Have your Say in the Telco Member Survey

WFH-Survey

Unifor launched a cross-Canada Telecommunications Member Survey on Working from Home. All members are invited to participate in this survey, to help paint a clear picture of the effects of changing work environments in the telecommunications sector.

Please fill out the survey today, on a personal phone or computer – not your company computer – and not during work hours.

 

Unifor wants to know about members’ experiences working from home, including the impact of that work on job performance, personal lives, mental and physical health, and more.

Your union will use this confidential information to help develop stronger bargaining demands, improve our working conditions, and demand better rules and legislation from governments.

 

The Working from Home survey will be open until Sunday, October 4, at midnight, and is available in both English and French.

 

English: www.unifor.org/wfhsurvey

French: www.unifor.org/tadsondage

Unifor welcomes economic and social pandemic support in Throne Speech

September 23, 2020

TORONTO– Unifor welcomes the economic and social pandemic support policies outlined by the federal government in today’s Throne Speech.

“As Canadians continue to live with the consequences of COVID-19, the federal government has outlined measures that will help workers and their families to endure the immediate crisis and also fix systemic issues to help the country #BuildBackBetter from the pandemic,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“Unifor has long advocated for many of these priorities including a commitment to job creation, increased training for workers, new infrastructure spending, and an overhaul of Employment Insurance to close gaps in the existing income security system.”
As part of the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, the government pledged to help make zero-emissions vehicles more affordable and to launch a new fund to attract investments in making zero-emissions products combined with a tax cut for companies to create clean technology jobs.
“Unifor has just reached a tentative agreement with Ford $1.95 billion of investments to build five models of electric vehicles in Oakville,” said Dias. “EV is the way of the future and it’s key that Canada attract investment now to ensure that our auto industry is not left behind.”
With the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program until next summer, Unifor urges the government to maintain the previous level of support of 75% of wages up to a maximum of $847/week while hard-hit entities with revenue declines of 70% or greater should receive a 85% maximum subsidy. Impediments such as including health premiums, pension contributions and other non-taxable benefits in the definition of eligible remuneration must also be removed.
The Trudeau government also announced support for sectors that have been hardest-hit by the pandemic including travel, tourism and hospitality.

“Our airline, casino and other hospitality and travel members have been devastated by the pandemic and it’s clear that these workers will need sustained support while these industries recover,” said Dias.

Unifor will continue to advocate for national industrial strategies to rebuild domestic industrial capacity in critical sectors such as auto, aerospace, shipbuilding and forestry and continues to seek support for oil and gas workers during the transition to green energy.

As Canada’s largest media union, Unifor welcomes the courageous but overdue government action on making foreign web giants like Netflix pay their share to support Canadian news, sports and entertainment, just like our Canadian media companies. If a minority parliament impedes the quick implementation of this bill, the federal cabinet can and should order the CRTC to end its regulatory exemption for American web giants.

The union also supports the increase in funding for childcare that can be used as a springboard to create a national, universal childcare program, and maintains its support of national pharmacare.
Unifor has been a vocal critic of the deficiencies in long-term care that led to the tragic loss of thousands of seniors during this pandemic and hopes the creation of new national standards of care will help to address the shameful conditions in facilities across the country.
“National standards of care are urgently needed,” Dias said. “Our frontline workers have witnessed the heartbreaking outcome when private corporations put profits over lives.”

For more information on Unifor’s plan to #BuildBackBetter from the pandemic view the union’s Road Map for a Fair, Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

“This is Premier Ford’s second chance to take action in long-term care”: SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Unifor continue to ring the alarm bells

 

 

TORONTO – Unions representing health care workers across Ontario held a media conference urging immediate action to end the crisis in long term care.

CUPE Ontario, SEIU Healthcare, and Unifor, unions which collectively represent more than 70,000 long-term care workers, are condemning the inaction of the Government of Ontario and are raising concerns about the significant uptick in cases of COVID-19.

“We’re approaching a second wave and I’m left questioning whether we learned any lessons from the first wave,” said Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario, which represents nearly 35,000 members in the sector. “We’ve been ringing the alarm bells about chronic underfunding, understaffing, and the drive for profits at the expense of the lives of residents and workers. Now its Premier Ford’s second chance to listen and take action.”

Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare added: “Workers, elder care experts, seniors, and families alike are singing the same tune. They all want increased staffing levels for better senior care. They all want full-time jobs for our healthcare heroes. And they all agree PSWs need universal pay because a PSW is a PSW is a PSW—it’s time to give them a raise and give them a pension. These essential policies are not items on a menu to be picked over and the rest discarded, instead, they add up to a real action plan to fix Ontario’s failed long-term care system. Let’s get it done.”

“This pandemic has resulted in thousands of deaths it is now time for the government to address the crisis in long term care,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our demand is simple – we need the government to work with us, work with the front-line workers and help fix long term care, before we have another tragedy.

The three unions, joined by personal support workers at the media conference, called for a legislated guarantee of a minimum of four hours of care per resident per day, highlighting a private members’ bill that could be passed into law as early as this week.

The unions also made the case for an end to for-profit care, noting that these facilities have been seen the highest number of cases. The profit motive, according to the coalition, has resulted in cost-saving measures, like having 17% fewer staff than non-profit homes.

“No more hollow words,” said Rennick. “Front-line workers are tired of empty promises.  They need more staff, more funding, and more protection to keep themselves safe and their residents alive.”

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company

Jerry-Ford

September 22, 2020

TORONTO—Unifor’s master bargaining committee has reached an historic tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company, averting a strike at its Canadian operations, after extending last night’s midnight deadline and bargaining through the night.­­­­

“I’m very pleased to announce that on behalf of the more than 6,000 members who work at Ford Motor Company, we have negotiated $1.95 billion of investments to retool the Oakville complex to build five models of electric vehicles and bring new product to the engine plant in Windsor,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

“Today is an historic day. We are not only talking about solidifying the footprint of the auto industry in the short term, but for the long term. I think it’s fair to say that as an organization we hit a home run,” said Dias.

Dias shared more information at a news conference streamed live on Facebook. While details of the tentative agreement will be presented to members at a series of virtual ratification meetings over the weekend, the deal includes significant commitments for Ford’s Canadian manufacturing facilities.

“Up until today, of the $300 billion announced globally in EV investments as the auto industry transforms from combustible engines to battery-electric vehicles, not one nickel had been allocated Canada. But with today’s announcement, that changes,” Dias said.

“I am proud of this bargaining team and grateful for the support and solidarity from our members over these past few weeks of intense talks as we worked hard to set a pattern that secures future jobs for our members, and makes significant wage and benefit gains.”

Dias thanked both federal and provincial governments for funding commitments that were key to landing the new investment, as part of developing a national auto strategy to secure jobs in the sector.

Dias also announced that Fiat Chrysler will be the next Detroit Three bargaining target.

The news conference is available for download here.

A digital media kit including background on Canada’s auto industry and details on plant locations, products produced and number of workers represented by Unifor can be found on this website.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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