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





United Way 2022 Labour Appreciation awards

A Night of Hope and Solidarity recognizes
local activists and unsung heroes

This year we recognize those unsung heroes who have inspired hope and embodied the labour principle of solidarity! These hardworking activists rose above all the others and offered hope, optimism, and kindness during difficult times.

Congratulations to this years Labour Appreciation Award Winners


  •  Christina Klienschmidt . General Dynamics Land Systems Canada Unifor Local 27
  • Joe Graves. Cami Automotive Unifor Local 88
  • Len Elliott.  OPSEU. Images of Hope Award
  • Maria McFadden. LiUNA Local 1059 Community Builder Award
  • Dense Holmes. Change maker Award
  • Vicki Acres. CUPE Local 841
  • Paula Caralho & Nuno Cabral.  LiUNA 1059
  • Suzie Fiegel.  OSSTF District 11
  • Mary Hamm. CUPE Local 841
  • Paul Loosley. United Steel Workers District 6
  • Barb Pawlovich. UTE-PSAC Local 00017
  • Gary Siroen. OPSEU Local 109
  • Sarah Wells. OPSEU Local 109
  • Covid Team Community Living London. OPSEU Local 166. Partnering with a Purpose Award
  • Congratulations from Unifor Local 27 to all of this years winners

The COVID-19 pandemic has gone on longer than many of us expected, or hoped. The toll on many of us has been great as we were separated from loved ones, and possibly struggled with declining income or added pressures at work.

Government supports continue to evolve with thanks to campaign efforts by workers across the country.

In this vein, new changes have been made to the Canada Worker Lockdown benefit that is now available to workers subject to capacity-limited restrictions of 50% or more for more than 7 consecutive days or for the entire duration of a government imposed lockdown. 

An updated version of Unifor’s Employment Insurance (EI) FAQ is attached for your information.

Here’s how to stay up to date on EI.

  1. Watch the NEW Build Better EI Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=4655897137828249
  2. Visit the Unifor COVID-19 Information & Resources Hub: https://www.unifor.org/campaigns/all-campaigns/covid-19-information-resources
  3. Unifor Employment Insurance FAQ online: https://www.unifor.org/resources/our-resources/ei-temporary-measures-faq
  4. Sign the petition to Build Better EI at: https://buildbackbetter.unifor.org/ei


Ontario Human Rights Commission - policy statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates

Unifor National Executive Board

Statement on Comprehensive Workplace Immunization Programs and Mandatory Vaccinations

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Unifor Ontario Regional Council Thanks Essential Workers


A year ago, when our lives and jobs suddenly changed, we were inspired by just how quickly workers banded together to support one another, and keep each other safe.

Your Ontario Regional Council executive is grateful for the essential workers who are carrying us through this pandemic. We think this appreciation should be shared with all members and with workers across the province, union or non-union.

That’s why today, we’re launching a new video that spreads that message, and we want you to see it first.

Watch on Facebook.       Watch on Twitter.           Watch on YouTube.

After watching, share this video with an essential worker in your life to show your appreciation for their work.

Your union is working hard to maintain up-to-date information on COVID-19 including public health efforts, health and safety, and income supports. Visit the Unifor COVID-19 Information and Resources page to stay informed.

As we enter yet another province-wide lockdown, your union is still keeping our foot on the gas and holding the Ford’s conservatives to account.

The fact is that the Ontario Government can and must do more to keep workers and our families safe.

The burden and harm of this pandemic is not being felt evenly, as some sectors remain decimated and shuttered, and as essential workers face workplace spread of the virus and new, more deadly, variants.

We are grateful for all essential workers, and that is why we fight for a ramped-up vaccine distribution, stronger workplace protections, and paid sick days for all workers.

You can add your name to the call for paid sick days as well. Please sign the petition today.

So once again, to Ontario’s essential workers, thank you. Unifor will continue to fight for you.

In solidarity,

Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director.


Unifor Local 27 Does not have a Facebook Page. All Facebook pages that reference Unifor Local 27 are private pages and the Content & Comments  posted are not necessarily the opinions of Unifor Local 27 but rather of the individual administrators of those pages.

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.

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 –  jim.wilkes@local27.ca

Mental Health Resources: We’re in this together


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:

                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

 Tracy Holmes, VP Healthcare:

                E: tracy.holmes@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 ext 225


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