Napanee, Ont. – January 14, 2019 – Health care workers at The Riverine retirement care home in Napanee, Ontario are the newest members of UFCW Local 175 after recently saying “Yes!” joining the union.
“This award is long overdue. These members had to dig into their own pockets to bring their qualifications up to the highest standards but were then told they didn’t deserve increased compensation.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Unifor is asking all locals across Canada to send as many members as possible to Regina starting January 19, 2020.
Their greedy employer has locked out nearly 800 Unifor Local 594 members since December 5, 2019. The Co-op Refinery makes $3 million dollars a day in profits. Last year, the Co-op parent company, Federated Co-operatives Limited earned more than $9.2 billion dollars. Yet the Co-op wants to cut the pensions of their loyal, hardworking employees by half, despite promising that these pensions would be protected in the last round of bargaining.
Help us fightback against the Co-op, which is acting like a greedy corporate bully.
Please contact your Local Union President for more details. If your president is not available, please email Josh.Coles@unifor.org.
If you can’t join us in Regina, you can still help by going to Boycottco-op.ca to add your name to the pledge to boycott all Co-op retailers until our members get a fair deal.
The United Nations (UN) says that the Rohingya’s situation is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. It has also been stated that what has happened to the Rohingya is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
Toronto – January 13, 2020 – UFCW Canada has applied to the Ontario Labour Relations Board to unionize Uber Black limousine and SUV drivers in Toronto. The more than 300 drivers work in and out of Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto. They could become the first ride-sharing workers in Canada to gain union representation.
Ottawa – January 11, 2020 – UFCW Canada activists recently participated in the Disability and Work in Canada Conference, held in Ottawa to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Andrew Prokopchuk and Gerry Rosset were greeted yesterday by family at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport after a 38-day stint helping Australian officials with the continuing firefight in South Wales, about 200 kilometres south of Sydney.
Vancouver – January 10, 2020 – The union that organized Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) workers in Vancouver and Victoria has won improvements for all MEC employees across British Columbia.
“Corporate tax cut benefits have trickled up, not down while Canadians have paid the price through cuts to public spending. They’ve been a multi-hundred-billion-dollar failure.” — Toby Sanger, Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness
In the face of terrible devastation and extreme danger, NUPGE wildland firefighters volunteer to fight what is being called the worst season of bush fires in Australian history.
Amqui and Causapscal, Que. – January 9, 2020 — Labourers, assistants, mechanics, clerks, and delivery drivers at the Coop Purdel in Amqui and Causapscal, Quebec have achieved a new union contract that provides wage gains, increased premiums, and more.
Nearly 800 members of Unifor Local 594 at the Co-op Refinery in Regina have been locked out for more than a month after the employer went after their pension plan.
Local 594 members have been fighting a courageous fight on a 24-7 picket line in bitterly cold conditions to defend what is rightfully theirs. This month Unifor will be escalating job action to pressure the company to get back to the table and drop their concessions.
Every message of solidarity is meaningful and deeply appreciated by these members. Please print off the poster below and take a photo with your various bargaining committees. Send photos as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download your poster here.
There are many other ways for Unifor members to get involved and show their support. Visit boycottco-op.ca to learn more.