Ottawa – June 5, 2019 – UFCW Canada, the country’s leading advocate and union for migrant and temporary workers, welcomes a new government work permit initiative to protect migrant workers across Canada from abusive employers.
Workers at Postmedia have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger with the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Pension Plan.
“In this time of crisis in the media sector and the growing uncertainty workers are facing, our members will now have a more secure and stable pension to rely on when they retire,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “This is a significant gain for our journalists and media workers who perform such a vital public service and play a huge role in our democracy.”
Postmedia 87-M members voted 97.4 per cent in favour of the pension merger, which will take effect on July 1, 2019 and will apply to Postmedia members with defined benefit pensions as well as those with defined contribution pensions.
Everyone with a pension at Postmedia will be going back to a defined benefit plan under CAAT’s new DBplus plan. It’s the same plan that Torstar members enrolled in when they approved a merger last fall.
The move to this stronger and more stable public pension plan will also provide Postmedia members with cost of living inflation protection that was not previously available to most of them.
Additionally, the merger will result in savings for the employer. The employer is still required to contribute to the plan, but will save money on costs associated with pension administration and solvency payments.
“I am really happy with this outcome,” said Unifor Local 87-M President, Paul Morse. “This is a win-win situation for both employees and employers, and we encourage other employers in the industry whose workers we represent to consider similar pension mergers.”
Local 87-M represents workers with 37 different employers – including newspapers, magazines, television and publishing houses such as the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Sing Tao, Maclean's magazine, The London Free Press and CTV.
Members include reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, graphic artists, computer technicians, printing, advertising, circulation and finance staff.
"NUPGE promises to stand as allies with Indigenous people as we move forward together, making changes at the state and societal level to ensure the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women, Two Spirit, and gender diverse people ends." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Largest U.S. Private-Sector Union Praises House Passage of Bill that Supports Workers and Strengthens the Economy, Urges Swift Approval by Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) praised House passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, legislation that would provide much-needed stability to businesses and millions of workers across the economy. UFCW President Marc Perrone, who represents 1.3 million workers across a wide range of industries strengthened by this legislation, released the following statement:
“Today’s House passage of the Dream and Promise Act is a critical step to improving the lives of millions of hard-working men and women who already strengthen our nation’s economy, as well as the communities they call home.
“All of our elected leaders, from both parties, must embrace the truth that providing stability for those who have already passed intensive background checks, pay taxes, and work hard every day to build a better future for all of us is simply the right thing to do.
“Given that this nation was built by generations of immigrants who believed in the promise of this country and worked hard every day to build a better life for their families, it is time for the Senate to join the House and pass this commonsense immigration reform immediately.”
The UFCW, which represents 1.3 million workers, is part of a coalition of labor organizations representing workers – including many TPS and DACA recipients – in the service and hospitality, airline catering, laundry, meat packing and food processing, entertainment, transportation, and building and construction industries.
Many of our members and their families maintain TPS and/or DACA status and have been in this country for many years working, building their families, paying taxes, and contributing to the economy. Giving TPS holders and DREAMers a path to citizenship is critical to our unions and to the U.S. economy.
The American Dream and Promise Act will:
- Protect workers from all TPS designated nations, and their immediate family members, who have had a continuous presence in the U.S.
- Give these workers a path to legal permanent resident status as well as eventual naturalization
- Ensure that immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will be able to have a path to permanency as well
Allowing TPS workers to lose their status would have a significant impact on the economy:
- $967 million in turnover costs for employers
- $164 billion in lost GDP
- $6.9 billion in lost Social Security and Medicare payments over a decade.
- 60,000 TPS families would be forced to drop mortgages.
This bill is needed to ensure that our members can continue to strengthen our economy and contribute to our communities.
The parade for the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival is only days away and we’re looking for MAHCP members to join us this coming Saturday, June 8, 2019!
There’s no RSVP required: please look for our MAHCP vehicle at the marshalling area (Watson Street and Jefferson Ave. in Winnipeg), which will be decorated with flowers, flags and MAHCP banners.
We’re asking all members of our group to be there by 12:30 p.m. You’ll also get a free MAHCP T-shirt to wear in the parade at the MAHCP vehicle!
The parade gets underway at 1 p.m.
The 2019 edition of the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, which takes place at the Maples Multiplex (434 Adsum Drive in Winnipeg) marks the eighth year of the event and it keeps getting bigger and bigger! According to festival organizers, last year’s event had an estimated turnout of 15,000 over the two days.
There will be entertainment at the main stage, 40 food vendors, and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, so it promises to be a good time.
See you there, MAHCP members!
