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AWPPW Local 69 is getting with the times and working on a website. Standby, more to follow. Friday, May 20, 2016 6:47 pm EDT

AWPPW Local 60 member Steven Phillips will be attending President Obama?s State of the Union Address
Brothers and Sisters, on Tuesday January 12th, 2016 AWPPW Local 60 member Steven Phillips will be attending President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  Mr. Phillips is attending as a guest of Congressman Peter DeFazio.  DeFazio represents the 4th Congressional District of Oregon. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:28 pm EST

Workshops to be held for all Newberg Union employees at the Local 60 Union Hall
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( Last updated Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT)
Unifor responds to Ontario’s announcement on enhanced emergency medical Services
On June 5, the Ontario government announced three substantial changes to the way emergency medical services will be delivered in the province. These changes include: Updating the program 911 Dispatchers use to more accurately assess, or triage, patients in their time of need. Expanding and enhancing the use of Community Paramedic Programs, or CPPs, so patients may be able to avoid a hospital altogether. A proposed pilot project where local fire departments could hire paramedics to work on a fire truck, and provide “first response” care, while waiting for an ambulance to provide transportation to hospital. Unifor believes the first two changes to emergency medical services in Ontario will prove very beneficial. Dispatch For quite some time, Unifor has called on the provincial government to update the current dispatch system.   Under the current system, virtually all 911 calls end up labeled a “high priority”, or “lights and sirens response.”  Statistically, less than five per cent of ambulance calls turn out to be life-threatening.  This mismatch between real and perceived emergencies ties up ambulance resources, leading some to conclude that Ontario has an “EMS problem.”  In reality, the problem lies with faulty dispatch software.  Upgrading to new software will give 911 dispatchers the tools they need to properly triage patients, and will result in patients getting the right care, at the right time. Community Paramedic Programs (CPP) CP Programs leverage the high skill-set of a paramedic to add efficiency to the health care system.  Paramedics can perform early hospital-discharge care, and run clinics and check-ups in house, which results in fewer non-essential visits to emergency room departments by patients.  In turn, the patients discharged early create room in the hospital for patients waiting to be admitted from ER.  This makes space for the paramedics to then drop off any new emergency patients, instead of waiting in a hallway on “off-load delay.” Unifor is concerned and disappointed with the third change proposed to emergency medical services delivery. Unifor paramedics believe there is no additional role for local fire departments to play in the delivery of emergency medical services.  Local fire departments and police officers are already equipped with defibrillators to treat patients in cardiac arrest.  Science has shown that these patients are the most likely to benefit from a rapid response.  Allowing fire department vehicles to speed to any additional calls creates a significant public safety hazard, while causing further strain on already tight municipal budgets through increased fuel, training and maintenance costs when compared to ambulances, and offers no measureable benefit to patient care. Fire departments also cannot transport patients, meaning regardless of their arrival on an emergency scene, they will be tied up waiting for underfunded ambulance units to arrive; this does not improve patient care, and actually compromises the fire department’s ability to perform fire suppression and rescue duties in the community. Staffing and running one ambulance costs approximately 1/4 as much as staffing and maintaining a fire truck.  Cities have limited resources to spend on EMS.  Any dollar spent on a duplication of services, cannot be spent on increasing real capacity to the existing ambulance services, which are facing call volume increases of six per cent annually. Unifor believes the government must work quickly to implement the first two steps of their enhanced emergency medical services plan.  The union also believes the third step will be expensive, inefficient and ineffective, and is calling on the government to remove this portion of their plan. Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

