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 Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers
( Last updated Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT)
Safety Survey Results
The AWPPW staffed a booth at the annual safety conference and asked folks to fill out an anonymous survey about safety where they work.  There were 142 people who participated in the survey and the totals are listed under each category of the questions asked. Friday, December 8, 2017 2:33 pm EST

 
AWPPW Local 675 Members 94% Rejection of WestRock Labor Offer
. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 3:56 pm EDT

 
Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formally begins this August 16 - RSVP to the Portland Town Hall
. Monday, August 7, 2017 6:36 pm EDT

 
An inside look at how Koch Industries does business
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:59 pm EDT

 
Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation
June 16, 2016 2:00 am JST Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation src=http://asia.nikkei. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:26 pm EDT

 
 CEP
( Last updated Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT)
Montreal glass manufacturing workers ratify new agreement
Workers at Novatech, a glass manufacturer, ratified a new four-year collective agreement. The 80 workers, members of Unifor Local 299, accepted the new agreement after 14 days of negotiations and two strike votes. “We’re proud of these workers for stay committed to what they deserved,” said Unifor’s Quebec Director, Renaud Gagné. “As a result, they’ve achieved a strong contract with improvements on many fronts.” The agreement includes a wage increase of 3 per cent in the first year, 2.3 in the second, 2.45 in the third, and 2.5 in the final. There’s an additional week of vacation time, and increased allocation for security equipment. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Nova Scotia hospital workers ratify deal
Hospital Workers in Nova Scotia have voted 92 per cent to ratify an agreement for mediation and binding arbitration. “Thanks to the support, solidarity, and patience of members, we can now see a light at the end of an extremely difficult round of negotiations, made more challenging by the numerous pieces of government legislation,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. The new agreement provides wage increases over a six-years,; it protects sick leave provisions, along with health and retiree benefits for all four bargaining units, which includes Health Care, Nursing, Support Services, and Administrative Professionals. “This agreement gives us a path forward. It means that after three very long years, we will have collective agreements in place for all unionized acute care workers in Nova Scotia by the end of 2018,” Linda McNeil, Atlantic Area Director, who represents Unifor on the executive of the Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions. The council was formed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (NSNU) and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) in 2015 after several pieces of Liberal anti-worker legislation were passed. Unifor represents more than 2,300 workers in all four bargaining units in acute care. Each group will continue to negotiate with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Children’s Hospital. Any issues that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table will be decided by an independent third-party mediator-arbitrator. The four unions are now looking forward to working with mediator William Kaplan, who will try to assist the parties to achieve an agreement through mediation but will render a final and binding award on any issues that are unresolved. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Harassment – it’s not okay on the job
Video of od7vVtwztDA In this new video, media workers speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace that is both in public areas and online. This video was used as an important discussion tool at a Media Council workshop on May 12, 2018 in Kelowna, but the issue of harassment is one that occurs in all types of workplaces. Harassment is an issue for all of us as workers; some workers experience it, others hear about it and/or witness it, and it impacts all of us. When harassment happens the workplace is no longer a safe and healthy space. Unifor encourages all members to watch this important video and spark a conversation in your workplace and local. Every member needs to speak up, intervene, and take action to stop all forms of harassment and harassing behavior. Through bargaining, meetings with the employer, and grievances, the union is also working to ensure employers in all sectors meet obligations under human rights and health and safety legislation to make our workplaces free of harassment. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Workers across Canada vote to join Unifor
In the first two weeks of May 2018, workers at seven workplaces across Canada – including five in just two days – have voted to join Unifor. “It is very gratifying to see so many workers in such diverse workplaces choosing not only to unionize, but to join Unifor,” said Danny McBride, Acting Organizing Director. “Having so many workplaces join in such a short period of time is the result of a lot of hard work by the workers themselves, as well as local unions and organizing staff.” In early May, 56 production technicians and skilled trades workers at Eacom Timber in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, voted to join Unifor. The mill makes engineered wood joists for construction projects. In Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 46 workers Parkland Antigonish, operating an assisted living retirement residence and a licensed nursing home, voted in early May to join Unifor, with the votes counted May 15. These successful votes were followed two weeks later by workers holding certification votes at a variety of workplaces: Mohawk Casino in Milton, Ontario, with 85 gaming workers joining along with the securities guards at the casino who were already members of Unifor. Kuehne + Nagel Ltd. warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario with 38 warehouse workers. GFL Environmental Inc. in Windsor, Ontario with 38 workers in transportation, and treatment, recycling and disposal of solid waste. Hamilton Legion Branch 163, in Ontario with 10 bar staff voting to leave UNITE HERE Local 75 and join Unifor Local 7575. Black Press Group Ltd in Surrey, British Columbia, where two workers voted to join 67 other unionized workers at the community newspapers group. So far this year, Unifor has welcomed more that 1,900 new members to the union, and every day we are approached by workers that have an interest in seeking strong representation from Unifor. If you know someone in your community or family who wants to join Unifor, please contact organize@unifor.org or visit unifor.org/join for more info. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Future of Work Conference set for Halifax
