March 31, 2021
Unifor recognizes and invites all members to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility tomorrow, March 31. This annual day celebrates the value and resilience of transgender people both within the union and around the world.
Trans people are those who identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth, and exist within all countries, communities and religious groups around the world. This identity is separate from an individual’s sexual orientation.
More than a year into the pandemic, as we turn our attention to recovery, Unifor encourages members and locals to centre trans people in your advocacy. It is well established that workers in already precarious and part time jobs faced instability and financial loss during this pandemic.
A recent Trans PULSE Report found that fewer than 50% of transgender people in Canada are employed full-time.
COVID-19 has interrupted and overloaded our health care systems. The same study, which included survey data from 2019, also found that 45% of respondents reported unmet health care needs and 12% had avoided going to the emergency room, despite needing care.
As we consider both the immediate and long-term affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifor asks members to fight for trans and non-binary workers so that workplaces, health care and other essential services celebrate and welcome trans people.
As we advocate for governments to #BuildBackBetter, trans people must be centred in future fiscal stimulus, job creation and public services must work for everyone, including trans people in Canada.
Unifor wishes to honour trans and non-binary members, who continue to help build our union and strengthen our movement. Through their contributions and labour our union and society is made better, more educated and compassionate.
Unifor asks members to share a message of support and solidarity on the Trans Day of Visibility.
View the statement on our website here.
The History of Our Breath
During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.
This Black History Month we want to speak to the importance of our breath.
Breathing is an exchange of the experience, knowledge and contributions of Black people. At the 2017 Ontario Regional Council, Bermuda Public Service Union Vice President Linda Bogle Mienzer delivered a powerful speech about allowing people to breathe in their full identity in order to live. We see globally that is contested for Black people. The epidemic of extreme police violence, most recently epitomized by George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, proves that “I can’t breathe” is still an urgent rallying call for systemic change. Breath is vital and it is essential for life.
Black History Month should not only be about struggle, is about the resilience of people, but it is also about the determination, the success and accomplishments of Black people.
Just like the millions of people who marched, declaring boldly, that Black Lives Matter, our goal is for Black members to feel comfortable in their diverse identities to breathe in all of our spaces, including at their workplaces, union events and activities.
We will celebrate Black history, Black present and Black future, not only during the month of February, but every day.
This year, Unifor reaffirms our commitment to listen, acknowledge, support, and make space for Black people in our locals, workplaces, communities. We have many Black leaders in our union and we are committed to supporting their success.
Unifor will be featuring Black Unifor members from across the country in short videos speaking to the “History of our breath” on our social media channels.
Please share those and this powerful message, the attached shareable and please support virtual Black history events and organizations in your community.
Happy Black History Month.
View statement on our website here.
Solidarity | Solidarité
Director, Human Rights
Congratulations to Megan Babbage our week two winner with a total of 88 points. Megan is a member of Local 27 working for Brinks Canada , her Team is Habs84, prizes will be in the mail shortly.
For your information our week runs from Wednesday-Tuesday. We have had a lot of questions regarding Trades which are not available in our pool. So like many of us, you are stuck with the crappy Team you picked.
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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
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 all other workers either working from home (i.e. remotely), or at a non-healthcare workplace : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pandemic_survey2 (EN) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sondage2_pandemie (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.
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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 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.
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Unifor Policy on Racial Justice
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.
To view Unifor’s Policy on Racial Justice, please follow the Link below
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
Jim Wilkes, Financial Secretary:
Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223
Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:
Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229
Tracy Holmes, VP Healthcare:
Phone: 519-455-3430 ext 225