Union in Politics

People’s trade town hall – Hamilton

This is a community town hall to discuss an issue that impacts all of us – trade. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation as Unifor re-imagines what a People’s Trade agenda might look like. Hear from Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Canadians deserve to have a voice in the development of trade policy. We need to set the rules for what trade should achieve and how trade should work for us – not just for corporations. Join us for an important community conversation as we discuss and develop a People’s Trade Agenda, together. Over the course of 2018, Unifor will hold a series of open town halls in communities all across Canada and Quebec to talk about how trade has directly impacted our lives and how we can imagine it working differently. If you want to find ...

Statement on U.S. tariffs to aluminum and steel and threats to good jobs and Canada’s economy

Message from Jerry Dias, Unifor National I write today in support of the thousands of Unifor members working in the steel and aluminum sectors, including 1,000 at Rio Tinto in British Columbia and 3,000 aluminum workers in Quebec, our 40,000 auto sector members and all the workers across Canada who depend on these good union jobs and industries for their livelihood. The American government has announced that it will impose steep tariffs on the import of steel and aluminum into the U.S. but has yet to indicate if Canada will receive an exemption or be hit by these punishing duties. Make no mistake, if America imposes duties on steel and aluminum and Canada doesn’t walk away from NAFTA immediately then we will no longer be negotiating, we’ll be capitulating to Trump. The proposed tariffs on ...

Pharmacare-A Plan For Everyone

On Monday, February 12, 2018, Mike Van Boekel, GM CAMI Unit Chairperson and Dan Borthwick, Unifor 88 President made a presentation to Ingersoll Town Council on the need for a National Pharmacare Program. The Town of Ingersoll passed the attached resolution unanimously. ON-Municipal-Pharmacare Resolution 2017 Take one minute to send your MP a message using the link below. Ask them to stand up and take action on pharmacare. Send your Member of Parliament a message right now: http://www.aplanforeveryone.ca/mp We urge every member to contact their MP.

Modernizing Federal Labour Standards

The federal government has created an online survey, the purpose of this survey is to hear from all Canadians about how to modernize labour standards for workers in the federally regulated private sector. Members of Doug Coleman Trucking are directly affected by the Canada Labour Code. Changes are needed, I urge all members of Unifor Local 88 to participate in the survey. We are calling on the federal government to improve paid time off the job through increases to vacation and personal leaves, paid breaks/lunches, improved job protection while on leaves such as maternity/parental, overtime paid after 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week for all sectors (Currently in road transportation a driver must work more than 60 hours in a week before being paid overtime), minimum notice for schedu...

NAFTA Not Working For Auto Workers-PM Letter

Please see the attached letter that was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining the failure of NAFTA. NAFTA Not Working For Auto-Ltr to Prime Minister 01 2018

Bill 148 & Employment Standards Act Regulation 502/06-Letter to Premier

Please find attached a letter that was sent to the Premier of Ontario calling on the government to move to reverse ESA Regulation 502/06 as it is unfair and unwarranted. Bill 148 & ESA Regulation 502-06 Letter to Premier It is very important that each member sign and forward the attached petition- Single Petition Personal Emergency Leave Lets make sure our voice is heard in Toronto!

ESA-Personal Emergency Leave Petition

Hi All, Attached is a hard copy of the petition on personal emergency leave. For more info visit unifor.org/autoworkers. The petition can also be accessed online here. Please share and sign the petition! Petition– Personal emergency leave for auto workers We urge each member to sign the petition, get friends & family to sign and make your voice heard!! Once complete petitions should be mailed to Unifor Communications at 205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON M2H 3H9 or return to Inplant Office or Union Hall Office.


Join a Tim Hortons action near you, Wednesday, January 10. Read below for more details! When Ontario’s minimum wage increased to $14, Tim Hortons immediately began to eliminate workers’ paid breaks, reduce access to basic drug and dental benefits, eliminate uniform and drink allowances, and even cut employees’ hours of work. This is outrageous coming from a wildly profitable multinational corporation. In 2016, Tim Hortons generated US$3 billion in revenue for its parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI). That same year RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz pocketed $6,173,993 in wages, stock options and other perks. An additional US$350 million in profits were given out to shareholders. TELL TIM HORTONS: Hands off workers’ wages & benefits! The Tim Hortons corporation dictates virtu...

Add your voice for fairness- Personal emergency leave for auto workers

For the first time in Ontario’s history, everyone will have the right to 10 days of emergency leave — except auto workers. The regulations went into effect on Jan. 1 as part of the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, which includes exemptions for auto workers after the automotive industry lobbied the Provincial government. GM, Ford, FCA, Honda, Toyota and others cited the need to keep the industry competitive. Most Ontario workers will get 10 days for personal emergency leave which includes sick time, plus three days for bereavement. Two of those days will be paid. Instead of 10 days, auto workers will get seven days a year and three days for bereavement, none paid for. All workers, including auto workers, in Ontario should be included in all changes to the Employment Standards Act ther...

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