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Statement for December 6, 2023





November 29, 2023

Unifor marks December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day, we solemnly remember the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre when 14 women were killed on their Montreal campus, and all lives tragically lost to gender-based violence, and we recommit to the ongoing battle against this pervasive and deeply unjust violence.

Violence against women is not an issue that affects women alone; it is a deeply entrenched societal problem that demands collective action and staunch commitment. We understand the fight for gender equality and the eradication of violence against women are interconnected struggles, and they are at the heart of the work within our union.

Unifor is recognized internationally for its Women’s Advocate program that educates members to be a source of support for colleagues facing harassment or violence. Having a Women’s Advocate in the workplace can be lifesaving for members who are seeking help and protection. If you do not have a Women’s Advocate in your workplace, consider making it a priority at the bargaining table and discuss this with your fellow members.

We must never relent in our efforts to challenge the systems that perpetuate gender-based violence. It is crucial that we call for and actively work towards the implementation of policies and practices that ensure the safety, respect, and equitable treatment of all individuals, irrespective of their gender.

We urge all members of Unifor to join us in the critical endeavor to end violence against women. Together, we have the power to create a world where no woman lives in fear, where every woman’s dignity is respected, and where gender-based violence becomes a dark chapter in history rather than a lived reality.

It is only through collective action that we can create a just and equitable society where violence against women is an unthinkable act.

As you mark the day with vigils and events with your local, or by wearing your December 6 button, we ask that you share your photos with We will share submitted photos of members marking December 6 on our social channels to highlight your work in fighting for equality and respect.

Find printable posters and social media graphics here.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

September 30 is a national statutory holiday to recognize the widespread abuse at residential schools, honour survivors, and work for reconciliation. The event has been known as Orange Shirt Day ( 2013, named after the clothing taken from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad when she was six years old on her first day at residential school.
Unifor recognizes Orange Shirt Day using the slogan “Every Child Matters”—a plea to value and care for all children, something that was not the standard held by the churches administering residential schools, nor provincial governments nor the Government of Canada.
Since the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced the discovery of unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May 2021, other nations have undertaken their own searches with similar appalling results.
While more recent discoveries have not received the same attention as earlier announcements, they are every bit as traumatic for the communities and the living relatives of the children who never came back from residential schools.
Announcements in 2023 of potential and confirmed childrens’ remains include:
It is a reminder of the scale of colonial violence that still haunts survivors and their families today. Reconciliation is not possible until Every Child Matters.
Unifor encourages all members to help amplify the calls to end the impunity for those who covered up these crimes or continue to block the release of records.
Take Action
1. Unifor members can find out what first nation communities in their region are still undertaking searches, and may be in need of donations to complete the work.
2. Wear orange on September 30.
3. Register for a virtual tour of a former residential school: on September 27. Unifor has sponsored the suggested donation for up to 200 members to register.
4. Register for an online screening of the film Silent No More: on September 28. Unifor has sponsored the suggested donation for up to 200 members to register.
In solidarity,
Lana Payne
Unifor National President






***SOLD OUT***

Dear members,

GTA members and their families are invited to Unifor’s Member Appreciation Day at Canada’s Wonderland on Sunday July 9, 2023. This day of family fun is brought to you by Unifor National and your Ontario Regional Council.

Discounted tickets are as follows:

  • $49.99 Ages 3 and up. Includes parking, admission, rides, and lunch at the Courtyard Buffet.
  • $19.99 for Courtyard Buffet only (park admission required to gain entry).
  • Free for kids under age 2.

9:00-10:00 a.m. Special Unifor hour with early access to some rides.

Wear Unifor swag or red for a chance to win prizes.

Purchase tickets now at

Delta Toronto Airport Hotel

Members who wish to book overnight accommodations can call the Delta Toronto Airport hotel at (416) 244-1711 and request the Unifor rate of $169/night which includes breakfast and self parking.

Visit our website event page.

In solidarity,

John Aman
Senior Director

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on March 21. This important day is an opportunity to empower people of all races, to reflect on past mistakes and work towards a future of equality. As a union, we must inspire inclusion and work to eradicate discrimination in our workplaces and our communities.
In 2023, our March 21 message is: “Our thoughts, our words, our actions.”

MARCH 8 Statement for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day to celebrate and recognize the incredible contributions working women have made and continue to make in our country and around the world, and to regroup to face the challenges ahead.
Since the pandemic began, we have been overwhelmed by changes to our daily lives and to the way we work. In many ways, society is forever changed and markedly different from what it was even three years ago. As we mark International Women’s Day, we are reminded that in times of societal change, we need to push for those changes to be inclusive and equity-driven, to move us closer to a more equal world.
We remember that International Women’s Day is rooted in the collective action of working women who came together on March 8th for gender equality, and for social and economic justice for everyone.
Today, much work remains to be done to ensure spaces are accessible to all women, non-binary, and trans equally. This includes the digital space.
The United Nations is marking IWD with their chosen theme:
DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. In their statement, the UN says this aligns with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
In simpler terms, we must use technology to advance gender equality.
While technology and online spaces have brought opportunities to build sisterhood in solidarity, they have also opened the door to anonymous and targeted gender-based violence and harassment.
The unrestricted sharing of information also allows misogynist groups to thrive despite their hateful messages that are harmful and hurtful to the lives of women, girls, and gender diverse people.
Women are more likely to face sexual harassment, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and other forms of online abuse. This can cause fear and anxiety, limiting their ability to participate in online activities and often spills over into their lives away from technology.
Where technology can be healing and helpful is when it helps us build connections and communities. Women now have more access to resources and information, allowing them to make more informed decisions about their lives and learn from each others’ struggles and to support feminist campaigns around the world.
Women in Iran and Afghanistan are facing extreme risks to their lives as they strive to claw back their autonomy and their right to education from oppressive, authoritarian governments. Women in the United States are waging a battle to reclaim their reproductive rights following the devastating overturning of Roe v. Wade. Unifor sisters stand in solidarity with them and continue our fight for stronger legislative protections of abortion rights and better access to reproductive care here at home.
In our union’s work to combat the online harassment of journalists and media workers, we fight for gender equality.
In our union’s work to bargain gains for women in the workplace, including through pay equity and the women’s and racial justice advocate programs, we fight for gender equality.
In our union’s work to defend and expand public health care in Canada, and protect the working conditions of health care workers, we fight for gender quality.
In our union’s work to fight for good jobs and fair wages for everyone, across all sectors and in every region of the country, including on picket lines where workers are on strike or locked-out, we fight for gender equality.
In our effort to build an inclusive and representative union for everyone, we fight for gender equality.
The International Women’s Day organization is also reminding us today to #EmbraceEquity. We welcome everyone into every space and raise awareness about discrimination, in all its forms.
Today we celebrate the amazing achievements of working women who are making a positive difference in the world. Let us take the opportunity to applaud the women trailblazers, supporters, nurturers, activists and fighters in our lives, near and far, and thank them for all they do.
Together, we are building a better world for everyone.
Read this statement on our website here.






Women. Life. Freedom.

Around the world, including in Iran, women continue to fight for their freedom, and for fair and equitable treatment. Toronto is the city that brings the world’s struggles together, side by side, so we can support each other in solidarity and sisterhood.

Join Unifor activists on March 4 at the IWD Toronto Rally and March at 11:00 a.m. ET, 252 Bloor St. W.

Bring your flags, signs, and noisemakers as we show that we won’t stop fighting until every sister around the world can lead the life she chooses freely and without discrimination.

WHEN:         Saturday, March 4, 2023

Rally starts at 11:00 a.m. ET, march begins at 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:       OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. W – look for the Unifor flags

Everyone is welcome.

This event is organized by the IWD Toronto committee and for more than 40 years has been the largest event in North America recognizing International Women’s Day.

For updates, please visit

We invite you to capture your experiences at the IWD Toronto Rally and March and send photos or videos to and tag @UniforWomen on Facebook and Twitter.

