Danyaal Raza of Canadian Doctors for Medicare spoke to delegates about the need for a national pharmacare plan, pointing out that more than 1 million Canadians forgo basic needs to pay for medications.

“A broken system leaves my patients and our family members with broken choices,” said Raza. “People are turning down their Hydro just to pay for medically needed medications.”

Delegates voted at the 2017 Canadian Council to support pharmacare, and this year voted to play an active role in the 2019 federal election with pharmacare and the rights of workers as key policy issues.

Spoken word poet, professor and activist El Jones brought delegates to their feet as she read her poems about feminism, racism, and colonization.

“I want to raise issues with you,” she said between poems.

Unifor’s annual Nelson Mandela Award was presented to social justice advocate Jean Augustine, the first black woman elected to Canada’s Parliament in 1993.

“I learned very early in life growing up in a poor environment that serving and touching people’s lives is what it’s all about,” Augustine said.

Quebec Director credits members for building union’s influence

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Delivering his report today at Canadian Council, Quebec Director Renaud Gagné took a look back to remind everyone how far Unifor has come in establishing itself as an influential labour organization across the country.

“Thank you all for the incredible job you’ve done every day since the creation of Unifor. Without the dedicated efforts of our activists we would never be where we are today after only five years,” said Gagné. “I raise my hat to you. We can all be proud of the Unifor we’ve created! Thanks to the work we have accomplished together across this country, we have positioned ourselves as THE greatest private-sector union.”

Gagné also highlighted the many gains Unifor has made at the bargaining tables, often coming on the heels of difficult labour disputes.

“We have made it abundantly clear to employers that we are an organization that defends its values, its convictions and its members,” said Gagné.

He went on to point out that while Unifor can be proud of the significant progress it has made, much work remains to be done within its structure, notably in terms of ensuring greater diversity in its ranks and improving the vitality of its local unions.

“Strengthening inclusion and diversity within our organization is another aspect of our work that is important to me and that we need to address,” Gagné said.

He concluded his report with a reminder of the importance of continuing our efforts to create a more equitable, just and inclusive world.

“Many challenges lie ahead, but there is no doubt in my mind that, by working together, we can overcome them."

 

CLC disaffiliation reaffirmed

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Delegates to Canadian Council have overwhelmingly voted to reaffirm Unifor’s disaffiliation from the Canadian Labour Congress, and to use the move to help build a labour movement that respects the wishes of workers.

“Workers are not the chattels of their union. Workers must have the right to choose their own union,” said Assistant to the National President Chris MacDonald.

The National Executive Board voted in January to disaffiliate from the CLC in a dispute over the Congress’s failure to prevent attacks on workers from their U.S.-based unions.

The CLC’s own rules - meant to ensure workers have democratic rights, and that Canadian members of U.S. unions maintain their autonomy - are not being followed or respected, allowing U.S.-based unions to trample on the rights of workers in Canada.

The vote to reaffirm the disaffiliation decision came after a debate among delegates.

Carly Sonier of Local 1101 spoke in favour of the resolution, recalling the fight her local had with an international union before it joined the CAW, a founding union of Unifor.

“We need to stand behind this decision and support it in solidarity,” she said.

Others who spoke out against disaffiliation, said members should have been consulted before the decision was made.

Lis Pimentel, with Unifor Local 7575 which disaffiliated from the American UNITE HERE union, spoke in favour of the resolution, saying her old local was unfairly placed in trusteeship after demanding more autonomy for Canadian workers.

“I am proud of our members and everyone here for taking such a strong stand,” she said.

Others said they supported disaffiliation, even though it made life difficult for some members who no longer can attend local labour council meetings.

In his opening address to Canadian Council, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said the decision to disaffiliate was not easy.

“There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about the fall-out that many of our activists and local leaders have felt,” Dias said.

“But if this disaffiliation can set things right, once and for all, then sisters and brothers we’d have made a lasting difference.  And we’ll be a stronger movement for it. ”

Dias said Unifor needed to speak out in the face of locals being silenced.

