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Provincial All Candidates Meeting For Oxford

Come out and meet the candidates. Get Informed before you vote. Locations and times on the attached poster.

Get mobilized – Together for Respect April 18 rallies!

Message from Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director Dear Unifor members, On April 18, hospital workers all across Ontario will be rallying near hospitals as part of a province-wide joint union bargaining campaign that demands better working conditions and compensation for 75,000 health care workers. Working in alliance with SEIU Healthcare and CUPE, the Together for Respect rallies will be held in various communities. Show your support for our union brothers and sisters in health care by attending one of these rallies on Wednesday, April 18, a complete list is below. I will be in Kitchener to show my support, and if you are in the area I hope you can join me. If you can’t make it to any of the rallies listed below, there are many ways to support hospital workers. All you need to d...

Stop Trump Tariffs

Message from Jerry Dias, President Unifor Dear members, As you may have heard, U.S. President Donald Trump is introducing chaos into trade relations with Canada. His latest attack on Canadian workers put five pulp & paper mills in jeopardy of closure. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce levied a new round of “anti-dumping” duties on products produce by Kruger Inc. in Corner Brook, N.L. and Catalyst Paper in Powell River, Port Alberni, and Crofton B.C. In all, 1,500 jobs could vanish by the end of the year. These tariffs have one goal in mind: weaken Canadian paper manufactures for the benefit of U.S. producers—some of whom are close personal friends of the president. Unifor has responded with a high profile campaign to fight back against Trump the bully. I’m asking you take two...

Employment Standards Act Regulation 502/06 ACTION NEEDED To Revoke Unfair Personal Emergency Leave Regulation

Unifor Local 88 sent a letter to the Premier of Ontario in January of this year requesting that Employment Standards Act Regulation 502/06 Paid Emergency Leave be abolished. We outlined the shortcomings of this regulation. The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, passed last year, allows workers 10 days of personal emergency leave with two paid days for illness, injury, bereavement or other emergencies.  Under a newly added exemption in regulation 502/06, auto workers would be entitled to only seven days for personal or family illness or emergencies, and none of them paid. The Employment Standards Act should apply fairly to all workers, yet the government has deliberately chosen to create a double standard with one group of workers singled out to receive less protection than the majority. Over...

Don’t rush a bad deal on NAFTA: Unifor

Please read the following message from Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. I urge each Unifor Local 88 member to participate. We have a once in a generation opportunity to fix fundamental flaws with NAFTA, but that opportunity is about to be squandered. After spending months in negotiations, the Canadian government is considering signing on to an “Agreement in Principle” with the American and Mexican governments, which would commit us to a deal without knowing the specifics. We can’t let this happen. Add your voice to show Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland that they must not sign another bad trade deal without even knowing what’s in it. Sign up now to send a united message. This deal could come as early as Friday, April 13. Add your name and send the link to y...

Rush NAFTA deal at workers peril

Message from Unifor National April 9, 2018 TORONTO – Amid hurried negotiations to meet an artificial deadline Unifor warns that a rushed North American Free Trade Agreement will put workers in peril. “Canada must not be pushed into a hasty NAFTA deal that will impact workers and jobs for a generation to come,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “There is no reason to sign on to half-baked trade policies simply to meet foreign political agendas.” Reports that a deal “in principle” could be announced as early as this week raise serious concerns as key planks of the new NAFTA have yet to be negotiated. “It defies logic to commit without knowing the ramification on auto and other major industries,” said Dias. “Multiple proposals on rules of origin are being floated so an agreement in p...

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

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