In solidarity and sisterhood,

Naureen Rizvi                              Tracey Ramsey
Ontario Regional Director           Women’s Department Director

Unifor Black History Month Statement 2023

As Unifor recognizes Black History Month, in 2023, our focus is empowering the next generation of Black youth.

As we reflect on Black history, Black accomplishments and the contributions of the many Black communities here in Canada and globally, we also reaffirm the collective work and collective responsibility we all have to continue to advocate to end Anti-Black racism in all institutions and society. We owe it to future generations.

This year, our message is “Black History, Black Futures.” Our focus will be featuring Black youth and all they offer in our workplaces and to broader society through skills, talents, intelligence, innovation, creativity, determination and leadership.

Black youth have made it clear – we need to listen. Young people are leading the way into the future, making demands to address climate change, exposing environmental racism, calling for reform within governments, advocating for health care, lobbying for job security, highlighting the inequalities within workplaces, combating Anti-Black racism, and offering real solutions to world issues. They are the future of activism, informed by history and ready to voice their demands for equity and justice for themselves and other workers, for all people and for the planet.

The Canadian government first recognized Black History Month in December 1995 in the House of Commons, following a motion introduced by the Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine.

As a progressive union Unifor is committed to more than statements and a month of solidarity. We must ensure physical and emotional health for all Black Canadians and continue to celebrate, appreciate and acknowledge Black communities across the country.

Unifor membership, leadership and communities will celebrate Black History meaningfully.

Below are tips to help celebrate Black History Month in a meaningful way

  1. Celebrate and acknowledge Black history throughout the year
  2. Celebrate Black history with everyone
  3. Center Black History celebrations around diversity, inclusion and equity commitments and practices
  4. If you don’t have diversity, inclusion and equity commitments and practices, create them
  5. Eliminating anti-Black ideology and methods in organizations
  6. Provide resources for Black businesses, culture centers, and community groups for everyone
  7. Celebrate the present, not just the past
  8. Do your learning at your own pace

We also ask them to recognize Black Unifor members, not only in February, but each day of the year, support Black members in roles in all levels of the union, respect and value the contributions and views of Black members in order to combat anti-Black racism and to continue to remove barriers in institutions that prevent Black members from fully participating.

We need to ensure physical and emotional health for all Black Canadians and continue to celebrate, appreciate and acknowledge Black communities across the country.

Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women






Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
November 25 starts a global campaign of 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year’s theme is Unite: Activism to End Violence Against Women. In the spirit of unity, Unifor is raising awareness among the membership about the Signal for Help:, which began in 2020 as a way for women to silently show they need help and want someone to safely check in with them.
Over the next 16 days, we ask you to commit this signal to memory and teach it to 16 other people. This small action can lead to more women feeling comfortable asking for help, and help us all learn what resources are available to support women in unsafe situations.
Across Canada on December 6, 2022 we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It has now been 33 years since the tragic murders of 14 young women at L’Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique. These women lost their bright lives and futures in the span of 20 minutes at the hand of someone who openly declared his misogyny. We also mourn Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and all who have lost their lives to femicide and violence.
This year we will return to in-person vigils and memorials: to remember the women and girls we have lost and recommit ourselves to the fight to end gender-based violence.
Everyone, regardless of sex or gender, is called to speak up and speak out in a meaningful way against violence. Allyship is essential. Men must equally take a role alongside women in the labour movement to stop harassment when they see it and build safe workplaces and communities for all.
As a union, we make workplaces safe through collective bargaining language, and we must continue to push for better. One of the concrete ways we can take action at the bargaining table is to bargain new Women’s Advocates: Women’s Advocates are one of the support systems Unifor has pioneered to ensure there is someone to turn to at work when home is not safe.
The pandemic and ongoing health crises have only intensified the impacts of violence against women and girls.
• 45% of women reported that they or a woman they know has experienced a form of violence.
• 7 in 10 women said they think that verbal or physical abuse by a partner has become more common.
• 6 in 10 felt that sexual harassment in public spaces has worsened.
• Globally, 1 in 3 women experience violence with the most recent global estimates showing that, on average, a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes.
As we witness a rise in anti-rights movements, including anti-feminists, we must speak up and speak out against the dangerous rhetoric that is impacting our lives.
As Unifor members and leaders, we heed the call to increase our activism to ensure feminist voices are at every table influencing policy decisions that impact our lives.
Together we will continue to push for safe workplaces and homes for all women and girls.

October is Women’s History Month

This year we mark Women’s History Month in Canada with the knowledge that gains toward equality are fragile and need vigilance to continually protect and enshrine them into the fabric of our union and country.

As we reach back into our past to share the stories of women who have been trailblazers, we learn important lessons from their struggles and triumphs that we need to continually remind ourselves of today.

On October 18, Canada commemorates Persons’ Day. This day in 1929 was when Canada’s highest court of appeal handed down the decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons”, and permitted some women to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and to more fully participate in public life. Persons’ Day was both the culmination of years of activism, and the start of many more years of work to ensure it was expanded and strengthened to include the rights of all women. Women of Indigenous or Asian heritage and descent remained excluded from this legal personhood for many more years.

Our history is full of obvious discrimination toward women of colour and Indigenous women. Canadian women were granted the right to vote in federal elections in 1918 but First Nations women could only vote at that time if they gave up their status and treaty rights. Their full right to vote federally wouldn’t happen until July 1960. These 40-plus years of exclusion must remind us that our work as trade unionists and feminists must be intersectional and focus on eliminating the additional barriers faced by Indigenous, women of colour, LGBTQ, and women with disabilities.

At the 2022 Unifor Women’s Conference we were reminded that until all women cross the line, none of us can truly celebrate without full inclusion of all women. As we make strides toward equality in the courts, in public policy and in workplaces, we must not simply extend the ladder to other women, but reach back to help each other climb.

Unifor has a proud history of advancing women’s rights and fighting for workplace improvements and then pushing provincial and federal governments to grant those same rights for all women. Our union’s ground-breaking and internationally-acclaimed Women’s Advocate Program plays a key role in changing workplace dynamics, educating workers about the challenges women face, and providing resources to support women through unfair treatment in the workplace, discrimination or harassment.

We must pay attention to the rollback of abortion rights and attacks on bodily autonomy in the United States and push to secure our rights in Canada. It was more than 50 years ago when a group of determined women from Vancouver formed the Abortion Caravan and travelled to Ottawa to land on then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s doorstep to demand abortion be removed from the criminal code. Let us draw inspiration from this, and other brave moments in history, to give us renewed energy for the fight.

Unifor represents 118,000 women, representing a third of our membership. This year we made our own mark on Canadian labour history for women by electing Lana Payne as our first woman president. We are still pushing to break through barriers and make our own working class history. More women are sitting at bargaining tables, are elected to their Local Executive Boards, and taking leadership roles. But, more can be done.

We must ask more women to run, invite more women to participate, and support more women to lead.

Together, we can make history and create a brighter, more equal future.

Auto parts workers at UTIL ratify agreement, ending labour dispute

CONCORD, ONTARIO—Unifor Local 112 members ratified a new three-year collective agreement today ending a labour dispute at the UTIL Canada Inc. auto parts plant.

“The unity, strength and solidarity of Unifor Local 112 members displayed throughout this dispute was pivotal in reaching a fair settlement,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “I would like to congratulate union members on a successful ratification and the union’s bargaining team for their hard work and determination throughout the negotiations.”

Union members sought a fairer, more equitable and respectful workplace in bargaining and throughout the dispute. The union reached a tentative settlement with the employer on June 10, 2022 and Unifor members ratified the collective agreement at a meeting held earlier today.

Under the new agreement, union members will receive significant wage increases. Provisions for emergency paid time off were also introduced for the first time and probationary wage rates were eliminated. The union also negotiated better protections to ensure the integrity of bargaining unit work. Ten new bargaining unit jobs will be posted immediately and new language for respectful workplace training and union representation in management meetings was also introduced. The agreement will also introduce a Racial Justice Advocate position immediately.

