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Unifor energy workers sign historic pattern deal
Unifor energy workers sign historic pattern deal

MONTREAL, May 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Unifor has achieved a new tentative agreement that establishes the pattern for 8,500 members of the National Energy Program. “The energy and chemical sector continues to be an important economic driver in Canada. By working together, our members have used their collective power to make much-deserved significant gains,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Energy and chemical jobs continue…

GM Oshawa workers could get up to $150K, vehicle voucher to retire
GM Oshawa workers could get up to $150K, vehicle voucher to retire

TORONTO — Some workers at General Motors’ Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant will be offered retirement incentives of up to $150,000 as the automaker prepares to cut most jobs at the plant. That’s according to a bulletin posted by Unifor Local 222, which represents about 2,600 hourly workers at Oshawa. The bulletin also notes production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac…

GM, Unifor announce investment in Oshawa plant that will save 300 jobs
GM, Unifor announce investment in Oshawa plant that will save 300 jobs

TORONTO — The union representing Canadian auto workers claimed a partial victory Tuesday after General Motors Canada announced an Oshawa, Ont., plant slated to close later this year will be converted to a part-stamping and autonomous vehicle testing facility. Unifor and GM Canada said the transition will cost $170 million and save 300 of the 2,600 union jobs at the…

Unifor opens negotiations with Extendicare Nursing Home Chain, prioritizing safe resident care
Unifor opens negotiations with Extendicare Nursing Home Chain, prioritizing safe resident care

TORONTO, April 23, 2019 /CNW/ – Unifor opens negotiations with ten Extendicare owned nursing homes this week and is prioritizing addressing the poor working conditions that lead to a massive shortage of personal support workers across the province. “The expectations placed on front-line caregivers in long-term care are not only shocking but alarming and dangerous,” said Jerry Dias Unifor National…

Unifor president to meet with FCA officials about Windsor Assembly
Unifor president to meet with FCA officials about Windsor Assembly

The national president of Unifor will meet with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles officials to discuss the Windsor Assembly Plant. CTV Windsor has learned Jerry Dias has a private meeting scheduled for Wednesday with top brass from FCA. The union will not say who Dias will meet, nor will it comment on the subject of the meeting and where it will be…

Unifor president calls Windsor Assembly changes ‘pretty drastic’
Unifor president calls Windsor Assembly changes ‘pretty drastic’

Unifor leaders are in shock after Fiat Chrysler announced they are cutting the third shift at Windsor Assembly Plant this fall. Unifor president Jerry Dias told CTV News Channel Friday that the union knew that sales were “softening,” but the move by Chrysler was a surprise. “This is pretty drastic,” he said, adding that conversations with Chrysler had been positive…

Automotive Plant Set to Close Temporarily in Brampton
Automotive Plant Set to Close Temporarily in Brampton

Thousands of employees will be affected by a temporary plant closure in Brampton. Earlier this week, FCA Canada announced that the Brampton Fiat Chrysler Assembly plant will temporarily shut down for two weeks this spring. According to Detroit News, FCA said it would idle its plants in Windsor and Brampton for the first two weeks of April “to align production with demand.” After that announcement, FCA announced…

Proposed Ontario health agency set to de-stabilize public healthcare
Proposed Ontario health agency set to de-stabilize public healthcare

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2019 /CNW/ – Ontario’s largest union in the private sector expresses deep concern for the proposed amalgamation of healthcare oversight and delivery into an unaccountable partisan agency. “First, Minister Elliot claimed that this bill didn’t exist. Now, this secret agency is just as damning in the light of day as it was when public sector whistle-blowers first released it,” said Naureen…

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GM CEO invited to speak before federal committee
GM CEO invited to speak before federal committee

The CEO of General Motors will be invited to Ottawa to explain the company’s decision to close its plant in Oshawa. Windsor West MP Brian Masse, who is the New Democratic Party’s industry and auto critic, introduced a motion at the federal government’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. “This is an important step so that the committee members…

Unifor reaffirms rights of workers to access mental health care
Unifor reaffirms rights of workers to access mental health care