Transgender Rights Protected in Canadian Law
Transgender activists celebrated this week as a new law protecting gender identity and expression received royal assent. The bill amended the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and expression as prohibitive grounds for discrimination and extended this protection through the Criminal Code. This means that it is illegal in Canada to discriminate against someone because of their transgender identity, or how they express their gender. This legal protection will be applied in the same way that people are currently protected because of gender, race, ability and other identities, and guarantees them full and equal protection under the law. “Bill C-16 is a major victory. After many years, the federal government has extended the same human rights protections to transgender people that other communities have had for many years,” said Mohamad Alsadi, Unifor Human Rights and International Director. “While this recognition will not immediately end the discrimination that transgender people face, it is an incredibly powerful tool to continue to push for equality.” In Canada, transgender people still face elevated levels of violence and discrimination. Unions have a responsibility to defend all members on the job. This includes transgender members and all members of the LGBTQ community. Unifor members are united in the call to challenge transphobia in all its forms. The union bargains to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibitive grounds of discrimination and harassment in collective agreements and takes further steps to help make work safe and supportive for workers through transition plans.  A good transition plan at work includes ensuring confidentiality, access to washrooms and uniforms that are consistent with their gender, universal and appropriate medical coverage and other necessary steps to ensure a supportive transition.  Read the Workers in Transition guide to get started. Email pride@unifor.org to get involved in your regional LGBTQ committee. Read the full text of Bill C-16 . Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

Unifor keeps the pressure on with softwood rallies
Unifor members, employers and allies rallied in five key forestry communities across the country on June 19 to tell the federal government that a negotiated deal with the U.S. for fair trade in softwood lumber must be a top priority. The Americans levied a 20 per cent “countervailing” tariff on Canadian softwood lumber exports in May 2017 and are expected to levy an “anti-dumping” tariff this month. Experts say that Canadian lumber prices have surged 18 per cent to compensate for the duties, something that makes Canadian mills less competitive and layoffs and closures a certainty. In response to pressure from Unifor, the federal government announced a $867 million aid package on June 1 to help cushion the blow to the industry. National President Jerry Dias said the package is an important tool, but the end game must be a negotiated trade deal. “We are very encouraged at the government’s responsiveness but the job’s not done, Canada needs a fair deal,” said Dias. “The government must negotiate from a position of strength and stand up for good forestry jobs.” Unifor has a right to be concerned about the impact of U.S. duties on softwood lumber jobs. During the last softwood dispute the U.S. government levied 27 per cent in combined duties, causing  nearly 15,000 Canadian forestry jobs to be lost. The rallies were held in Saint John (Irving), Amos (Resolute), Baie-Comeau (Resolute), Jonquière (Resolute), and Thunder Bay (Resolute). With 23,000 members across 134 employers, Unifor is Canada’s forestry union and forestry accounts for over 200,000 direct jobs in 650 communities. Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

Health care workers talk experience and activism
Unifor’s national health care conference brought together the largest group of health care workers ever, as more than 203 participants from 19 local unions in Ontario and Nova Scotia gathered at the union’s education centre in Port Elgin from June 9-11. The conference explored the need to advocate for strengthening universal public health care, creating a national pharmacare program, ending cuts to hospitals and long-term care, as well as establishing a minimum amount of hours of hands on care. Delegates also had the opportunity to root these issues in their own work experience during workshops on mental health, workplace stress and bullying; a new vision for long-term care; and violence in the workplace. Secretary-Treasurer Bob Orr, Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne Assistant to the President Katha Fortier, and Health Care Director Andy Savela, in addition to a number of thought-provoking guest speakers, spoke to members over the two days.  “Unions know that losing medicare would be devastating for working people,” said Sean Meagher, Executive Director of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, who spoke extensively about the threat to public health care, posed by privatization and the government’s failure to uphold the Canada Health Act. Presentations by the Canadian Health Coalition’s and Blood Watch’s emphasized the need for a universal, publicly-funded pharmacare program and why we must ensure that blood collection services stay public. With the departure of long-time health care National Executive Board member Nancy McMurphy, Local 302, conference delegates also nominated Shauna Wilcox, Local 4600 in Cape Breton, on behalf of the Health Care Council.    As the conference closed Health Care Director Savela encouraged local union leaders to get involved and ramp up the union’s fightback to defend health care for all.  For more information and updates visit: unifor.org/healthcare. Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