“The overwhelming dedication of all union members at UTIL Canada was incredible to see as was the outpouring of support we received from across the GTA and throughout the province,” said John Turner, Unifor Local 112 President. “The support from our members and the community kept spirits high on the picket line and at the bargaining table. This dispute was a reminder of how strong our union is and the importance of union members taking action to demand the respect they deserve.”

The newly ratified three-year agreement expires on June 1, 2025.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


Canada’s Wonderland Membership Appreciation Day-Sunday, June 26th, 2022


We are pleased to inform you Unifor’s Canada’s Wonderland Member Appreciation Day is back this year. This event will be a fun-filled day.

Tickets are $46.98 per adult and $42.46 for junior or senior admission. Included with the price of admission to the park is a 1-hour early opening for Unifor’s delegation, parking, buffet lunch, contests and prizes throughout the day.

Tickets for Unifor’s membership appreciation day are now available online and can be purchased at www.canadaswonerdland/com/uniforday

We are encouraging all participants to wear their Unifor colours/swag as we will be handing out prizes throughout the day.

We anticipate this will be a well attended event so please make sure to secure your tickets early and we look forward to seeing you there.

In solidarity,
John Aman
Director, Recreation Department
Unifor National



Asian Heritage Month 2022 statement

Speak. Listen. Learn.

During Asian Heritage Month in May, Unifor joins with our members to celebrate accomplishments and honour people’s diverse experiences from all across Asia including north, southeast and west Asia.

Unifor wants members to share their stories, hear others’ experiences and take away the lessons learned from each other in the workplace to build our solidarity. Let’s embrace the history of our workers’ successes and understand the challenges and barriers faced by Asian and South Asian members of our communities and of our union.

With anti-Asian sentiment and racially motivated crimes against people of Asian descent still on the rise, we must also see Asian Heritage Month as a time to act, to come together to combat all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.

As a union, we remain committed to supporting diverse communities. Also, during this time, we have clear calls of action to demand the governments support Asian community organizations, demanding the end of racism and discrimination.

We are asking for members of the diverse Asian Communities to spread their messages of calls to action, successes, and positive achievements on social media, using the hashtag #Unifor4AsianHeritage.



2022 Scholarship Application period is OPEN!

2022 Scholarship Application Important Dates:

June 10: Application period closes

July 18: Scholarship recipients announced

Using the Online Application go to:

Your application must be submitted using the online application form

Details about eligibility and the full application procedure are listed
on the online application page.

Scholarship application package

Please ensure that you have READ THE INSTRUCTIONS carefully, and have the following documents ready on your device for upload with your application.

  1. Current high school transcript (children of Unifor members only)
  2. Reference letter
  3. Local Union Officer signature form
  4. Essay Answers

 PLEASE NOTE:  Any applications missing any of the required documents, will result in
an error message and cannot be submitted.  Please ensure you have all documents
available before submitting.





For Unifor, Black History Month isn’t an event we only acknowledge in February.

This year, Canada recognizes Black History Month as February and Forever: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day.

The Canadian government first recognized Black History Month in December 1995 in the House of Commons, following a motion introduced by the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine.

Unifor has long been advocating that it is vital to acknowledge and recognize Black members everyday.

As a union, we featured Black members from locals for the past few years and allowed the different regions to see the remarkable leadership within our union.

We are committed to more than statements and more than a month of solidarity. We know that Black Canadians have made tremendous contributions and possess the skills, talents, intelligence, innovation and determination to have meaningful impacts within Unifor, across Canada and throughout the world.

It is our daily choices and actions that matter.

This month, we ask our local unions and workplace union representatives to celebrate Black Unifor members and safely support community events.

We also ask them to recognize Black Unifor members, not only in February, but each day of the year, in order to combat anti-Black racism and to continue to remove barriers in institutions that prevent Black members from fully participating.

We need to ensure physical and emotional health for all Black Canadians and continue to celebrate, appreciate and acknowledge Black communities across the country.

Information about Black History Month events can be found here.

Support Nova Scotia forestry workers

More than 230 Unifor members in Pictou, Nova Scotia lost their jobs in January 2020 after the Northern Pulp mill was forced to close.

Their pensions, their jobs and as many as 11,000 forestry and related jobs across the province hang in the balance as the company prepares plans for a modernized mill.

Support Nova Scotia forestry workers

We have demanded Northern Pulp and parent company Paper Excellence honour Unifor Local 440 members’ pensions and submit plans to government and to community stakeholders that meet government standards.

What remains a challenge is identifying the standards Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment (NSE) will accept.

Unifor supported the previous Environmental Assessment document submitted by the company to the government, because the stated impacts were well within federal Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (PPER) and existing Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS). Indeed, it would have been a solid improvement on the previous mill, which also met those federal standards.

In December 2021, Nova Scotia Environment released its revised Draft Terms of Reference (DTOR), which is supposed to serve as a framework to guide Northern Pulp’s creation of an Environmental Assessment for the updated mill project. (The Draft Terms of Reference can be found here on the Nova Scotia government website).

Unifor continues to believe in a solution that will maintain thousands of good, rural forestry jobs, protect the environment, and respect Pictou Landing First Nation.

Read the letter below and submit to Nova Scotia Environment to support Unifor members and workers in the broader forestry sector.

Support Nova Scotia forestry workers


Unifor unveils new poster for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

To recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women next month, Unifor is launching a new poster to commemorate the day on December 6, 2021.

The downloadable and printable posters will feature male leadership, including National President Jerry Dias, encouraging other men to speak up about men’s violence against women with a list of ways they can advocate for it.

“The challenge of violence against women isn’t women – it’s men. By naming the source of the violence, we can focus more clearly on the root cause of the problem and finding solutions,” said Dias.

November 25, 2021 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – starts a global campaign of 16 Days of Activism. Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women occurs during this campaign, on December 6.

Read Unifor’s statement for December 6 here and signup for the union’s online vigil at 7 p.m. ET. that evening.

“There has been a sharp rise in gender-based violence during the pandemic, a trend which the United Nations has referred to as a ‘shadow pandemic,’” said Dias.

“Research shows that times of crisis, confinement at home, financial stress and economic and natural disasters trigger higher levels of domestic violence.”

“It’s why we must use our collective power to bargain pay equity, employment equity because economic security is key to preventing gender-based violence,” said Unifor Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne.

“Decent work with decent wages and working conditions, anti-harassment policies and processes, domestic violence leave and family leaves are all part of prevention of gender-based violence because it gives women and gender diverse people options and decreases isolation.”

Lockdowns during COVID-19 meant many people became locked down with their abuser without access to their normal supports. Most recently, a Kentucky girl was rescued in a kidnapping after using a hand gesture – created as a way for women in domestic violence situations to signal for help over video – she had seen on TikTok to a driver in a passing vehicle who called 911.

According to statistics, women face violence predominantly at the hands of men, most often their male intimate partners or family members. Domestic violence can carry over into the workplace, threatening women’s ability to maintain economic independence.

Domestic violence leave, now in law across Canada, can eliminate the need to choose between a job and safety.

Unifor is pushing the federal government to adopt a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence and advocating for the ratification of the International Labour Organization Convention 190 to eliminate violence and harassment in the world of work. The union is also encouraging all locals to negotiate the Unifor Women’s Advocate program.

But speaking out against violence against women and gender-based violence isn’t simply contained to 16 days of action. People can take steps to make change year-round.

“You can address gender-based violence by starting with small acts that disrupt the patriarchy that’s at the core – the sexist jokes, harassment, and objectification,” said Unifor Women’s Department Director Lisa Kelly.

“It’s powerful when men can engage other men in examining negative masculine norms. Trade union men also have opportunities to significantly improve economic security. This is a key component of safety for women and gender diverse people.”

