Annual Unifor National 4 Person Golf Scramble 

Hosted by P.O.E.M.

Date:    Saturday September 21, 2024

Place:   Cobble Hills Golf Club

5714 Cobble Hills Road

Thamesford, ON N0M 2M0



Time: Shotgun start at 12:00 Noon


Price: $600.00 per team or $150 @ person

(Includes – green fees, golf cart, steak dinner, and prizes)

Limited to the First 144 Paid Golfers

*Entry Deadline NO LATER than September 9th , 2024*

Players Must be Unifor Members

Mail Entry along with Certified Cheque, Local Union Cheque or Money Order ONLY to: (Personal cheques will not be accepted):



c/o Jean Simpson

#20-1199 Reardon Blvd

London, ON  N6M 1H7

For further information contact Jean at 519-494-3396

2024 Jim Ashton Memorial Bursary - Application period is now open


The application period is now open for the 2024 Jim Ashton Memorial Bursary.

Up to three (3)  Bursaries in the amount of $1, 000.00 will be awarded to a child of a Unifor Local 27 member entering their first year of a fulltime course of study leading to a diploma, certificate, or degree from any recognized Canadian College or University.

The Bursaries are being offered by Unifor Local 27 in honour of Jim Ashton, a past President of Unifor Local 27, President of the London District Labour Council, and a CAW National Executive Board Member.

Applicants for the Bursaries are required to write a 1,000-word essay on the following topic:

          “In what specific way do you think Unifor has had a positive impact on workers and their communities, and how relevant (or not) are Unions in your life?”

We are currently inviting applications for our Jim Ashton Memorial Bursaries

Application Deadline Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Along with your essay, please include the following information:

Name: ______________________________

Address: ____________________________

Telephone: __________________________

Parents Name: _______________________

Place of Employment: _________________

Graduated From: _____________________

Name of the Institution you plan to attend in 2024: ___________________________________

Completed applications can be submitted by e-mail to

or by mail to: Unifor Local 27, 606 First St. London, ON N5V 2A2


On May 28, 2024, labour advocates and allies came together at the Elgin County Railway Museum to celebrate the incredible contributions of the labour community in 2023 at United Way Elgin Middlesex’s annual Labour Appreciation Awards Night.

With over 100 volunteers, supporters, donors and loved ones in attendance, 11 awards were given out for their efforts in 2023. Each award recipient was nominated by labour friends and allies for their tireless work to improve our community and serve our neighbours in need.

Congratulations to all the Winners!

Labour Appreciation Awards: 

  • Tischa Forster, OPSEU/SEFPO Local 133 
  • Sharon Stanley, CUPE Local 
  • Jose Blanco, LiUNA Local 1059 
  • Amelia Ertel, OPSEU Local 109 
  • Darryl Bedford, OPSEU Local 110 
  • Sarah Wells, OPSEU Local 109  
  • Connor Pierotti, OSSTF District 11
  • Frank Carreiro, Liuna Local 1059

ChangeMaker Award: 

  • Cooper Standard, Unifor 27 Unit #53

Jim MacKinnon Community Builder Award: 

  • Greg Bierbaum, Old Oak Properties 

Labour Appreciation Lifetime Achievement Award: 

  • Jim Wilkes, Unifor 27 Retiree


Please note that the 2024 Unifor National Scholarship application period is open!

Unifor recognizes that the cost associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working families. To assist in making education more accessible, we have established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each to children of Unifor members and a Unifor member entering their first year of post-secondary studies. Five of these scholarships are administered by the Quebec Council with a separate application form (see Residents of Quebec must apply using that application process.

More information about this popular program including details on how to apply can be found here.


In solidarity,

Robin Fairchild Clennell
Director, Unifor Education Department



In memory of Brother Eric John (1923-2009) who passed away on December 5, 2009. Eric dedicated his working life to making the world a better place in any way he could. He held many elected positions in the UAW and CAW, from 1954. The most recent position he held was as Vice-chair of the CAW National Retired Workers Advisory Executive. He was active in Co-op housing developments and constant government lobbying for pensions. Eric was employed by the Ford Motor Company for 32 years of dedicated service starting as a Tool and Die Maker.

