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#WeAreTheStudents: Unite for Student Democracy and Against OSAP Cutbacks

Thoughtless cuts to post-secondary education by Ford’s PC government threaten workers on campus and attack students’ access to education.

What did the PCs attack?

In an announcement on Thursday, January 17, the provincial government shared a plan of cuts to funding for colleges and universities. The announcement included:

  • A guaranteed 4 percent cut to institutional funding;
  • A reduction in non-repayable grants and an increase in access to debt;
  • An attack on independent students’ unions’ ability to represent and service their members;
  • The elimination of the 6-month grace period for loan repayment.

Unifor is in support of fully-accessible, public post-secondary education. The union is also concerned that the announcement includes a direct attack on students’ unions.

For more information, download this backgrounder (PDF).

How can you help?

Workers in all sectors of the economy, should be vocal in their support for accessible public post-secondary education and for independent students’ unions.

“Students’ unions are democratic, independent organizations that provide vital services and advocacy for all members,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “We have seen Ford’s strategy at work before: if you don’t like your opposition then silence it. This autocratic attack on students is cynical and obvious.”

Unifor members are encouraged to work with our allies from the Canadian Federation of Students to support students in their fight against these devastating changes. RSVP for upcoming events below!


Rally for Affordable and Accessible Education

WHEN: Thursday January 24 @ 12PM – 1:30PM

WHERE: University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave, Windsor ON

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2182154775370680/



March Against OSAP Cuts:

WHEN: Friday, January 25 @ 2PM

WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto ON

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/590198821418635/



Sudbury Rally for University/College Students and Workers

WHEN: Friday January 25 @ 12PM – 1PM

WHERE: Tom Davies Square

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252311705661783/


York University

Rally Against Ford Cuts: Banner Making

WHEN: Thursday January 24 @ 11AM – 3PM

WHERE: York University First Student Centre

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/343823403125105/

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:15 am EST

Ontario Budget Watch: Show up at consultations with labour allies

Provincial government spending directly affects the lives of workers in Ontario. Budgets represent the government’s priorities, and Unifor members are clearly stating what their priorities are.

“Participating in the budget process is an important way for Unifor members to share their priorities with government,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “We must be clear about what our province needs; private and public sector workers alike rely on strong public services like healthcare and post-secondary education and cuts to these programs hurt us all.”

At a budget consultation in Dryden, Ontario, Melissa Wood, Local 598 member presented her perspective on what these priorities should be. She shared her experience of working in long-term care in Ontario, stressing the pressing need for immediate funding and a standard, dedicated four hours of direct, hands on care per resident per day.

Outside the hearings, allies of the Ontario Health Coalition, Unifor members, and many others gathered in the cold to demonstrate their support for investments in healthcare and public services.

Unifor members are encouraged to attend community rallies, organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, which will follow the budget consultation meetings across the province. Here is a list of upcoming rallies:

Timmins - January 22, 12 noon, Rally Senator Hotel, 14 Mountjoy St S.

Ottawa - January 23, 12 noon, Rally Courtyard Marriott, 350 Dalhousie St

Sarnia - January 24, 12 noon, Rally Holiday Inn Point Edward, 1498 Venetian Blvd

Kitchener-Waterloo - January 25, 12 noon, Rally Delta Hotel, 110 Erb St W

Peterborough - January 28, 12 noon, Rally Holiday Inn, 150 George St N

View a complete list of events on the Ontario Health Coalition website here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 11:15 am EST

Windsor Machine and Stamping workers ratify collective agreement

Unifor Local 444 members working at Windsor Machine and Stamping have ratified a new four-year collective agreement.

“At the bargaining table we fight for fairness and equity,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The new agreement provides members with three paid personal days per year. In addition, we negotiated the ten unpaid personal emergency days that were taken away by the Ford government. This shows our collective bargaining strength as a union.”

The new contract includes annual wage increases, an extra week of vacation for employees with at least ten years seniority, and improved benefits.

"I am proud of the skill and determination of the bargaining committee that made substantial gains for Unifor members," said Dave Cassidy, President of Unifor Local 444.

Unifor Local 444 Windsor Machine and Stamping represents 109 production workers at the plant.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:15 am EST

Green For Life workers get first contract

Local 444 members at Green For Life Environmental Services (GFL) in Windsor have ratified their first three-year collective agreement.

“We have been bargaining since August 2018 and in November members voted to support a strike mandate, so it’s been a tough but worthwhile process to get to this agreement,” said Doug Boughner, Local 444 Vice President.

“The majority of members showed up to learn about this agreement last weekend and most of them are pleased with the wins secured.”

Members voted 95 per cent in favour of the agreement, which includes wage increases, improved benefits and a pension plan.

Workers will see wage gains of 45 cents an hour for each of the three years, totaling to a $1.35 an hour increase for the duration of the agreement. Since making the choice to join Unifor in May of 2018 the workers have seen their wages increase by almost $3.00 per hour. 

