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April 20, 2017

(Thunder Bay, ON) – Thirty-six Unifor members at a municipally-run seniors’ assisted living facility in Thunder Bay are preparing to take strike action.

“It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but the employer has left us no alternative,” said Kari Jefford, President of Unifor Local 229. “We have been negotiating for about six months and put a fair offer to the city that should have led to an agreement, but they refused to respond or put any offer forward, and the union cannot bargain with itself.”

Thursday April 20, 2017

Paul Godfrey, President and CEO of Postmedia and Brian Gibson, President of the Media Union of BC, Unifor Local 2000 are pleased to announce that the tentative collective agreement announced on April 15, 2017 was ratified at a vote of members on April 19, 2017.

“This is a good example of management and the union working together to find efficiencies within the collective agreement that allowed us to preserve content and invest in our editorial products,” said Paul Godfrey.

Unifor calls for increased protection for temp agency staff and all workers employed in precarious positions that offer low paying part-time jobs, or contract-to-contract positions, without benefits or security.

“The Wynne government can end the predatory employment practices that go hand-in-hand with precarious employment,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “The April 27 budget and the upcoming Changing Workplaces Review both provide opportunity for action.”

April 13, 2017

HALIFAX,– The sale of a chain of newspapers in Atlantic Canada is a blow to quality journalism across the region and adds to an already dangerous level of corporate concentration in Canada’s media industry, Unifor says.

"Unifor is very concerned about corporate concentration in media and its impact on quality journalism in Canada," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “We need a diversity of voices in our media. Having one company control so many outlets across four provinces is a step in the wrong direction.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Winnipeg—Conservative Premier Brian Pallister’s second budget puts the province’s future at risk with cuts to services and higher costs for young people.

“Cuts are cuts, and Manitoba’s families will feel them immediately,” said Paul McKie, Unifor Area Director.

Unifor says that Minister of Finance Cameron Friesen is misleading Manitobans when he claims that there are tax cuts in the budget because students and families will pay more as a result of higher tuition fees and less financial aid.

April 10, 2017

Winnipeg—Canada’s largest union in the private sector will be available for comment following the tabling of the provincial budget.

“Austerity is a discredited approach that will only do more harm than good,” said Paul McKie, Unifor Manitoba Area Director. “Manitoba’s core public services are not expendable and must be maintained.”

WHAT: Labour perspective on the 2017 Manitoba budget
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 immediately following the budget speech
WHO: Paul McKie, Unifor Area Director, 204-223-9421

April 6, 2017 Ottawa—The federal government must invest in aviation workers to increase aviation safety for the public, says Unifor in a new submission to the federal Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

“You cannot have a safe and efficient air transportation industry that is staffed with McJobs,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Employment security and safety go hand in hand.”

April 5, 2017

(Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador) – Unifor filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board against U.S.-based D-J Composites. The company locked out its Gander aerospace employees on December 19, 2016.

April 4, 2017

Regina - Unifor Local 594 members have ratified their tentative agreement, averting a strike at the province’s largest oil refinery.

“Our bargaining committee worked hard to get here, and our membership backed them up every step of the way,” said Kevin Bittman, Local 594 President.

Located in Regina the Co-op Refinery Complex is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a firm that made upwards of $500-million in profit in 2016.

April 4, 2017

TORONTO – Unifor urges the Ontario government to approve a private members’ bill to amend the Labour Relations Act and restore card check certification to allow workers to join unions without a second step.

April 3, 2017

KITCHENER, – Members of Unifor Local 4304, more than 600 transit workers with Grand River Transit, ratified a new contract today, averting a strike in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge later this week.

“The bargaining committee worked day and night through the weekend to bring the membership a new contract that addressed their major concerns,” said Jenny Ahn, Assistant to National President Jerry Dias.

Unifor Local 4304 President Rick Lonergan said the deal is good for both the public and the workers at Grand River Transit.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Surrey- At a joint general meeting of Unifor’s container truck drivers and the United Truckers’ Association (UTA), drivers voted to support the BC NDP in the 2017 provincial election.

“The BC Liberals have repeatedly dropped the ball managing Vancouver’s ports,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor’s BC Area Director.

WATERLOO, April 2 – Workers, represented by Unifor Local 4304, at the Grand River Transit Authority reached a tentative agreement, averting a strike set to begin in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge on Monday morning.

“After intense negotiations this weekend, the union is pleased to have reached a mutual agreement with the employer to address Unifor’s main concerns, and will keep our drivers on the road serving the people of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge,” said Tim Mitchell, Unifor National Representative.

Regina—Gil Le Dressay, Vice President of Refinery Operations and Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the Unifor National President are pleased to announce that the two sides have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

“We are pleased that we could reach an agreement that was fair for both sides. While the agreement is still tentative pending ratification by the membership we are encouraged by Unifor’s support for the agreement,” said Le Dressay.

The transit authority’s refusal to augment training and take working conditions seriously will result in service disruption in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge area.