The Unifor Skilled Trades Council is offering the Eric John Memorial Bursary in the amount of

$1,000. This bursary is awarded to sons and daughters of Unifor Skilled Trades Members in good standing, entering their first year of post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, teacher’s college, nursing school, etc.).

Submissions should include:

  • An official application form (attached)
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or community activist
  • Transcript/record of marks  

Documents indicating acceptance at one of the institutions described above and proof of registration must be submitted before the bursary can be awarded. Submit your completed application before May 31, 2024 to:

Unifor Skilled Trades Council
c/o Sandra Ireoha and Selection Committee 115 Gordon Baker, Toronto, ON M2H 0A8
or E-mail to

Those with disabilities, women, persons of colour and Aboriginal Canadians are especially encouraged to apply. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In solidarity,

Dave Cassidy
Unifor Skilled Trades Council

Health & Safety Award


Dear Members,

Nominations are now open for the annual Unifor Bud Jimmerfield Award and we want you to tell us about a Unifor member who deserves recognition for their work in making workplaces safer.

“Don’t mourn my death, fight for the living.”

This is the challenge that Bud Jimmerfield passed on to all Unifor members prior to his death, following years of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in his workplace.

The Bud Jimmerfield Award is Unifor’s longest-running award and is one way the union honours Bud’s work and celebrates those who continue his remarkable legacy.

Nominate a Member

It is in recognition of this work that we proudly ask for nominations for the 2024 Bud Jimmerfield Award.

The award nominee must demonstrate strong leadership, community activism and a proven commitment to the prevention of injuries, deaths and/or occupational diseases, be a current Unifor member, and be nominated by their Local union leadership. 

Download the nomination form today and submit nominations no later than June 28, 2024 to the Unifor Health, Safety, and Environment Department at

The award recipient will be contacted by the national union and the award will be presented at Unifor Canadian Council in Montreal, September 27-29, 2024.

Read about previous Bud Jimmerfield Award recipients and learn more about Bud and his enduring legacy.

In solidarity,

Lana Payne
Unifor National President

May 5 is Red Dress Day, a day of awareness for the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited individuals (MMIWG2S), and a time to express our deep solidarity with their families. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has laid out 231 recommendations for ending the violence. The Inquiry’s report calls out the ongoing cycle of violence and systemic discrimination that has resulted from Canada’s colonial past. By ignoring or underfunding support for Indigenous communities, colonial violence has been perpetuated by governments in every region.

The Inquiry’s calls for justice are a guide for all Canadians, organizations, and governments to put an end to the violence. Allies must keep up pressure on elected officials to get to work to implement all 231 recommendations.

As a social union, Unifor recognizes that the fight for social justice for everyone goes beyond the bargaining table, and extends to community action. For the second year in a row, we will partner with the Tears to Hope Society to participate in their annual relay run to raise awareness about the women and girls who have gone missing along Northern B.C.’s “Highway of Tears”. This year, Unifor members can participate in a nationwide relay on Saturday, October 5.

More details, including a checklist for Unifor event organizers, shirt orders, and pledge details will follow this summer.

In the meantime, Unifor local unions are strongly encouraged to find May 5 events in your area and participate. A growing list of events can be found on Unifor’s website. Also on the website are graphics to share in your social media channels to amplify the message that violence against Indigenous woman, girls, and two spirited people must stop!

On May 5 and every day: no more stolen sisters.

