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Members engage in consultations and rally ahead of Ontario Budget

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Provincial budgets set the priority of the government for years to come. For Ontario, Unifor members are fighting for a budget that addresses shortfalls in public services and reverses recent attacks on workers’ rights.

In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Naureen Rizvi painted a clear picture of how the provincial government can and must change its spending to support working people.


“The fact is, the doom and gloom financial story that Doug Ford’s Conservatives are peddling simply isn’t true,” commented Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. “Ontario is actually lagging behind other provinces in spending on public services, and spending on debt servicing is the lowest it has been in 20 years. The only crises are the ones caused by cuts to services”

From Dryden to Waterloo to Ottawa, Unifor members joined forces with the Ontario Health Coalition to demand better from the provincial government.

In a video filmed at the OHC rally in Waterloo, Unifor member Patricia Leslie commented that, “Cuts to health care mean reduction of services, job loss, equipment that's broken that we can't afford to repair.  It means hospitals that are in bad need of repair that we don't get funding dollars for. Which means sicker patients and a sicker community.”

Unifor’s submission to the provincial government included calls to fully fund healthcare, including long-term care, as well as sufficient spending to fund affordable childcare, accessible post-secondary education, and direct support for the manufacturing sector. The union delivered an unwavering opposition to the PC’s moves toward privatization of public services.

Read the submission here (PDF).

All members in Ontario are encouraged to contact their MPP and demand that they support strong public services, and oppose privatization and cuts in the 2019 Ontario Budget.

Local 100 ratifies new collective agreement with CN

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Members of Unifor Local 100 have voted to ratify a new Collective Agreement with CN that represents a breakthrough in in improvements to benefits at CN Rail.

“From day one, we told CN our hard working rail members need to share in the profits because they are what made CN the highly successful company it is today,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

The new four-year agreement includes two and a half per cent increases in each of the first two years and three percent in each of the final two years from 2020 to 2022.

Unifor local 100 represents 2100 rail workers across Canada.

 “We took our members top three issues: wages, benefits and sick days very seriously and we want to thank members for their support throughout the bargaining process,“ said Terry McKimm, Local 100 President.

Improvements were made to extended health care and dental benefits and short-term disability, with three paid sick days plus new premiums for the northern living allowance.

Bargaining continues for 3300 other CN rail workers at CNTL, Intermodal, and CN Savage Alberta Railway represented by Unifor National Council 4000 and CN Transportation Ltd.