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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.

March 30, 2017
Toronto – A suggestion from the operators of Pearson International Airport that they would be open to selling airport land to private investors should be rejected immediately by the federal government, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.

“Handing over public assets to private investors so they can jack up fees does little to help Canadians or to encourage traffic through our airports,” Dias said. “The people who end up paying for that sort of strategy are workers at the airports and the traveling public.”

WINDSOR, March 30, 2017
The announcement of a $1.2-billion investment by Ford in Windsor is welcomed news and was made possible by Unifor’s successful contract talks with the company last fall.

“Unifor went into talks with the Detroit Three with one goal in mind – secure investment in the Canadian auto industry to ensure good jobs for future generations,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “This investment shows the good things that happen for the entire community when there is a voice for working people at the table.”

March 28, 2017

Toronto – A decision by national broadcaster CTV to cut local sports and other programming at several of its stations is another demonstration of the need for urgent action on the crisis in media, Unifor says.

“People turn to local television to keep up on what is happening in their communities,” Unifor Media Director Howard Law said. “These cuts give people less of a reason to turn to local news. The CRTC is about to grant CTV a new license for local TV programming, they had better be paying attention to this.”

NIAGARA FALLS - March 29, 2017

Unifor joins the Mayor and local politicians at a pubic rally to stop 1,400 job cuts at Niagara Casinos that result from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) modernization program.

HAMILTON, March 27—Fifteen months after more than 100 staff at Hamilton TV station CHCH lost their jobs with no notice and no severance, Unifor has reached a deal to compensate those workers who lost their employment.

“Today’s deal means some justice for these dedicated workers,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias. "The challenges facing the broadcast industry as a whole, however, continue. The federal government and the CRTC need to act quickly to ensure we continue to have strong local broadcasters delivering news to keep Canadians informed about their communities."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Waterloo— Voting on a tentative agreement for Grand River Transit (GRT) drivers has yielded a split result, so transit service will continue during more negotiations.

“There are aspects of the agreement that were rejected and remain unresolved,” said Tim Mitchell, Unifor National Representative.

Unifor Local 4304 has reached out to the employer to return to the table this week to avoid job action, but the union warns that GRT has to be committed to progress.

Unifor invites former General Electric-Canada Peterborough workers, their families, and the community to attend information sessions on Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims related to hazardous material exposure at the plant.

March 23, 2017

MONTREAL- Yesterday, Unifor staff and management learned the terrible news of the murder of Daphne Boudreault, daughter of union representative for Local 4511, Éric Boudreault.

“Nothing can protect us from such a terrible tragedy. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Eric and his family. He can count on his union family to support him in these difficult times,” said Unifor Québec Director Renaud Gagné.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Regina—The Sask Party has introduced measures that punish families and could slow the economy even further—exactly the opposite of what the province needs, says Unifor.

“The Sask Party has failed voters. This government has created a mess of our province’s finances yet they’ve asked families, the working people of the province, to bail them out,” said Paul McKie, Unifor Area Director. “Brad Wall has effectively told Saskatchewan voters that they’re to blame for the deficit.”

OTTAWA, March 22 – While today’s federal budget contains several encouraging elements to grow and strengthen an economy that helps working people and their families, more could have been done, says Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“It is encouraging to see investment measures in this budget that will help workers, their families and their communities to build better futures,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.

OTTAWA – Unifor National President Jerry Dias will be in the Centre Block of Parliament as the federal budget is released on Wednesday, and available to do media interviews on what the budget means for working Canadians.

“Working people in Canada need a budget that addresses the real needs they face and creates opportunities for them, their families and their communities to prosper,” Dias said. “Canadians need to know that their government is working to improve their lives.”

OTTAWA, March 21 – Unifor National President Jerry Dias will be in the Centre Block of Parliament as the federal budget is released on Wednesday, and available to do media interviews on what the budget means for working Canadians.

“Working people in Canada need a budget that addresses the real needs they face and creates opportunities for them, their families and their communities to prosper,” Dias said. “Canadians need to know that their government is working to improve their lives.”

Toronto - Unifor’s East Danforth Community Chapter and the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization will host a public forum on March 23 to reveal the illegal, unfair and discriminatory employment practices of temporary agencies.

“Illegal working conditions are experienced by too many workers, but our voices are often silenced as we move from job to job,” said Syeda Sabiha President of the Unifor East Danforth Community Chapter. “As precarious workers we are saying enough is enough; it’s time to make predatory work practices stop.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Regina—A record turnout of Unifor Local 594 members have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s so-called final offer on Monday night.

“Workers have sent a crystal clear message to Co-op’s management: drop the concessions,” said Kevin Bittman, Local 594 President. “Co-op’s owners are massively profitable. Demanding concessions from the workers who contribute to Co-op’s success is unnecessary and unfair."

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