Auto parts sector sets unified bargaining campaign
Unifor auto parts locals held the first-ever joint bargaining strategy conference, establishing a common set of goals and priorities for future contract talks. “We have our first opportunity in a long time to really build this industry,” National President Jerry Dias told Unifor’s largest-ever gathering of more than 140 auto parts union leaders and staff. Unifor represents about 17,000 workers in the auto parts sector at 120 bargaining units with 79 different employers. Bargaining as a united sector with a common set of priorities will strengthen the union’s position at the bargaining table and enable it to improve conditions in the industry, Dias said. The bargaining conference was the culmination of more than two years of discussions by local leadership from Unifor’s Independent Parts Sector (IPS). The approved bargaining agenda sets a joint strategy for the bargaining table, as well as priorities such as contract length, rejection of two tier wages and temporary work, and better opportunities for hiring of laid off members, among other demands. “This sector provides good jobs in dozens of communities. By taking a united approach to bargaining, we can build on that,” said IPS Council President Robin Dudley. Dudley said the conference was a big step in building solidarity in the sector. Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

Unifor supports Indigenous Games
Unifor partnered with the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games, which will take place in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area on July 16-23. “Unifor is honoured to support the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games. Our sponsorship will help to ensure the broader community can celebrate the achievements of the athletes, and showcase the rich diversity of Indigenous culture,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. Dias participated in the official medal unveiling where it was announced that Unifor has been granted official naming rights to all medal ceremonies, as well as naming rights to week-long cultural festivals to be held on the campuses of McMaster University and York University. “Our commitment has always been to deliver a best-in-class Games experience for the athletes. Unifor will help to deliver this vision, not only for the Games, but in creating sustainable opportunities for Indigenous youth and their communities,” said Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO, Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games. The Games will host more than 5,000 participants, 2,000 volunteers and thousands of spectators, in what is expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The cultural festivals, presented by Unifor, will be a spectacular showcase of Indigenous culture and heritage, with music, cuisine, artists, vendors, nightly entertainment, and medal ceremonies.  “These Games provide a unique opportunity to use the power of sport to unite cultures and communities in our common goal to build a better future for all,” said Dias. For more information visit www.naig2017.to Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

National Aboriginal Day
Canada’s history of colonialism and cultural genocide against Indigenous people must be recognized so we can push for change.  June 21, which is National Aboriginal Day, provides an important marker to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ culture, history and achievements, but action from our union is needed every day of the year. Despite being ordered many times to properly provide education, health and social services for Indigenous children the federal government still has not funded these programs equally. As trade unionists, every member shares a responsibility to work towards reconciliation and justice for Indigenous people. In the past year, Unifor has financially supported educational initiatives for Indigenous children and youth, the union has helped fund access to clean water and sponsored the North American Indigenous Games. Together we can create a future that recognizes the rights of Indigenous people. Show your support post this Unifor poster in your workplace. Download it here unifor.org/awoc Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT

Members Walk For Domestic Abuse Services
Local 302 Executive Board members Rusty Sproul, Financial Secretary, and Kevin Phillips, Trustee, took to the streets of Woodstock, Ontario in the inaugural Men in Heels & Lunch on Wheels event in support of the Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (DASO). “Domestic Abuse Services Oxford provides a safe haven and much needed services to women and children who are victimized by domestic violence,” said Sproul. “This work helps to better the lives of survivors and also helps to create a better society.” The event challenged men to walk in women’s shoes and help fund DASO’s programs for women who have been victimized by physical or sexual violence. “We are so grateful for the participation of Local 302, and to the members who walked to demonstrate their support in ending violence against women,” said Rhonda Hendel, Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Services Oxford. The June 1 event raised $16,000 with the assistance of many generous business and organization partners including Local 302. In addition to cash donations, the Fill-a-Basket initiative at the event also brought in a truckload of essential supplies for the shelter to support the needs of women and children. The shelter  is a community service and is open 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. The Lunch on Wheels portion of the event came into play as participants also enjoyed tasty offerings from food trucks who generously donated lunch to the walkers. DASO is a leading resource for domestic abuse issues. For more information or to donate visit http://daso.ca If your local is involved in a community initiative or program tell us about it! Email communications@unifor.org to share the news. Monday, June 26, 2017 11:42 am EDT


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