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Unifor journalist elected to IFJ executive and Gender Council

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Unifor Media Council Secretary-Treasurer Jennifer Moreau has been elected to both the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists and to its Gender Council Steering Committee.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be voted on to the Executive Committee and the Gender Council of the IFJ, an important organization fighting for press freedom and the safety of journalists worldwide,” Moreau said.

Moreau was elected at the IFJ’s international Congress in Tunis last week, and will represent all of North America on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its Gender Council for a three-year term.

“Jennifer Moreau is a great Canadian voice for journalism and the special struggle of women journalists fighting discrimination and harassment. We’re so proud of her new international role,” Unifor Media Director Howard Law said.

Moreau is Secretary-Treasurer of Unifor Local 2000, and is also Secretary-Treasurer of Unifor Media Council.

Peruvian journalist Zuliana Lainez, who spoke at Unifor’s Media Council in 2015, was elected Senior Vice President of the IFJ. In her address to Media Council, Lainez spoke about journalist safety in conflict zones. Moroccan journalist Younes M'Jahed was elected President of the IFJ.

The IFJ is a federation of journalist unions from around the world, representing 600,000 media professionals from 187 trade unions and associations in more than 140 countries. It is based in Brussels, with offices in Dakar, Sydney and Buenos Aires.

It promotes freedom of the press and the safety of journalists. Unifor’s Social Justice Fund worked with the IFJ on a three-year project to help promote the safety of journalists in Mexico, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist.

Unifor Energy Council delegates gather to plan national campaign

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Unifor representatives from energy locals in Newfoundland & Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia met in Fort McMurray this week at the Energy Industry Council Meeting.

They were joined by a dozen members of the Russian trade union ROGWU, which represents workers at the energy company Tatneft. As a fellow affiliate of IndustriALL, ROGWU is keenly interested in sharing best practices for bargaining and protecting energy workers.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias was present to speak to delegates about the importance of energy jobs to communities across the country: “The energy sector is a jobs powerhouse. Unifor is committed to fighting to keep it that way.”

Executive Assistant to the National President Scott Doherty reported on the pattern bargain recently negotiated in Montreal with Suncor. He reviewed the deal’s wage lifts and other gains and said that implementing the pattern is a top priority.

“We used our collective power to sign a historic agreement,” said Doherty. “Your members earned every dollar in that contract and now it’s time to make sure it is implemented.”

Energy Industry Council Chairperson Kim Conway led a discussion about a campaign in development to promote the importance of the industry and good jobs.

“There is an uneven understanding across Canada about the role of fossil fuels and value-added jobs,” said Conway. “Our campaign will be designed to help Canadians appreciate the vital role of Canadian energy, while recognizing that there is a transition underway that requires federal leadership and a long-term plan for energy workers.”

To get the conversation started, the Energy Industry Council published a new video that outlines the challenges facing Canadian energy, and Unifor’s solutions.

Delegates also participated in a workshop from professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau from HEC Montreal. Pineau discussed national and international energy consumption patterns and other trends in the energy sector.

Unifor is hosting a conference in September to tackle the issue of Just Transition and public policy regarding fossil fuel development.

Commissionaires security guards join the union – UFCW 333

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Hamilton, Ont. – June 18, 2019 – Commissionaires security guards working at federal government buildings in Hamilton, Ontario are the newest members of UFCW Canada Local 333 after voting unanimously to join the union. The security guards work for the Hamilton branch of Commissionaires Canada, a non-profit security firm founded in 1925.

Unifor volunteers donate skills and time to renovate Winnipeg women’s shelter

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Every single day in Winnipeg, the police receive more than 44 calls about domestic violence. The province has the second highest rate of domestic violence in Canada and there is an enormous need for safe, comfortable shelters for women and children. Now, one of the largest shelters in Manitoba has undergone a transformative renovation, thanks to Unifor members who volunteered their time and skills.

“Willow Place is a vital community service,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias, who toured the new facility on June 15th. “Unifor members are proud to make a contribution to keeping the space comfortable and functional for survivors of domestic violence and the wonderful staff that support them.”

Unifor members from skilled trades spent many hours over the past month to paint and replace carpets, cupboards, ceiling tile, and cabinets. The union also donated new commercial coolers and a freezer. The volunteer work is over and above the annual donation that Unifor makes to the shelter.

If you know or suspect that a family member or friend is living with family violence in Manitoba, help take action by:

  • Letting them know that the abuse is NOT their fault.
  • Being supportive and listen.
  • Letting them know there is help available and help them find resources.
  • Not giving up on them, even if they are not accepting of help at first.

For confidential help and information on domestic violence in Manitoba, call 1-877-977-0007 or TTY 1-888-987-2829.

Child Care Now coalition offers up affordable child care for all

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“Child care is an issue that affects our entire society. The effects of costly child care are felt most obviously by parents of young children. But grandparents are also affected in that they are spending their golden years babysitting because their children can’t afford to pay for care. Affordable child care should be a priority for all Canadians.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

Food processing members at Unico build a better life – UFCW 1006A

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Vaughan, Ont. – June 15, 2019 –  UFCW Canada Local 1006A members working at Unico have ratified a new union contract that provides wage gains, better benefits, and more.

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