The world of work is changing rapidly, with new technologies being developed at a pace that is sometimes abrupt and often alarming. Unifor’s Automation, New Technology and the Future of Work conference in Halifax on August 15, 2018, in the lead up to Canada Council, is therefore especially timely. “Advanced robotics, automated vehicles, platform applications and artificial intelligence are just a few of the technologies that are transforming our workplaces, our relationships, and our lives,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “But to respond to this need our union is gathering together to discuss and strategize for the future of work to ensure the needs of workers, their rights and livelihoods are at the forefront with advancements.” At this conference, members will learn about the future of work and how some workers are taking a stand and fighting back to ensure their voice is heard; their needs are met; and their well-being is considered as part of the new workplace. Participation for the day-long conference is filling up fast. Submit your registration today!  Work and workplaces are all susceptible to disruption and transformation over time. Disruption has the potential to affect the quality and quantity of work in Canada in substantive and meaningful ways in the years ahead. In addition to the changing nature of work, the expansion of the gig economy, services, online movie and television access and mobile apps, such as Uber, Netflix and Airbnb in Canada, have exposed major loopholes in government regulation, and labour rights. But while this poses a threat, it also presents opportunities. New technologies have the potential to enhance connection between people and disrupt the power dynamics that run workplaces and the country. It can also improve how work is organized and reduce physical stress. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experts, researchers and workers to discuss how automation and new technology are affecting work today and how our union can respond.  The day-long conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and registration is separate from Canadian Council. It culminates in an evening event featuring a “no nonsense” debate on the implications of new technology in the workplace with The Debaters Live! and a hard-hitting address by Jerry Dias. A dessert reception will be provided and we’ll finish with plenty of time left to enjoy the Halifax pier. “This conference will be our opportunity to collectively brainstorm and plan fora future that’s quickly approaching,” said Dias. For more information on registration and participation visit the web page  or contact Linda.McCrorie@unifor.org. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Strike appeal for Thunder Bay Health Centre workers
Since April 9 there have been 65 women, members of Local 229, on strike at the Port Arthur Health Centre in Thunder Bay demanding fair compensation and an end to precarious work. “We are finishing our sixth week on strike with an employer who has little respect for the importance of the work these women perform and now refuses to negotiate,” said Kari Jefford, Local 229 President. After the workers rejected a forced vote on the final offer the employer is utilizing replacement workers and refusing to respond to requests from an Ontario Labour Relations Board senior mediator and the union to meet and try to reach a settlement. The union says this strike is about securing decent work for women and recognizing the value of the work these women do. A national strike appeal was issued to all locals on May 15 to ask for solidarity for these women workers. “It’s really disheartening they haven’t come back to the table,” said Unit Chair Lori Salmi. “We work so hard on their behalf to make the clinic run smoothly and care for every patient who walks through our doors.” The employer’s last offer would have the majority of women making barely more than the minimum wage. Local 229 President talked about the issues in this short CBC radio interview: www.cbc.ca/player/play/1208299075507/ All locals and members are encouraged to send a financial donation to assist the striking workers and keep the strike line strong. Your contributions can be made via cheque, payable to ‘Unifor Local 229’. Grocery gift cards for Metro and gas cards are also appreciated.  Please send donations to: Angie Martz, Financial Secretary, Unifor Local 229 106 North Cumberland St., Suite 101 Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4M2 Download the Strike Appeal for Port Arthur Health Centre here. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Unifor members show solidarity for striking B.C. hotel workers
On May 10, dozens of Unifor members from across British Columbia’s Lower Mainland joined striking Local 3000 workers at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel to rally for a fair contract. “This employer needs to know that they’ve picked a fight with our entire union,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Hospitality workers at the Sheraton Guildford deserve respect and a fair contract.” Since the strike began on May 1, major bookings at the hotel have been moved—including an event with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner—as several organizations choose to respect the Unifor Local 3000 picket line. Activists from several other unions walked the picket line in a show of solidarity, including members of the International Longshore Workers’ Union, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and the Amalgamated Transit Union. “The support we’ve received from other unions has been encouraging,” said Jean Van Vliet, Unifor Local 3000 President. “With the support of the national union, the community, and our labour movement partners, our members are going to last one day longer than the greedy employer.” Unifor represents 120 workers in all areas of the Sheraton hotel including guest services, the lounge, banquets, kitchen, laundry, room attendants, and maintenance. Across the country Unifor represents 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers. Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 
Flex-N-Gate workers sign new agreement
Unifor Local 195 members at Employees Flex-N-Gate in Windsor, Ontario have ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The 580 workers, who manufacture auto parts for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford, voted 76 per cent in favour of the new contract which includes a signing bonus, improvements to benefits and pensions, and wage increases. “Regular production workers will see a $1 an hour increase and skilled trades will receive $1.90 an hour over the lifetime of the agreement,” said Unifor Local 195 President John Toth. The new collective agreement contains improved vacation pay as well as additional personal paid holidays. The company also provided the bargaining committee with a commitment letter to invest in the plant and provide the right to bid on future replacement work.  Friday, May 25, 2018 10:12 pm EDT

 


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