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Unifor activists shut down D-J Composites

September 26, 2018

GANDER – Hundreds of union activists and supporters have turned the tables on the managers and scabs at a Gander Aerospace facility where 30 Unifor members have been on a picket line for 646 days, effectively locking them out.

“We have had enough of D-J Composites breaking labour laws and treating our members with contempt,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s National President. “It is time to take a stand for not only our members but for all workers across Canada.”

D-J Engineering, based in Kansas State owns D-J Composites. The company has been found guilty of bad faith bargaining twice.

“We are so happy to see the support shown by union members across the country who have come to Gander to stand with us,” said Ignatius Oram, Unifor Local 597 Unit Chair. “This American employer thinks they can bust the union, but we won’t ever quit.”

The employer has been using scabs to prolong the dispute while 30 Newfoundland workers face a third Christmas on a picket line in the snow.

“Today is a wake-up call, D-J’s illegal bargaining tactics have one goal. To not reach an agreement and hope we go away,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “D-J Composite you are not in Kansas anymore.”

This is the longest lockout on the province’s history and the Premier and his cabinet continue to ignore the fact that a U.S. company is trampling on the rights of workers in Gander.

“We have all come here stand with these workers because when one of us is attacked we are all under attack,” said Renaud Gagne, Quebec Director who reminded supporters that Unifor’s 315 thousand members are standing in solidarity with locked out workers at Local 597.

For weeks Unifor has been running a social media campaign and newspaper ads, asking the public to write and call the Premier and the CEO of D-J Composites to demand a fair deal.

“Today they have no choice but to listen,” said Dias.

Photos are available for publication at this link.

For more information or to arrange interviews in on-site or by phone, FaceTime, or Skype, in English or French, please contact Unifor Director of Communications Natalie Clancy at Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or 416-707-5794 (cell).

NAFTA Social Media Support

Sisters and Brothers,

As NAFTA negotiations come down to the wire Andrew Scheer and the federal Conservatives are increasing the call for an immediate deal – no matter the cost.

Today in Washington, National President Jerry Dias recorded a video message asking Scheer what he is prepared to sacrifice in order to appease the U.S. as he called for political unity on the trade front.

Please help to get this important message out by sharing and liking this video on social media.

https://t.co/fzxhORZ57W

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=322276878546448&id=278053089043549

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2018 MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC-REGISTRATION FORM

Brink’s Canada Ltd. workers in Ontario ratify contract

October 29, 2017

Toronto – Brink’s Canada Ltd. workers in two Unifor bargaining groups, one in Ottawa region and the other covering the remainder of Ontario, have ratified new four-year contracts.

“These were very difficult negotiations,” said Unifor Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer Jenny Ahn. “In the end we were able to ratify new collective agreements in the face of a rapidly changing industry.”

The two bargaining groups voted in favour of new contracts that include improved benefits, the elimination of forced overtime, and significant wage increases, particularly in female dominated divisions. The new contracts share a common expiry date of August 26, 2021.

“Ultimately I don’t think either side left the table completely happy but I believe we achieved a fair deal that sets a common standard across the regions,” said Unifor Representative Mike Armstrong.

Approximately 1,000 armoured car drivers and messengers, members at Unifor Local’s 27, 103, 112, 195, 229, 504, 598, 599, 1359, 1106 and 4266, are covered under the new collective agreements in Ontario.

Members at Unifor Local 114 in British Columbia are still conducting scheduled votes on a tentative agreement with Brink’s Canada Ltd.

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.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Brink’s Canada Ltd.

October 19, 2017

Toronto – A tentative agreement has been reached between Brink’s Canada Ltd. and Unifor, representing over 1,000 workers in British Columbia and Ontario.

“Bargaining teams representing British Columbia, the Ottawa region, and the remainder of Ontario worked very hard together,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “I congratulate them on obtaining a fair deal that includes a break-through in reaching a common expiry date in three bargaining regions for the first time.”

The new tentative agreements cover approximately 260 members at Unifor Local 114 in British Columbia and 800 members at Unifor Local’s 27, 103, 112, 195, 229, 504, 598, 599, 1359, 1106 and 4266 in Ontario.

The armoured car drivers and messengers deliver services to thousands of financial institutions, ATM’s and retail outlets across the two provinces.

“Negotiations were tough but I’m pleased that the union was able to reach a tentative contract that prioritized the needs of workers,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor BC Area Director.

The master bargaining committee is recommending the deal to the membership. Details of the collective agreement will be released upon ratification, which will take place in the coming days.

“Unifor has negotiated a deal that positions our members well for the future,” said Unifor Representative Mike Armstrong. ”The union will continue to fight to improve standards in a rapidly changing industry.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 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.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Bombardier workers stand up for their industry

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

Today members of Unifor Locals 112 and 673 walked out of their Bombardier aerospace plant in Downsview to call on Boeing to drop its trade complaint against the company. As past President of Local 112, I was proud to join the 1,500 workers at the rally to protect Canadian jobs and Canadian innovation.

Today’s action follows last week’s meeting with Boeing officials in Washington D.C. where I encouraged the company to drop allegations that Bombardier sold the C-Series plane at an artificially low price due to support from the Canadian and Quebec governments. There is still time for Boeing to withdraw its baseless complaint and seek a fair resolution with Bombardier before the ruling, which is expected next week.

Prior to today’s rally I spoke to BNN about the Boeing situation and the inherent flaws in Canada’s trade agreements. You can watch the interview here.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President
UNIFOR

2017 Canadian Council- UPDATE

Dear members,

I’m writing with a link to the video that summarizes the proceedings of our 2017 Canadian Council: https://youtu.be/Go3fiHNtyIA

If you were a delegate, thank you for your contributions to another engaging and meaningful Council.

If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. Delegates made important contributions to the resolutions that will move our union forward, and our speakers inspired us to work even harder to achieve our goal of a better world.

Convention documents are available at unifor.org/canadiancouncil.

To find out how you can get more involved be sure to visit the Unifor website, subscribe to the member newsletter at unifor.org/subscribe or visit our Facebook page.

On behalf of the National Executive Board,

 

Robert J. Orr

National Secretary-Treasurer
Unifor

 

UPDATE: Milton Northstar Aerospace plant

August 12, 2017

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

A cease and desist order has ended Occupy Northstar. At this time no further action is scheduled.  Thank you to all who stood the line in solidarity for the past three days.  Through our efforts we were able to bring this issue to the forefront and generate an important public discussion on pensions.  Unifor will continue the fight for fair pensions for our Local 112 members and for all workers.  Please stay tuned for further details.

In Solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President
Unifor