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Toronto - Unifor stands in solidarity with Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers (CUBGW) members, forced on strike by Molson Coors since January 12.

“This is a straight out attack on the middle-class by a multi-million dollar company,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The strings are being pulled by an American head office determined to engage in a race to the bottom, with an agenda to lower the standard of living for workers in the name of corporate greed.”

Toronto—Unifor has reached a tentative agreement with one of the world’s largest international parcel shipping companies, avoiding midnight job action deadline.

“The bargaining committee worked around the clock to secure fair compensation for the workers who make DHL successful,” said Mario Santos, Unifor National Representative. “DHL has achieved success and growth in recent years, and its unionized employees were a key party of that.”

BRAMPTON, February 5 – Workers at Vast Auto Distribution in Brampton were forced on strike early today after the employer walked away from the bargaining table on Friday and refused to consider raising wages above poverty levels.
“This employer continues to want to pay its workers poverty rate wages, in a city where the cost of living is rising rapidly,” said Unifor National Representative Paulo Ribeiro. “Our membership is committed to ensuring that doesn’t happen, for themselves, their spouses and their children.”

February 3, 2017

Toronto – Unifor’s recent submission to the Ontario Consultation on Early Years and Child Care Strategy pushes the provincial government to invest in accessible, affordable child care.

February 1, 2017

In a cynical decision to abandon electoral reform, the Trudeau government is showing a clear preference for easy majorities over keeping its election promises, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.

“The Liberals broke a sacred and simple election promise today in a cynical move to keep winning undeserved majority governments,” Dias said

February 1, 2017

Vancouver—One of Canada’s largest international parcel shipping companies has received 72-hour strike notice after bargaining between DHL and Unifor has stalled.

“We’re left with no other choice if DHL won’t take concessions off the bargaining table,” said Mario Santos, Unifor National Representative. “The level of disruption that DHL is inviting for customers is unfortunate, but avoidable.”

January 30, 2017

Ottawa -Media workers and journalists from across Canada are in Ottawa this week to meet with Members of Parliament from every political party to discuss the challenges facing the industry, and possible solutions.

“Consumption of news and information in Canada has never been higher,” said Unifor Media Director Howard Law, who is leading the delegation of 20 journalists and media workers.

“Never before have Canadians had such incredible access to media, including news, television and movies, whenever and wherever they want.”

January 30, 2017

Toronto – Unifor pledges to continue to act in solidarity with the Muslim community and offers its support to the people of Québec City, following the deadly terror attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.

“While this terrorist act targeted the Muslim community, it is an assault on all who believe in tolerance and respect. This heinous attack is a reminder that we must continue to work vigilantly against Islamophobia and all hate-based violence,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

January 30, 2017

Vancouver—Unifor requested that a Federal Conciliation Officer be appointed to facilitate the bargaining process with Loomis Express.

“Based on the proposals tabled by the employer, it is clear that we are headed in two different directions,” said Todd Romanow, Unifor National Representative. “Our members deserve a contract that acknowledges their important contributions to the profitability of Loomis Express.”

January 30, 2017

(TORONTO) – Unifor’s Social Justice Fund will donate $5,000 to aid the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its battle against the racist and non-democratic ban on Muslims imposed by President Trump’s executive order.

“It’s shameful that President Trump chooses to hide behind the false blanket of security in order to discriminate against Muslims and foster Islamophobia, “said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The use of fear to deny entry to the US and create a racial and religious divide must be challenged and we support the ACLU in that fight.”

January 27, 2017

(TORONTO) – The announcement to lay off more than 600 workers at the CAMI - GM plant is a betrayal and shows why NAFTA is a terrible deal for Canadian jobs.

January 25, 2017

(Halifax) - Long-term care providers from Unifor locals across Nova Scotia met with opposition party leaders and critics this week to discuss the damage caused by government budget cuts.

“Budget cuts have impacted every level of long-term care, from reduced food budgets and staffing levels to increased work-load and stress for workers. This all has an impact on the care residents and seniors receive,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director.

Jan. 17, 2017

TORONTO– Unifor will work diligently to assist workers affected by closure of the Northstar Aerospace plant in Milton that is scheduled to cease operations by next fall, after an announcement made on the eve of contract talks.

“This was not expected. Senior management from the plant advised us only weeks ago that 2017 was going to be another good year,” said Scott McIlmoyle, president of Unifor Local 112, which represents workers at the plant. “We will do everything we can on behalf of our membership.”

Jan. 16, 2017

Unifor welcomes news that the Ontario government will move to create a dedicated occupational disease response team, slated to be operational later in 2017.

“Unifor has long advocated for recognition of occupational diseases,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. “For too long job-related illnesses have been ignored as workers struggle to prove workplace exposure, often years or decades after initial contact.”

January 16, 2017

VANCOUVER—Unifor and one of Canada’s largest courier companies Loomis Express will enter contract negotiations this week. Unifor says that respectful treatment of the employees, contracting out and economic issues will dominate the bargaining.

“We look forward to negotiating a contract that reflects the massive contributions of workers to this company’s success and sets a more respectful working environment for the employees,” said Todd Romanow, Unifor National Representative.