Unifor Women’s Conference
August 18 – 21, 2024
Women Rise

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 2024 National Women’s Conference!
This year’s theme, “Women Rise” celebrates the countless instances where women have overcome adversity, shattered glass ceilings and forged paths of progress. We rise in our leadership, activism, education and by lifting sisters up. It serves as a call to action to dismantle barriers, challenge stereotypes and advocate for gender equality and justice.
The theme invites reflection on the journey of women’s empowerment while acknowledging both the progress we have made and the ongoing challenges that persist. We celebrate the wins of Reproductive Justice in a National Pharmacare program that includes contraception. We will hear results of the union’s 3-year partnership with Western University’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) on how sexual harassment and violence impacts workers.
As we gather to celebrate our victories and the resilience of women in our union this year, we will have Unifor National President, Lana Payne, join us to share her reflections on the hard work she has been doing to build a more equitable union for us all.
Over the past two years we have worked hard to elect feminist governments, build more gender inclusive contract language at the bargaining table, add more Unifor Women’s Advocates to our workplaces, and bring women to the table in decision-making spaces.
This year we will focus on the important work needed to end gender-based violence with a focus on political change. The Reflection Walk will give participants a deeper understanding of feminist issues as we explore and learn from each other in small groups.
We have an exciting agenda that will reinvigorate our courage and determination to push forward collectively.
As always Sisters, there is much work to be done together!
Sisters, this conference will be a chance for us all to recharge and soak up the sisterhood as we prepare for the work ahead of us.
Together, let’s build our solidarity, share our stories and empower each other to demand the rights and recognition we deserve in shaping a movement that puts the needs of working-class women front and center.
The 2024 Unifor Women’s Conference will be held at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario starting Sunday, August 18, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. and ending Wednesday, August 21, 2024 at noon.
The registration desk will be open on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and room check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. New delegate orientation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Sisterhood Room.
As always, this conference fills up quickly. Please submit your registration forms early to avoid disappointment.
Please contact the Women’s Department at if you require additional information. We are looking forward to a great conference.
In solidarity,
Tracey Ramsey
Director, Women’s Department

This has been an important week in our campaign for anti-scab legislation.

On Thursday, I appeared before a House of Commons standing committee to tell MPs that they need to urgently pass Bill C-58.

I did this on behalf of thousands of working people – including Unifor members – who have spent countless hours on picket lines over many decades, fighting for their right to collectively bargain.

You can read my testimony here or watch the video here.

This federal anti-scab legislation will help protect the right to fair collective bargaining and to strike, when necessary: a right that workers have fought for and won repeatedly.

Bill C-58 passed second reading in the House of Commons with all-party support on Feb. 27, 2024 –the same day the CN Autoport strike began with scabs already doing the work of our members.

As the strike against CN Autoport entered its fourth week, and Unifor and the company entered into conciliation, our union walked away from the table on Tuesday after the company repeatedly tabled worse offers than the last agreement, which our 239 members at Local 100 soundly rejected.

Last week, a CN train was safely stopped during a solidarity action by Unifor members in Winnipeg as part of an escalation caused by the company’s use of scab labour in Halifax.

Our union is advocating for anti-scab legislation in every jurisdiction across Canada with the goal that every worker’s constitutional right to free and fair collective bargaining will be upheld.

Local 100 members from CN Autoport joined Unifor representatives and other unions at the Nova Scotia Legislature on Tuesday to support the introduction of legislation to amend the Trade Union Act to protect workers on strike from their employer using replacement workers.

I know the Manitoba government will very soon follow suit.

Our campaign is in full swing, and momentum is growing.

I invite you to be part of the fight, support our Anti-Scab campaign and help spread the word with this graphic on your social media networks.

Let’s go!

In solidarity,

Lana Payne
National President

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Annual Unifor National 4 Person Golf Scramble

Hosted by P.O.E.M.

Date:    Saturday September 21, 2024

 Place: Cobble Hills Golf Club

5714 Cobble Hills Road

Thamesford, ON N0M 2M0


 Time: Shotgun start at 12:00 Noon

 Price: $600.00 per team or $150 @ person

(Includes – green fees, golf cart, steak dinner, and prizes)

Limited to the First 144 Paid Golfers

*Entry Deadline NO LATER than September 9th , 2024*

Players Must be Unifor Members

Mail Entry along with Certified Cheque, Local Union Cheque or Money Order ONLY to: (Personal cheques will not be accepted):


c/o Jean Simpson

#20-1199 Reardon Blvd

London, ON  N6M 1H7

For further information contact Jean at 519-494-3396


Dear Unifor Members,

We’re excited to announce that tickets for Unifor’s Membership Appreciation Day are now available online! Join us for a day of fun and celebration as we come together to recognize and appreciate our incredible membership. 

