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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 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT)
Unifor members ratify collective agreement with Loomis Express
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Vancouver—A tentative agreement reached on May 1 has been ratified by Unifor members at Loomis Express during a series of meetings across the country this week. “Our new collective agreement fairly reflects the important contribution of Unifor members to Loomis Express’ success,” said Todd Romanow, Unifor National Representative. The new four-year contract includes a 10% wage increase, other monetary benefits, and a pension enhancement. Unifor was also successful in bargaining additional sick days, eight Women’s Advocate positions, and eliminated the ability to contract out work. Unifor represents 1,600 workers at Loomis Express. The membership includes hourly drivers, owner operators, call centre staff, clerical, and warehouse workers. The previous contract expired on March 31, 2017. For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell). Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Workers, Community, Come Together to Protect Casino Jobs
Casino workers and concerned community members met at a Niagara Falls community centre to take the next step in a campaign to defend good jobs in the city. The town hall, organized by Unifor, comes as the next step in a community campaign that has included rallies both at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls and at Queen’s Park in Toronto.  An Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Request for Proposals (RFP) aimed at privatizing Ontario’s casinos was recently studied by an independent investigation. The investigation found that the RFP put 1400 local jobs at risk through the threat of closure at the Fallsview Casino. Katha Fortier, Unifor Assistant to the National President, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair, and Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls also spoke at the town hall. Security workers at the casino are unionized through Unifor Local 199. Local 199 President, Greg Brady spoke at the town hall meeting, pledging to defend the jobs and dignity of people currently working at the casino. “I’ll fight for all of you,” he told the crowd. Brady spoke not only to the 1400 workers whose jobs are at risk, but also the larger community of farms, restaurants, hotels and the peripheral industries that would be dramatically affected by the loss of a Niagara Falls’ casino. “It’s unacceptable, we have a chance here to make a change,” Diodati called for a united front for the community against the threats of these cuts. He highlighted the change in priorities, where the casinos were built to bring good jobs to the community, and they are now being treated purely as revenue for the province, with no regard for the working people and industries relying on them. In the face of these changes, Katha Fortier reminded workers present that they can have protection and job security though a union.  Unifor unionized gaming workers at Caesars Windsor and Casino Rama have a direct say in workplace changes that may result from modernization. The national union can offer a mechanism to fight back on job cuts. If you are interested in learning more about joining Unifor, visit www.unifor.org/join Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Unifor supports Canadian Content Requirements
Unifor supports Canadian Content Requirements; requests governments do more, not less. Unifor has long been an active advocate of Canadian content and Industrial Regional Benefit requirements in government procurement of manufactured goods from transit vehicles to defense infrastructure. Local content requirements require a certain share of goods purchased through government procurement are made in Canada. These requirements support good, local jobs; fuel economic development; and generate tax revenue; that revenue is then used to pursue additional goals including administering health care, greening the economy and building more infrastructure. Collectively, our federal, provincial and local governments spend about one out of every four dollars in the economy on hospitals, bridges, subways, buses, ferries, roads and offices. Where and how that money is spent is vital to how our economy is shaped – it can create jobs, invest in local companies (large and small) and create additional spinoff benefits including higher tech innovations and business for supplier firms.   Public investment and procurement in key manufacturing sectors is vital to our future and is good policy.  We need strategic government investment that leverages new technology; locks-in commitments to investment and development; and secures Canadian jobs. Local content requirements are standard practice in other large economies, including the United States and China. Governments the world over understand the value of domestic purchasing requirements in fostering middle class employment and a fair future for workers in the local jurisdiction.  The 2008 Ontario government decision to enact Canadian content requirements continues to be sound public policy. Unifor supports the Ontario government continued commitment to 25% Canadian content in all transit vehicles purchased with Ontario government funding and encourages the government to strictly enforce the current rules to ensure public expenditures continue to produce high quality jobs in Canada. Unifor encourages Canada’s federal, provincial and municipal governments to enact and, where relevant, increase Canadian content requirements and magnify the positive impact government spending can have on the Canadian economy and the public good.    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Unifor Pride Conference Empowers and Educates
