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  • GM Oshawa workers manufacturing 10 million masks for front line health care workers June 3, 2020
    Unifor members at the General Motors facility in Oshawa have begun manufacturing 10 million face masks after securing a contract with the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on May 26. “Workers in Oshawa know better than most how important manufacturing jobs are to building safe and healthy communities,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. […]
  • Unifor Local 1999 members ratify contract with Mr. Furnace May 14, 2020
    After a seven-day lockout that began May 4, 2020, Unifor members at St. Catharines-area HVAC provider Mr. Furnace have ratified a new collective agreement. “Our members faced down an employer that was making questionable labour relations moves during a pandemic,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Local 1999 deserves credit for showing resolve despite these […]
  • Unifor members to produce masks at GM Oshawa for Health Canada April 28, 2020
    Unifor members at General Motors in Oshawa are proud to be recalled from layoff to begin manufacturing urgently needed masks for health care professionals and for Canadians. On Friday April 24, 2020, Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that General Motors had signed a letter of intent to retool part […]
  • Unifor auto parts workers step up to make medical gowns in Tilbury April 17, 2020
    Unifor Local 1941 members who usually make side air curtain airbags for the Detroit three automakers are now instead manufacturing fabric for urgently needed medical gowns. “These highly skilled members have the capacity and are more than willing to provide the protective medical equipment Canada needs to battle COVID-19,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. […]
  • Woodbridge Foam members make surgical-grade masks to combat COVID-19 April 15, 2020
    The race to produce vital medical supplies to combat COVID-19 has brought together workers across Canada in unprecedented ways. With a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) around the globe and a lack of Canadian manufacturing capacity to make up the difference, Ontario’s health care workers and first responders found unlikely allies in the auto […]
  • Ford workers in Windsor make face shields to fight COVID-19 April 9, 2020
    Workers at Ford Canada in Windsor are making a difference in the fight to flatten the COVID-19 curve by manufacturing face shields for health care workers and first responders. More than a dozen workers are part of the effort and can produce up to 200 face shields per day. All workers are manufacturing the shields […]
  • Casino employers cannot gamble on workers’ well-being during pandemic April 9, 2020
    Unifor members at Casino Rama in Ontario will receive an additional two months of benefits, during province-wide casino closures, thanks to constructive dialogue with Gateway Casinos. “Workers made it abundantly clear that they need their hard-earned benefits to weather this pandemic,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “No worker should ever have to face this […]
  • Unifor members step up to provide medical protective gear April 2, 2020
    Unifor film and television members at NABET 700-M are stepping up to help provide medical protective gear for frontline medical workers, patients and the community. The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in shortages of key Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including surgical caps, masks and protective face shields.   “Our film and television members possess a […]
  • Unifor members at Windsor distillery produce hand-sanitizer to combat spread of COVID-19 March 31, 2020
    WINDSOR—Approximately 160 Unifor members working at Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery in Windsor have switched from producing alcohol to producing hand sanitizer as part of broadening efforts across the country to meet growing demand for supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am incredibly proud of our members at the Windsor distillery. This kind of […]
  • Women’s shelter staff join Unifor March 30, 2020
    Nine staff members at a women’s shelter in Northwestern Ontario have voted to join Unifor. “I am so proud to welcome these workers to Unifor. They do such important work,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. Workers at the Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope in Atikokan voted to join Unifor in an online […]