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Danny Glover shares message of international solidarity
Actor, activist, and honorary Unifor member Danny Glover picked up on the solidarity theme of Unifor’s Canadian Council as he addressed delegates this afternoon. “We have an opportunity to reimagine ourselves as activists and as global citizens, to engage decisively and in solidarity to establish lasting peace and justice and solidarity for a better world,” Glover said. Glover, a passionate defender of human rights, brought members to their feet as he spoke of justice, diversity, activism and global citizenship. “We must reach across cultural, geographical, racial differences to seek sustainable freedom and justice in the world,” said Glover. He went on to stress the necessity of internationalism, telling delegates they must reach out across borders and ideological silos given the global connectivity of the forces that oppose the labour movement. “Labour organized internationally in pursuit of justice is formidable and necessary given the present structure of the world economy,” said Glover. The keynote speech covered a variety of issues including climate change, universal health care and campaigns to raise wages for the lowest paid workers. Following his keynote speech, Glover donned a Unifor pin as he sat with National President Jerry Dias for a Q & A session that covered the growing resistance in the U.S. against President Trump and the role that labour has played and efforts to raise wages for the lowest paid workers.  “Danny is a truly committed activist who has worked tireless for human rights and to raise working conditions for workers around the world,” said Dias.  “Our union is proud to have him as an honorary member.” Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

Unifor Condemns Racism and Bigotry
Unifor is unequivocally united against white supremacy, racism, and bigotry in all its forms. The recent events when white supremacists marched, heavily armed, in Charlottesville, Virginia are a call for all workers to unite and send clear message against hate. Our union is calling on all to speak out and act. Workers must send a message that these racist actions, including violent fights with counter-protesters and the events that left three people dead and dozens injured, will not be tolerated. Racism everywhere must be categorically denounced and actively opposed. The trade union movement was built by working people determined to bring justice and equity to workplaces and to our society at large. Our greatest progress has come when we have understood the importance of combating discrimination and uniting all workers. We will not let racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, religious discrimination and oppression divide us because an injury to one is an injury to all. Let us not be silent. Unifor stands in solidarity with the people who have been targeted, faced violence, or lost loved ones at the hands of hate, these are the people that are on the side of justice. We must also remember that this is not isolated to Virginia or to the United States. Canada has a history and a growing trend of ideological right-wing and regressive forces in cities and towns from coast to coast to coast that seek to fuel racism and hate. There is no equivalency between white supremacists and the brave people who oppose their hate. It is not only honourable to unite in solidarity against hate, it is necessary to build a more equitable world. Being an ally matters. Unifor asks all members, retirees and allies to challenging oppression and inequality through activism and political action, demanding redress for past wrongs, and pushing forward to a better future. The workers, united, will never be defeated. Download the statement here Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

Unifor built on solidarity and equity
From the daily efforts on behalf of members in workplaces across Canada, to political action in the streets and in the legislatures of this country, Unifor is built on solidarity and equity actions, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said as he opened Canadian Council. “Our union has been the antidote to the cynical conservative politics that hurt Canada for over a decade. We’ve brought a jolt of energy into a labour movement that at times has felt stagnant,” Dias said. Dias arrived in Winnipeg straight from Washington, where he is part of a stakeholders group available to offer advice to Canadian negotiators and the federal government. “NAFTA doesn’t need a twist and a tweak. It needs to be totally rebuilt. We need a deal that is designed to help workers – not harm them,” Dias said. Dias called out the “Nazi scum” who marched in support of US President Donald Trump last weekend in Virginia, calling Trump a “coward” and “a symptom of a much bigger political trend – a disregard for human rights the world over.” Dias vowed that, both at the bargaining table and in the political arena, Unifor will continue to fight for equity for women, racialized workers and communities, the LGBTQ communities, Indigenous people and all equity seeking groups. “We’ve made equity a focal point of this Canadian Council,” Dias said. “Our union must focus on equity because it’s about justice and fairness. That’s what unions were built to tackle, in bargaining and in politics.” Dias recounted all the right-wing politicians Unifor has helped to defeat, including Stephen Harper, Tim Hudak and Christy Clarke, but said much work remains to fight back against conservative governments in Saskatchewan., Manitoba and Nova Scotia, and to keep the Conservatives out of power federally. Dias also paid tribute to CAW founding president Bob White, who died earlier this year. “In my eyes, Bob wasn’t the Canadian Director of United Auto Workers. He wasn’t the historic labour leader we celebrate today,” Dias said. “He was Bob. He was family. He was my hero. And I miss him.” White was given Unifor’s Nelson Mandela Award for Human Rights, “a fitting tribute” for a man who was so instrumental in fighting the Apartheid regime of South Africa, Dias said. White set a high standard for the labour movement, one Unifor works to meet every day, Dias said. “Unifor was built to bargain tough – and in this room are some of the toughest bargainers in the world. Every day we challenge the boss, we are building a better union’” he said. “But we were also built to tackle the biggest issues of the day – whether in politics, equity, human rights or trade.” Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

