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Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation
June 16, 2016 2:00 am JST Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation src=http://asia.nikkei. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:26 pm EDT

The U.S. International Trade Commission Report
The U.S. International Trade Commission Report Last week, the U.S. Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:42 pm EDT

More to follow
AWPPW Local 69 is getting with the times and working on a website. Standby, more to follow. Friday, May 20, 2016 6:47 pm EDT

AWPPW Local 60 member Steven Phillips will be attending President Obama?s State of the Union Address
Brothers and Sisters, on Tuesday January 12th, 2016 AWPPW Local 60 member Steven Phillips will be attending President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  Mr. Phillips is attending as a guest of Congressman Peter DeFazio.  DeFazio represents the 4th Congressional District of Oregon. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:28 pm EST

Workshops to be held for all Newberg Union employees at the Local 60 Union Hall
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:33 pm EDT

( Last updated Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT)
Building the Labour Movement Together – Register for the CLC Convention
The Canadian Labour Congress is the national voice of the labour movement, and along with 310,000 Unifor members it represents 3.3 million workers across Canada. Every three years, the Congress holds its Convention to set the future direction and agenda for our labour movement. During this year’s Convention, held from Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, there will be important discussions and debates on a variety of policy issues and campaigns – including what trade and a fair future should look like in Canada. Local unions are entitled to send delegations to participate in the debate and vote on important decisions including who will be the executive officers for the next three years. In the past three years at the CLC, we’ve already seen improvements for migrant workers, a ban on asbestos, and putting issues such as a minimum living wage, rights for precarious work and a universal child care program on the national agenda, and the anti-union bill C377 was stopped dead in its tracks, but there is more to do! This CLC election is about continuing to strengthen the progressive voice of our labour movement. It is an important moment to elect change agents who can lead and get results for workers.  Let’s come together to express our voice and vote to contribute to Canada’s labour movement. Register your Local Union today. If you have questions about your Local Union delegation or registration, please contact Laura Garvey via email at laura.garvey@unifor.org. More information Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

Cancer Fund benefits from book by Unifor member
Bob Hoffman, President of Local 39, has taken a passion project for his children and transformed it to benefit cancer patients in Northern Ontario.  In addition to his union duties, Hoffman is the author of ‘Dinosaurs of Prenaria’, an adventure book inspired by children’s bedtime stories. Hoffman pursued and landed a book deal, but just before it was published he lost his father to pancreatic cancer.  Sadly, both his father-in-law and cousin also lost their lives to the disease. “I watched all three loved ones suffer through cancer,” said Hoffman. “So it was an easy decision to donate the royalties from the book towards cancer research to help find a cure.” For every copy sold $1 is donated to the Northern Cancer Fund. Last August, Hoffman shared his story with delegates at the National Convention in Ottawa where Jerry Dias, National President, put forth a motion to purchase 1,000 copies.   “This was a win-win as the purchase resulted in a $1,000 donation to aid cancer patients, while the books will be distributed to the union’s Family Education Centre and other locations across Canada to support children’s literacy,” said Dias.   On April 6, 2017 Hoffman proudly presented a cheque to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation in support of the Northern Cancer Fund. He also donated a copy of the book to the hospital’s paediatric unit to help young patients temporarily take their minds off treatment. Buy a copy Dinosaurs of Prenaria is available at Chapters bookstores or directly through Bob Hoffman at fireworksunlimited@shaw.ca . Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

Pension bill halted
Unifor’s campaign against Bill C-27 has forced the federal government to take a step back, halting the bill’s progression. The campaign continues to seek full withdrawal of the proposed legislation, which threatens pension security for members in federally regulated sectors. “This shows the power of political lobbying,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “The Liberal government tried to ram this through but the tremendous online response has made them think twice.” To date, over 2,600 members and retirees have signed Unifor’s online petition, sending a clear message to the government that Bill C-27 is an attack on workers and retirees. As a result, the Ministry of Finance announced further consultation before proceeding with the legislation. Bill C-27 would allow Federal employers to convert defined benefit pensions to target benefit pensions, eliminating the legal obligation to deliver promised benefits. This conversion could reduce pension payments as plan members assume virtually all financial risk and responsibility to cover funding deficits. If the Ministry of Finance has invited your Local to make a submission on C-27 contact Pensions and Benefits by emailing david.leacock@unifor.org For more information visit unifor.org/stopC27. Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

Unifor.org has a new look!
There are exciting changes to the National website. Visit unifor.org to see the new, modern layout and navigation menu. The site now includes easy to access sections for education, equity, and health and safety. Be sure to visit unifor.org/uniforaction for updates on ongoing campaigns, solidarity work and bargaining. Online construction is still underway, so you have a suggestion or comment tell us. Email communications@unifor.org with your feedback. Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