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Canada’s largest union in the private sector supports the rights of all people to access public mental health care free from barriers. “To mark Bell Let’s Talk Day, I encourage all people in Canada to demand strengthened access to mental health services through our public health care systems,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.…

Unifor President Dias rallies Sask. crown workers as CBA talks with SaskTel begin
Unifor President Dias rallies Sask. crown workers as CBA talks with SaskTel begin

With a deal set to expire in March, talks for a new collective bargaining agreement between unions and SaskTel kicked off Tuesday in Regina. But just before that, the national leader of Unifor made it clear they won’t take a government mandated deal. The province, said Jerry Dias, has mandated crowns give zero percent wage increases in the first two…

Strike averted at Casino Rama
Strike averted at Casino Rama

In a high-stakes negotiation that required overtime, a last-minute tentative deal was reached this morning between Casino Rama and Unifor Local 1090, the union representing more than 1,400 employees. “The union and company have reached a tentative agreement,” said a notice from Unifor posted on its Facebook page at 3 a.m. A strike deadline had been set for midnight. But…

Unifor urging Canadians to boycott GM vehicles made in Mexico
Unifor urging Canadians to boycott GM vehicles made in Mexico

The union representing General Motors workers in Oshawa, Ont., is urging Canadians to boycott purchasing vehicles made in Mexico. “It is an announcement that we have done everything possible to avoid making,” Unifor national president Jerry Dias said during a news conference in Toronto Friday morning. “We are announcing we are launching a major campaign urging Canadians and American consumers…

Unifor vows to barricade GM Canada headquarters until company reverses plans to close Oshawa plant
Unifor vows to barricade GM Canada headquarters until company reverses plans to close Oshawa plant

OSHAWA — Unifor stepped up its protests against the closure of the Oshawa GM plant with a barricade of GM’s Canadian headquarters on Wednesday. On Jan. 23 between 5 and 6 a.m. Unifor workers from GM’s Oshawa plant, Durham GM feeder plants and Unifor retirees set up the barricade on Colonel Sam Drive in south Oshawa in front of the…

Casino Rama employees could walk off the job
Casino Rama employees could walk off the job

Almost 1,500 workers at Casino Rama have voted to strike if a deal isn’t met. Members of Unifor Local 1090 said yes to a strike if they can not negotiate a deal by the end of the month with the Casino. Unifor National President, Jerry Dias says “Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama.” Unifor says the…

Unifor finds ‘new allies’ in Ontario, Ottawa in fight to keep GM’s Oshawa plant open
Unifor finds ‘new allies’ in Ontario, Ottawa in fight to keep GM’s Oshawa plant open

DETROIT — Unifor Canada said the Ontario and federal governments are new allies in its fight against General Motors Co.’s decision to close its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont. Unifor national president Jerry Dias met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and federal Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minster Navdeep Bains on Monday as auto industry and politicians gathered at the…

GM reaffirms Oshawa closure after meetings with Ontario and federal officials
GM reaffirms Oshawa closure after meetings with Ontario and federal officials

TORONTO — Ontario and federal politicians have walked away empty-handed from meetings with General Motors about the company’s plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant. Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains met briefly with GM CEO Mary Barra on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit Monday and Ontario Premier Doug Ford met with GM president Mark Reuss Tuesday…

Unifor’s Dias says Trudeau willing to join fight to save GM Oshawa
Unifor’s Dias says Trudeau willing to join fight to save GM Oshawa

The head of the union representing General Motors Co. workers in Oshawa, Ont. is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to do everything possible to save the assembly plant, warning that the U.S. automaker is heading for a complete divestment in Canada. “GM is leaving Canada. It’s only a matter of time, so we need to stop it today,” Jerry Dias,…

Unifor condemns Progressive Conservatives’ attack on workers’ rights
Unifor condemns Progressive Conservatives’ attack on workers’ rights

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor calls for increased opposition to the PC’s anti-worker agenda following adoption of Bill 47. “Since the PCs tabled this Bill, the workers of Ontario have made it undeniably clear what our position is. Bill 47 was designed to steal the rights and benefits of working people, and hand them back to big business…