“When the labour movement believes that they have the right to place locals in trusteeship to quell dissent, we have a problem. The cost of solidarity cannot be silence.”

The union also voted to seek a fair and meaningful resolution to the dispute.

 

Dias celebrates victories and calls for continued activism

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It was a celebration of five years of activism as National President Jerry Dias recalled the foundation of Unifor in his address to more than 1,300 participants at Canadian Council today at the Halifax Convention Centre.

“It was a vision of a bold, brave, inclusive new union that was big enough, smart enough and determined enough to change the politics of this country,” said Dias.

In his speech, Dias said that political action has been a key part of achieving that vision, enabling Unifor to become a union for all working class people – a union for everyone.

Major bargaining victories of the past year were highlighted, including those in the gaming and hospitality, aviation, pulp and paper, and shipbuilding sectors.

“We can never lose sight of how critical a tool collective bargaining is for workers to take back our share of the wealth that we help create,” Dias stressed. “I firmly believe that it’s our collective bargaining that builds the union, it’s a moment when members are the most engaged, it’s an opportunity to communicate, and it’s a platform for mobilization.”

Paying credit to striking and locked out members, Dias specifically acknowledged 65 members, all women, who just endured a 129-day strike at the Port Arthur Health Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

“These women walked that picket line not just for themselves, but the millions of precarious workers in Canada. They fought not just for better working conditions, but to build a union that is rooted in its community.”

He went on to call on governments to legislate strong and enforceable anti-scab laws in every jurisdiction in the country.

The National President’s keynote speech covered a variety of issues including women’s rights, federal pay equity legislation, climate change and just transition programs. Speaking to the union’s decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress Dias insisted that workers must maintain full democratic control over their representation.

While commending the achievements of the union Dias also called for continued vigilance and activism, pointing to the rise in political conservatism and ongoing international trade threats.

Dias ended by encouraging delegates to keep up the fight and to make the next twelve months count telling them “We have made history and we’ll continue to make history. Our future is still being written and you are the ones that are writing it.”

 

Unifor members ready to face technological workplace changes

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Members from across the country were in Halifax on August 15, 2018, to attend the Automation, New Technology and the Future of Work conference. As the world of work changes rapidly, new technologies are more frequently introduced in the workplace. Conference delegates came together to discuss, learn and develop a strategy for the future of work that puts workers first.

“In a system where profits and productivity are paramount, there will always be a desire for corporations to invest in labour-saving technology,” said Jerry Dias National President. “The Future of Work conference brought members together to craft bargaining and political action strategies to deal with automation, artificial intelligence, and the growth of the digital economy.”

Angelo Dicaro, acting Unifor Research Director, kicked off the conference with a presentation on the union's  newly minted research paper The Future of Work is Ours: Confronting risks and seizing opportunities.  The research paper makes it clear that automation, artificial intelligence and other forms of new technology are here to stay and will continue to create challenges that workers will face in workplaces and industries around the world.  The  research paper also discusses possible solutions and strategies to  confront technological changes at work.

After the introduction to current issues with automation and technology, participants broke into smaller groups organized by sectors so that tangible, specific strategies and ideas could be developed for workplaces and bargaining.

During the report back led by facilitators, certain themes emerged. It was noted that there was significant anxiety in most sectors about job security, but there was also a degree of optimism, especially among skilled trades members. The latter sentiment helped focus the discussion on the fight-back: the role of unions in forcing technological change in order to make work safer and  create new jobs.

Collective bargaining was identified as a key tool for worker power in both protecting jobs at individual worksites, but also at leveraging transition for workers into new roles. Regionally and nationally, it was emphasized that Unifor must push for an even stronger social safety net that includes employer or government-sponsored training.

Participants discussed the potential that green technology holds for green jobs, and resisting the green-washing (especially in the hospitality industry) that merely reduces work hours.

