Boston, Massachusetts – April 18, 2019 – Attention all UFCW Canada activists and allies – UFCW members in New England need your help!
“How can the Ford government make sweeping changes to the Ontario Autism Program without consulting the very people who will be directly affected?” — Ed Arvelin, OPSEU’s Executive Board
There are over 1.2 million lab tests performed on a daily basis in Canada. That would work out to approximately one test done every day for every person living in the province of Manitoba. Laboratory tests are valuable tools regularly used by physicians to diagnose, monitor and treat patients. Each test provides vital information that guides medical decisions.
To learn more about medical laboratory professionals and the impact they make in health care, please visit the Medical Laboratory Professionals website or the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science website.
“Mr. Crosbie is essentially asking people to vote for him so he can create an unelected body to do his dirty work in the health care system." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Saskatoon, Sask. – April 17, 2019 – A five-month long strike at Saskatoon Co-op has ended, with more than 900 UFCW Canada Local 1400 members returning to work at the Co-op following the ratification of a new contract on Tuesday.
"The devil is in the details." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Sodexo Physical Plant workers at Acadia University ratified their first collective agreement after just two days of bargaining. Local 2107 members voted 91 per cent in favour of the contract that secured wages, shift premiums, Paid Education Leave, a Women’s Advocate, and enhanced safety language.
“We had an incredibly committed and focused team during bargaining and the results are a clear reflection of that,” said Darlene McIvor, National Representative. “These workers were eager to be Unifor members and were ready to work together to improve their working conditions.”
The vote on April 10 also included a vote for three shop stewards (pictured) and a Unit Chairperson.
The collective agreement covers workers who perform custodial and snow removal duties at the university.
"The employer seems to have no problem paying premium rates — plus travel and accommodation — to bring in staff from outside of Nova Scotia, but they nickel and dime their own hard-working employees." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
Members who work at the Ingredion Canada corn processing plant in Cardinal, Ontario have voted 83 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement.
“We were successful in fighting off concessions proposed by the company and made some real gains for our hard-working members,” said Joe Roode, President of Local 483. “The bargaining committee would like to thank the members for their solidarity throughout the process because it helped us at the table.”
Unifor Local 483 represents 143 workers at the plant.
The agreement includes improved language, benefits and a 2.5 per cent wage increase in each year of the four-year agreement.
Trades will also see an additional increase of $.50 in the second year of the contract. This equates to an average increase in wages of approximately $3.80 an hour during the term of the agreement.
"Our members are not having their issues addressed through bargaining, and the membership has just given us a strong mandate to address these in conciliation." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
Halifax – April 16, 2019 – Justin Cuison is one of eighteen winners of the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship. Currently completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, Justin is the son of Catalino Cuison, a proud UFCW Canada Local 864 member who works at Hotel Halifax in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“This is a Premier who has contempt for accountability, contempt for the rule of law, and contempt for ‘the people’ he claims to speak for.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The Day of Action is part of an intensive 8-day lobbying campaign to restore fairness to B.C.'s labour laws.
Ottawa – April 15, 2019 – Representatives from UFCW Canada’s National Office and Local Unions recently joined labour activists from across the country for an Indigenous Rights lobby day on Parliament Hill.