Gateway Casino Innisfil – Security
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Ford Government fall economic statements fails to lift workers
Ford Government fall economic statements fails to lift workers

TORONTO, Nov, 15, 2018 /CNW/ – The Progressive Conservative’s fall economic update is a clear signal that austerity measures are coming to Ontario. “Doug Ford’s economic plan won’t lift Ontario working families out of poverty, it will take them back to the days of Mike Harris,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Like Harris, Doug Ford is hiding austerity measures…

Ford government sides with business lobby over working people with “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”
Ford government sides with business lobby over working people with “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor condemns the provincial government’s plan to claw back workers’ rights and protections. “Fair scheduling, equal pay for equal work, paid sick days. These rights are not frivolous – they are practical, minimum standard for fairness. Standards that help grow good jobs and keep workers safe,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This Act is…

Unifor supports Indonesia disaster relief with $70,000 donation
Unifor supports Indonesia disaster relief with $70,000 donation

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor is supporting Oxfam and Save the Children’s disaster relief efforts in Indonesia with a combined $70,000 donation. “The scale of the damage from the earthquake and tsunami is massive,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Save the Children Canada and Oxfam Canada are working with their Indonesian partners to provide vital aid, alleviate…

Canada, U.S. have reached a NAFTA deal — now called the USMCA
Canada, U.S. have reached a NAFTA deal — now called the USMCA

Canada and the U.S. have announced a tentative new trilateral trade deal with Mexico that includes some key concessions on issues of import to both countries — and also a reworked name: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “​USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic…

Unifor warns CPTPP legislation hurts NAFTA trade position
Unifor warns CPTPP legislation hurts NAFTA trade position

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor warns that rushed debate on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) legislation hurts Canada’s trade position at a crucial point in NAFTA negotiations. “The CPTPP includes loose cultural protection, an expansion of foreign imports in supply-managed industries as well as weak and unenforceable labour standards – key issues that…

OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR NIAGARA GAMING BUNDLE
OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR NIAGARA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) as the service provider for the Niagara Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. The Niagara Gaming Bundle includes Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara. MGE will also operate the future 5,000-seat Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, located adjacent to Fallsview. “Selecting Mohegan Gaming &…

Unifor urges long term care panel to consult workers and unions
Unifor urges long term care panel to consult workers and unions

Unifor welcomes the establishment of an expert advisory panel on Nova Scotia’s long-term care system. “The system is under-funded. Workers, most of whom are women, earn low to modest wages. The funding cuts by the McNeil government have made it harder for a system that was already challenged to deliver high quality care,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director.…

Unifor urges Ottawa to move quickly to modernize labour standards
Unifor urges Ottawa to move quickly to modernize labour standards

The federal government’s plans to modernize labour standards in the federal jurisdiction can’t happen fast enough says Unifor, after a report on government consultations was released today. “It is good to see that they are listening to workers and understand that labour standards created in the 1960’s do not work for today’s gig economy with far too many precarious, part-time…

Unifor donation in support of the Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre
Unifor donation in support of the Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre

HALIFAX, Aug. 19, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor donated $80,000 to the Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre through a fundraiser and Canadian Community Fund. The union also pledged that members who work in the skilled trades would donate their skills to help in the hard work of building a vibrant community centre. “Unifor unites with Indigenous people in the ongoing struggle against intergenerational violence and colonialism,” said Jerry Dias,…

Tentative deal reached between Unifor and Great Canadian for staff at 5 Ontario casinos
Tentative deal reached between Unifor and Great Canadian for staff at 5 Ontario casinos

TORONTO – Unifor says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with Great Canadian Casino Corp. for some 1,800 workers at five Ontario casinos. The union says staff at Casino Ajax, Great Blue Heron Casino, Elements Casino Brantford, in addition to security workers at Woodbine casino and Elements Casino Mohawk, will vote on the contract later this week. Unifor says…

Casino Ajax workers vote to strike if necessary
Casino Ajax workers vote to strike if necessary

