Members of ROSE Inc. - Local 376, who provide residential and day program supports for intellectually challenged adults in St. Rose, ratified a new three-year agreement today.
“I take a great deal of pride in our record of the past year. This annual report is just a snapshot of what we worked on and accomplished in 2019. I think, and hope you agree, it is an impressive record of the work of a relatively small group of skilled and dedicated staff.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The holiday season is a critical one for the local economy, so we wanted to do something to encourage people to support local businesses and the workers in their communities who create world-class goods and services.” ― Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Toronto – December 20, 2019 – With the holiday season upon us, and a new year awaiting, now is an appropriate time to reflect on the victories that UFCW activists achieved together this past year, while looking ahead to the challenges that await in 2020 and beyond.
This past year, our Unifor solidarity, friendship and fighting spirit made us stronger.
It has been a great honour to work with all of you to fight for a better world for workers, our members and their families. From making gains at hundreds of collective bargaining tables to our collective efforts fighting for enhanced workers rights, you should all be proud of the difference you have made.
Thank you for your incredible efforts and for inspiring us with your activism.
As Unifor’s leadership team, we know it is the great work done by our local leaders, activists and staff that makes this union such a force. This year we showed that when we come together, when we fight, when we build solidarity, we win. It’s at these moments that we know the better world we all strive for is possible.
When we gathered in Quebec City for what was an historic convention, your conviction and direction was clear. Building on the theme “Whatever it Takes,” we worked together to stop a conservative government from taking office in Ottawa. Together we pushed back on what would have been a disaster for workers’ rights and the kind of world we believe in.
We know the struggle continues as workers and their rights are under attack in many provinces across Canada. But we also know that we will use our solidarity to be bold in our demands for justice and equity.
We hope you enjoy this special time with loved ones, family and friends.
In the meantime, please join us in sending wishes of solidarity and friendship to our comrades walking a picket line this holiday season, defending our union and standing up for fairness. Their courage will win the day.
Our very best to you and yours.
Peace and Solidarity
“No one should be fooled by these minor and largely insignificant improvements.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Vancouver – December 19, 2019 – The union fighting on behalf of ride hailing drivers in British Columbia has entered mediation with Lyft and Uber at the Labour Relations Board.
After a Local 1285 member was struck by falling machinery from an overhead crane and sustained a critical injury the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development imposed fines of $65,000 while the employer plead guilty to the charges of violating Occupational Health and Safety Act.
“Employers who cut corners, neglect maintenance, and ignore the law are putting workers’ lives at risk every single day,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Director. “In this case, the incident was considered a recurring event and as such Unifor had hoped for maximum penalties to be imposed including consideration of jail time for the employer.”
The incident occurred on July 12, 2018, while a worker was installing parts into automotive rear differential units for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Brampton Assembly Plant. The worker was struck by machinery after an overhead crane structure failed and detached requiring the worker to be hospitalized. The crane failure was deemed a recurring event, given a previous overhead crane failure in 2017, and that Android had not implemented measures to prevent this failure from recurring.
“The worker was fortunate to have survived this entirely preventable incident,” said Jaspal Brar, Unifor Local 1285 President. “The employer failed to keep the overhead crane in good working condition and neglected to prevent the same incident from occurring again.”
While Brar said the fine should be higher due to the severity of the recurring incident, he also credits Unifor for ensuring that workplaces are safe. With a union in the workplace, members can raise health and safety issues before injuries happen and work with health and safety representatives. But, when negligent employers do not maintain equipment properly, the union also provides swift action to seek recourse.
“Here is a prime example of the need to ensure that preventative maintenance is done on a regular basis and be performed by trained certified skilled tradespeople,” said Jaspal Brar.