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Wirecomm workers ratify collective agreement

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In a meeting on Sunday, July 21, 2019, members of Unifor Local 5011, working at Wirecomm Systems ratified a 5-year collective agreement with their employer.

The new contract replaces the previous collective agreement, which had expired in April 2018, and marks the end of a challenging round of negotiations with the company. The contract includes protections against unjust wage deductions, and improves both hourly wages as well as per-unit rates for service and installation codes.

Wirecomm is a sole source contractor for Rogers Communications, providing service and installation to Rogers customers across the Greater Toronto Area.

For more information, or to get connected with their local union representatives, members of 5011 can contact:

Emmanual Atueyi, Wirecomm – Unit Chairperson, Member at Large, Local 5011 at

Eghosa Iyamu, Wirecomm - Bargaining Committee Member, Vice President, Local 5011 at

Marmon Keystone workers ratify collective agreement

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Unifor Local 1256 members working at Marmon Keystone have voted 100 per cent in favour of ratifying a new three-year collective agreement.

“We entered this round of negotiations to improve the lives of our members,” said Angus MacDonald, Unifor Local 1256 President. “This agreement has gone beyond what we had initially hoped for at the start of bargaining and shows our collective bargaining strength as a union.”

The new contract includes annual wage increases, signing bonus, improved benefits and strengthened language in the collective agreement.

“I want to thank the bargaining committee for all their hard work in achieving this agreement that is fair and equitable,” said MacDonald.

In addition, the bargaining committee negotiated domestic violence leave language that was taken away by the Ford government.

Unifor Local 1256 represents production workers at the plant.

MAHCP – Bargaining Experts

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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

We are the recognized leader in negotiating contracts for our sector, and we have the same dues as all other health care unions. In fact, other unions had to lower their dues to match MAHCP’s.

When it comes to collective agreements, other unions have “Me-Too” clauses for achievements that MAHCP successfully bargained for our members. Other unions have followed in OUR footsteps, meaning that we’re the bargaining experts for our sector.

MAHCP’s union dues is 1.25% of gross and our Constitution states: only by a 2/3 vote of the Membership during a General Meeting can dues be altered. Our meetings are open to ALL members, not delegates-only. Other unions’ general meetings are delegate-only and have an automatic trigger to raise union dues.

This week, MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please pop by if you can!

Monday, July 22

– Point Douglas Community Centre, St. Johns Leisure Centre, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Access Fort Garry, Room 160, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Portage, EMS Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Flin Flon General Hospital, Boardroom (4 Flr), 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Ste. Anne Hospital, Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Portage District General Hospital, PDGH Classroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23

– EMS Oak Bluff, EMS Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– The Pas EMS, Training Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Kinosota Trails, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– St. Anthony’s General Hospital in The Pas, 1st Floor Conference Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24

– Access Downtown, Main Floor Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Access St. Boniface/Centre de Sante, Room 378, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Gladstone Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Snow Lake Health Centre, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25

– Grace Hospital, Access Centre Education Rm 209, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Crocus Room, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Dauphin Community Health Services, Cafeteria Conference Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 26

– Concordia Hospital, Outside Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Riverview Health Centre, Thomas Sill Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– TriLake Health Centre & Bayside PCH in Killarney, Multipurpose Boardroom – MPR Room, TriLake Centre, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Actionmarguerite Foyer Valade, Grey Nuns Boardroom

Social Justice Fund supports female literacy program

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The Unifor Social Justice Fund has donated $44,000 to OneProsper International to support female literacy programs in India’s Thar Desert.

“In this region there are contributing issues that prevent girls from earning an education,” said Raju Agarwal, Founder and CEO of OneProsper International. “With the help of the Unifor Social Justice Fund we are able to take a holistic approach towards solving the crisis in female literacy.”

In the Thar Desert, the spread of water-borne diseases is common and the girls, among India’s poorest, often spend up to seven hours a day collecting water. To allow them to get that time back, OneProsper International builds a tank on site with a seven-layer biosand filter to turn harvested rainwater into clean, potable water. Each tank is then inscribed with the name of the girl’s mother to show her daughter that women are important.

Women beneficiaries are taught water-smart farming methods that replenish depleting groundwater and increase crop yields. A farming dyke is installed to maximize irrigation, and seeds and farm training are provided to allow the family to grow fruits and vegetables to supplement their diet.

“Providing financial stability for the family creates the opportunity for the girls to pursue an education and a brighter future,” said Unifor International Director Mohamad Alsadi.

Each girl sponsored by OneProsper International is able to start school with the necessary support to continue until graduation. Donations to the charity pay for tuition, uniforms, school supplies and a bicycle for transportation.

The goal is for the family to become self-sufficient after the first year with the ability to continue to pay for their daughter’s education with farming profits.

This year OneProsper International aims to secure enough funding to send 1,000 girls to school. For more information visit

Young workers at Halifax Discovery Centre focus on diversity and inclusion to secure groundbreaking first agreement

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Negotiating a first collective agreement is a challenging and often time-consuming process as a bargaining committee gets familiar with the process and works with the membership to determine priorities. For the newly-formed unit at the Halifax Discovery Centre, part of Local 4005, the group was steadfast from the beginning that diversity and inclusion be central to their proposals.

“The creativity and insight demonstrated by this group of workers was informed by their own experiences and they ended up with language that has inspired other locals, even in other unions,” said Darlene McIvor, National Representative.

One such creative item in their proposals was to have their CEO begin all public statements with an acknowledgement of being on unceded Mi’kmaq territory. This, unfortunately, did not make it into the final agreement, though an acknowledgement is printed at the beginning of their agreement. Another that was successfully adopted, is the inclusion of an annual labour-management meeting specifically for discussion around workplace diversity and inclusion.

“I’m especially happy that we outlined a specific labour-management communication process and that, should it not be followed, we have recourse through a grievance process,” said Japna Sidhu-Brar, member of the bargaining committee. 

Part-time workers will get an additional paid statutory holiday, and health and dental benefits, something many part-time workers are not provided. One day of leave with pay will also be granted as Citizenship Leave to allow a full-time employee to attend the Citizenship Court of Canada on the day they are to become a Canadian citizen.

“Many of us are students who came to Halifax from other parts of the world, and to acknowledge and respect a day as important as your citizenship ceremony is one way we can be welcoming of diversity in our workplace,” said Sidhu-Brar.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work that has been put into bargaining this collective agreement,” said Jennifer Murray, Business Agent of Council 4000. “The resilience and determination of this committee is a true reflection of the strength and support from the entire membership.”

The workers, most of whom identify as young workers, ratified their first agreement by 92 per cent on July 15.