Climate Change – Plans to Action
The 2017 National Environment Conference is being held June 23-25 at the Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. Register to join the conversation about climate policies, and how to protect and grow good jobs in a green economy. To be part of this important national conference, speak with your Local President and register before the deadline on June 9. Environmental activists, local union leadership, workplace representatives and members on Political Action committees are encouraged to attend. Details at unifor.org/environment2017. Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

Unifor launching new and innovative trade campaign
Unifor is set to officially launch a bold new Fair Trade Future campaign to change the way Canada negotiates international trade deals. “We need trade deals that are structured to help workers find better jobs and to build stronger and cleaner communities for families,” said Jerry Dias, National President. Unifor has had very effective trade campaigns in the past focused on such deals as NAFTA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe (CETA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), softwood lumber and more. This new campaign will incorporate all of those campaigns into one, with the emphasis on setting new priorities for negotiating trade agreements. “Right now, trade deals are focused on giving more power to corporations, at the expense of working people. With this campaign, we are saying that must change. The needs of working people and communities must come first.” With NAFTA and softwood lumber now back up for negotiation, CETA inching toward ratification, trade with China and even talk of reviving TPP, Canada needs to refocus its trade strategy to emphasize the needs of working people. Canada exports more than half a trillion dollars each year, plus billions more in service trade. About two-thirds of Unifor members work in trade-related or trade-dependent industries across Canada. “Trade is vital to Unifor members and their communities. We must be active on trade issues to create a better future,” Dias said. The campaign will launch officially at the August Canadian Council. Campaign coordinators from across Canada meet next week to plot out the campaign, which will include town halls, rallies and much more organized across the country over the next year,. Get involved and learn more at unifor.org/fairtradefuture. Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

Atlantic newspapers purchase troublesome
On April 13, The Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax announced it had formed a new company - Saltwire Media - and had purchased 28 Atlantic Canada newspapers from Transcontinental. The deal made Saltwire the largest media group in the Atlantic. What may seem to be just another shift in the media landscape is particularly shocking given the Herald's newsroom staff, members of CWA Canada, have been on strike for over 450 days. The strike began with Herald CEO Mark Lever claiming that drastic cuts to wages and benefits were needed because the business was so poor. "A strong democracy relies on quality journalism," said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director and former journalist. "A concentration of media like this in the region is troublesome, especially under an anti-worker, anti-union owner." The Chronicle Herald is the country's largest privately-owned newspaper and as a private company has no obligation to make its financial statements or transactions public. Unifor currently represents 80 workers at The Telegram, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, which was one of the outlets included in the purchase. "Bargaining is approaching at The Telegram," said Payne. "We’re ready to stand up for good journalism and to ensure good jobs are protected." ​ Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT

BC election heats up
When British Columbia’s election writ was dropped on April 11, Unifor was ready. The union’s Political Action and Membership Mobilization department has spent months training local member activists and planning out a strategy to defeat the Christy Clark government. Clark has led the BC Liberals (a right-wing coalition that is not affiliated with the Liberal Party of Canada) since 2011 after her predecessor Gordon Campbell was forced to resign. She won an unlikely victory in the 2013 provincial election, but Unifor says that she’s overseen a government that only caters to big business and party donors. “Christy Clark is a premier for the wealthy,” said Joie Warnock, Western Regional Director. “From education to job creation, the Clark government has been a disaster for working people.” Unifor’s election campaign aims to both increase voter turnout among members and raise the profile of the government’s record so every British Columbian can make an informed choice on May 9. To maximize the impact, key electoral districts that are expected to be tight races have been targeted for member involvement. For example, Clark’s BC Liberals have changed forestry rules to allow a massive spike in the number of unprocessed logs to be exported—a move that has killed 30,000 jobs while putting millions into the pockets of forestry companies. Under Clark’s leadership the Liberals have also jacked up costs for working British Columbians, everything from tuition fees, healthcare premiums, ferry fares, and auto insurance premiums have increased. Vancouver’s housing market has become notoriously unaffordable on the BC Liberals’ watch. “Affordability in most parts of BC is approaching crisis levels,” said Warnock. “Working people can’t afford another four years of Christy Clark.” Several Unifor members have been booked off for the duration of the campaign to coordinate member-to-member efforts, including regular canvassing and phone calls. Unifor members have also been contacted by direct mail and voicemail broadcasts. “We’re campaigning hard, but we’re also campaigning smart,” said Gavin McGarrigle, BC Area Director. Unifor is augmenting the face-to-face campaigning with a broad public campaign. Advertisements are running on television, radio, English and non-English print publications, and online. The ads can be viewed at Facebook.com/UniforCanada. Friday, April 28, 2017 4:21 am EDT


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