Toronto – March 20, 2019 – Recent media reports of consumers being forced to use self-checkouts at retail stores across Canada suggest that major retailers are becoming increasingly out of touch with their customers’ needs and preferences.
"While there are some positive promises in this federal budget, it does not go nearly far enough to deliver on those things that Canadians most desperately need right now." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
So, to Finance Minister Steeves and Premier Higgs, the NBU/NUPGE is willing to work with you, but that requires meaningful dialogue and a willingness to compromise not just on the union's part, but on the government's as well. — New Brunswick Union
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Unifor Local 1859 members at Adient have ratified a new collective agreement that will bring jobs back to the Tillsonburg, Ontario auto seat manufacturer.
Currently 43 members are active at Adient, formerly Johnson Controls, with 97 workers on lay off. The new contract guarantees new work that will bring back 60 plus members this summer with a high probability of additional work in the future.
“Unifor has stood by the members of the Adient unit, never wavering in its support on every level,” said Lorraine Sinclair, President of Local 1859. “We are now facing a brighter future thanks to a great union made up of great members.”
The new collective agreement includes improved pensions, vacation and benefits and, for the first time since 2008, wage increases. The contract, which was overwhelmingly approved, begins on June 8, 2019 and will be in effect for three years with an optional fourth year if a new product contract with Ford is reached.
“The bargaining committee, Local 1859 and National Staff Representative Luis Domingues negotiated a great deal for every member,” said Sinclair.
(Ottawa – 19 March 2019) Today’s budget makes some welcome investments in learners, but does not take the bold steps needed to ensure that all Canadians can access affordable quality post-secondary education opportunities, says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
“We welcome today’s investments to improve access and affordability to post-secondary education, however, we need stronger federal leadership to ensure Canada’s knowledge advantage,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “It is time for a multilateral framework on learning.”
Measures to improve access in Budget 2019 include lowering interest rates on student loans, expansion of the graduate scholarship program, and new funding streams for Inuit and Metis learners and minimal increases for First Nations students.
Budget 2019’s signature investment in skills training for working adults improves upon existing tax and EI programs for learning, but raise similar questions in terms of their distributional impacts.
The last top-up of federal investment in core funding for colleges and universities was in Budget 2007.
CAUT represents over 72,000 academic staff working in 125 universities and colleges across Canada.
Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (cell)
“You can’t replace the knowledge these people provide to the public with an online system." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
The 2019 edition of Lace Up for Diabetes takes place on Sunday, April 28, and today MAHCP is putting the call out for members to participate on their own or with a group of colleagues!
The Lace Up event gets underway at 8 a.m. on April 28 at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory and includes a 10-km timed run, 5-km walk/run, 3-km walk/run and a Kids Fun Run.
Members interested in signing up for this event can do so at the Team MAHCP page:
There are 15 sponsored spots available on Team MAHCP for members and friends. It will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to food, beverages, medals and prizes for the top fundraisers, members will also get MAHCP T-shirts to wear on the day of the event. If you are one of the lucky 15, please visit the food tent to pick up a free T-shirt.
The Lace Up for Diabetes event is for a wonderful cause; funds raised go towards Diabetes Canada’s programs and services, research, education and advocacy.
For those members who would like to participate in a way that doesn’t involve running or walking, we are looking for volunteers for the food tent. It’s only for a few hours, usually 8:30 to 11 a.m.
If you would like to volunteer in the tent, please contact Team Captain Cheryl Francisco at the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Surrey, B.C. – March 19, 2019 – A grievance filed by UFCW Canada Local 247 regarding head coverings worn by members working at a Loblaw warehouse in Surrey, B.C. has been settled.
On March 21, 2019, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we pause to reflect on the inherent structures of power that advantage some over others. We also use this opportunity to recognize our union’s work in undoing these discriminatory frameworks and move forward to achieve an equitable society for all.
Built on a history of settler violence and colonialism, our efforts as a nation towards truth and reconciliation leave much to be desired. Going beyond lip service, Canadian policies must allocate adequate resources and funding for programs and services to meet the needs of Indigenous communities, including access to clean water and quality housing. Violence against Indigenous girls and women, and the innumerable lives lost to and impacted by this, demand our attention as a nation.
From discriminatory immigration policies that consider migrant workers good enough to work here but not good enough to belong here, to racial profiling that systemically discriminates against Black people, we, as activists, have much to advocate for. These systems of oppression and injustice perpetrate harmful stereotypes and uneven access to resources and political representation. For these reasons, amongst others, Unifor’s mandate to push for social justice is more relevant now than ever.
In our fight to defend human rights and combat racism, 2018 saw roundtable discussions that address these issues, along with tackling timely topics such as xenophobia and Islamophobia. Human rights training and courses that equip activists with the tools to be a voice for fairness and diversity in workplaces and beyond are other ways our union is paving the way for a more equitable world.
The groundbreaking work of members of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee and that Unifor activists from across the country are an integral part of our fight against racial discrimination. The dedication of Unifor members makes our union a leading force in the struggle for equal rights for all. This International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we call on your continued support – post this shareable to your social media and let’s raise our voices once again in support of workers of colour in Canada and across the world.
The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) stands in support of the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) and their strike vote.
Workers at two casinos in British Columbia that were recently taken over by new operators have voted to join Unifor and have a voice in their workplaces as the transition to new ownership takes place.
“When new operators come into a workplace, workers need to have a voice,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.
“New operators always have a different way of doing things, and workers need a seat at the. table when those changes come.”
Thirty-six gaming workers at the Chances Signal Point Casino in Williams Lake voted on March 13 to join Unifor, just weeks after workers at the Chances Casino in Kamloops also voted to join Unifor.
The workers join more than 20,000 hospitality and gaming workers who are already members of Unifor, including 9,000 gaming workers.
“Across Canada, casino workers are recognizing that Unifor is the union for gaming workers,” Scanlan said.
Work will now begin on negotiating a first contract at the Williams Lake and Kamloops casinos.
Once a year, a special day is dedicated to dietitians across Canada. It celebrates dietitians as regulated health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills to translate the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand to unlock food’s potential and support healthy living for all Canadians.
March 20, 2019 will mark the tenth year of celebrating Dietitians Day in Canada. It will shine the spotlight on the profession and remind us that dietitians are the trusted choice for reliable life-changing food and nutrition advice.
Dietitians Day helps raise the profile of all dietitians and encourages and attracts others to this profession to help shape the future of eating and healthy living for all Canadians.
“Our members at ParaMed Home Health Care want what we all want: a level playing field and a fair shot at success." — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
Toronto – March 18, 2019 – In the age of automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics, we know that new and emerging technologies are impacting every aspect of Canadians’ lives, particularly the workplace.