Members of Metis and Michif CFS Agencies - Locals 383, 384, 385 and 422 voted to ratify a new five-year agreement this week.
US Democratic candidates are debating the need for legislation that will defend, and expand, workers' rights. Isn't it time we saw Canadian politicians start to talk about implementing similar progressive policies? Make 2020 the year we demand lofty goals to improve the lives of all working people.
Thompson, Man. – December 17, 2019 – Outreach workers at the Thompson Homeless Shelter have achieved a new union contract that provides a better life for members and their families.
"It’s easy to stop trucks that are a simple and clean inspection to meet ministry quantitative targets. But easy inspections don’t take bad trucks and bad operators off the road.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
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 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 letter provided a summary of the research on mental injury and requested a meerting to explore what role the federal government might play in improving the situation for justice workers who experience mental injury.
Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Montreal – December 16, 2019 – Across the country, UFCW Canada activists stepped up to raise awareness at various Shoe Memorials and events to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
“It’s shameful that Canada has relied on a patchwork of provincial legislation for so long with nothing in place at the federal level. NUPGE applauds the Prime Minister for finally moving forward on this issue to protect LGBTQI2S citizens.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Washington, D.C. – December 14, 2019 – Every year the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship program offers nine scholarships worth $8,000 each to UFCW members and their immediate family members to help with the costs of post-secondary education over a period of four years.
Toronto – December 13, 2019 – Each year on December 18, citizens around the world recognize International Migrants Day to honour the millions of migrants living across the globe.