The conference’s final session hosted a panel of experts to offer additional analysis and provide several public policy and tax changes that could protect good jobs and help Canada stay competitive into the future. Guests Sunil Johal, Policy Director, Mowat Centre and Christine Saulnier, Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia had a wide-ranging conversation about areas where Canada’s skilled workforce and value-added is a strength and not a disadvantage. In the evening delegates were treated to a live viewing of the hit CBC Radio show “the debaters” where comics went toe to toe in a battle of laughs debating if work should be replaced by robots.

The conference is the first of many steps in Unifor’s development of a long-term plan to put workers’ interests on the forefront of technological changes in our workplaces.

Canadian Linen plant members ratify collective agreement

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Workers at the Canadian Linen plant voted to ratified a new three-year collective agreement on August 4, 2018.

“Congratulations to the members and the bargaining committee for getting this agreement and for securing a Women's Advocate Program in your workplace,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “Women are five times more likely to speak to someone they know when they are looking for help.”

Unifor Local 1015 represents 49 workers at the Canadian Linen plants in Dartmouth and Moncton.

Unifor has bargained Women’s Advocate’s in more than 350 workplaces across Canada to give women an opportunity to seek support and guidance within their workplace when facing harassment or domestic violence.

The new contract includes annual wage increases, improvements to violence in the workplace and workplace Harassment Language.

“Local 1015 Canadian Linen plant members are predominately made up of women, and they prioritized improving their wages and health and safety in this round of bargaining,” said Paul Ferrall Unifor Local 1015 President.

More workers join Unifor

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Unifor’s Organizing Department has brought more than 600 workers into the union in the past month, at workplaces in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

“In each of these five workplaces, workers have stood together and said they want to improve their workplaces and build their communities,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.

“It is an honour to welcome them to Unifor.”

The newly organized workplaces include warehousing, trucking, education and manufacturing sectors, reflecting the diversity of sectors represented by Unifor across Canada.

In all, 608 workers have joined Unifor since July 23, including warehouse workers in Woodstock, Ontario, workers at two workplaces in Peterborough, Ontario, workers at a trucking firm in Truro, Nova Scotia, and janitors and other support staff at a university.

The newly organized workplaces are:

  • McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, with 299 workers in facility services
  • Penske Logistics in Woodstock, Ontario, with 125 warehouse workers
  • Canterbury Gardens in Peterborough, with 100 workers in health care
  • Ritz Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, with 80 manufacturing workers
  • Agropur in Truro, Nova Scotia, with four workers in trucking

Work will now begin to negotiate a first contract at each of these workplaces with Unifor as the bargaining agent.

Tackling racism and Islamophobia in Halifax

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In light of the recent rise in hate-based violence, Unifor is proud to host a round-table discussion to address racism and Islamophobia before Canadian Council gets under way in Halifax.

A panel of experts, advocates and activists will gather for a frank discussion this evening on how to forge meaningful alliances with communities and organizations, and take effective action against racial and religious intolerance.

“We are hoping that activists who are attending find themselves equipped with concrete strategies and tools to address these issues in their workplaces and in their communities,” said Christine Maclin, Unifor Director of Human Rights. “The round-table bears testimony to Unifor’s commitment to equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion.”

The roundtable will take place on Thursday, August 16, 6 pm – 8 pm, in Room C1 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

The panel includes representatives from a variety of social justice organizations, grassroots advocacy groups, labor activists, academia, and government bodies. The panel includes:

  • Janet Dench, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Refugees
  • Erica Violet Lee, Organizer, Idle No More
  • Nuzhat Jafri, President, Canadian Council of Muslim Women
  • Dr. Lynn Jones,  Chair, Global African Congress – Nova Scotia chapter (panel moderator)
  • Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director, and
  • Robyn Maynard, Author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present

The round-table invokes a timely discussion about racism and anti-immigrant hostility. In recent years, Canada has borne witness to vandalism at mosques, and tragic deaths of Muslim Canadians and Indigenous youth as a result of racially motivated violence. In addition to this, white supremacist rallies have been helped and  immigrants and refugees are targeted at the border. Anti -black racism, police violence, and racial profiling of youth and people of colour is still going on. The current climate in Canada and beyond requires labour activists to reflect and act when the system too often fails to bring justice to victims, their families and communities.

