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  • NB pulp mill members win workplace changes for safety June 4, 2020
    Members at Local 219 at the AV Nackawic pulp mill in New Brunswick were successful in demanding their employer add safety controls to protect local workers as contractors are brought in from out of province. “It shouldn’t have been this difficult or have taken this long to get the employer to reassure and protect its […]
  • GM Oshawa workers manufacturing 10 million masks for front line health care workers June 3, 2020
    Unifor members at the General Motors facility in Oshawa have begun manufacturing 10 million face masks after securing a contract with the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on May 26. “Workers in Oshawa know better than most how important manufacturing jobs are to building safe and healthy communities,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. […]
  • Unifor actively advising on federal COVID-19 policies June 3, 2020
    Unifor has continued to engage and advise on federal COVID-19 policies during isolation with National President Jerry Dias providing virtual testimony to both House and Senate Committees. “The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), picked up the slack for our Employment Insurance (EI) system, which is evidently broken, and in desperate need of repair,” Dias told […]
  • Detroit Three and parts suppliers resume production May 28, 2020
    Unifor members at the Detroit Three and at many parts suppliers have returned to the production line with new health and safety measures in place. “Unifor worked closely with auto companies to ensure protocols to protect workers from COVID-19 were implemented before the resumption of production,” said National President Jerry Dias. “The health of workers […]
  • Unifor thanks paramedics for dedication and courage on the front lines May 25, 2020
    Unifor salutes the exceptional courage and compassion of all paramedics on Paramedic Services Week, recognized from May 24 to May 30, 2020. “Paramedics, as emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, bring tremendous dedication, skill, care and compassion to their jobs as first responders,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The pandemic has shown us the courage […]
  • Fish harvesters welcome announcement of direct federal support to compensate industry May 20, 2020
    Fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador were relieved to hear that direct federal support is on the way for the inshore fishery. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that $470 million in wage subsidies and grants will be available to fish harvesters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Fish harvesters, crew members and processing plant workers […]
  • Unifor’s Organizing team breaks new ground May 19, 2020
    Unifor’s Organizing Department continues to break new ground and adapt to the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic – using tools such as Zoom meetings, distancing rallies and bigger fonts on flyers. “Every day we learn more about organizing workers during a pandemic, and we are continually adapting what we do to reach workers whatever […]
  • Unifor Local 1999 members ratify contract with Mr. Furnace May 14, 2020
    After a seven-day lockout that began May 4, 2020, Unifor members at St. Catharines-area HVAC provider Mr. Furnace have ratified a new collective agreement. “Our members faced down an employer that was making questionable labour relations moves during a pandemic,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Local 1999 deserves credit for showing resolve despite these […]
  • Manitoba Hydro cuts will impact services May 12, 2020
    A coalition of unions representing workers at Manitoba Hydro have vowed to resist layoffs announced by the Brian Pallister government. “Brian Pallister is recycling a tired political strategy from conservatives everywhere: deliberately mismanage a valued public service and then claim that privatization is the only solution,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “He’s not going […]
  • A brutal wake-up call regarding the situation in long-term care homes in Quebec May 8, 2020
    In the province hardest hit by COVID-19 in Canada, residential and long-term care homes (LTC) in Quebec have borne the brunt of the outbreak. In recent weeks, horrifying stories have emerged of seniors who are left alone in their rooms, frightened and without staff to care for them, thirsty and hungry, often in soiled diapers... […]