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Congratulations Unifor Local 27 Members:
Stefanie Caughlin & Steve Helps On your Labour of Love Awards!

Local 27 Congratulates all Award winners. Thank You for your commitment to making our Community a better place for all to Live.

Stefanie Coughlin Unifor Local 27

Steve Helps Unifor Local 27

Lisa Fewster OPSEU Local 166

Kendra Wojcik ETFO Thames Valley

Elizabeth Marra OPSEU Local 106

Annette Mellejans OSSTF Local 11

Dana Jasevicius OSSTF Local 11

Allan Drewlo ; Jim MacKinnon Community Builder Award

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Housekeeping Dept. OPSEU Local 159; Partnering with a Purpose Award

CUPE Locals 7575, 4222, 4186 ;ChangeMaker Award

Steve Holmes ATU 741 Image of Hope Award

 

 
Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz
Let’s not forget 💔
 
 
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November 2 marks the day to end impunity for crimes committed against journalists. Only one in 10 crimes against journalists is investigated worldwide. This has to change.

Between 2012 and 2021, there were 224 recorded cases of complete impunity for journalists murdered and of those, 185 of those took place in 12 countries. Mexico, Somalia, Syria, India and Afghanistan were the worst offenders.

In Afghanistan, many journalists fear for their lives as murder, violence and terror threaten their existence since the Taliban took control of the country in 2021. Unifor, working with many organizations, including Journalists for Human Rights, helped eight families escape Afghanistan and many of them are in Canada or on the way, including TV presenter Siar Mateen and his family. Mateen told Unifor’s Media Council last week how he witnessed colleagues being murdered during a taping of his show and of his narrow escape from the country.

Crimes against journalists, however, are not limited to murder. Kidnapping, threatening, pubic shaming and harassment are all too common crimes around the world and Canada is not immune.

Canadian journalists often face violence and threats – including death threats, intimidation and harassment online and in the field. The rise of the internet and social media brought with them, a level of connectedness, access and anonymity that made it even easier for members of the public to target journalists and media workers and subject them to hateful messages, threats and abuse.

It is important to recognize that journalists, who are women, women of colour, Indigenous, LGTBQ+ or from equity-deserving groups are disproportionally affected by violence and harassment.

The effect is to silence journalists by preventing them from holding the powerful to account. Called “chilling,” journalists may be either too afraid to report on certain issues, not get assigned to certain stories or leave the profession altogether.

For all of this, impunity is abound. These crimes often go unpunished and support for journalists are lacking.

That is why Unifor has created a plan of action to combat the harassment and abuse of journalists and media workers. Our focus is a two-pronged approach: Supporting journalists who have been attacked and harassed and trying to stop the attacks themselves.

Our plan includes public awareness, internal awareness, creating and fostering supports for journalists and media workers, union leadership training and education. It also uses bargaining, health and safety, policing strategies, lobbying for stronger legislation and holding the internet platforms to account for the content they publish and much more.

Our website, Helpishere, is a unique site that journalists and media workers can go to get advice and support if they have been targeted by harassment. The website brings together support and knowledge from across the industry not only for unionized members, but for all journalists including freelancers who may feel the most vulnerable.

Murder is the ultimate censorship, but all crimes against journalists have a chilling effect where truth and justice becomes, yet, another victim.

We need to end impunity for crimes against journalists – democracy and humanity is at stake.

This year we mark Women’s History Month in Canada with the knowledge that gains toward equality are fragile and need vigilance to continually protect and enshrine them into the fabric of our union and country.

As we reach back into our past to share the stories of women who have been trailblazers, we learn important lessons from their struggles and triumphs that we need to continually remind ourselves of today.

On October 18, Canada commemorates Persons’ Day. This day in 1929 was when Canada’s highest court of appeal handed down the decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons”, and permitted some women to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and to more fully participate in public life. Persons’ Day was both the culmination of years of activism, and the start of many more years of work to ensure it was expanded and strengthened to include the rights of all women. Women of Indigenous or Asian heritage and descent remained excluded from this legal personhood for many more years.

Our history is full of obvious discrimination toward women of colour and Indigenous women. Canadian women were granted the right to vote in federal elections in 1918 but First Nations women could only vote at that time if they gave up their status and treaty rights. Their full right to vote federally wouldn’t happen until July 1960. These 40-plus years of exclusion must remind us that our work as trade unionists and feminists must be intersectional and focus on eliminating the additional barriers faced by Indigenous, women of colour, LGBTQ, and women with disabilities.

At the 2022 Unifor Women’s Conference we were reminded that until all women cross the line, none of us can truly celebrate without full inclusion of all women. As we make strides toward equality in the courts, in public policy and in workplaces, we must not simply extend the ladder to other women, but reach back to help each other climb.

Unifor has a proud history of advancing women’s rights and fighting for workplace improvements and then pushing provincial and federal governments to grant those same rights for all women. Our union’s ground-breaking and internationally-acclaimed Women’s Advocate Program plays a key role in changing workplace dynamics, educating workers about the challenges women face, and providing resources to support women through unfair treatment in the workplace, discrimination or harassment.

We must pay attention to the rollback of abortion rights and attacks on bodily autonomy in the United States and push to secure our rights in Canada. It was more than 50 years ago when a group of determined women from Vancouver formed the Abortion Caravan and travelled to Ottawa to land on then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s doorstep to demand abortion be removed from the criminal code. Let us draw inspiration from this, and other brave moments in history, to give us renewed energy for the fight.

