Human Rights

International Day Against Transphobia, Homophobia, & Biphobia

  From National: On May 17, 2019, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), Unifor encourages members to build community with queer and trans members, and to support Pride activism globally. At home and around the world, members of the LGBTQ community are increasingly scapegoated and targeted by oppressive and corrupt governments and political candidates. While the arc of history continues to advance sexual orientation and gender diversity rights, the work is far from done. As of March 2019, 70 UN member states, or 35 per cent of all members still have laws that criminalize consensual lesbian, gay, or bisexual relationships. Members of the queer and trans community around the globe face state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia. Where state sponsored h...

Day Of Mourning Ceremony

  We will be holding a Day of Mourning ceremony at our GMM today at 10:30am. Also in Ingersoll at 1pm in Dewan Park Oxford Regional Labour Council Will be holding a ceremony.

Oxford Pride Events

  Unifor Local 88 is a sponsor of Oxford Pride and they have asked us to share their upcoming events 😊

London Pride Float Build

  Anyone interested in helping the Local build this years float for the London Pride parade please see the notice below.

Crime Stoppers Information Night (Topic: Human Trafficking)

  “Crime Stoppers of Oxford Inc. in collaboration with community partners, will be hosting an informational evening about Human Trafficking on Tuesday May 28th, 2019. The event will take place at the Unifor Hall, 126 Beale St. Woodstock, Ontario. Doors open at 6pm with presentations beginning at 6:30pm until 9pm. There will also be information tables set up with community partners available to answer questions.”  

IWD collection raises $2,908

From our Human Rights Rep, Alexandra McCoy: I would like to thank everyone who participated/helped/donated on International Women’s Day. We raised $2,908 for two very worthy and incredible organizations in our community. Every dollar of these funds will go directly to helping women and their children. Thank you again to our members for their overwhelming generosity. Former Local 88 President Cathy Austin sits on the board of directors for Women’s Employment Resource Centre and she said, “I am not surprised at all by the generosity of this Local, as I have seen it time and time again. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all”. Well done team!

Are You Interested In Helping Create The Float For The London Pride Parade This Year?

Are you interested in helping create the float for the London Pride parade this year? Local 302 is looking for volunteers. Greetings, We would like to get moving on the planning of our London and Area 2019 Pride Parade. As most of you know this year is the 25th Anniversary so we want to continue our practice of a kickass Unifor float. Our first meeting will be held on Monday March 5th @ 6:00pm Local 302, 125 Elm Street London, ON. Please come with some ideas and suggestion so that we can determine our theme that night. We will do a schedule of planning meetings that night for the next several months. Pizza and soft drinks will be available.

Trans Day of Remembrance November 20

  Statement from Unifor National. On November 20, workplaces and communities across Canada and around the world will take the time to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and commemorate those individuals who have lost their lives or faced violence and discrimination due to transphobia. This serves as a time for our union to recommit to the work required to eliminate and reduce transphobia while building more respectful communities in which we live. Unifor’s National President Jerry Dias reaffirmed this commitment when one of his first official acts was to write a letter to Russian President Putin urging him to repeal recent laws and policies that severely infringe upon the individual and collective rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans citizens. Dias announced his intention to...


  Shine the light Purple shirts are now IN. T Text Alex Fitzgerald to grab one! T-shirts are 20 for short sleeve. 25 for long T shirt. Alex Fitzgerald 228-878-5724  

Persons Day October 18th

Statement from Unifor National on Persons Day. October 18, 2018 On October 18, Unifor members join Canadians in celebrating Persons Day. On this day in 1929, women won the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, finally being considered “persons” under the law. Since that time women have continued to work tirelessly to break down barriers to women’s full participation in public and political life. Using the lens of intersectionality, we can see that barriers can be compounded for women of colour, indigenous women, immigrant women, trans women and women with disabilities. Persons Day is a reminder that equality cannot be reached simply through persistence. There must be a legal and systemic framework that supports gender equity – programs and policies such as universal child ca...

Anti-bullying T-shirts Are Here

Anti-bullying T-shirts have finally arrived and we will start distributing this week in the plant. We will also have the pre-ordered shirts available tomorrow, at the labour day picnic, for pick up. Just look for the Human Rights/AWOC ring toss. You will be contacted by Phil Vandermolen, Aaron Chabwa or Alexandra Fitzgerald to arrange delivery and payment for your order. If you have any questions please contact Phil at 519-504-0506 prefer text. Just a reminder shirts are $20.