This round-table offers a platform to strengthen a unified front against those that seek to divide and actively threaten Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, Muslims, migrants and refugees. Tonight is an opportunity to foster conversations and make commitments to strengthen the diversity that is integral to Canada.

 

Unifor opposes Nav Canada bylaw changes

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Unifor has called on the Minister of Transportation to veto bylaw changes at Nav Canada that would open the organization’s management to non-Canadians.

“It’s a very suspicious move. No rationale was provided as to why Nav Canada must seek management from outside the Canadian talent pool,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Canadian priorities and accountability should be guiding the management at Nav Canada.”

Nav Canada is the not-for-profit Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) in Canada.

On August 7, Nav Canada’s members amended the bylaws to cancel the long-standing requirement that 100% of its board of directors be Canadian citizens. If the Minister approves the changes, up to one-third of the board may be non-Canadian.

Unlike past bylaw amendments, which drew from a thorough consultation with industry and labour partners, this major revision of Nav Canada’s corporate oversight was done without any such collaboration.

All eight trade unions represented by the Nav Canada Bargaining Agents Association are vehemently opposed to ending the all-Canadian board of directors.

The change leaves workers in the industry wondering if the bylaw amendments are an attempt by the directors of Nav Canada’s subsidiary, U.S.-based Aireon, to assume management of Nav Canada. There is already considerable overlap of the two boards, and removing the Canadian citizenship requirement for Nav Canada’s board could threaten the independence of Canada’s ANSP.

Get more out of Canadian Council with the mobile app

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For the third consecutive year, Unifor has published a mobile app to aid delegates in getting the most out of Canadian Council.

Available in both languages, the app is designed to help delegates connect with each other, follow the agenda, access Council documents, navigate the convention centre, learn more about speakers, and find social media channels. It is accessible from all devices with an Internet browser: smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

English app links

Android

iOS

Web browser version

Delegates should log in to the app using the email address with which they registered for Council. If you don’t know what address was used or if you have any questions, a help desk will be located near the registration table throughout Council.

Presentations and keynote speakers, including Jerry Dias, Unifor National President will all be broadcast on a Livestream feed from Unifor’s website. The feed can be accessed beginning on August 17 at unifor.org/canadiancouncil

As always, social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will help connect the events at Council to Unifor members and allies across the country. The social media hashtag for Council is #UniforCC18

 

Unifor Health & Safety and Workers' Compensation Conference

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On the weekend of June 8-10, approximately 100 Unifor delegates and guests came together at our Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. At the conference, they shared experiences and participated in discussions to advance our work on health, safety and workers’ compensation.

The theme of this year’s conference was the “Continuum of Injury – Injury Recognition, Recovery, Prevention - Saving Lives.”

It was fitting that our conference opened with a traditional “smudging ceremony” as we recognize the indigenous lands of the Saugeen Ojibway nations. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion on how representatives can implement the Occupational Hazards Identification Tools in daily work to identify occupational disease.

Over the course of the conference, we covered topics ranging compensation i.e. “Workers’ Compensation 101”, always a favourite - to workshops about the “Possibilities for Prevention”, “Lab Analysis 101”, “Creating A Mentally-Healthy Workplace” as well as an Introduction of our new one week Workers’ Compensation Board Paid Education Leave course on medical orientation.

The conference provided excellent networking opportunities for our members as we explored the world of Optimum Health Kinesiology with our guest Dr. Rashida Naraharasetti, MBBS (India), Specialized energy kinesiology practitioner. The day then came to an end with an enjoyable fire at the gazebo with our comrades.

