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( Last updated Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT)
Safety Survey Results
The AWPPW staffed a booth at the annual safety conference and asked folks to fill out an anonymous survey about safety where they work.  There were 142 people who participated in the survey and the totals are listed under each category of the questions asked. Friday, December 8, 2017 2:33 pm EST

AWPPW Local 675 Members 94% Rejection of WestRock Labor Offer
. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 3:56 pm EDT

Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formally begins this August 16 - RSVP to the Portland Town Hall
. Monday, August 7, 2017 6:36 pm EDT

An inside look at how Koch Industries does business

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:59 pm EDT

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

( Last updated Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT)
Ontario election report-back kicks off the fightback
The long days and nights of a campaign trail build lifelong activists and friendships. The member organizers of Unifor’s Make it Count Ontario election campaign met on Wednesday, June 20 in Toronto for the first time after the election to reflect on the campaign they ran together. “Unifor is now at a completely different level of engagement and mobilization in the province. We continue to build and grow our union from this point forward,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director, speaking with the room of activists. Unifor’s targeted member-to-member campaign was effective, seeing NDP candidates elected in 16 out of the 20 ridings where member organizers were active.  Roland Kiehne, Unifor Membership Mobilization and Political Action Director, thanked the activists for their hard work and led participants through sessions where they reflected and planned for future mobilizations, as well as with discussed strategies for the 2019 federal election. Throughout the course of the five-week campaign, Unifor engaged in live phone surveys with over 2,720 members, contacted almost 77,000 members through recorded voice broadcasts. Around the province activist knocked on more than 8,000 members’ doors. On Election Day, the union engaged 36,581 members through text messaging, encouraging them to vote and in some cases, directing them to the polls. For the organizers in the room during the debrief though, one on one member canvassing was at the heart of the campaign. Stories ranged from young workers, first-time voters, coming out to a meeting, then pledging to vote, and then finally volunteering with a canvass, to campaigners reconnecting with retirees on their own front steps. The wide-ranging breadth of experiences crossed over rural and urban ridings, and in different cultural communities and income levels. These conversations and this level of engagement help build the union. The combined effort of Unifor members during the election serves as the foundation for the next four years of a fightback against Doug Ford’s already-apparent attacks on workers. Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer Bob Orr reflected on Ford’s win at the end of the day, reinforcing the importance of Unifor’s political participation both during elections and in between them, “We can still push and be active and have a strong political voice. We have seen this power before in Saskatchewan when labour mobilized and pushed the Saskatchewan Government to back off on plans to sell crown corporations.” The push to defend workers’ rights, a $15 minimum wage and a better future in Ontario is not over, it is only beginning. Learn from the organizing of the Ontario election and engage with members of your local union. By ensuring political action committees are active and organized, and by staying connected to national and provincial campaigns, members can be ready for anything that is on the horizon. For help setting up a committee in your local, reach out to your president or email politicalaction@unifor.org. Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Aboriginal and Workers of Colour push for social change through electoral representation
Delegates discussed the experiences, lessons and knowledge that they had gained as member-to-member organizers in the recent Ontario elections while at Unifor’s Aboriginal and Workers of Colour (AWOC) conference in Port Elgin on June 15-17.  In the last session of the conference, delegates heard from Walied Khogali, a community activist and a candidate in the upcoming Toronto municipal elections. Khogali spoke of his experiences of growing up in one of Toronto’s downtown neighbourhoods, Regent Park, and the lifelong work of living with and challenging racism and Islamophobia. “The experiences of marginalized communities are often left out or ignored by governments,” said Khogali. “For our voices to be heard, we need Indigenous and workers of colour to actively engage in the political process.” In the recent Unifor Ontario election campaign, Make it Count, the union had a focus on equity issues and mobilizing racialized and Indigenous workers and women to participate in the campaign. Unifor members also volunteered their time in key ridings to help support progressive workers of colour to get elected. Unifor helped make it count for these candidates and more:  Rima Berns-McGown (Beaches-East York), Sara Singh (Brampton Centre), Gurratan Singh (Brampton East), Kevin Yarde (Brampton North), Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre), Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale-High Park), Doly Begum (Scarborough Southwest), Jill Andrew (Toronto-St. Paul’s) , and Faisal Hassan (York South-Weston). “Progressive and inclusive social change starts with having equitable representation at all levels of government,” said Christine Maclin, Unifor Human Rights Director. “The hard work of our members paid off on election night when we saw a record number of Indigenous and racialized candidates elected.” There are several other provincial elections in 2018 New Brunswick and Quebec. Municipal elections will be held in the fall in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and P.E.I. A federal election is also quickly approaching, and Unifor will continue to put workers’ issues and equity on the forefront of all candidates and political parties. If you would like to get more involved in an upcoming campaign, please email politicalaction@unifor.org or reach out to your local candidate!   Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Unifor activist appointed to B.C. Wild Salmon Advisory Council
PRINCE RUPERT—Unifor congratulates United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union (UFAWU-Unifor) president Joy Thorkelson on her appointment to the newly-created Wild Salmon Advisory Council. “Joy is very experienced in the fish harvesting sector and will be a key resource in the effort to keep wild salmon stocks healthy,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. First announced on June 15, the Council’s 14 members will advise the Wild Salmon Secretariat on a wide range of public policy issues as well as providing guidance to government. The Council consists of various experts from the industry, First Nations and B.C. coastal communities. “Wild salmon is critical to the way of life for thousands of British Columbians,” said Thorkelson. “It is important for the government to be proactive to protect wild salmon and its habitat and to ensure the benefits from fisheries are delivered to fishing communities.” Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Unifor Social Justice Fund provides medical aid in Gaza