AJAX—Workers represented by Unifor Local 1090 at Casino Ajax have voted 99 per cent in favour of strike action if a fair settlement cannot be reached. “Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Ajax,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “They deserve a fair contract and decent wages.” The union is seeking a commitment from Great Canadian Gaming…

Casino Rama fined $50,000 after two members injured
Casino Rama fined $50,000 after two members injured

After two members at Local 1090 slipped on ice and sustained serious injuries the Ministry of Labour ruled that the employer was at fault. The employer, Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario was fined $50,000 by the Ministry and is required to pay a 25 per cent victim surcharge toward a fund to assist victims. “Casino Rama was sent a strong message with…

Unifor lobbies nationally for action on public services
Unifor lobbies nationally for action on public services

OTTAWA, May 24, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor members from across Canada are on Parliament Hill to lobby MPs for an expansion of public services, including national child care and pharmacare programs, and action on climate change. “To continue to push for progressive change, the work of Unifor never stops and our members are vigilant in lobbying and speaking up for…

Hospitality Summit sets stage for growth
Hospitality Summit sets stage for growth

Unifor can lead the way to building better jobs in the hospitality sector across Canada by standing together and setting a common course for the future, Unifor’s first-ever Hospitality Summit heard. “We are the biggest hospitality union in Canada, and we have the best collective agreements in the sector,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. Dias said hotel workers face…

Ontario government launches review of auto worker leave
Ontario government launches review of auto worker leave

The Ontario government has launched a review of personal emergency leave (PEL) regulation 502/06 for auto workers after Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn and Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry met with a Unifor led delegation of unionized and non-unionized auto workers. “We had a frank discussion on how regulation 502/06 creates a lesser standard of personal emergency leave for auto sector…

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

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Unifor looks to Ontario budget to address challenges
Unifor looks to Ontario budget to address challenges

TORONTO, March 27, 2018 /CNW/ – The Ontario Liberal’s last budget before the June 2018 provincial election must address inequality and the crisis in care, says Unifor. “Workers are looking for a provincial budget that builds off the advances that we have won in recent years and refuses to shy away from universal public programs that will build a more equitable society,” said Naureen Rizvi,…

OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR CENTRAL GAMING BUNDLE
OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR CENTRAL GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) as the service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. The Central Gaming Bundle includes OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama Resort. Gateway will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Wasaga Beach…

Expansion, redevelopment in the cards for Scugog Island casino
Expansion, redevelopment in the cards for Scugog Island casino

SCUGOG — A new hotel, live entertainment and additional room for more slot machines and table games are all in the cards for the Great Blue Heron Casino. The redevelopment and expansion plans were officially unveiled on Jan. 29 at an event hosted by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, who first opened the gaming hall in 1997. “It’s…

Auto workers say Ontario’s new sick leave laws are unfair to them, hold protest at Peterborough MPP’s office
Auto workers say Ontario’s new sick leave laws are unfair to them, hold protest at Peterborough MPP’s office

Union members from a local auto part manufacturer rallied outside MPP Jeff Leal’s constituency office Thursday to protest “discrimination” towards the auto sector in Bill 148. About a dozen Ventra Plastics staff members stood outside Leal’s office on King St. to make their concerns known. They want the same number of emergency leave of absence (ELOA) or sick days that…

Worker Self-determination At Heart Of Strong Unions
Worker Self-determination At Heart Of Strong Unions

The right to choose is at the heart of any democracy. Whether electing a mayor, prime minister or the leadership of a union, the will of the people must be respected. For too many Canadian workers, however, that kind of choice can too easily be taken away, and that weakens all workers. The strength of the labour movement, after all,…

NAFTA negotiations grind on in Montreal with little sign of progress
NAFTA negotiations grind on in Montreal with little sign of progress

Canadian and Mexican officials expressed cautious optimism Thursday that Ottawa’s “creative” proposals aimed at unblocking the stalled negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement had in fact created some positive momentum in the talks in Montreal. Canadian counter-proposals deal with controversial U.S. demands on increasing continental content requirements for automobiles, doing away with NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanisms, and for…