Our weekend concluded with a casual panel discussion between recently retired activists, Joel Carr, Unifor Health & Safety Department, and Alec Farquhar., Director, Ontario Office of Worker Advisor, sharing stories of why “Fighting Back Makes a Difference.”

Our next national conference will be on issues of the environment, to be held in the spring of 2019 – stay tuned!

Dynacare members vote in favour of new contract

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MAHCP members at Dynacare now have a new four-year collective agreement after voting to accept a new contract.

To give as many members as possible a chance to cast their ballot, voting took place over four days (Aug. 8, 9, 11 and 15) and the contract was approved in a narrow majority.

Negotiations between the Employer and MAHCP happened in the shadow of the Pallister government’s austerity Bill 28, which calls for wage freezes for two years and very small increases in years three and four. While Dynacare is a private company, all of health care is feeling the effects of Bill 28.

MAHCP President Bob Moroz said this narrow ratification certainly indicates that members were looking for more than what the Employer was offering.

“We know that members are always hopeful that wage adjustments will at least keep up with cost of living. In a time where new funds are very scarce in Health Care, the bargaining team did manage to negotiate a number of non-monetary improvements to the collective agreement based on what members were concerned about,” added Moroz.

“It is positive that this group of our membership has the security of a new collective agreement at a time when the majority of our members continue to be working without any bargaining taking place for the foreseeable future.”

Among the gains in this new contract is improved respectful workplace language, small wage increases and a new IP protocol that would see IP days accumulated up to Dec. 31, 2018, paid out at retirement instead of lost. The members of this bargaining unit did not have the pre-retirement leave language that many of our other collective agreements have.

MAHCP is also grateful for the members of the bargaining committee for all their hard work over the past several months. Thank you Sherry Lussier, Nancy Scammell, Garrett Finck, and Maggie Smith!

Once the final document has been signed off on, it will be added to our Collective Agreements section on the mahcp.ca website.

MAHCP represents approximately 300 members at Dynacare.

Dias celebrates victories and calls for continued activism

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It was a celebration of five years of activism as National President Jerry Dias recalled the foundation of Unifor in his address to more than 1,300 participants at Canadian Council today at the Halifax Convention Centre.

“It was a vision of a bold, brave, inclusive new union that was big enough, smart enough and determined enough to change the politics of this country,” said Dias.

In his speech, Dias said that political action has been a key part of achieving that vision, enabling Unifor to become a union for all working class people – a union for everyone.

Major bargaining victories of the past year were highlighted, including those in the gaming and hospitality, aviation, pulp and paper, and shipbuilding sectors.

“We can never lose sight of how critical a tool collective bargaining is for workers to take back our share of the wealth that we help create,” Dias stressed. “I firmly believe that it’s our collective bargaining that builds the union, it’s a moment when members are the most engaged, it’s an opportunity to communicate, and it’s a platform for mobilization.”

Paying credit to striking and locked out members, Dias specifically acknowledged 65 members, all women, who just endured a 129-day strike at the Port Arthur Health Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

“These women walked that picket line not just for themselves, but the millions of precarious workers in Canada. They fought not just for better working conditions, but to build a union that is rooted in its community.”

He went on to call on governments to legislate strong and enforceable anti-scab laws in every jurisdiction in the country.

The National President’s keynote speech covered a variety of issues including women’s rights, federal pay equity legislation, climate change and just transition programs. Speaking to the union’s decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress Dias insisted that workers must maintain full democratic control over their representation.

While commending the achievements of the union Dias also called for continued vigilance and activism, pointing to the rise in political conservatism and ongoing international trade threats.

Dias ended by encouraging delegates to keep up the fight and to make the next twelve months count telling them “We have made history and we’ll continue to make history. Our future is still being written and you are the ones that are writing it.”

 

Coming soon - New Unifor Area Compensation Courses across the country!

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The Unifor Education Department is currently working with the Health, Safety and Environment Department on developing new compensations courses for our members from coast to coast to coast.