Events on December 6 will be held in communities across the country. Locals are encouraged to hold their own events or join with community events where safe.

If you are experiencing gender-based violence, please contact your local crisis line.

Unifor Statement for World Day for Decent Work

Every year, Unifor marks the World Day for Decent Work on October 7.

As a trade union, we believe that good jobs, fair wages, and improving the many conditions in which people go to work each day is the way to achieve a better world for everyone.

Amidst the challenges and difficulties of working and living through the ongoing pandemic, Unifor’s young workers take this opportunity to remind all Unifor members that our collective future is worth the fight!

Even before the pandemic, the climate crisis was looming and income inequality had reached critical levels. The pandemic exposed our world’s biggest inequalities, and made everything so much more challenging for everyone, including young workers’ and their prospects for the future.

This time last year, our union was calling to support essential rights for essential workers. Throughout the pandemic, many young workers got laid-off. Some did not get their jobs back. Many young workers were looking after their young children while schools were closed. Today, some are still worried about the risks of exposure to the virus in schools across the country. Young workers did their best – just like all workers – to navigate a crisis and to come out of it safely. Some did not.

Young workers today are seriously worried that the world they are inheriting from previous generations is in far worse shape than the one their parents lived through.

Through this pandemic, young workers have come to better understand that safe workplaces, barrier-free access to good, green jobs, and well-funded public services are essential to a better and brighter future.

Today, on the World Day for Decent Work, we face a choice: we can live to see the devastating impacts that will inevitably result from today’s crises, or we can pick up the fight and build a better future.

This week, Unifor’s young workers held a series of online events to gather, strategize, and commit to the long-term fight for a better world. Through virtual events and an email conference, they shared stories of activism, exchanged tools and best practices and were intentional about creating space in our union to foster hope.

They invited young artist Hana Shafi to design three images that represent the commitment of young workers to our collective future. Unifor members can download, print and share these images today.

Let’s not let our young workers hope and fight on their own. Today, and every day, let’s remember that our future is worth the fight.

Read this statement online

Download the shareables

In solidarity,
Jerry Dias


Orange Shirt Day activities

Dear members,

Next week on Thursday, September 30, Unifor members across Canada will be commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) to honour the experiences of former students and survivors of the residential school system and to promote awareness about the residential school system and the harm it has had and continues to have on Indigenous communities.

We encourage you to wear orange and join events in your community!

Unifor commissioned Haisla artist Nathan Wilson to create a design for our 2021 t-shirt and event materials. Learn more about the artist and the design and place your order online at

There is also a new poster for you to print and share around the workplace.

No matter where you are, you can show your solidarity and be an advocate for reconciliation. Wear orange, take a photo, and share online using the hashtags #unifor and #everychildmatters. Send your photos to and we’ll add them to the national album.

Thank you for your commitment,

Jerry Dias
Unifor National President


Leaving No One Behind – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Unifor commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Monday, August 9 and this year’s commemoration focuses on the theme “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract”.
On this day, we honour and recognize the diverse culture, history and achievements of Indigenous Peoples here in Canada and around the world. We call on all governments worldwide and for all Canadians to recognize and respect Indigenous rights wherever Indigenous citizens reside.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was first established by the United Nations in 1994 to mark the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.On this day, people around the world are encouraged to spread the UN’s message on the protection and promotion of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Covid 19 pandemic has laid bare the inequalities affecting Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world. The United Nations has called for plans to build stronger, equity-focused health systems and to strengthen social protections and public services that are based on the genuine inclusion, participation, and approval of Indigenous peoples.
What would a new social contract between citizens and states that secures rights and dignity for all and leave no one behind look like? That addresses the needs of groups that are often left out? The choices made by world leaders must heed the calls create a just and sustainable future that ensures that all people can share in prosperity. We need a new social contract that delivers recovery and resilience.
In the upcoming year, our union will work to pressure the Government of Canada to act on the following:
• Act for truth and reconciliation by fully implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
• Make urgent, systemic changes to protect Indigenous women and girls and two-spirited people. The 231 calls for justice issued two years ago by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and two-spirited (MMIWG2S). The federal government’s recent response to the report was inadequate and more work is needed.
• Demand that all Members of Parliament be a vocal supporter of the 94 Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (…/tell-your-mp-implement-94-trc…). They are an urgent call to action for government and organizations to take meaningful action on a many outstanding issues, ranging from protecting language and culture to education to ensuring justice for the victims of residential school violence.
Online Events
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2021 Virtual Commemoration
August 9, 2021 9 a.m.–11 a.m. EDT
The 2021 commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will feature a virtual interactive discussion on the distinct elements to be considered when building and redesigning a new social contract that is inclusive of Indigenous peoples—where Indigenous peoples’ own forms of governance and ways of life must be respected and based on their free, prior and informed consent and genuine and inclusive participation and partnership.
New Video – Drag the Red campaign
Unifor is a key supporter and sponsor of the Winnipeg community-driven campaign to drag the Red River in Manitoba. When the community organizers needed a new vessel to continue their work, Unifor made a donation from the Canadian Community Fund to supply a new purpose-built aluminum boat.
Watch the new video documenting the Drag the Red Boat launch and the history and context of this important project:

Missing children found on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory

Unifor mourns the loss of the 215 children found on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory who perished in the custody of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The discovery confirms what community survivors have said for decades—hundreds of children went to the school and never returned home. This is true of at least 6,000 Indigenous children who attended residential schools across the country.

The mass grave is a horrific reminder of the scale of the colonial violence that still haunts survivors and their families today.

Canada is far from done reconciling its murderous history of residential schools. Reconciliation is important for being accountable to both Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and all communities and families that are affected.

Unifor supports the call of Indigenous leaders for a nationwide probe of former residential school sites. The federal government must ensure Indigenous communities have the resources to find answers about missing children as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Missing Children’s Project”.

Unifor understands that solidarity is the key to truth and reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Canada. Unifor is committed to using its bargaining power, mobilizing power, and political power to bring about transformative change.

What Unifor members can do:

  1. Unifor supports the 94 recommendations issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They are an urgent call to action for government and organizations to take meaningful action on a many outstanding issues, ranging from protecting language and culture to education to ensuring justice for the victims of residential school violence.
    Contact your Member of Parliament and demand they be a vocal supporter of the 94 Calls to Action within their caucus and to government.
  2. Add to Unifor’s $10,000 donation to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation to build community solidarity and support:

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Kamloops BC, V2H 1H1

  1. Add to Unifor’s existing sponsorship of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) “Honouring the Gifts—MKO Youth Cultural Celebration” youth arts festival beginning June 21 (National Indigenous Peoples Day) and carrying through to June 25.
  2. Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
  3. Participate in Indigenous History Month, which starts Tuesday. Unifor is coordinating action and activities across the country to fight for truth and reconciliation. Visit org/ihm2021 to find out more.
  4. Learn more by participating in Unifor’s Turtle Island webinar series. Next session: “Honouring Treaty Rights” Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
  5. Encourage support, by those who are able to, for local and regional organizations, programs or initiatives to engage in active reconciliation with Indigenous people.
  6. With all of your efforts, please amplify Indigenous voices in your community.

Whichever action you take, please share your work with the National Office and on social media so others can follow our example to do their part in reconciliation.

View the statement on our website here.

Jerry Dias
National President


Unifor NFL Fantasy Football Pool 2021


The incredible tough year continues for our members with restrictions in place curtailing many programs of our union, especially the in-person activities of the Recreation Department.

The virtual ‘Fantasy Hockey Pool’ held during last year’s hockey season was a tremendous success with close to 1,700 of our Unifor members participating, from coast to coast to coast.

The Recreation Department is building on that success with the 1st Annual Unifor NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL POOL. It is a simple straight forward pool, you don’t have to be an expert to participate, no entry fee for Unifor members and retirees and some great weekly/monthly prizes along with the overall grand prize winners at the end of the season.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 8th and the link for the pool is

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

In solidarity,
Bill Apsey
Chair, National Recreation Committee

John Aman
Director, Recreation

Canada Day and Reconciliation!