Largest Private-Sector Union Representing Thousands of Pork Workers Applauds Passage of Amendment to Defund Implementation of USDA Line Speed Increase
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) applauds the House Appropriations Committee for taking steps to protect the safety of food and workers at swine slaughter plants. The legislation passed by the Committee included an amendment championed by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and David Price (NC-04) which aims to halt the USDA proposal that increases pork plant line speeds and puts American workers and consumers at risk. The amendment would prevent the USDA from spending funds to implement the rule. UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement praising today’s vote:
“America’s food safety and the safety of the workers who produce our food must never take a backseat to corporate profits. Today’s vote to defund this dangerous line speed rule makes clear that Congress is ready to honor that commitment and the USDA must do the same.
“Increasing line speeds needlessly threatens the quality and health of America’s food supply and cruelly endangers the lives of workers who help produce that food. The proposed USDA rule would dramatically weaken protections that Americans depend on to be able to select safe, healthy food to feed their families every day.
“Our members in pork plants nationwide understand from firsthand experience that the USDA’s proposed rule would hurt workers, consumers, and our economy. We urge the USDA to stop this rule and do its job to protect American workers and consumers.”
The Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule proposed by the USDA would hurt workers and consumers.
Hazards of Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection Rule:
- The Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule removes all limitations on line speeds in hog slaughter plants which will endanger the health and safety of tens of thousands of workers in the hog slaughter industry.
- Even at current line speeds, swine slaughter and processing workers face many job risks that can lead to severe injury, illness and death.
- There is no evidence that the increased line speeds can be done in a manner that ensures food and worker safety.
- In 1997, the USDA created a pilot program called the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) which allowed five hog slaughter plants to test a new food safety program. The hog slaughter pilot program revealed serious safety issues including a Clemens food plant in Pennsylvania which reported injuries severe enough that two workers were hospitalized, and one suffered an amputation.
- The Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule provides no requirement or funding to train plant employees on inspection techniques that were previously performed by USDA inspectors and are now their responsibility.
- Increased line speeds will disproportionally hurt women and people of color.
Key Facts About Swine Workers:
- Meatpacking workers in hog slaughter plants work in cold, wet, noisy, and slippery conditions making tens of thousands of forceful repetitive motions on each shift.
- Research shows that the fast pace in pork plants, coupled with the forceful and repetitive nature of most of the jobs, leads to high rates of injuries and health issues.
- Meatpacking workers are injured at 2.4 times the rate of other industries. These injuries result in lost time or restrictions at three times the rate of other industries and they face illness rates at 17 times the rate of other industries.
- The current maximum line speed for swine is 1,106 hogs per hour.
- The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents 30,000 workers in the pork slaughter industry
- UFCW members handle 71 percent of all hogs slaughtered and processed in the United States.
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
Ottawa – June 4, 2019 – The need to act to end violence against Indigenous women and girls is urgent and, tragically, this has been the case for generations.
To recognize and mark Labour Day, Unifor is offering all local unions across the country an opportunity to purchase a special Unifor garment at a subsidized rate.
Orders will only be accepted until Friday, June 14, 2019. Click here for the order form.
Whether your local is marching in a community parade, attending a labour picnic, or hosting an event for members and their family, Labour Day is an opportunity to show union pride. Along with recognizing the historical importance of Labour Day as a celebration of all workers, the day is also significant for our union.
In the spirit of that celebration and unity, all locals are invited to order a one-of-a-kind garment, a sporty zip-up jacket, with the Unifor logo proudly shown the front. Please note that an order must have a minimum of 12 jackets, in order to have your local number branded on it. The jacket is unisex sixed and available in extra small to XXXXL.
The national union will reimburse fifteen dollars for every jacket order up to a maximum of 100 jackets per local. For locals that order more than a 100 jackets, the amount of jackets ordered above the 100 will be charged at the full rate of $45 each.
Locals will have to submit receipts of purchase to the national office, attention Fred Raidl, at 205 Placer Court Toronto, ON M2H 3H9 to receive the rebate.
Don’t miss out, have your local submit an order today using this form. Orders should be submitted via fax to 450-449-4668 or email PROMO@UNIVERSALPROMOTIONS.COM
Inside workers and carriers at the Winnipeg Free Press have voted to ratify new contracts which include a two-year no layoff clause.
Members of Unifor Local 191 strongly supported the new contracts, which also made no concessions during this round of bargaining.
“This is a difficult time for the newspaper industry, so it was important for us to come up with a deal that protected our members but did not make the situation worse for the newspaper,” said Local 191 President Aldo Santin. “Job security weighs heavily on the minds of these workers and unless the newspaper sees the elimination of a publishing day, there will be no layoffs for the duration of this contract.”
In addition, the union was able to take steps towards a more stable pension plan for members. The union and management will explore the possibility of transferring the defined-benefit pension plan to a multi-employer plan.
Unifor represents about 265 carriers and 250 inside workers at the Winnipeg Free Press, including members at six Canstar weeklies. The two-year contracts take effect on July 1, 2019 and will expire in June 2021.
Local 191 represents members at four other daily newspapers as well as workers in the hospitality, transportation, labour and commercial print sectors.