This year has been an incredibly tough year for our National Recreation Council. With the restrictions in place due to the ongoing pandemic, many of the activities we would normally organize have been placed on the backburner.

To start 2021, we have organized a Unifor NHL Fantasy Hockey Pool that you can share with all of the members in your local union.

The link for the event is Registration is free to all members!

The deadline to register is January 13, 2021.

There is no entry fee for the hockey pool but in the spirit of giving back to your community please donate to your local food bank. If you have any questions, please email  

We have some great weekly and monthly prizes along with grand prizes for the winners at the end of the season! 

Good luck to all participants!   

In solidarity,


Bill Apsey
Chair of the National Recreational Council

John Aman
Director, National Recreation Committee

Working Through a Pandemic Survey.


Many of you know that earlier in the pandemic, a survey of workers’ experiences was carried out.  Initially for healthcare workers and then more broadly for workers in other sectors.

The survey is now being re-launched as the second wave of COVID19 seems well underway.  It’s important to have an effective way to know what workers are experiencing. 

Please participate and share

In solidarity


Sari Sairanen

Director Health, Safety and Environment

T: 1.800.268.5763 ext.3789 | M: 416.400.8585

205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON, M2H 3H9 

 A Survey of Workers’ Experiences during a Pandemic

This survey is designed to learn about your experiences as a worker during a pandemic.  This survey is a repeat of the survey originally launched in April/May 2020.  Things have changed since this first survey, so we thought it would be wise to re-launch the survey again during this second wave of the pandemic.

The survey was put together by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), with help from researchers at the Institute of Work & Health and Duke University in North Carolina. We also had input from a number of health and safety union staff representatives, who told us about the concerns and questions their members have.

To access the survey please select the appropriate link: 

For healthcare workers (including EMS) working at healthcare workplaces (including homecare): (EN) (FR)

for all other workers either working from home (i.e. remotely), or at a non-healthcare workplace : (EN) (FR)

During the previous survey, just over half of the respondents took less than 15 minutes to complete the survey (the shortest time was 5 minutes).  Those who went through the survey slowly and provided thoughtful comments took up to half an hour. 

If you feel uncomfortable answering a particular question, please just skip it.

All the information collected in this survey is confidential. Only the researchers directly involved in this project will see all the answers. The team will not keep any information that could identify you or others. All the data we collect will be stored on a secure server.

We intend to use the data collected for research and to share with research organizations for the end purpose of improving pandemic working conditions. The data, analysis and related information may be used in presentations, websites, and union, trade, and academic publications.

View the new changes to EI & CERB Benefits by following the Link below.


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Notice for all Unifor Local 27 RPNs


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 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.

As your representatives we were shocked to learn that we would not be able to represent you if you had to appear before the Ontario College of Nurses should you be charged with any type of professional misconduct. Nursing as a profession is rewarding, we think it’s important that you look at becoming a member of WeRPN and want as a union to show our appreciation for the work that you do and provide you with this rebate to assist and enable you in your own practice.

Please fill out the form below to apply for your WeRPN 10% before tax rebate. Be sure to include a copy of your July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021 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

*Important Note: If you have difficulty uploading your WeRPN membership receipt / transaction details through the below form, please send all required info & file to the following email address –

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Unifor Policy on Racial Justice

Dear members,
On Friday, June 12, Unifor’s National Executive Board unanimously endorsed the new Racial Justice Policy. Considering the protests against racism globally, we as trade unionists must not merely name the problem, but work every day towards equality. We must reflect on the inherent structures of power that advantage some over others. We must understand the connections between capitalism and racism. We must use the power of love and solidarity to build the better world we know is possible. And we must listen. Listen to our friends, our sisters and brothers, who face racism every single day. We’re asking you to share this policy and to make it shareable in all workplaces and within your local.

In solidarity,


To view Unifor’s Policy on Racial Justice, please follow  the Link below

Returning to work from Covid-19 closure

To learn more about returning to work after a COVID-19 Closure follow the Link below.

Mental Health Resources: We’re in this together

COVID-19. Keep informed with the latest updates ‘ Visit

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19

As per the directive from our National Union, the Local 27 offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

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

Brian Chapman, President:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 222

                Cell: 519-319-3657

Jim Wilkes, Financial Secretary:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223

                Cell: 519-868-4066

Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229

                Cell: 519-697-0360

 Tracy Holmes, VP Healthcare:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 ext 225


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