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,

This has been a National Indigenous History Month like no other. The June 24 announcement of the confirmation of the remains of 751 children at the former residential school site on Cowessess territory in Saskatchewan has further amplified the calls for searches at other sites across the country.

Unifor locals are asking what they can do to support grieving members and nearby Indigenous communities.

While there are no easy answers to undoing cultural genocide and intergenerational pain and trauma it causes to this day, Unifor is part of the movement for truth, justice, and reconciliation. Keeping this on the national political agenda is a top priority.

We’re asking Unifor members to translate anger into action:

  1. Wear orange on Canada Day. Started by residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad in 2013, orange shirts have become a symbol to honour survivors of residential schools.
  2. Share these 24/7 helplines:
    1. National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
    2. Missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Support Line: 1-844-413-6649
    3. Hope for Wellness Help Line and Chat: 1-855-242-3310
  3. Unifor supports the 94 recommendations issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They are an urgent call to action for government and organizations to take meaningful action on a many outstanding issues, ranging from protecting language and culture to education to ensuring justice for the victims of residential school violence. Contact your Member of Parliament and demand they be a vocal supporter of the 94 Calls to Action within their caucus and to government.
  4. Unifor’s Education Department has a relationship with San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. This training fosters a climate that recognizes and respects the unique history of Indigenous peoples to provide appropriate care and services in an equitable and safe way, without discrimination. To find out how your local can participate, please contact
  5. Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
  6. Encourage support for local and regional organizations, programs or initiatives to engage in active reconciliation with Indigenous people.

With all your efforts, please amplify Indigenous voices in your community.

Whichever action you take, please share your work with the National Office and on social media so others can follow our example to do their part in reconciliation.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias


Unifor Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2021

Unifor marks the 2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) with solidarity for people of all sexual and gender minorities.

Unifor remains resolved to continue the fight against homophobia and transphobia through social change and the fight for human rights for all.

As we resurface from the pandemic and begin to build a better world, we must do away with the inequalities and oppression that lead to discrimination.

Unifor calls upon governments of all levels to recognise LGBTQ workers in recovery efforts and for the federal government to finally pass legislation to adopt a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

Conversation therapy is a dangerous, unfounded practice that often involves minors’ abuse and leads to lifetime trauma. The basic assumption that a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression is something to be altered or corrected, threatens LGBTQ workers’ dignity and well being. This runs against the union’s position on supporting the rights of all workers.

Unifor is opposed to conversion therapy in all forms and supports efforts to put a stop to the practice through municipal, provincial, and federal bans.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and Pride will look different this year. Many local unions are organizing online events to unite community after an isolating year.

Email with information about Local Union events, to have your events added to a Pride 2021 Calendar.

This year for IDAHOT, Unifor encourages local unions, committees and members to create original digital posts, memes, and videos to counter homophobia and transphobia and to share positive stories from queer and trans members.

Post these stories online to share with your members, and use the hashtag #UniforPride.

Download the shareable.

Download the poster.

Read this statement online



#HateisaVirus builds pride during Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month throughout May is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the rich history of the many diverse Asian-Canadians and their contributions to Canada and the world.

It’s important, especially during COVID-19, we recognize the invaluable contributions of people of Asian descent to Canada’s social, political, economic, scientific, and cultural landscape.

It is also a moment in which we acknowledge the resilience of people of Asian descent in Canadian history.

In 2021, we are observing Asian Heritage Month as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. During that time, we’ve seen anti-Asian hate and racism fueled by the fear of a virus that attacks our bodies. We want to take that sentiment and flip it – “Hate is a virus.”

During this month in a period of crisis, we can remember and learn from the resistance and activism of people of East and South Asian descent.

As Canadians, we need to stand up to hate and stand in solidarity with Asian communities around the world.

That means standing with the farmers who are fighting back against the Indian government who passed three unfair farm Acts of legislation.

We also recognize and demand “paid sick days” as a reliable solution for those impacted by COVID-19, not because of their race, but because many from the communities are essential workers that have been working through this pandemic.

We used our collective voting power to vote out alt-right politicians, fanning the flames of hate to get ahead and our work ahead is to help eradicate racism and the 600% increase in reported anti-Asian hate here in Canada.

Asian Heritage Month, which began in 1993 in Toronto, is widely celebrated across the country.

Unifor recommits our work towards social justice and human rights to ensure that we can celebrate Asian heritage while combating the hate in society to ensure all people are treated with dignity, respect and solidarity.

Hate is a Virus that will not win.

Unifor will be showcasing a number of Asian and South-Asian voices throughout the month of May on social media. To take action, download our Asian Heritage Month virtual background and use this Facebook frame on social media to show that #HateisaVirus.

Download the virtual background here.

Download the Facebook frame here.

View the statement on our website here.


Unifor Local 112 reaches settlement, hotel owner ordered to pay up

April 7, 2021 – 8:15 AM

Unifor Local 112 members at the Toronto Pan Pacific Hotel secured an important victory that compels the employer to adhere to its payment requirements for both the employee health and welfare fund and pension plan, after months of delinquent payments.

“I am pleased with the outcome of this settlement. Our members work extremely hard and deserve to be treated respectfully and fairly,” said Scott McIlmoyle, Unifor Local 112 President. “Every single penny owed to our members will be repaid with interest.”

Unifor Local 112 represents approximately 220 members at the Toronto-based hotel. Beginning in February last year, the employer began failing to meet its monthly contributions to workers’ health and dental benefits and pension plan funds.

“The settlement upholds the terms of our collective agreement and sends a strong message that our union will always hold employers accountable for their actions,” said John Turner, Unifor Local 112 Vice-President.

After negotiating through the Easter weekend, Unifor Local 112 and management representatives agreed to a repayment schedule that enabled Arbitrator Ian Anderson to render a final decision. The terms of the settlement ensure that the employer will begin making lump sum payments beginning May 1 through to August 1 totalling more than $200,000 including interest penalties.

“These are difficult and stressful times for hospitality workers, and we have zero tolerance for management betraying their obligations to us,” said Andrea Henry, Unit Chair for the Pan Pacific Hotel. “Thankfully, our union’s resources are here when we need them most to ensure that the employer has to live up to its agreement with workers.”

Unifor representatives and the Pan Pacific Hotel continue to negotiate payments for members on leave of absence and should no agreement be reached, the matter will be referred back to the arbitrator for a decision.

Unifor Statement on Trans Day of Visibility

March 31, 2021

Unifor recognizes and invites all members to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility tomorrow, March 31. This annual day celebrates the value and resilience of transgender people both within the union and around the world.

Trans people are those who identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth, and exist within all countries, communities and religious groups around the world. This identity is separate from an individual’s sexual orientation.

More than a year into the pandemic, as we turn our attention to recovery, Unifor encourages members and locals to centre trans people in your advocacy. It is well established that workers in already precarious and part time jobs faced instability and financial loss during this pandemic.

A recent Trans PULSE Report found that fewer than 50% of transgender people in Canada are employed full-time.

COVID-19 has interrupted and overloaded our health care systems. The same study, which included survey data from 2019, also found that 45% of respondents reported unmet health care needs  and 12% had avoided going to the emergency room, despite needing care.

As we consider both the immediate and long-term affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifor asks members to fight for trans and non-binary workers so that workplaces, health care and other essential services celebrate and welcome trans people.

As we advocate for governments to #BuildBackBetter, trans people must be centred in future fiscal stimulus, job creation and public services must work for everyone, including trans people in Canada.

Unifor wishes to honour trans and non-binary members, who continue to help build our union and strengthen our movement. Through their contributions and labour our union and society is made better, more educated and compassionate.

Unifor asks members to share a message of support and solidarity on the Trans Day of Visibility.

