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As we grapple with the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in an unmarked grave on the site of a former residential school in Kamploops BC and struggle with the horror of the recent terror attack on a Muslim family here in London, Ontario — we know that the dialogue against hate, racism, Islamophobia and all forms of discrimination must never stop! We all have a role to play to #DeleteRacism. CCMW’s, Canadian Council of Muslim Women Digital Anti Racism Education 2 Workshops, funded by the Government of Canada, are an excellent way to engage in this important conversation.
The workshops are in English & French and aimed at empowering communities across Canada with bilingual training and tools on:
- How Islamophobia further marginalizes Black Muslims, Indigenous Muslims, 2SLGBTQI+ Muslims and Muslims with disabilities.
- Understanding cyberhate and online extremism to effectively counter online hate speech and narratives effectively.
About the workshops:
Anti-Islamophobia 1O1: The 3.5-hour virtual workshop seeks to address the realities of Islamophobia and the way in which it operates within Canadian society and will be presented, with engaging videos & break-out sessions, by Amira Elghawaby, renowned journalist and human rights advocate. (https://www.amiraelghawaby.net/).
Countering Cyberhate 1O1 Virtual Workshop: The 3-hour virtual workshop aims to help participants better understand online hate speech and extremism, with interactive tools alongside engaging breakout sessions, led by Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor Director, Centre of Hate, Bias & Extremism, Ontario Tech University. Click here For more information on Dr. Perry.
Participants need to attend a virtual Anti-Islamophobia 101 Workshop & Countering Cyberhate 101 Workshop in order to receive a certificate in Digital Anti-Racism Education.
It is recommended that participants take the broader Anti-Racism 1O1 training before participating in the first workshop. The Anti-Racism 1O1 e-learning module can be found on: www.daretobeaware.ca
For workshop schedule, CLICK HERE
To register for upcoming workshops, CLICK HERE
Please email: email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns. Register for a workshop today and help #DeleteRacism!
Firdaus Ali (Pronouns: She/Her)Project Manager, D.A.R.E. 2 (Digital Anti-Racism Education) Project
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Our Condolences to the Afzaal’s family from Unifor
It is indeed a very tough time for the Canadian Muslim community as we grapple with increasing Islamophobia and hate crimes against our community. However, we find comfort and solace in the community support that we continue to witness. This incident and many others against our minority communities, make our anti-racism work more important now than ever before.
CCMW, Canadian Council of Muslim Women is hosting a national virtual vigil this Sunday in solidarity with the London family. Hoping you can share this with your networks and Unifor family.
The Digital Anti-Racism Education 2 (D.A.R.E.2) Project funded by the Government of Canada at CCMW and as part of the project we are hosting anti-Islamophobia & Countering Cyberhate workshops in June and July. The workshops are virtual via Zoom and participants could greatly benefit from the interactive learnings. Participants attending the workshops would also receive a certificate in Digital Anti-Racism Education from CCMW. Follow the Link below or you could simply copy/paste and forward to your networks. More information about the project can be found at: www.daretobeaware.ca
For a complete List of Canadian Council of Muslim Women Calendar of events, follow the Link below;
A reminder of this important webinar coming up on Thursday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
This webinar is open to all Unifor members, and you can register to attend here.
From our local unions across Canada, what can Unifor members and activists do to build solidarity with Palestinians during this time?
This webinar will feature guest speakers directly engaged in the fight for Palestinian human rights, who are actively building solidarity with Palestinians. We invite Unifor members to join in this important, timely conversation about concrete ways to build and express solidarity.
Read Unifor’s statement of solidarity: Unifor condemns attacks on Gaza
For more event information on guest speakers, please click here and share this link with your members.
I look forward to sharing in this important conversation with you on Thursday.
Ontario Regional Director
Unifor mourns the loss of the 215 children found on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory who perished in the custody of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The discovery confirms what community survivors have said for decades—hundreds of children went to the school and never returned home. This is true of at least 6,000 Indigenous children who attended residential schools across the country.
The mass grave is a horrific reminder of the scale of the colonial violence that still haunts survivors and their families today.
Canada is far from done reconciling its murderous history of residential schools. Reconciliation is important for being accountable to both Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and all communities and families that are affected.
Unifor supports the call of Indigenous leaders for a nationwide probe of former residential school sites. The federal government must ensure Indigenous communities have the resources to find answers about missing children as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Missing Children’s Project”.