The Unifor Social Justice Fund has donated $50,000 to help Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to provide emergency medical aid in Gaza. With the recent escalation of violence in the region, MSF has adapted its work to meet a massive influx of patients with gunshot wounds and burns from missile explosions. “It will take a long time for people with these injuries to recover, not to mention the several surgeries they will have to undergo,” said Lynn, an MSF orthopaedic surgeon. “Life will never be the same for them.” MSF teams, including vascular, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgeons and anaesthetists, are performing operations at five hospitals in the region. In the past months, MSF has tripled its capacity to offer additional surgeries for the people injured by gunshots while managing five clinics to provide post-operative care. “This donation by the Social Justice Fund will support the efforts of these highly trained medical volunteers who are working around the clock to alleviate suffering and save lives,” said Unifor International Director Mohamad Alsadi. For more information on the Social Justice Fund visit unifor.org/sjf Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Conference inspires activism
Members from across the country gathered in Port Elgin for this year’s Aboriginal and Workers of Colour (AWOC) Conference to listen, talk and develop a plan for “Resistance, Reckoning and Reconciliation: Changing the World Through Activism”. On Friday, June 15, following the Indigenous Opening Ceremony, the new Unifor Human Rights Director Christine Maclin opened the conference to a packed room of more than a hundred members - change agents of the union. “This conference served as a platform for discussions, and it provided learning tools on ways that our union can help contest racism,” said Maclin. “Each of us, as activists and trade unionists, can act to strengthen our own work and come together to build respectful inclusive diversity and celebrate all our beautiful differences of race, religion, sexuality and more.” Grand Chief Sheila North’s keynote speech led what was to be a busy Saturday, with AWOC regional reports from the Prairies, Atlantic, Ontario, Quebec and B.C. interspersed throughout the day. The conference also featured Tatiana Ferguson from the Toronto For All campaign that offers tools and resources to develop cities and municipal governments that are more welcoming, more inclusive and better for all. “Anti-racism, reconciliation, inclusion and solidarity with precarious workers are now the front line struggle for democracy and justice and the stakes are high,” said Bob Orr, National Secretary-Treasurer during his speech to delegates. “Our mission as a labour movement is to fight racism and fight for economic justice, equity and inclusion for all, and AWOC is leading the way, demanding change and being a part of it.” Saturday afternoon conference attendees heard from Local 7575 member talk about their challenges in the workplace and their journey to becoming Unifor members. In recognition of International Domestic Workers’ Day, annually celebrated on June 16, a panel of domestic workers and advocates proved not only timely but also insightful to understand the systemic legal barriers of immigration and work that reinforce racism and exclusion. Following this, a session on Decolonization 101 and team-building activities wrapped up the day. More and more, we hear and directly see the racist harassment in our communities, the continual anti-black racism, racial profiling of youth by police and a rise of groups that seek to limit the rights of immigrants and refugees. This reality is felt in communities across Canada, and it is bolstered by populist, right-wing leaders, and a growing prevalence of organized white supremacist and nationalist groups that instigate violence and hate, all of which are reminders that every member has an important role to play in creating safe and harassment-free living and working spaces.   In light of evidence of increasing attacks on people of colour and Indigenous Peoples and escalating numbers of religion-based hate crimes, the conference closed on Sunday with closing remarks by Walied Khogali, a community-based activist and municipal candidate in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. Walied discussed that the importance of having racialized and Indigenous workers elected at all levels of government truly represent the needs of racialized and indigenous communities. This conference, like all of the work of the AWOC regional standing committees, is part of the vital work that Unifor is doing to promote social justice, equity and anti-racism. To learn more about the efforts underway in Unifor to push for equity contact Christine Maclin, email Christine.Maclin@unifor.org or the AWOC rep in your regional area to get involved. Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Retail workers win statutory holidays in Peel Region
Unifor members who work in retail fight back at municipalities across the province against councils that seek to chip away at the few guaranteed holidays that they have. In Ontario, the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA) declares there are nine recognized statutory holidays when stores, with a few exceptions, must remain closed. Municipal governments however, are able to introduce bylaws that allow stores to remain open on these holidays, but in Peel Region this week, the workers’ voices were heard and statutory holidays were protected. On Thursday, June 14, the Peel Regional Council considered changing bylaws surrounding the Retail Business Holiday Act but voted unanimously to maintain the status quo, prohibiting shopping on statutory holidays. “Being forced to work on statutory holidays denies retail workers the precious little time they have to spend with their families," said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “I commend the councilors who heard the stories from their constituents and voted to protect statutory holidays for them.” Members and representatives from Unifor Local 414, that represents approximately 1500 retail workers in the region and the Peel and District Labour Council held a rally before the council meeting, and presented at the meeting. “Members of Local 414 work hard, often at multiple jobs with unpredictable schedules. That same work ethic comes through when we organize to defend our working conditions,” said Gord Currie, President of Unifor Local 414. “I hope that members across the province see this victory and believe that they too can fight back and win, because when we are united we are strong.” Unifor has lobbied for several years at the municipal level to ensure that Ontario retail workers are not forced to accept extra workdays that will cut into valuable time with families. The community rally is just one of many actions that Unifor has organized to ensure that retailers remain closed on New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Strike at Saint-Laurent’s CMC Electronics ends
This was a great victory for members of Local 2289.  CMC Electronics workers in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, members of Local 2889, ended their two-week strike over a defined benefit pension plan. “Our members have a lot to be proud of,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director. “Not only did they succeed in maintaining the defined benefit pension plan for both current and future employees, but they also obtained other gains.” The union was able to maintain the plan for all workers, with the employer backing off on its demand to impose an inadequate one. In addition to resolving the main issue involving the pension plan, the union negotiated a three-year contract with wage increases of 5.75 per cent and the maintenance of health benefits paid for by the employer. Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT

Demand access to water on National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day and it is recognized here on Turtle Island, commonly referred to as Canada, as an annual day to celebrate the unique heritage, vibrant cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people. Unifor proudly acknowledges Indigenous peoples and their tremendous contributions in shaping our union, building our communities, and fighting for a just and equitable world. While Unifor celebrates and thanks Indigenous Peoples, the union also acknowledges and openly reflects on past wrongs and the ongoing injustices Indigenous peoples face. For more than 150 years Indigenous Peoples have suffered through failed policies and laws, while non-Indigenous People in Canada have continued to benefit from this exploitative relationship. It is time for not just reconciliation but truth and justice. Part of that pursuit of truth and justice means recognizing and acting on the unequal treatment that continues even today for Indigenous people and their communities. One example of this is the access to public services and water. Clean and safe drinking water is a basic human right. Yet many Indigenous communities within Canada are deprived of the right to water. An estimated 20,000 Indigenous people living on reserves across this country have no access to running water or sewage. There are more than 100 water advisories that are routinely in effect preventing the use of water, with some Indigenous communities living under advisories for nearly 20 years. Learn more about the struggle for water by reading this Unifor resource. Previously June 21 was recognized as National Aboriginal Day. Changing the name of June 21 to National Indigenous Peoples Day is a positive step forward, but name changes alone won't lead to reconciliation. This is why on June 21 Unifor is calling on all members to take action. Make a statement to demand safe and clean drinking water for Indigenous Peoples. Print and share this poster with your workplace, local union office, and communities. Send a message about access to water to your MP and share this social media image to spread truth and demand justice to for the Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Today, Unifor calls on the federal government to deliver on its $4.6 billion infrastructure investment in Indigenous communities to ensure there is drinkable water. The federal government must ensure that Indigenous communities lead the processes and have the tools, money, and training needed for operation and maintenance systems. The federal government must recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach won't address the varying needs of different Indigenous communities. Through this and other initiatives, Unifor reaffirms our commitment to building awareness and standing with Indigenous Peoples in protecting land and water. As a union, we understand solidarity, action and revealing truth is the only path that can lead to reconciliation. For more information on National Indigenous Peoples Day click here. Monday, June 25, 2018 1:33 pm EDT


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