Click here to download poster

Click here to download shareable

View the statement on our website here.



Support Canadian aviation workers

Dear members,

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID travel ban. While Unifor supports the measures undertaken to flatten the curve and keep Canadians safe, the travel ban has had a devastating affect on the aviation industry and its workers.

Instead of following the lead of governments around the world with strategic investments supporting the industry, the Trudeau government has been silent. Federal inaction jeopardizes the entire industry and threatens good jobs for tens of thousands of aviation workers.

It is impossible to imagine a safe economic recovery from COVID-19 without a thriving aviation industry. Unifor published a detailed policy paper outlining science-based proposals to get the industry back on its feet and aviation workers safely back to work.

Here’s what you can do to support Canada’s aviation workers:

  1. Tune into a news conference tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern on Unifor Canada’s Facebook page
  2. Send a message to the federal government demanding action to bolster our aviation industry.
  3. Show support by adding a frame to your Facebook profile picture here.
  4. Share this image on your website and social media.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President


Action to demand funding to ‘Respect, Protect and Pay’ healthcare workers


COVID-19 has brought systemic shortages in Ontario’s healthcare and long-term care systems to the forefront with tragic consequences. Unifor has joined CUPE and SEIU Healthcare in the ‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’ campaign on behalf of the unions’ 175,000 frontline healthcare workers.

Our COVID heroes need your help.

Workers from all sectors are asked to support the thousands of Unifor healthcare and long-term care members by joining the ‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’ action to call for the provincial government to properly fund healthcare to provide decent jobs and improved care for Ontarians.

Please join me at this pandemic-safe action, which will take place a day ahead of the release of the Ontario budget. Make your concerns, and horn, heard at a drive-by action at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, March 23.

March 23 – Drive-by ‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’ action at Queen’s Park


10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to assemble with their vehicles at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto 31 King’s College Circle. View Google Maps here.

Drive-by action will then circle Queen’s Park. All in attendance will be required to observe COVID-19 safety measures. Please stay in your vehicles upon arrival and wait for instructions.

You can also show your support for healthcare and long-term care workers online using the #RespectProtectPay and #carenotprofits hashtags.

In solidarity,

Naureen Rizvi
Ontario Regional Director



On April 22 we celebrate Earth Day.

This year, we mark Earth Day in a context where the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create an unfair burden on working people all over the world. As a trade union, we know all too well that the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the lives, livelihoods and well-being of working people in Canada and abroad. Similarly, the climate crisis, and our society’s failure to plan for it, will result in a disproportionate weight on working people, especially racialized communities and their families.

This is a day to reflect on the importance of our environment and the clear connection that it shares in the lifelong health of all of us and our families. As well, we recognize with solemn consideration how social activism, humanity and overall concern for a safe environment will ensure our victory over the threat of COVID-19 virus and all other global health challenges to the human race.

We are well aware of our need to build back a green economy and have recognized this in our Unifor Build Back Better campaign.

We are committed to making existing jobs more environmentally sustainable, while simultaneously advocating to create more decent-paying, full-time, safe and healthy green jobs in all sectors of society.

Our recent success in auto bargaining bringing billions of dollars of manufacturing investment to Canada for electric vehicles is proof of our commitment.

Our members demand that we protect their jobs and incomes. At the same time, our members also demand that we work hard to improve the environment. Both demands are reasonable ones and we understand we cannot accomplish this alone.

Therefore we have joined with other labour unions and climate justice organizations in Canada, the United States and Mexico working together to make a green economy reality.

The North American Solidarity Project is a joint effort to transform the labour movement in North America based on democratic, militant, and social unionism, and true internationalism between workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The North American Solidarity Project is inviting union members, activists and allies to attend an online exchange called COVID-19 to climate, workers respond to crisis.

The online exchange will take place on Thursday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Zoom. Advance registration is required.

The panel will aim to define crisis as experienced by working people today. The panel will seek to envision what labour climate action looks like now and for future generations.
Register here

World Water Day

Dear members,

Every March 22 Unifor enthusiastically participates in the United Nations’ World Water Day. In recent years, we have joined the nationwide mobilization to fight for safe drinking water in Indigenous communities.

March 2021 marks an important milestone in our campaign. It was this month that the Trudeau government set as its self-imposed deadline for resolving undrinkable water in Indigenous communities.

Despite this explicit election promise, 57 Indigenous communities remain under a water boil advisory.

This upcoming World Water Day, please join other Unifor member in the U.N. campaign to “Value Water”.

  1. Participate in Unifor’s webinar on World Water Day (Register here)
  2. Add this Facebook frame to your profile photo.
  3. Share this graphic in your social media networks.
  4. Write Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and demand he fulfil his election promise to Indigenous communities.

Thank you for taking action and please share this email with your friends and family.

In solidarity

Jerry Dias
National President



Turtle Island Series: UN World Water Day

Dear members,

United Nations World Water Day falls on March 22 every year. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the people around the globe living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

Unifor is proud to host a webinar about the state of safe water in Indigenous communities across the county. Join this powerful discussion hosted by Gina Smoke, Unifor Indigenous Liaison with Pam Palmater, Mi’kmaq lawyer, Ryerson Professor and activist.

Learn about actions that Unifor members can take to push the federal government to live up to its Treaty obligations and ensure that all Indigenous communities have clean, safe water.

March 22, 2021 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EST

This workshop will be hosted online through Cisco WebEx. Participants will be emailed information on how to join. You must RSVP online.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President


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March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21st – marred in history when police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.

Unifor recognizes we must not repeat history and it has been very evident this year, we must be a part of the change needed to redefine public safety and divest from institutions that perpetuate racism and are still taking the lives of Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

This year, Unifor’s message is “Together for Racial Justice.” We understand that we must use our collective power to make change. It is about engaging the communities, trade unions, employers, workplaces and organizations to work together for meaningful lasting change.

#Together4RacialJustice aims to make real meaningful change in cultures that exist in workplaces and a society that devalue any person solely based on the colour of their skin. We often hear the word tolerance. Tolerance has absolutely nothing to do with racial justice, but everything to do with one’s attitude. It is not making the real changes need to end racism, more like ignoring the real issues and claiming to be not racist vs acting in a way that is anti-racist. It is vital that trade unions do not ignore the place in history we are in.

As the Covid-19 virus began to spread in early 2020, a parallel pandemic was unleashed – of hatred, violence and fear against Black, Indigenous and people of colour. Those who identify or were perceived to identify as Chinese were targeted by hate and wrongly blamed for the pandemic. Stark inequities, rooted in racism, quickly became clear. Black, Indigenous and people of colour and women are significantly at higher risk of infection and death.

Unifor is proud to join other unions across North America in a cross-border, multilingual webinar on the fight for racial justice as we near the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

On March 20, activists will come together to redefine public safety, to advance the interest of Black, Indigenous and people of colour in our society, workplaces and union. We will continue to work together to eliminate racism.

Unifor is encouraging members and activists to register and participate in the Together for Racial Justice Webinar on Zoom at 3 p.m. eastern time on March 20, 2021. This will allow us to have moments of reflection and recommit to being Anti-racist using Unifor’s six steps to support racial justice.

Unifor will continue in our quest for equity, equality and anti-discrimination and we call on each and every one of us to stand up against all forms of racism. On social media we will show our recommitment to ending all forms of racial discrimination by using the Unifor frame “Together for Racial Justice.”

Download the shareables

View the statement on our website here.