Unifor understands that solidarity is the key to truth and reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Canada. Unifor is committed to using its bargaining power, mobilizing power, and political power to bring about transformative change.
What Unifor members can do:
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
Whichever action you take, please share your work with the National Office and on social media so others can follow our example to do their part in reconciliation.
View the statement on our website here.
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To: London and Area Local Presidents, Unit Chairs, Activists, and London Office Staff
Members of Unifor Local 1999 were locked out province-wide on May 13, 2021 by their employer, Reliance Home Comfort. Please show support to our locked out brothers and sisters if you are in the area of the picket lines listed below.
There is a Reliance Home Comfort on 16025 Robins Hill Road London, I’m hoping our London office staff, London and area local leaderships, members, and activists can join Local 1999 members at this picket line to show support. Thank you.
37A Morton Ave E Unit A Brantford N3R 7J5
275 Thompson Dr Cambridge N1T 2B9
830 Harrington Ct Burlington L7N 3N4
113 Cushman Rd Unit 60 St Catharines L2M 6S9
745 Development Dr Unit 9 Kingston K7M 4W6
16025 Robins Hill Rd London N5V 0A8
5653 McAdam Rd Mississauga L4Z 1N9
1355 Confederation St Unit 15 Sarnia N7S 4T2
462 Riverview Dr Unit 7 Chatham N7M 5J5
285 Memorial Ave Thunder Bay P7B 6H4
200 Beaver Creek Rd Richmond Hill L4B 1C7
1900 Blackacre Dr Oldcastle N0R 1L0 (Windsor)
2055 Forbes St Whitby L1N 9X1
London Area Director
Frequently asked questions (faq) on ontario covid-19 worker income protection benefit
Due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on workers, program support
criteria are subject to change. Be sure to visit www.unifor.org/covid19 to download updated versions of this
Note: On February 19, 2021, the federal government announced proposed legislative and regulatory
changes that would increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the Canada Recovery Benefit
(CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), and Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits
On April 29, 2021, the Government of Ontario passed legislation mandating that employers provide
employees with paid sick leave under the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit. The program
entitles workers to take up to three days of paid sick leave at up to $200 per day in wages, if they are:
going for a COVID-19 test or staying home awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
sick with COVID-19
advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19 by an employer, medical practitioner or other authority
going to get vaccinated or recovering from vaccination side-effect
taking care of a dependent who is:
sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19
self-isolating due to COVID-19
getting vaccinated or recovering from vaccination side-effect
These temporary measures, referred to as ‘infectious disease emergency leave pay’, will be retroactive to April
19, 2021 and will end on September 25, 2021.
This FAQ document aims to provide Unifor members with the most up to date answers we have on frequently
asked questions about Ontario’s temporary paid sick leave measures.
If I already have paid sick leave as part of my current collective agreement or employment contract, will I
get an additional three days of paid sick days?
No, you will be topped up to three days of paid sick leave if you have one or two days of paid sick leave under
your current employment contract. Any workers who already have three or more days of paid sick leave will
not be covered by the new paid sick leave measures.
What if I have to take more than three days of sick leave? Can I continue to take sick leave for as long as I
am ill or for other reasons related to COVID-19?
Yes, employees are currently entitled to take unpaid sick leave under Ontario’s infectious disease emergency
leave measures, which allows workers to take unpaid sick leave for reasons related to COVID-19 without fear
of reprisal or dismissal by their employers.
If I take unpaid sick leave after my three days of paid sick leave, can I apply for compensation through the
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)?
Only if the unpaid sick days fall within a one-week period during which you received no paid sick days.
Unfortunately, the current CRSB rules do not allow you to apply for the CRSB for days that fall within a week
when you received paid leave from your employer.
For example, if you were ill all week and took paid sick leave from Monday to Wednesday, you would not be
eligible to be compensated through the CRSB for any unpaid leave taken on Thursday and Friday. Any days of
unpaid sick leave taken the following week would be eligible for the CRSB.
Will I need a sick note to prove to my employer that I was absent for reasons related to COVID-19?
Employers cannot ask you for a sick note or medical certificate from a nurse or doctor to prove that you were
eligible for sick leave (whether paid or unpaid), but may require you to provide ‘evidence reasonable in the
circumstances’, which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Examples include a printout or screenshot of
information issued by a public health official advising quarantine/self-isolation or a copy of an order to self
For more information, please refer to the province’s infectious disease emergency leave information.
