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Waterloo—After bargaining into the night and through the strike deadline, Unifor Local 4304 has reached a tentative agreement with Grand River Transit.

No interruption of service will result from the last minute deal.

“I’m proud of our bargaining committee’s skill and commitment to getting a tentative agreement,” said Rick Lonergan, President of Unifor Local 4304. “We are committed to serving this community, so we bargained through the night.”

March 16, 2017

On March 10, the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta signed agreements for health care transfers with the federal government, leaving Manitoba as the only province yet to sign.

“It is a positive sign that Ottawa has made mental health and home care priorities in its agreements with the provinces,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “But we want to ensure there are benchmarks for each province to deliver the kind of mental health and continuing care services that Canadians need.”

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Edmonton—The Alberta government’s commitment to job creation and protecting public services is the right course of action to a stronger recovery, says Canada’s largest private sector union.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Regina—The Co-op Refinery has moved one step closer to a labour disruption after the employer served a final offer to its workers.

“Giving our union an ultimatum is a tactic that is doomed to fail,” said Kate McKinley, Unifor National Representative. “Labour negotiations have to be a ‘give and take’, not ‘take it or leave it’.”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vancouver—Robust profits at Pacific Newspaper Group (PNG), a division of Postmedia Inc., mean that lay-offs announced this week are unnecessary and will undermine journalism in British Columbia, says Unifor.

“The employer has posted almost $18-million in profits. There’s no reason for aggressive job cuts that will further damage the quality of professional journalism that British Columbians rely on,” said Brian Gibson, Unifor Local 2000 president.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Regina—Mediated talks have broken off at the Co-op Refinery Complex after Unifor refused to let the employer degrade pensions for new employees.

“New workers with the same training and the same skills deserve the same benefits. It’s that simple,” said Kate McKinley, Unifor National Representative. “We won’t let the employer cheapen the quality of jobs for current employees or future ones.”

March 06, 2017

Toronto - The extension of a stay against a previous Federal Ministry of Labour ruling puts the safety of armoured car workers and the general public at risk, Unifor says.

“The directives in the original order recognized that the use of two-person, all off crews elevates the danger of armoured car personnel being attacked in public, which also increases the risk to innocent by-standers,” said Mike Armstrong, Unifor National Staff Representative and lead on armoured car industry matters.

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.”

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