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Niagara long term care workers choose Unifor

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Workers at the Albright Gardens Home in Beamsville have voted overwhelmingly to join Unifor after years of not getting the representation they needed from their previous union.

“These workers have taken a positive step to having effective representation of their own choosing in their workplace,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“Unifor believes strongly in the right of all workers to be a member of a union of their coice.”

The 240 new members of Unifor worker in the long-term care home nursing, recreation, dietary, housekeeping and maintenance.

The had previously been members of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), and had long complained of inadequate representation, including members required to represent themselves at second stage grievance hearings and being told by CLAC that nothing could be done when shifts were short-staffed.

When the members organized a rally, printing their own leaflets and posters, CLAC showed up at the last minute for the rally, but failed to maintain the momentum to keep up the pressure on the employer.

“These workers saw that Unifor members at other long-term care facilities were getting much better representation, and wanted to be part of that,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.

“In many ways, Albright shows the direct connection between being a strong servicing union and organizing success.”

Unifor supports food banks during holiday season

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Unifor is contributing to food banks nationwide to aid children and adults facing hunger in communities across Canada.

“Unifor members are an integral part of their local communities and as a union we want to do our part to help eradicate hunger and ensure that everyone has enough to eat this holiday season,” said National President Jerry Dias.

With people struggling to get by due to underemployment, stagnant wages and the rising cost of living, many turn to local food banks for extra support. As Canada’s largest private sector union, Unifor responds annually to the crisis facing thousands of Canadian families.

This year 48 food banks will receive a total of $135,000.00 jointly provided by the Unifor Social Justice Fund, Unifor National and Unifor Regional Councils.

“Our union is pleased to support the important work of food bank organizations in helping those most in need,” said Unifor International Director Mohamad Alsadi.

According to the Campaign 2000 2018 National Report Card, one in six children in Canada are food insecure. The report also shows that poverty disproportionately discriminates against children in families that are lone female-led, racialized, newcomers, Indigenous or affected by disabilities.

View a photo gallery of donations on Unifor’s Facebook page here.

The Regina Co-op Refinery Lockout Lowdown

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by Emily Leedham Unifor launches a Canada-wide boycott of Co-op products & services. Local 594 President Kevin Bittman & Regina & District Labour Council member Darren Milo provide picket line reports from the lockout. Sean Tucker, an Occupational Health & Safety Researcher at the University of Regina discusses public safety concerns with scab workers running Continue readingThe Regina Co-op Refinery Lockout Lowdown

Local 594 and the Lost History of Oil Worker Unionism

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By Doug Nesbitt and Andrew Stevens With near unanimous support from the membership, Unifor Local 594 provided the Co-operative Refinery Complex (CRC) with job action notice on December 4, 2019. The employer immediately responded by locking out over 700 workers – from process operators, building trades, lab technicians, to administrative support workers. The battle is Continue readingLocal 594 and the Lost History of Oil Worker Unionism