November 25 starts a global campaign of 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year’s theme is Unite: Activism to End Violence Against Women. In the spirit of unity, Unifor is raising awareness among the membership about the Signal for Help, which began in 2020 as a way for women to silently show they need help and want someone to safely check in with them.
Over the next 16 days, we ask you to commit this signal to memory and teach it to 16 other people. This small action can lead to more women feeling comfortable asking for help, and help us all learn what resources are available to support women in unsafe situations.
Across Canada on December 6, 2022 we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It has now been 33 years since the tragic murders of 14 young women at L’Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique. These women lost their bright lives and futures in the span of 20 minutes at the hand of someone who openly declared his misogyny. We also mourn Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and all who have lost their lives to femicide and violence.
This year we will return to in-person vigils and memorials to remember the women and girls we have lost and recommit ourselves to the fight to end gender-based violence.
Everyone, regardless of sex or gender, is called to speak up and speak out in a meaningful way against violence. Allyship is essential. Men must equally take a role alongside women in the labour movement to stop harassment when they see it and build safe workplaces and communities for all.
As a union, we make workplaces safe through collective bargaining language, and we must continue to push for better. One of the concrete ways we can take action at the bargaining table is to bargain new Women’s Advocates. Women’s Advocates are one of the support systems Unifor has pioneered to ensure there is someone to turn to at work when home is not safe.
The pandemic and ongoing health crises have only intensified the impacts of violence against women and girls.
- 45% of women reported that they or a woman they know has experienced a form of violence.
- 7 in 10 women said they think that verbal or physical abuse by a partner has become more common.
- 6 in 10 felt that sexual harassment in public spaces has worsened.
- Globally, 1 in 3 women experience violence with the most recent global estimates showing that, on average, a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes.
As we witness a rise in anti-rights movements, including anti-feminists, we must speak up and speak out against the dangerous rhetoric that is impacting our lives.
As Unifor members and leaders, we heed the call to increase our activism to ensure feminist voices are at every table influencing policy decisions that impact our lives.
Together we will continue to push for safe workplaces and homes for all women and girls.
Read this statement on our website here.
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Black, Indigenous and Worker of Colour
Hello Unifor members,
I am excited to announce the first Black, Indigenous and Worker of Colour meeting for Unifor London area members! Your founding members have been working hard to get this committee up and running in the London area. Our first meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, Nov 21st at 5pm @ Local 302, 125 Elm St, London.
We would love for you to attend!!
Please reach out to Shinade Allder if you have any questions or would like more information firstname.lastname@example.org
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December 15 2022 General membership Meeting Cancelled
Repeal Bill 124
The cost of living is rising, but public sector workers can’t get ahead.
Bill 124 quashed the wages and bargaining rights of public sector workers for two years in Ontario.
With provincial carve-outs for sectors like police and fire, women are left to bear the brunt of the law in education, healthcare, and across the broader public service.
Workers have fought back against this wage suppression through direct action, lobbying, sharing personal experiences, and now finally, with our day in court.
Premier Ford’s wage restraint law, Bill 124, forced a 1% total compensation cap across the public sector in Ontario, including unionized and non-unionized workers. Many of the workers covered by this regressive legislation were at great personal risk and still carried us through the worst of the pandemic.
The law is being challenged in court, but Premier Ford can repeal the law, and apologize to workers, at any time.
Tell the Ontario Government to Repeal Bill 124 now.
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.
We are once again rolling out our very successful NHL Fantasy Hockey Pool. The last 2 years have been a tremendous success and we anticipate year 3 is not going to be different. The pool is box format, you simply select players from a group of them so very straightforward and folks from every level can participate.
The more the merrier and we once again ask that you share this with all of the members in your local union. Attached to this email you will find download materials you can share.
The link for the event is (www.unifor.org/nhlpool). Registration is free to all members!
The deadline to register is October 7, 2022, 2:00 p.m. EST.