Unifor encourages Saskatchewan government to support paid domestic violence leave
August 9, 2017 Regina—Unifor strongly supports paid domestic violence leave in its response to the Government of Saskatchewan’s consultation paper on interpersonal violence and employment leaves. Tragically, Saskatchewan leads the country in domestic violence. Even Justice Minister Wyant admitted that the figures in the recent interim report of Death Review Committee reveal horrifying statistics. He described the province as having a significant issue with respect to not only inter-personal violence, but domestic homicide as well. Unifor’s call for action includes changes in the workplace. Concrete action, such as a paid domestic violence leave, will support residents seeking to live lives free of domestic violence “Domestic violence is a workplace issue,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Work cannot be safe if home isn’t.” Employment standards legislation in Manitoba includes paid domestic leave and Alberta’s comes into force on January 1, 2018. Unifor has been a trailblazer in putting practical supports in place for women in abusive relationships. The union bargained its first set of workplace Women’s Advocates in 1993 and now have over 350 Women’s Advocates in workplaces across Canada. These specially-trained Advocates assist women in finding community resources as well as assist in safety planning and risk assessment in the workplace.  The union also has experience in negotiating paid domestic violence leave into contracts in a variety of sectors across the country. Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

GE Peterborough workers meet labour minister
A delegation of General Electric-Canada Peterborough retirees and Unifor representatives had a productive meeting today with Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn to discuss compensation for workers exposed to hazardous material. “We had a good meeting, which would not have happened without the hard work of these retirees,” said Joel Carr, Unifor National Representative. The Unifor Local 524 retiree chapter delegation was led by Sue James. Also present were researchers Bob and Dale DeMatteo, who investigated hazardous materials at the plant. Carr said three points stood out from the meeting. The minister said individual compensation claims would begin to be processed “within months, if not weeks.” Another meeting with the minister is planned for three months from now to assess progress. Carr said Flynne is also working on establishing a GE-approach to streamlining the burden of proof for claimants from the plant, making the process faster and simpler. Beyond that, Carr said the minister committed to a longer term look at systemic issues at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the burden of proof when filing claims. Getting to this point has taken years of dedication by the workers and retirees at the plant, their spouses and their union, Carr said. After learning that many of the workers were denied compensation through the WSIB claims process Unifor reached out to current and former members who have or were considering an occupational disease claim and to those who were previously rejected. A subsequent report authored by two experienced occupational health researchers working with GE workers, revealed that workers were exposed to more than 3,000 toxic chemicals, including at least 40 known or suspected human carcinogens at the GE Peterborough plant. As a result of this report and the union’s intervention three claim files by Unifor members are in active reconsideration at this time with more anticipated. Also attending the meeting were Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal and Bill Roy from the ministry’s prevention office. Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

Unifor 4275 ratifies agreement with Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
August 7, 2017 Vancouver—Members of Unifor working at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new three-year contract. "These negotiations were about securing fairness for hotel workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "With the strength of the union, these hard-working members at the Hotel Vancouver have achieved a contract that safeguards fair wages and gratuities, transparent scheduling, and good benefits, including a pension.” Bargaining between Unifor and the employer went up to the deadline last week. On August 1, members of Local 4275 voted 97% of legal job action if a contract could not be reached by the weekend. “The membership’s rock solid support of the bargaining committee sent a strong message to the company,” said Terry Tanasiuk, President of Unifor Local 4275. “Our members, like everyone else in Vancouver, are struggling with the increasing cost of living, especially housing. It was important to get an agreement that acknowledged that.” Unifor says that new contract makes gains in wages, pension benefits, transit benefits, and enshrines a Women's Advocate in the workplace. Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

Unifor donates over $220,000 to BC relief
On July 12, Unifor responded to the wildfire crisis in BC’s Interior with a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts. Unifor’s regional councils have added another $120,000 in donations, and on July 28 the Western Regional Office held a BBQ to raise additional funds bringing the total donation to well over $220,000. “Unifor members have been following the devastation caused by the fires very closely and we feel compelled to act,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “I encourage every Unifor member and all Canadians to make a donation to the Red Cross so that the affected families can rebuild and recover.” Unifor has several hundred members spread out across the affected area, including 100 Mile House, 150 Mile House, Dog Creek, Lac La Hache, Quesnel, Soda Creek, Wildwood, and Williams Lake. “I want BC residents, Unifor members, and their communities to know that we want to do everything we can to support them during this traumatic time,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. With the support of the Red Cross local unions and members can make an online donation via a designated Unifor link – www.redcross.ca/BCFires/Unifor. For those locals that prefer to donate via cheque, mail your donation to the National Office (205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON M2H 3H9). Please mark the envelope attention to the International Department. The Canadian Red Cross says 50,000 people in the province have registered to receive assistance. Tens of thousands of British Columbians remain evacuated as 150 fires continue to burn across BC. Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT

Launch of new Magazine
Unifor is proud to announce the evolution of Uniforum as it transforms from a biweekly newsletter to a new national magazine. The new Uniforum, published quarterly, will provide information on national campaigns and priorities, and will also highlight the activities of regional directors and national departments. To ensure that you receive your free edition of the magazine, please register at unifor.org/subscribe. Current subscribers to the biweekly newsletter will continue to receive an updated online newsletter by email. Timely coverage of news and events is also available at unifor.org/news or check out Unifor on social media at Facebook.com/UniforCanada and on Twitter follow @UnifortheUnion. Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:25 pm EDT


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