Unifor members ratify new contract with Windsor Salt

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WINDSOR—The 192-day strike at Windsor Salt has come to an end after members of Unifor Local 240 and 1959 ratified a new five-year contract with the employer this afternoon.

“Determination on the picket line and rock-solid support from local unions and the community at large helped us achieve a contract our members could overwhelmingly support,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

The new collective agreements include wage increases of up to $4.60/hour over the term, a $3,000 ratification bonus, shift premium increases, and a variety of benefits enhancements.

“We received outstanding support from Windsor residents and union members in our community. From autoworkers to teachers, it really felt like people in Windsor knew what was at stake and they showed up to defend workplace rights and keep picket line morale high.”

This round of bargaining was the first since Windsor Salt was purchased by Stone Canyon Industries in 2021, a U.S-based private holding firm.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Metro


TORONTO— A tentative agreement has been reached between Unifor and Metro, following a month-long strike action by 3,700 frontline grocery store workers.

“Our union was able to negotiate this new tentative agreement due to the unwavering commitment of our Metro grocery members who were united in their goal to improve their wages and working conditions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I commend the workers and the bargaining committee for their solidarity and also the customers who supported them during this difficult time.”

Unifor Local 414 members at 27 Metro stores across the GTA have been on strike since July 29, 2023. Details of the tentative agreement will not be released prior to being presented to members at ratification votes, which will take place in the coming days.

“This tentative agreement acknowledges the economic struggle that many of our members face,” said Gord Currie, Unifor Local 414 President. “I am very proud of these members and their determination.”

Unifor Detroit Three members deliver overwhelming strike mandate

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TORONTO— Unifor members at Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Stellantis have delivered overwhelming strike mandates, authorizing their bargaining committees to take job action, if needed, to achieve fair collective agreements with the Detroit Three (D3).

“Canadian autoworkers have sent a strong message to D3 automakers that they are united behind our bargaining committees in an effort to improve pensions, increase wages, and secure good, union jobs in the EV future,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Our bargaining teams are set to resume negotiations with the unwavering support of Unifor members across the auto sector. Make no mistake, our union is fully prepared to take any and all necessary action to achieve our collective bargaining objectives.”

Unifor paused negotiations to hold the strike votes over the course of the weekend. The results of the strike votes are tabulated and broken down by company below.

Strike vote results

Ford Motor Company: 98.9% in favour
General Motors 99% in favour
Stellantis 98.1% in favour

The current Detroit 3 collective agreements expire at 11:59 p.m. on September 18, 2023.

The union opened formal negotiations with the automakers on August 10 in Toronto, representing 18,000 autoworkers covered by collective agreements.

Unifor will continue to provide regular updates on the status of negotiations at autotalks.ca

Emergency EI Measures for Workers Impacted by Widespread Fires including Migrant Workers


The Hon. Randy Boissonnault
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages

August 23, 2023

Dear Minister Boissonnault

Re:  Emergency EI Measures for Workers Impacted by Widespread Fires including Migrant Workers

We are writing on a matter of some urgency.  Now and in the aftermath of the fires ravaging the West and North of this country, we are calling on your government to direct its attention to the dire circumstances facing workers in various sectors including migrant workers who have been displaced from their work and housing without income.

Many of these workers, including migrant workers, will face difficulties accessing EI benefits even though they pay EI premiums. The large number of community and labour organizations supporting the Interprovincial EI Working Group have long called for substantial EI reforms and better access for all workers, including the migrant workers often excluded from basic rights because they are denied permanent resident status. The case for making such improvements has never been more compelling.

It is worth recalling that the Liberal Party earlier anticipated the need for an EI Disaster Assistance Benefit. However, there has been no follow through to date which means, at this critical juncture, we need Emergency EI Measures that are responsive to a climate emergency with the fires still burning:

  • Extend EI to allected migrants in all impacted regions of the West and the North; and cover all Temporary Foreign Worker streams including agricultural work, live-in caregiving and low wage occupations in a variety of sectors.
  • Provide relief from EI’s standard 420 to 700 qualifying hours which, given the current circumstances, will prove too onerous for migrant workers as well as many other workers who are not migrants but in part-time, temporary, and precarious jobs.
  • Include a minimum EI benefit, as during the Covid emergency, to protect low-income workers and support EI’s automatic economic stabilization role.
  • Ensure other supports for displaced workers who are undocumented or on other temporary resident visas.

We support the work of the Okanagan Wildfire Task Force and the attached letter from the BC Migrant Workers Centre to Minister Marc Miller, specifically their call for emergency open work permits for migrants and emergency access to EI.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email or telephone 416-917-0047.


on behalf of the Interprovincial EI Working Group

Support Fire Relief in Northwest Territories and British Columbia


Fires are ravaging the Northwest Territories and British Columbia, upending lives and leaving thousands in urgent need of help. Families are being forced to evacuate with little notice, and the scale of devastation is immense.

“In moments of crisis, our collective strength shines brightest when we come together to support those in need,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “As part of the Unifor community, our solidarity and compassion empower us to make a lasting impact during times of crisis.”

The fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia have left a trail of devastation, but we have the power to bring hope and relief.

“I have no doubt that our membership will step up and help those in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia,” said Len Poirier, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer. “Extending a helping hand to those in need is ingrained in our union’s DNA. These acts are the cornerstone of Unifor’s mission in building a better world.”

The Unifor Social Justice Fund has donated $75,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts in the fire zones.

Members are encouraged to click on the links below to donate:

Northwest Territories: https://www.redcross.ca/NWTFiresAppeal/Unifor

British Columbia: https://www.redcross.ca/2023BCFiresAppeal/Unifor

Your donation to the Canadian Red Cross will have an immediate and lasting impact. Funds will be utilized to provide critical relief, support ongoing recovery efforts, and build resilience in the face of future challenges. Donations will not only aid those directly impacted by the fires but also bolster preparedness and risk reduction strategies for future all-hazard disaster events.

Join us in taking action today to provide essential aid to those effected by the fires in Northwest Territories and British Columbia.