What if I take a few hours off from work to get vaccinated? Will my paid sick leave only apply to the hours I
am absent from work?
Under the paid sick leave legislation, taking part of a day counts as taking a full day of leave. In other words, if
you only take a few hours from work for vaccination or any other COVID-19 related reason, you are considered
to have taken a full paid day of sick leave.
I make less than $200 a day. What will my employer pay me if I take sick days under these new measures?
If you make less than $200 a day, you will be paid your regular wages for the day, not including any overtime
that would have otherwise been paid.
I make more than $200 a day. Is my employer required to pay me my full wages for the day if I take sick
leave under these new measures?
No, employers are only obligated to pay up to $200 per day for any days of sick leave taken under the new
Your employer may elect to pay you more, but the maximum amount they can be reimbursed by
the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is $200 per day.
I earn part of my pay from tips and/or commissions. Will the paid sick leave measures cover what I usually
earn from these sources?
No, the paid sick leave measures will only cover your base wages.
I work as a freelancer and/or independent contractor. Am I covered by this new program?
No, the legislation implementing the program only applies to individuals defined as ‘employees’ under
Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA), which does not include independent contractors or freelancers.
However, as a freelancer or independent contractor, you are eligible to apply for the Canada Recovery Sickness
If I took unpaid sick leave on or after April 19, 2021 for reasons related to COVID-19, but before the
legislation was enacted on April 29, am I still eligible for the three days of paid sick leave?
Yes, but you must inform your employer in writing by May 13, 2021 that you intend to take those days as paid
What if I am called in for a shift at the last minute but cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19? Will I
be eligible for paid sick leave?
If you were scheduled by the employer for a shift and were then unavailable to work due to reasons related to
COVID-19, yes, you are eligible. If the employer simply called you to see if you were available to work that day,
no, you are not eligible for paid sick leave.
How much notice am I required to give my employer in order to take paid sick leave? For example, am
I eligible for paid sick leave if I elect to attend a pop-up vaccination clinic that is announced at the last
There is no requirement to give your employer a specific amount of notice to take paid sick leave under the
new measures. However, you must inform your employer that you are unavailable to work for COVID-19
related reasons as soon as you can.
Who can I contact for more information?
You can call the designated Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Information Centre at
For more COVID-19 related worker support information, visit www.unifor.org/covid19
Prepared by Unifor
INCOME PROTECTION BENEFIT
Unifor will be marking the Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job with an online ceremony to remember workers who have died in the past year.
Last year’s Day of Mourning, April 28, came just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning, and few of us could imagine that we would still be in its grips a year later.
According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 925 workers died on the job or were killed by occupational disease in 2019, the last year for which statistics are available, and there were 271,806 lost time claims.
At Unifor over the past year, 17 members have died on the job, including five with COVID-19. Four members of FFAW-Unifor were killed in just one day.
“This has been an extremely difficult year, one we hope to never see repeated. It is important that we come together to remember, and to commit to prevent any more such needless deaths,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
Join with other Unifor staff and activists for the online commemoration on April 28:
Please mark this time and date in your calendars and register to attend in advance on Zoom.
LOCAL & NATIONAL UNION BURSARIES
UNIFOR LOCAL 27 JIM ASHTON MEMORIAL BURSARIES
Up to three (3) Memorial Bursaries in the amount of $1,000.00 which will be awarded to a child of a UNIFOR Local 27 member entering the first year of a full-time 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 the memory of Jim Ashton, past President of our Local, 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 paper 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 INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR THE JIM ASHTON MEMORIAL BURSARIES
APPLICATION DEADLINE – FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021
UNIFOR National Union & Regional Council Scholarships
Twenty-three (23) scholarships valued at $2,000.00 each will be awarded to sons/daughters of Unifor members in good standing.
Eligible students must be entering their first year of full time post secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trades school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.
A committee appointed by the Unifor National Executive Board will make the selection of candidates.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021
Applications are available : follow Link below
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.
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.
Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director
Scott McILmoyle, Chairperson
Tullio DiPonti, Secretary-Treasurer
Tim McKinnon, Member at Large
James Stewart, Member at Large
Debbie Montgomery, Member at Large
Jamie Martinez, Member at Large
Jim Fling, Member at Large
Lisa Tucker, Member at Large
Carleen Finch, Member at Large
Ontario Regional Council Executive
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
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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 – email@example.com
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