There is no entry fee for the hockey pool but in the spirit of giving back to your community, we ask once again that participants make a donation to your local food bank. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
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!
UNIFOR Challenges Bill 124 in Court
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Child care deal marks a generational turning point for Canadian families
March 28, 2022
The Ontario government’s announcement that it has finally joined every other province and territory across Canada in signing the federal child care plan marks a long-overdue turning point for Canadian families.
“Every parent across Canada having access to affordable, accessible, quality child care will be the result of decades of advocacy, of sacrifice, of struggle,” said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. “This child care plan will be a turning point for Canadian families and serve to strengthen our communities, nurture our children, and transform the lives of child care workers.”
Unifor is an active champion for access to affordable child care and has worked in coalition with advocacy groups to advocate for families and child care workers. Unifor works to improve communities and workplaces through other equity-building policies and programs.
“Providing access to child care is providing access to employment, to independence, to security, to self-fulfillment, and to equity in our workplaces and everywhere decisions are made,” said Tracey Ramsey, Unifor Women’s Department Director. “We will be watching closely to ensure the agreement serves the needs of Ontario families and workers, and not just the needs of the Ford government.”
Savings for Ontario parents are to start as of April 1, 2022, whereas provinces that signed earlier, like Nova Scotia, are making the rebate to parents retroactive to January 1, 2022.
“Ontario families should not have had to wait for today’s photo op with the Premier, and will actually pay for this delay by not seeing discounted fees until April – but now it’s time to get to work to provide them the same access to child care as every other family across Canada,” said Ramsey. “This victory belongs to all the parents, grandparents, caregivers, Early Childhood Educators who all provide care that for too long has been undervalued, under-appreciated and under-paid.”
Parent fees for child care in Ontario are some of the highest in the country and, until today, Ontario had been the only jurisdiction in Canada not to sign the federal child care program that will deliver $10-a-day child care by 2026.
UNIFOR STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN"S DAY
International Women’s Day 2022 is an opportunity for working-class women to celebrate and reflect on our accomplishments as well as gather strength for the fights that lay ahead.
For more than 100 years, women in the labour movement across the globe have marked March 8 by celebrating collective achievements and recommitting to the fight for gender equality.
Although 2022 finds us still solidly in the pandemic, it also marks a year that brings many wins for women in our union to celebrate. Gains like pay equity and child care – that women have been fighting to achieve for decades – have passed into federal legislation and are now within reach for a new generation. These wins cannot be understated and can inspire us all to aim even higher.
A better world is possible!
In every workplace and community across Canada, there remains important work to be done to end racism and violence against women and girls. It will require a determined focus to bring these significant gains to the lives of working-class women.
As the pandemic continues, so does the inequity that has disproportionately impacted women. Women of colour, Indigenous women, queer and trans women, and women living with disabilities have been affected in ways that further deepened the gaps they experience every day. Building back better must be achieved through this lens of inclusion.
Our work together continues to advance equity in all of our workplaces and communities, despite the real pressures women are facing at home and at work.
We continue to prove in the most challenging times that Sisters in Unifor are indeed unstoppable.
This last year has shown Unifor:
- fighting for women in health care at the Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us event at Queen’s Park, and provincial and federal lobbying;
- demanding Fair Pay Forever for essential retail and grocery store workers;
- pushing provinces and territories forward on affordable, accessible child care;
- mobilizing around an Anti-Racism Manitoba plan;
- continuing our annual support of women’s shelters across Canada with $158,000 in donations;
- and working every day to support and encourage more women to become active in their Locals and bargaining committees.
In 2022, women need real progress toward gender justice and that means celebrating our historical wins while continuing to fight together toward equality. This year we recognize the work of so many women in our union and our collective determination to deliver significant improvements to our everyday lives.
Together, we are unstoppable.
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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.
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
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
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.
President Local 27
please send all required info & file to the following email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
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