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Monday March 6, 2017

Regina—A new animated video uses the fable of the Goose that Laid Golden Eggs to demonstrate how the Sask Party government’s handling of Crown corporations is a threat to the future of the province.

“Crown corporations save people money every day and help fund our hospitals and schools,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “But the Sask Party government has paved the way for privatization. For the sake of healthy public services, they must be stopped.”

February 28, 2017

TORONTO –The long fight for severance money owed to workers at a closed Navistar plant in southwestern Ontario concluded this week with an arbitrated decision awarding all entitled workers their outstanding payments under the Employment Standards Act.

February 27, 2017

Vancouver—Unifor calls out the BC government after today’s announcement as hundreds of thousands of British Columbians will still earn a poverty wage after the minimum rises to $11.35 this fall.

“Premier Christy Clark is legislating poverty,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “Such a low wage floor is just another way that Christy Clark has proven that she is a Premier for the wealthy.”

February 27, 2017

Waterloo—Transit service in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge area could be disrupted later this month if the municipality doesn’t reach a fair deal with transit workers represented by Unifor.

“There are serious matters related to working conditions that have to be solved before we can reach a new contract,” said Rick Lonergan, President of Unifor Local 4304. “Our members are proud to serve the people of Kitchener and Waterloo but unresolved issues on working conditions must be addressed.”

February 23, 2017

Toronto – Unifor members at Bell Craft have ratified a new four-year collective agreement.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Edmonton—Workers at the Labatt facility in Edmonton will begin bargaining a new contract with AB Inbev this week.

“Unifor members at Labatts are united in their call for fair wages and benefits,” said Todd Romanow, Unifor National Representative.

Romanow says that key issues in this round of negotiations will be ending the two-tiered wage and benefit system as well as dealing with a broken disciplinary process.

TORONTO – Unifor calls on the international Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to respect Tuesday’s court ruling and the democratic rights of ATU Local 113 members.
“The court ruled clearly and decisively, this is a victory for democracy in the Canadian labour movement that restores the rights of union members," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. "It is clear that the ATU international body imposed trusteeship to quash dissent and threaten members."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Victoria—With an election around the corner, BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark tried to mask tax cuts as real help for working people and families.

“From tuition fees to housing to minimum wage, this budget does little or nothing to address the skyrocketing costs of living in BC,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “By ignoring the day-to-day concerns of working British Columbians, it’s clear that Christy Clark is a premier for the wealthy.”

February 20, 2017

Toronto – Unifor is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) President Bob White.

“Bob was a true maverick in the Canadian labour movement. He will be deeply missed and I extend my condolences to his family on behalf of all of Unifor,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The CAW was born as a result of his determination and leadership, it is thanks to Bob that we have grown into the strong national union that we are today.”

February 16, 2017

Ottawa - Unifor members lent their voices to the call to free imprisoned Bangladesh trade unionists at a rally held today outside the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa.

“We demand the immediate release of jailed unionists and an end to the targeting of labour activists and the intimidation of workers,” said Unifor Eastern Ontario Area Director Harry Ghadban, who was part of a labour delegation that met with High Commission officials.

February 15, 2017

TORONTO– After more than a week of solidarity actions, the workers at Vast Auto in Brampton have ratified a collective agreement that will help lift the workers out of their poverty-level wages.

“This was a big victory because of the action taken by workers and the capacity of our union to apply pressure on the employer,” said Unifor staff representative Paulo Ribeiro.

February 15, 2017

TORONTO – Canada’s trade deal with the European Union is still a long way from full implementation, and Unifor is pledging to continue pushing back in favour of fair trade to benefit working people.

“This is a bad deal for working Canadians,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “The Harper Government negotiated this deal in secret, and it continues to be rammed through without Canadians ever getting the chance to debate and review it.”

TORONTO, February 9 – A rally will be held Friday in Scarborough for workers at Vast Auto, forced on strike last weekend by an employer refusing to pay them more than poverty-level wages despite the rapidly rising cost of living.
“This company makes large profits off the backs of workers by exploiting a workforce of marginalized workers and immigrants hired through temporary agencies,” said Unifor National Representative Paulo Ribeiro, adding Unifor is prepared to return to the table at any time to negotiate a fair collective agreement.

February 9, 2017

Regina—Premier Brad Wall’s open musing about privatizing SaskTel reeks of desperation and breaks a key election promise he made on March 15, 2016.

“Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations are like the goose that lays golden eggs—we need them for the long term value, not some panicked sell-off,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “Privatization means higher prices. Period.”

MEDIA ADVISORY

TORONTO, February 7 – As part of its effort to advance a united labour movement, Unifor will make a statement and offer solidarity to the TTC union that is dealing with an American take over.

“Unifor supports and defends the principles of democracy and democratic governance for every union and we are incredibly troubled by the aggressive tactics that the ATU international body has used against Local 113 that represents Toronto transit workers,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “Democracy is a cornerstone of the labour movement.”

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