Invitation to “Together for Racial Justice” Webinar – March 20, 2021

To Unifor Locals,
We recognize that everyone has a role to play to eliminate racial discrimination from our workplaces, our communities, and from our world. As a union, we have been working hard to bring about systemic changes that advance the interest of Black, Indigenous and workers of colour represented by Unifor.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we, as part of the North American Solidarity Project, invite you to participate in an upcoming anti-racism round table event…/event/together-racial-justice on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST. This session will have the participation of the Union leadership and some key employers doing some progressive work around racial justice. We have also confirmed that Dr. Linda Rae Murray, a respected, tireless activist and advocate, who has been a voice for social justice, anti-racism and health for more than 40 years, will be moderating this event.
Together, with Dr. Murray’s guidance, we will be answering important questions, such as “what are we doing for racial justice?” and “what can we be doing better for racial justice?” The comments from this session will help to build a series of toolkits.
The intention is to come together again in 2022 to evaluate our progress. This round-table will take place in the context of a special federal fund from Heritage Canada to help organizations build an Anti-Racism Action Program, which Unifor has recently secured. These funds will be used over the next 15 months to support a series of activities and initiatives that we have developed to support racial justice across the Union, in our regions, in our local unions, and in a number of communities.
We request that you confirm your participation by filling out the registration form here:…/regi…/WN_y72ZJ9n8SgqzbCyIUIbQ5Q.
We look forward to having you at the table and to having collaborative, productive discussions with you in the near future. This is just the start of the work ahead.
In solidarity,
Christine Maclin
Director, Human Rights Department


Pandemic may set women back, but the struggle moves forward

This column originally appeared in the Globe and Mail

The pandemic has demolished many conventional wisdoms when it comes to our economy, equality and work – especially essential work, so much of which is done by women.

Where would we be without the labour of women this past year? And yet as critical as that labour has been to the well-being of the country, we are still fighting for respect and fair pay.

Paid sick days have become the tip of the iceberg for much broader calls to improve employment standards and labour rights across the country. The base of the iceberg is the fight for fair wages and decent work for all. It’s why union women struggle to raise the minimum wage, campaign for the universal right to unionize and demand the right to identify and refuse unsafe work. In Canada, a handful of CEOs declare record profits year after year while the floor for minimum workplace standards is vanishing beneath our feet.

Just as we have seen throughout history, the current crisis weighs heavily on women, as well as non-binary and gender diverse people. Even more so on racialized women. Our workplaces are battlegrounds because bosses take more and more money for themselves while women have to fight for fair wages and access to adequate personal protective equipment. After decades of advocacy, we still do not have a meaningful and accessible system of childcare in this country and the gender pay gap continues to undermine women’s experience of work. All of this has been made far worse through this pandemic.

So when Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario, appears to be at his wit’s end because people keep asking about paid sick days, let me share an ounce of truth: we’re not about to stop demanding or organizing.

Frankly, too many politicians have let ideology get in the way of a proper pandemic response. – one that puts people and workers first.

They have allowed the entire weight of a pandemic to fall onto the shoulders of women. Women are working harder than ever on the front line, and yet more than 20% of women are underemployed, evidence of the systemic barriers in our job market. More women than men have lost their jobs amid the crisis, dropping our labour market participation by a full percentage point.

We’re going backwards.

Union women have been fighting for workplace justice for decades. The very roots of International Women’s Day we celebrate on March 8 stem from the fight for fair pay, safe work and the right to a union for all.

More than 100 years after the first celebration of women’s achievements and potential, workplace struggles are just as important. Any personal support worker knows just how tragic and challenging this past year has been.

So while certain politicians will be remembered for having stood in the way of workers, women and everyone who hold up our communities in good and bad times, there are still a few things they don’t know.

One day we will have mandatory paid sick days in every province in Canada and employers will pay for them.

One day, employers will no longer be able to outsource their responsibilities to temporary agencies, scraping every dollar of profit they can from working class communities, leaving workers vulnerable to weakened workplace rights and permanently low wages.

One day in this country, we will usher in a universal pharmacare program that will drastically lower drug costs for average Canadians and secure the next building block of Canada’s public health care system.

Women, women’s democratic movements and workers’ organizations see the connections between decent work, affordable housing, racial justice, access to education, public health care and childcare, and the all-important safety net that lifts everyone up.

Women have been fighting for these things for a long time and we are not about to give up now.

While politicians come and go, the sisterhood continues uninterrupted – and so do our demands for gender justice.

And in these times of crisis, politicians can listen and act – or they can step aside.

Lana Payne is Unifor’s National Secretary-Treasurer.

View this column on our website here.


International Women’s Day- Unifor Statement

March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate women and women’s achievements and to continue the push for gender justice.  It was started by working women to call attention to poor pay and working conditions. It grew to include a call for women’s rightful place in leadership and safety from violence. Today, it is a day to celebrate equality gains and recommit to action and persistence towards full equality for all equity-seeking groups.

When we work collectively, across our diversities, we are a force that makes change.

This year marks nearly one full year under the pandemic. This crisis has shone a light on pre-existing inequality and, in many cases, has widened it: racism, gender-based violence, unpaid care work, inadequate elder support and more. We need to address these inequalities and come out from the pandemic with a new society.

We did not let the pandemic stop us from organizing for a better world, getting elected to bargaining committees and local executives. We continue to fight for racial justice advocates, paid sick daysfair pay, pharmacare, better long term care and child care, against gender-based violence and much more.

This year we will celebrate the women of our union and the work they do every day to push back and make a difference.

View statement on our website here.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias                                   Lana Payne
National President                 National Secretary-Treasurer



International Women’s Day
March 8, 2021 – 7:00 PM
Unifor women will come together on International Women’s Day to recognize a difficult year, celebrate our persistence and the incredible activism that has continued. We didn’t let the pandemic stop us. Despite everything, the women of Unifor still organized for a better world.
All Unifor women are invited to this event.
Participants must register through Zoom:…/tJwrce6qpj8uE92vvAokZDxkkhQTJm…
If you have any questions please email
If you would like to use a virtual background you can download Unifor IWD 2021 background here:…/iwd-2021-zoom-backdrop2.png.
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Help us win PAID SICK DAYS for all in Ontario! 

Help us win PAID SICK DAYS for all in Ontario! 

Ontarians need paid sick days now, and with your help we can win.

Unifor has been calling for paid sick days since the start of the pandemic last March. We are actively advocating public Boards of Health and City Councils across the province and adding our political voice to this momentum.

It’s time to pass MPP Peggy Sattler’s Bill 239, the Stay Home If You Are Sick Act. This NDP Bill ensures that no one has to choose between putting food on the table and going to work sick: with seven (7) permanent paid sick days plus fourteen (14) additional days during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s time to legislate paid sick days NOW.

In this phone zap, we will be calling the offices of PC MPP’s and encouraging them to support Bill 239 so workers don’t have to go to work when they are sick. We will then take a few minutes to phone our elected PC MPP representatives and demand that they legislate Paid Sick Days for all workers!

Bill 239’s next big test is on March 1.  It is important we let PC MPPs know before this date that Ontarians want and need this to pass.

This meeting will take place on zoom. We recommend that you connect to the meeting via a tablet or computer in order to leave your phone available to make phone calls. You must register in advance to get the meeting link.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on February 25.


Thursday, February 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. ET

Click here to RSVP

I hope you to see on Thursday.

In solidarity,

Naureen Rizvi

Ontario Regional Director

Act Now for Pharmacare

Jagmeet Singh’s NDP has tabled Private Member’s Bill C-213, An
Act to Enact the Canada Pharmacare Act.
Bill C-213 is ground-breaking new federal legislation, modelled off the Canada Health Act, to establish a universal, single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan that will deliver better healthcare and improve the health and lives of millions of Canadians.
We are reaching a crucial period for Bill C-213.
The second hour of debate and first parliamentary vote will take place February 24.
Bill C-213 could be the law of the land, but not enough MPs support the legislation yet. That’s where you come in.
Will you act now for pharmacare, and sign NDP MP Peter Julian’s petition to support Bill C-213?:
This legislation will not move forward unless 170 MPs vote in favour next week. We need your help to push it over to the top.
Unifor has long supported universal prescription drug coverage.
Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, all countries are responding to what will surely be remembered as the biggest health, social and economic crisis of our time.
Still, Canada stands alone as the only developed country with a universal health care system that has no universal prescription drug coverage.
Please join me in signing this petition today:…/campaigns/universal-pharmacare…
In solidarity and thanks,
Jerry Dias
Unifor National President

Unifor calls on federal government to support De Havilland workers

February 18, 2021

TORONTO—Unifor urges immediate action from the federal government to protect jobs in Canada’s aerospace industry as De Havilland Canada announces it will leave the current Downsview production facility and suspend production of the Dash 8.