We understand the importance of our advocates being educated on current compensation statutes, board policies and procedures that govern injured workers in the workplace.

Our new courses will provide the tools to ensure our members are properly represented. 

The past few decades have seen inadequate premium rates imposed on employers; workers have seen cuts to compensation and benefits while the board’s management receives bonuses. The most concerning is the board’s relentless drive to push workers back into the workforce despite the medical assessment of a worker’s injury. They appear to be more concerned with meeting the labour needs of employers than providing healthcare to workers.

We must strive to offset the power imbalance between worker and employer, and compensation systems that could deny us benefits.

Watch for the scheduling of these new courses on our website.

Unifor members ready to face technological workplace changes

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Members from across the country were in Halifax on August 15, 2018, to attend the Automation, New Technology and the Future of Work conference. As the world of work changes rapidly, new technologies are more frequently introduced in the workplace. Conference delegates came together to discuss, learn and develop a strategy for the future of work that puts workers first.

“In a system where profits and productivity are paramount, there will always be a desire for corporations to invest in labour-saving technology,” said Jerry Dias National President. “The Future of Work conference brought members together to craft bargaining and political action strategies to deal with automation, artificial intelligence, and the growth of the digital economy.”

Angelo Dicaro, acting Unifor Research Director, kicked off the conference with a presentation on the union's  newly minted research paper The Future of Work is Ours: Confronting risks and seizing opportunities.  The research paper makes it clear that automation, artificial intelligence and other forms of new technology are here to stay and will continue to create challenges that workers will face in workplaces and industries around the world.  The  research paper also discusses possible solutions and strategies to  confront technological changes at work.

After the introduction to current issues with automation and technology, participants broke into smaller groups organized by sectors so that tangible, specific strategies and ideas could be developed for workplaces and bargaining.

During the report back led by facilitators, certain themes emerged. It was noted that there was significant anxiety in most sectors about job security, but there was also a degree of optimism, especially among skilled trades members. The latter sentiment helped focus the discussion on the fight-back: the role of unions in forcing technological change in order to make work safer and  create new jobs.

Collective bargaining was identified as a key tool for worker power in both protecting jobs at individual worksites, but also at leveraging transition for workers into new roles. Regionally and nationally, it was emphasized that Unifor must push for an even stronger social safety net that includes employer or government-sponsored training.

Participants discussed the potential that green technology holds for green jobs, and resisting the green-washing (especially in the hospitality industry) that merely reduces work hours.

The conference’s final session hosted a panel of experts to offer additional analysis and provide several public policy and tax changes that could protect good jobs and help Canada stay competitive into the future. Guests Sunil Johal, Policy Director, Mowat Centre and Christine Saulnier, Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia had a wide-ranging conversation about areas where Canada’s skilled workforce and value-added is a strength and not a disadvantage. In the evening delegates were treated to a live viewing of the hit CBC Radio show “the debaters” where comics went toe to toe in a battle of laughs debating if work should be replaced by robots.

The conference is the first of many steps in Unifor’s development of a long-term plan to put workers’ interests on the forefront of technological changes in our workplaces.

Canadian Linen plant members ratify collective agreement

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Workers at the Canadian Linen plant voted to ratified a new three-year collective agreement on August 4, 2018.

“Congratulations to the members and the bargaining committee for getting this agreement and for securing a Women's Advocate Program in your workplace,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “Women are five times more likely to speak to someone they know when they are looking for help.”

Unifor Local 1015 represents 49 workers at the Canadian Linen plants in Dartmouth and Moncton.

Unifor has bargained Women’s Advocate’s in more than 350 workplaces across Canada to give women an opportunity to seek support and guidance within their workplace when facing harassment or domestic violence.

The new contract includes annual wage increases, improvements to violence in the workplace and workplace Harassment Language.

“Local 1015 Canadian Linen plant members are predominately made up of women, and they prioritized improving their wages and health and safety in this round of bargaining,” said Paul Ferrall Unifor Local 1015 President.

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