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  • Workers at Port Arthur Health Centre vote to strike if necessary
    Members of Unifor Local 229 have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, in a vote on January 10.  The union represents approximately 65 members who are employees of the Port Arthur Health Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario who work as medical aides, appointment secretaries and in medical records.  “The main issues in this dispute are related […]
  • Unifor stands with Tim Hortons workers
    Unifor members are participating in rallies right across Ontario in support of Tim Hortons workers who are seeing their benefits clawed back, days after the new $14 minimum wage came into effect. These workers do not belong to a union. More than 15 rallies have been planned across the province outside local Tim Hortons franchises […]
  • Paramedics rally for a fair contract
    Paramedics and supporters in Sault Ste. Marie demonstrated in front of City Hall on January 8, calling for a new collective agreement for EMS workers represented by Local 1359.  The demonstration was organized to remind city councillors that paramedics need a fair deal, which takes into account issues such as: lunch breaks, major gaps in […]
  • Unifor helps Alliston toy and food drive
    Baby toys, building blocks, sleds and even a drone were among the toys donated the annual Paramedic toy and food drive in Alliston – all collected from workers at the local Honda plant and its supplier facilities. “At this time of year, it is important to give back to the community and show that we […]
  • Retail workers protest new holiday shopping bylaw in York Region
    Local members working in the retail sector demonstrated outside the York Regional Council meeting on December 14, protesting the November council vote to allow area grocery stores to open on statutory holidays.  Approximately 60 retail workers and supporters then gathered inside the regional council gallery to witness deputations on the issue and urge councillors to […]
  • Unifor pushes for four hours of direct care in Queen’s Park lobby
    More than 50 long term care workers and Unifor leaders took part in an Ontario lobby day urging immediate improvements to the long term care sector. Members participated in an afternoon training session the day before and set off on December 4 to lobby Members of Provincial Parliament of all political parties about the need […]
  • Scott McIlmoyle elected Ontario Regional Council chairperson
    Delegates from across Ontario elected activists to fill leadership positions at the Ontario Regional Council on December 2, 2017. The position of Chairperson was vacated earlier this year when Dino Chiodo was appointed as a staff representative to Unifor. Candace Laveley who was elected as vice - chair was acting the interim chair until the […]
  • Ontario Regional Council poises Unifor for the future
    The final day of Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council began with Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff issuing a call for delegates to campaign to support a national pharmacare plan. “Everyone in this audience knows someone who isn’t able to afford their medication as prescribed,” said Yussuff. “We need a national, publicly-administered universal prescription drug plan […]
  • Power of Activism at Ontario Regional Council
    The power of activism was a recurring theme on the first day of the Ontario Regional Council. Nearly 800 delegates from across the province gathered in Toronto to celebrate the union’s victories, examine challenges faced by members, and build a plan of action for Ontario for the coming year. Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi credited […]
  • School bus drivers reach first contract
    Local 4268 has reached a tentative first collective agreement with First Student Canada for drivers east of Toronto after a marathon round of bargaining, grappling with the issue of unpaid work. “We have reached a deal that addresses our key concerns, and better reflects the hours drivers actually work,” said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. […]