“Canada’s aerospace workers deserve better. We need the strongest possible government plan to support these economically vital jobs and protect our highly skilled aircraft manufacturing workers immediately,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Each day that passes without a comprehensive plan including significant government financial supports for Canada’s airlines and aerospace sectors means more unnecessary job losses, risks prolonging an economic recovery, and may do irreversible damage to our industrial capacity.”

The suspension of the Dash 8 program and facility exit will affect more than 700 members of Unifor Locals 112 and 673. The union remains deeply concerned with the company’s announcement that it will exit the facility without a firm relocation plan or a timeline to resume production.

Unifor released a comprehensive aerospace report last month detailing the union’s recovery plan for the industry in response to COVID-19. The report recommends the federal government immediately implement measures to support domestic aerospace manufacturing, including direct financial support that protects aerospace jobs and strengthens procurement policies using a “Buy Canadian” approach. Following the release of the report, the union engaged in its single largest lobbying effort to date, meeting with more than 100 Members of Parliament, Ministers and government staff to discuss the union’s recommendations and alert officials of looming production problems, including the Dash 8 production suspension.

Unifor continues to urge the federal government to support workers at the Downsview site by implementing Unifor’s economic recovery plan for Canada’s aerospace sector.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

To arrange interviews via Zoom, Skype or Facetime please contact Unifor Communications Representative David Molenhuis at or 416-575-7453 (cell).

Act now to support Canada’s Aerospace Workers

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
Last week Unifor Aerospace Council and Leadership representatives from across Canada came together launching the largest Unifor Lobby ever.
We have made a lot of progress so far, we need you, your family and friends to help on a follow up message to your MP and/or Ministers.
The plan outlines Aerospace workers’ urgent needs today, including immediate financial support, as well as the Industry’s viability in the long term with a comprehensive buy-Canadian Strategy. The link to your MP or Minister is located below and also below is Jerry’s message.
In Solidarity,
Scott McILmoyle
Unifor Local 112



Black History Month 2021- The History of Our Breath

Black History Month 2021
The History of Our Breath
During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.
This Black History Month we want to speak to the importance of our breath.
Breathing is an exchange of the experience, knowledge and contributions of Black people. At the 2017 Ontario Regional Council, Bermuda Public Service Union Vice President Linda Bogle Mienzer delivered a powerful speech about allowing people to breathe in their full identity in order to live. We see globally that is contested for Black people. The epidemic of extreme police violence, most recently epitomized by George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, proves that “I can’t breathe” is still an urgent rallying call for systemic change. Breath is vital and it is essential for life.
Black History Month should not only be about struggle, is about the resilience of people, but it is also about the determination, the success and accomplishments of Black people.
Just like the millions of people who marched, declaring boldly, that Black Lives Matter, our goal is for Black members to feel comfortable in their diverse identities to breathe in all of our spaces, including at their workplaces, union events and activities.
We will celebrate Black history, Black present and Black future, not only during the month of February, but every day.
This year, Unifor reaffirms our commitment to listen, acknowledge, support, and make space for Black people in our locals, workplaces, communities. We have many Black leaders in our union and we are committed to supporting their success.
Unifor will be featuring Black Unifor members from across the country in short videos speaking to their “History of their breath” on our social media channels.
Please share those and this powerful message, the attached shareable and please support virtual Black history events and organizations in your community.
Happy Black History Month.

Regional Racial Justice Liaison

***REMINDER***The deadline for applications is February 15. Applications can be sent to

Unifor is pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing federal project funding from Heritage Canada through their Anti-Racism Action Program. These funds will be used over the next 15-months to support a series of activities and initiatives that we have developed to support racial justice across the Union – within our regions, Locals and communities.

Unifor is currently seeking five Racial Justice Liaisons, one per region (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies/Territories, British Columbia) to provide project support and coordination and help our regional and national teams in implementing our anti-racism action plan.

This is a great chance for Unifor members to work closely with Boards, Regional Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committees, Regional Equity Committees and the National Human Rights Department. Regional Racial Justice Liaisons will be working directly to support the development of an anti-racism program that will drive organizational change and make lasting impacts for Black, Indigenous and people of colour within both the union and our communities.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Black, Indigenous or Worker of Colour who is looking to learn new skills, increase their involvement and engagement within the Union and Locals, develop their leadership capacity, network and contribute to positive social change and racial justice.

Position Requirements

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, Aboriginal or a Worker of Colour;
  • Available for 6-month contract;
  • Interested in working on a national team to develop anti-racism policies, practices, education and training and foster local community partnerships;
  • Work closely with Unifor Regional Executive Boards, Human Rights Department and Regional Equity Committees;
  • Participate in online forums with Unifor members, leaders and community partners;
  • Identify and bring forward policy recommendations and program initiatives to our anti-racism working group.

Unifor wants to ensure that we provide an equal opportunity for all applicants.  Please feel free to make any accommodation requests if needed throughout this process.  Please send your application to by 4:00pm, Monday, February 15th, 2021 and indicate the job title and the Region you are applying to in the subject line.

Please feel free to apply directly to your regional council. For more information, please contact Christine Maclin, Unifor Human Rights Director at

In solidarity,
Jerry Dias
National President


Unifor echoes the call for positive mental health with a reminder: mental health care is health care

Unifor supports the rights of all people to access public mental health care free from barriers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed workers’ lives, from added stress to isolation, grief, and for many, the loss of workplace drug plan coverage.

To mark Bell Let’s Talk Day, Unifor encourages all people in Canada to not only reach out and build connections, but to demand strengthened access to mental health services and prescription drug coverage through our public health care systems.

Those services must be freely accessible for people to get support, free from discrimination, when facing mental illness or crisis.

One out of every five Canadians will experience mental illness in normal times. It is okay to feel out of sorts because of the global COVID-19 crisis. During the pandemic, we must normalize, listen to, and empathize with those experiencing distress. Additionally, we remind those experiencing mental illness to find supports, as limited as they may be, that work for them in order to navigate through this crisis. Now more than ever, we must find community and support one another.

Members can access COVID-19 Mental Health resources online. These resources include four pillars:

  • Mental health and wellness
  • Quarantine and isolation
  • Challenging stigma, prejudice and racism, and
  • Taking action.

The job of promoting mental wellness is up to every single one of us. Through their union workers can support one another as peers, but for sustained medical care we all rely on the same public health care systems.

View statement on our website here.



Join Jerry Dias to demand action on long-term care


The ongoing crisis in Ontario long-term care has led to horrific conditions and the tragic deaths of more than 3,400 residents and at least 11 frontline long-term care workers from COVID-19.

As the cases continue to mount, Ontario Unifor members must raise our collective voices to push the provincial government to act.

Workers from all sectors are asked to support the thousands of Unifor frontline long-term care members and the vulnerable LTC residents that they care for.

You can make a difference this Friday by joining the online protest at 10 a.m., hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition.   

LTC residents account for nearly two-thirds of the province’s total COVID deaths and preventable loss of life is rapidly increasing. In recent days, the death toll has amounted to more than one resident every hour of every day.

Here’s how to join the action on Friday morning. Go to to watch and participate in online actions throughout the protest to help Save Our Seniors.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias will call for immediate government action during his live online address, scheduled for 10:09 a.m.

What:                Ontario Health Coalition Save Our Seniors Protest

When:               Friday, January 29, 2021 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Share the message online using #carenotprofits and #SaveOurSeniors hashtags.

In solidarity,

Naureen Rizvi
Ontario Regional Director