“With this first contract, the precedent has been set for securing workers’ rights,” added Boughner. “Next time around, we will have solid ground to build even further on these wins.”

GFL was hired by the City of Windsor in 2010 to collect garbage until 2024.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:00 am EST

Solidarity treat for U.S. air traffic controllers

As the U.S. government shut-down enters the fourth week, 350,000 civil servants have been effectively laid off (furloughed). In some unique sectors, such as air traffic control and the prison sector, 400,000 more federal workers are being asked to work without pay.

Recognizing the injustice of the government tactic, Canadian air traffic controllers represented by Unifor Local 5454-Canadian Air Traffic Control Association sprang into action.

Beginning with the team at the Edmonton Area Control Centre and spreading quickly across the continent, Canadian air traffic controllers ordered pizza for their counterparts at more than 75 locations in the U.S.

“Our members were having discussions for weeks about how they could support the U.S. controllers,” said Peter Duffey, President of Local 5454-CATCA. “One night it dawned on some of our folks that this was a straightforward and fun way to show kindness. The controllers in Edmonton wanted to buy them dinner.”

The pizza solidarity campaign has caught the attention of media worldwide. From CNN to the BBC, Local 5454-CATCA’s campaign struck a chord because it shows that worker solidarity can transcend borders and high-level partisan battles.

“I think it’s a good example of what Canadians are about,” said Duffey. “It was a good news story in an otherwise bleak situation for U.S. federal workers,” Duffey said.

Unifor Local 5454 unites all of Canada’s air traffic controllers from coast to coast.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 3:00 am EST

Unifor members at Anndore House ratify contract

Local 7575 members at the Toronto-area boutique hotel Anndore House have ratified a new collective agreement containing significant improvements.

“Our new contract at Anndore House is unprecedented at this property,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Local 7575 members should be very proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish in this round.”

Over the term of the three-year contract, wages will increase more than 11 per cent—more than double the company’s opening offer. Important workload protections for Room Attendants were also secured, including an assignment reduction and a guarantee that no workers will lose work as a result of the introduction of the sham “green” program popular at other Toronto hotels. Health benefits will be maintained and improved and the employer has agreed to major increases in pension contributions.

“The work of Unifor members make this hotel a desirable boutique destination in downtown Toronto,” says Nimfa Reyes, a room attendant at Anndore House. “It’s only right that we are compensated to reflect our important contribution.”

Unifor was also successful at enshrining a Women’s Advocate position in the collective agreement, as well as securing a mechanism for protecting workers from harassment by guests and introducing alert devices (panic buttons) for room attendants.

Unifor Local 7575 represents 25 room attendants, houseperson/laundry staff, and front desk workers.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:45 pm EST

Unifor welcomed 4,500 new members in 2018

Almost 4,500 workers across Canada and across the Canadian economy joined Unifor in 2018.

“It was another great year for Unifor’s Organizing Department in 2018,” Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan said.

Unifor’s Organizing department welcomed a wide range workers to the labour movement throughout the year, from hotel workers to manufacturing workers to warehouse workers to school bus drivers, and more, including:

  • 255 chemical engineers, maintenance workers, electricians, instrumentation workers, millwrights and pipefitters at the Shell Scotford refinery and chemicals plant in in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta who had worked for more than a decade to unionize
  • 235 manufacturing workers at Cooper Standard Automobile, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 216 school bus drivers at Campeau Bus Lines Ltd in Durham, Ontario
  • 299 workers in facility services at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 98 gaming workers at the Flamboro Elements Casino in Dundas, Ontario
  • 15 auto technicians at Portland Street Honda in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

“We have dedicated full-time organizers across Canada. We work closely with locals in every sector and we have a great team of member organizers working with us,” Scanlan said.

As the year ended and a new one began, Unifor had several active campaigns on the go in hospitality and gaming, manufacturing, school buses, health care and more.

“In 2019, we are building on the successes of 2018, and looking forward to another great year,” Scanlan said.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:45 am EST

Local 101R ratifies contract with CP

Members of Local 101R have voted to ratify a new four-year collective agreement that includes wage increases and other pattern setting wins for rail workers at CP.

“The bargaining committee worked hard to negotiate this agreement that includes significant gains, advances rail workers’ rights, and sets the pattern for the sector,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

Local 101R represents 1200 workers from British Columbia to Quebec, who service locomotives and freight cars, and produce track and freight car/locomotive components.

The deal includes a 2.5 per cent increase in each of the first two years and a 3 per cent increase in each of the last two years.

“We are pleased to ratify an agreement that was reached in a respectful manner, without any concessions, and will better the working lives of CP workers across Canada,” said Joel Kennedy, Unifor Local 101R President.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:30 am EST


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