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Pilkington Glass unit achieves significant wage increases

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Unifor Local 222 members at the Pilkington Glass unit in Whitby, Ontario achieved significant wage increases and gains in paid vacation in a new three-year collective agreement, ratified on May 21, 2019.

“The bargaining committee worked hard to negotiate a strong contract that includes the largest pay increases since the unit was formed back in 2007,” said Unifor Local 222 President Colin James.

The increase in the wage progression moves 6 per cent as of June 9, 2019 with additional increases of 2 per cent in both 2020 and 2021.

Significant progress was made in other areas with the addition of the full Women’s Advocate programme, paid domestic violence leave, and harassment language that adds a four-member Joint Investigation Committee with all investigation training paid by the employer.

The new agreement also secures a preferential hire agreement that will offer first opportunity employment to any members displaced from General Motors Oshawa or the General Motors supply chain.

The new contract covers approximately 100 Pilkington workers at the facility, which supplies Honda, Toyota and Lexus.

“This collective agreement puts us on solid footing for the future,” said James.

The bargaining committee consisted of Local 222 President Colin James, Unit Chairperson Todd Robinson, Committee Member Ray Buller, Local 222 Organizer Joel Smith and National Representative Sam Snyders.

Pilkington Glass Unit Achieve Significant Wage Increases

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Unifor Local 222 members at the Pilkington Glass unit in Whitby, Ontario achieved significant wage increases and gains in paid vacation in a new three-year collective agreement, ratified on May 21, 2019.

“The bargaining committee worked hard to negotiate a strong contract that includes the largest pay increases since the unit was formed back in 2007,” said Unifor Local 222 President Colin James.

The increase in the wage progression moves 6 per cent as of June 9, 2019 with additional increases of 2 per cent in both 2020 and 2021.

Significant progress was made in other areas with the addition of the full Women’s Advocate programme, paid domestic violence leave, and harassment language that adds a four-member Joint Investigation Committee with all investigation training paid by the employer.

The new agreement also secures a preferential hire agreement that will offer first opportunity employment to any members displaced from General Motors Oshawa or the General Motors supply chain.

The new contract covers approximately 100 Pilkington workers at the facility, which supplies Honda, Toyota and Lexus.

“This collective agreement puts us on solid footing for the future,” said James.

The bargaining committee consisted of Local 222 President Colin James, Unit Chairperson Todd Robinson, Committee Member Ray Buller, Local 222 Organizer Joel Smith and National Representative Sam Snyders.

Unifor members shine at general strike centenary parade

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Several Unifor members in Manitoba donned early 1900s period costumes at the parade to commemorate the historic 1919 general strike. Dressed up as workers from a variety of sectors including media, rail, and telecommunications, they were joined by dozens of other Unifor members from the region to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the strike.

“In the labour movement, we stand on the shoulders of giants. The sacrifices made by the strikers of 1919 helped shaped Canada’s modern workforce and politics,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

Last week Unifor’s leaders held a special meeting in Winnipeg and attended a celebratory dinner with hundreds of other progressive labour activists.

“The Winnipeg General Strike’s anniversary is an important time to celebrate the many crucial victories of our predecessors,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We have no shortage of challenges, but as we learned one hundred years ago, ‘we are many, and they are few’.”

Unifor celebrates Ramadan at Fast in the 6

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Unifor was the presenting sponsor for the 3rd annual Fast In The 6. The event is an evening of food, fun and the arts, coinciding with Ramadan, to celebrate Toronto’s diversity through the shared experience of breaking of the fast.

Throughout the month, more than 1.6 billion Muslims around the globe fast from dawn to dusk, refraining from consuming food and water during this period. The event attracted thousands of Canadians to celebrate the message of diversity, unity and prosperity.

“The strong community support today shows just how appreciated this event is, and how strong Toronto’s Muslim community and the city of Toronto is,” said Terry Farrell, Unifor National Staff Representative, in his address during the reception before the event. “Our union is committed to supporting Toronto’s Muslim community and promoting the diversity of our great city.”

When the sun sets each day during Ramadan, families and Muslim communities, break the fast together in what is called Iftar. The Fast in the 6 event included a free Iftar dinner for all present, as well as an evening of comics, musicians, and fireworks for the whole family.

At Unifor, we’re serious about our pledge to be a union for everyone, to celebrate and defend the rights of all workers, no matter where they were born, their religion or any other reason, said Farrell.

The free event was organized by Toronto residents Dany and Lisa Assaf, who decided to host the celebration after witnessing increasing hate and fear around the world and here in Canada.  

Many Unifor members and their families also attended the event, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The festival is a coming-together of Toronto’s diverse communities to increase understanding and dialogue.

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