From May 12-14, more than 100 delegates learned from empowering panels and expert speakers who shared a lifetime of experience as social activists at Unifor’s national Pride Conference. Opening panels tackled the new reality of social justice activism in the age of Trump, and current LGBTQ issues in Canada and around the world. Unifor members participated in more than 15 local pride celebrations last summer, and hope to be present at even more this year. Gary Kinsman, a long-time activist and academic, reminded workers to bring their issues and perspectives as LBGTQ workers to the wider community and push to include politics and protest in pride celebrations. The first pride parade was a protest led by transgender women of colour. Their legacy of acting in solidarity to push for justice should be continued. Pride is crucial for many young workers and those just discovering their gender and sexual identity. Workers still face homophobia and transphobia at work and in the wider community. Union involvement in local LGBTQ groups and events are important to represent the needs of those workers. Participants heard from Akio Maroon, who sits on the executive board of Pride Toronto. Pride festivals, for Akoi, should be more than a PR strategy. “We need to lean in to challenge and change systems of oppression,” Akoi added to the conversation around union involvement in pride as activists, not just to wave a flag. Delegates also participated in a workshop covering the first steps towards making workplaces safer and more supportive for transgender coworkers, from bargaining protection under gender identity and expression into CAs to taking political action to defend trans rights on the provincial and federal levels. Adrianne Smith explained a simple thing that all people can do to help combat ideas around gender, by simply asking people what pronouns they use when you are asking their name (her, him, they, or something else). Unifor national president Jerry Dias summed up the call-to-action of the conference in his remarks to delegates, saying that, “We need to start with the premise that we have a lot to learn and a lot more to do. But the arguments and fights we take on are worth it to move progressive politics forward.” Unifor has bargained for same-sex spousal benefits and against discrimination based on gender and sexuality since Dias’ first time serving on bargaining committees in the 1970s, but this change needs to be included in work with government and within workers’ communities. All members are encouraged to go out and be involved in local Pride events and festivities, to bring Unifor’s dedication to social justice to cities and towns all over this country. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Unifor members recognized at CALM awards
Unifor members won 6 awards and received 3 honourable mentions at this year’s CALM awards! The Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM), brings together more than 200 labour unions across Canada to strategize and better communicate our members campaigns and issues. The annual CALM awards recognize excellence in union publications and productions. Congratulations to all who tirelessly represent members in our fight for good jobs and social justice. Unifor members Joe Sarnovsky, representing Unifor Local 222 and Dianne Shanner of Unifor Local 1S were also elected to the CALM Board of Directors. Unifor CALM winners and honourable mentions Best Photo (staff produced) Honourable mention for best show of solidarity, Unifor- Truth and reconciliation now. Best Photo (volunteer produced) Unifor Local 88 Honourable mentions: Unifor Local 5555 Unifor Local 88 The Freeperson Award for best cartoon, illustration or infographic (volunteer produced) Unifor Local 5555 for their creative infographic on sending effective emails. Best Local Campaign (volunteer produced) and Best use of social media by a union (volunteer produced) Unifor Local 199 for their presence and persistence during the two-week strike at Seneca Manufacturing, the first strike in the unit’s 42 year history. Rosemarie Bahr award for excellence in print layout and design (volunteer produced) Unifor Local 5555 - Wellness @ Mac, a newsletter on wellness published by members working at the Student Wellness Centre at McMaster University. Best Poster (volunteer produced) Unifor Local 5555, School of Arts concert series poster. More detail about the awards and CALM can be found here. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Support Registered Practical Nurses as part of the health care team
Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) are trained professionals and are a vitally important part of the hospital care medical team. Unifor represents approximately 3,000 of the 18,000 RPNs who work in Ontario hospitals. On May 8, the first day of Nursing Week, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario called for the elimination of RPNs from most Ontario hospitals. Unifor is determined to support the work of RPNs in our hospitals and is working closely with the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario and other unions that represent RPNs. Please take a moment to send a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Health and Long-term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins  and ask that they continue supporting RPNs and building strong health care teams in hospitals. https://actnow.rpnao.org/ Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Canadian Health Coalition petition on national Pharmacare
Canada remains the only country in the world with a universal health care system that doesn't include prescription medication. Three million Canadians are unable to afford their prescription medication and 9 in 10 Canadians support having a National Public Drug Plan to provide universal access to prescription drugs.  The Canadian Health Coalition hosted a policy conference April 10-11, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, to discuss how we can lower drug costs, increase drug safety, ensure equitable access for everyone, and learn lessons from countries around the world who have already implemented such a program. You can watch online, download the slides or view photos from the event at www.PharmacareNow.ca. Take Action Now We encourage you to visit CHC’s campaign page where you will find steps you can take to voice your support for a National Public Drug Plan, for example by signing this parliamentary petition, or by spreading the word on your social networks with social media resources. Unifor has been active in demanding a national public drug plan, as part of a more effective system of health care for all Canadians. We encourage all members to sign the petition, take action and fight to defend and enhance our public health care system. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT

Local 333 and Cavalluzzo Bargaining Update
On May 9, 2017 a story appeared in the Financial Post about the collective bargaining relationship with the Toronto law firm Cavalluzzo and Unifor Local 333. Our union has had a collective bargaining relationship with the firm for many years. It was incorrectly reported in the article that the firm pays its administrative staff "extremely below the market average"; this was misattributed to the President of Local 333 and it is not accurate. Local 333 has an excellent collective agreement with the law firm, and ratified a new agreement on May 10 that resolved all outstanding issues. Our union is proud of our relationship with Cavalluzzo and we support the invaluable work it does for trade unions and our members. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:27 pm EDT


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