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  • Picket highlights need for first contract for youth workers
    Members of Unifor Local 333 working at Kennedy Youth Services organized an information picket on November 14 to highlight their struggles to reach a fair first collective agreement and increase pressure on their employer. Prior to bargaining the employer  repeatedly refused to follow the Employment Standards Act around overtime, meal breaks, statutory holidays and vacation […]
  • New members at Canada Cartage make gains in first agreement
    Canada Cartage workers in Oshawa have ratified a first collective agreement by 91 per cent, after joining the union in March.  The new contract, governing the workplace for 98 members, was a major victory after the workers had faced major challenges in unionizing since the campaign began in November 2015. During the unionization process, workers […]
  • Minimum daily care in long term care bill passes second reading in Ontario
    The Time to Care Act has reached an important milestone, passing second reading on November 2, receiving all-party support in the legislature. The private members’ bill, introduced by the NDP, would require a minimum standard of daily care of four hours in long term care homes.  “Today in long term care homes, seniors care needs […]
  • Members mobilize in Bell clerical bargaining
    Bell clerical workers have helped to build the country’s largest telecommunications company, and behind the scenes, keep Bell customers connected. However, over the last two decades clerical workers have experienced a concerted strategy by Bell to cut the workforce and eliminate unionized jobs in the process. Enough is enough. Members across Ontario and Quebec are […]
  • Sault Ste. Marie paramedics vote to strike
    Paramedics in Sault Ste. Marie have voted in favour of a strike by 93 per cent. Local 1359, representing 54 paramedics that work in the EMS division of the fire services, began negotiations with the city in early spring. The contract expired in March of 2017. Local 1359 President Laurie Lessard-Brown said that the two […]
  • Ford security workers win new full-time jobs
    Ford Plant Protection Officers in Windsor and Oakville have ratified a new deal by 75 and 82 per cent respectively. The new contract follows the pattern established with Ford last year during negotiations with the Detroit Three, and includes two wage increases of two per cent over four-years. It also includes stronger local language and […]
  • Unifor meets with federal minister responsible for persons with disabilities
    Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi and Local 6004 President and national Workers with disAbilities Chair Derek MacLeod met with the Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities Kent Hehr on October 19, the first time since he took over the portfolio in August.  “We discussed our alignment with the goals of the Canadians with Disabilities […]
  • Agents of change for workers’ compensation
    Ontario workers’ compensation advocates met for a weekend conference from October 20-22, where they learned how to build stronger cases for members who are injured or become ill as a result of workplace exposures. The conference took place at the union’s Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. The conference kicked off with a timely panel […]
  • Collective agreements ratified with MDA
    Unifor locals 112 and 673 have ratified new collective agreements with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. after pushing back against employer demands for concessions. The new collective agreements include improved vacation eligibility, an increase in dental, wage increases each year of the agreement, cost of living retained and progressive retirement language. As well, a Women’s […]
  • Aerospace locals reach tentative agreements
    Unifor local 112 and 673 have negotiated tentative agreements with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. after a month of bargaining. The previous collective agreements with MDA expired August 4, 2017 but were extended while a new contract was negotiated.  Negotiations between the Union and the employer began September 11, with a tentative agreement being reached […]