Date: July 7, 2024

Location: Canada’s Wonderland

This year’s event is proudly sponsored and subsidized by Unifor National and Unifor Ontario Regional Council, ensuring a day packed with excitement and camaraderie. We encourage all participants to proudly wear their Unifor colours and swag, as we’ll be awarding prizes throughout the day!

To purchase your tickets, simply visit And don’t forget to spread the word by sharing the attached poster with your fellow members!

Here are the discounted ticket options:

Ticket: $46.99 plus tax – includes parking, admission, rides, and lunch at the Courtyard Buffet.

Meal-only ticket: $18.99 plus tax – for Courtyard Buffet only (park admission required for entry).

Free for kids under age 2.

Please note Unifor has secured an early hour start of 9:00 a.m. which is available only to Unifor members on this day.

We anticipate a high turnout for this event. Be sure to secure your tickets early to guarantee your spot!

We can’t wait to see you all there, ready to make unforgettable memories together.

Imagine BUild - "Thank you unifor" video

Doug Tarry Homes Limited is committed to building a home for Knowledge Sharer Ray John Jr and we are inviting you and your staff to get involved.

In Doug’s own words “My goal is to show respectful support for the greater Oneida Nation of the Thames community, while at the same time bringing the best of the best together to create something really magical.”

 We knew that if we imagined a way forward together, we would find our way to build affordable accessible homes with Oneida leadership. We are inviting UNIFOR Locals to get involved with this specific build dubbed the Blitz Build.

Imagine Build’s Progress

  • Initial goal was to raise enough funds to build one home.
  • Since January, 2021, we have raised over $800,000 and have 2 homes currently being built (photo below of home #1), Ray John Jr’s home is home # 3 and the homeowners of home # 4 a family of 5- mom and 4 children under the age of 16.
  • 2 of the families will move out of rental units and 2 more families will move in.
  • By the end of the year, 6 families will be homed.

How Does the Imagine Build work?

All funds raised go directly to building the homes.


  • Once a family has been identified through an application process led by Oneida Nation of the Thames Housing department and representation from the Imagine Build team, they are responsible for the infrastructure costs which includes: the driveway, septic tank and utilities hook-ups.
  • Oneida Nation of the Thames will provide a loan to the family to pay for the infrastructure costs at a rate of $400/month.
  • This monthly payment goes back into the funds to pay for the next home’s infrastructure costs.
  • We imagined a way forward to create a circular economy and we got there.

If you like what you are reading and want to get involved, let us know.
There is lots of work to be done and there are lots of ways to support.

Yaw^ko/Thank you for walking this far with us.

Dear members,

I’m writing to share the results of Unifor’s regional strategy sessions discussing the next National Collective Bargaining Program.

Over four months this spring, our union held 45 strategy sessions across the country, including two virtual sessions. These sessions provided space for members to talk openly about their bargaining experiences, strategies, and priorities. The sessions also allowed members to consider Canada’s current economic and political challenges, and how Unifor must respond.

This summary report presents the key themes that will guide the development of the new National Collective Bargaining Program to be presented at the Bargaining Workers’ Power Summit on August 17 in Halifax in conjunction with Unifor’s 2023 Canadian Council.

Read the ‘Bargaining Worker Power’ interim report here.

Find more info on the Bargaining Workers’ Power Summit here.

Thank you for your contribution to the bargaining program so far, and I hope to see you in Halifax this summer.

In solidarity,

Lana Payne
National President

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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

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 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 Jerry Skinner (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.

In Solidarity,

Brian Chapman

President Local 27

 please send all required info & file to the following email address –

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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

Jerry Skinner, Financial Secretary:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223

                Cell: 519-521-9286

Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229

                Cell: 519-697-0360

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