Unifor represents 118,000 women, representing a third of our membership. This year we made our own mark on Canadian labour history for women by electing Lana Payne as our first woman president. We are still pushing to break through barriers and make our own working class history. More women are sitting at bargaining tables, are elected to their Local Executive Boards, and taking leadership roles. But, more can be done.

We must ask more women to run, invite more women to participate, and support more women to lead.

Together, we can make history and create a brighter, more equal future.

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Unifor Local 27 Partners with oneida Nation of the thames for imagine build

On October 22, 2021 Unifor Local 27’s Brian Chapman and Jim Wilkes joined Chief Adrian Chrisjohn at a press conference to announce the Imagine Build. Local 27 is working in collaboration with Oneida Nation of the Thames on an affordable and accessible housing project.

The Imagine Build is everything reconciliation is meant to represent.  An acknowledgement of the past with a solid solution to make life better for the Indigenous Communities

Working together with Chief Adrian Chrisjohn, the Band Council and a number of committed community activist’s we are building bridges between our communities working together to build four accessible homes by this summer.

At the news conference, President of Unifor Local 27 Brian Chapman pledged $10,000.00 to the Imagine Build and also pledged that we would help anyway we could, whether through help finding additional funding or by supplying volunteers who can help with the build.

Donations  www.imaginebuild.ca

To view pictures from the press conference, follow the link   https://review.bellmedia.ca/view/1245543190

Confirmed partnerships and funding so far:

  • Elected Chief, Adrian Chrisjohn and Band Council working side by side with the Imagine Build Committee.
  • Pillar Non-Profit- will provide administrative support to assist with issuing tax receipts.
  • Bell Media- promotional and editorial support of the Imagine Build.
  • $100,000 confirmed from a private donor.
  • Imagine Art Auction- a fundraiser planned featuring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists.
  • Justin Bardawill, building contractor
  • Unifor Local 27 $10,000.00 donation
  • We invite any organization or individual that would like to be a part of the Imagine Build to contact us at Local 27

CTV:

https://london.ctvnews.ca/partnership-to-build-accessible-homes-on-oneida-nation-1.5676632   

LFP

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/group-rallies-to-build-affordable-accessible-homes-one-house-at-a-time

Ontario regional council & unifor Locals support imagine build

In a moving cheque presentation, Ontario Regional Council donated $150,000 towards The Imagine Build, an initiative – partnering with the Oneida Nation of the Thames Band Council – to build four accessible and affordable houses for families along the eastern shore of the Thames River south of London, Ont.

Mandi Fields of the Imagine Build said she became friends with an Indigenous man named Ray John Jr., who faced leg amputation surgery and during his recovery, she learned he was living with his wife and two sons in a 500-square-foot home, heated by a stove. They had been on an Oneida housing wait list for 20 years with 47 other families.

“This is the day I saw everything and now, I can no longer unsee,” she told the council.

Unifor locals then contributed more donations during ORC, with the amount totalling more than $200,000. The union’s skilled trades offered support for the building projects.

“Our members understand that reconciliation has to be more than just putting on an orange shirt,” said Unifor Local 27 Secretary-Treasurer Jim Wilkes. “We have to do more and sometimes, we have to donate our time and money to really make the change to establish relationships, build bridges and change lives.”

Fields, choked up after hearing about the donations tally and said, “We all know what having a home means I’ve never experienced something good like this for so long. This is not about throwing up houses and walking away – this is about reconciliation.”

Lana Payne said Unifor National will also contribute $50,000 towards the Imagine Build initiative, which ORC and other Unifor locals raised over $200,000 at a cheque presentation on March 9, 2022.

Notice for all Unifor Local 27 RPNs

Greetings,

It’s my pleasure to let you know that the Executive Board of Local 27 has approved a plan to reimburse Local 27 RPNs 10% off their membership into WeRPN (formerly RPNAO, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario). This new initiative will begin with the new membership year for WeRPN that starts in July 2020.

We think this is an important initiative and encourage all RPNs to visit the WeRPN website at www.werpn.com to look at what the membership has to offer nurses. This protection is available if you are involved with disputes or claims with CNO and require advise and representation which your employer or union may not be able to provide directly. One of the most important components of the Membership includes the professional liability protection insurance, with a $1,000,000 limit for each loss per nurse and $3,000,000 limit for all losses per year per nurse. It provides protection against malpractice claims arising from real or alleged errors or omissions, including negligence. As a member you are covered for the following: subpoenaed to appear before a legally constituted tribunal in Ontario; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in matters arising out of the Regulated Health Professional Act (1991) and any amending or superseding legislation; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in an incident relating to his/her profession of nursing; received a letter of complaint from the College of Nurses of Ontario as a result of a complaint, laid under Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) and any amending or superseding Legislation.

Please email Jim Wilkes (email address below) to apply for your WeRPN 10% before tax rebate. Be sure to include your name, mailing address , employer , local Union # ,CNO# and a copy of your  membership receipt / transaction details.  Your rebate will be sent to you by mail, so please allow some time for processing – Your patience is much appreciated. Please note, this offer is only available to Unifor Local 27 RPNs.

In Solidarity,

Brian Chapman

President Local 27

 please send all required info & file to the following email address –  jim.wilkes@local27.ca

Mental Health Resources: We’re in this together

https://www.unifor.org/covid19mentalhealth

If you require assistance please contact us by phone or email as listed below.

Brian Chapman, President:

                E: brian.chapman@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 222

                Cell: 519-319-3657

Jim Wilkes, Financial Secretary:

                E: jim.wilkes@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223

                Cell: 519-868-4066

Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:

                E: jim.kennedy@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229

                Cell: 519-697-0360

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