Thursday October 20 , 2022 - General Membership Meeting
1:30pm @ Local 27
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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2022 Scholarship Application period is now closed!
Congratulations to all Unifor National Scholarship winners
Congratulations to all Unifor Local 27 Bursary Winners
To: Unifor Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, all staff
In August 2021, the National Executive Board adopted a statement saying that all events, courses, meetings and other activities organized by Unifor National and Unifor Regional Councils would require participants to provide proof of full vaccination prior to arriving on site.
As a result of this statement, Unifor developed a Comprehensive COVID-19 policy applicable at all Unifor offices, as well as at all meetings and events organized by Unifor National. The National Executive Board recently reviewed this policy in light of the evolving situation, including the increasing amount of COVID-19 cases as a result of a sixth wave in Canada.
Many provincial governments have begun to lift restrictions that have been in place during the Omicron wave, and prior. However, the effects of the pandemic are still being felt in communities across the country, and there still remains a certain level of uncertainty for the coming months. Communities who have so far been facing a disproportionate risk of COVID-19 transmission are facing great challenges today, and it’s our collective responsibility to continue to maintain health and safety protocols in solidarity with workers on the frontlines.
The National Executive Board has decided to keep Unifor’s COVID-19 policy in place for Unifor offices, meetings and events taking place until June 6, 2022. In the case of Regional Councils and regionally-held events, the policy may be adapted to regional public health guidelines where public health authorities overwhelmingly agree. A higher safety threshold will be maintained for events where members will be traveling from multiple regions in the country to gather.
The National Executive Board will revisit this decision in June 2022, ahead of Unifor’s Constitutional Convention and other events taking place over the summer. The Union remains committed to making any amendments to its policies and procedures using the best public health guidance available as we seek to balance our collective needs and obligations.
You can read the full statement from the National Executive Board, as well as the Comprehensive COVID-19 policy for Unifor events.
Please know that our union will continue to encourage full compliance with health and safety protocols for our events. We ask that all local unions do their part to keep everyone safe, and to act in solidarity and respect, when participating in our events.
Lana Payne, National Secretary-Treasurer
Renaud Gagné, Quebec Director
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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