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 Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers
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Unifor celebrates Continuing Care Assistant Week in Nova Scotia

Unifor is celebrating the first Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) Week, organized by the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) as part of Continuing Care Month.

"CCAs offer the highest quality of care that allows people in their homes and in long-term care to live comfortably and with dignity,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Their contribution as part of the health care team is incredible and deserves the special recognition this week and every single day of the year."

HANS aims to raise awareness of the vital role of CCAs in the health care team, in home care and long-term care across the province. 

"CCAs consistently go above and beyond to provide excellent care, compassion and companionship to patients and residents," said Linda MacNeil, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. "As a healthcare worker, I know first-hand how hard CCAs work. The enormous mental, physical and emotional contributions they make in caring for patients and residents, is second-to-none."

Show your support by sharing the Unifor graphics on Facebook and by using the Facebook profile picture frame.

For more information about CCA Week and Continuing Care Month, visit the HANS website.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:30 am EDT

 
Public support for My Crowns campaign continues to grow

The public support for the My Crowns continues to win the hearts and minds of the people of Saskatchewan.

In a recent online poll by the Regina Leader-Post, more than 80% of respondents said they support striking Crown workers (more than 3,700 people voted).

This result comes on the heels of a more scientific poll conducted for Unifor by AngusReid that showed 89% of respondents in Saskatchewan believe workers should get wage increases of at least inflation.

These figures should be no surprise: Crown workers are extremely valuable to the Saskatchewan economy and make important contributions in every community across the province.  The crowns generated over 400 million dollars to the Government of Saskatchewan.

This has been our message from day one. Crown workers deserve better than zeros and good crown jobs should remain in the province not be shipped elsewhere. We have taken this message to the people of Saskatchewan, and it is  paying off.

We made every attempt at the bargaining table with a callous government, so now Unifor is all in on a strike to demonstrate our commitment to fairness.

Here’s what “all in” has looked like so far, with much more to come:

  • Opinion polling and graphics for sharing online
  • 22 Videos since October 3, 2019 with more than 1.2 million views
  • Newspaper advertisements
  • Billboards
  • Bus ads
  • Radio ads
  • Twitter ads
  • Facebook ads
  • Television ads
  • Media conferences
  • Social media shareables
  • Visits from the National President
  • Two rallies, including a massive show of force at Queensbury
  • Unprecedented shut-downs of SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy and DirectWest  locations
  • Daily media coverage (more than 500 media hits in past three months)
  • Solidarity meetings with other unions
  • Editorials in the newspaper
  • Campaign-branded t-shirts, hats, buttons, and more
  • On social media, we have more than 3 million impressions

It is clear that we are winning the battle for the hearts and minds of our communities.  We cannot and will not rest on our accomplishments. Unifor will continue to organize mass actions until an agreement is reached.

There is no predicting when this dispute will be over, but the pressure we’re putting on the Moe Government is increasing and the polling above shows that our message is sinking in.

For more information, visit www.myCrowns.ca

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:30 am EDT

 
Allowing single sport betting a no-brainer

It is election time and voters want action, not words. They want commitments that are tangible and relatable, not ideas that will take years to be debated and discussed. They want decisions that will have an impact on their lives and their community.

Similarly, they want to be sure that politicians are held accountable for inaction and missed opportunities.

We have written about, talked about and shouted about the need to amend the Criminal Code to allow for Single Sport Betting. This is the biggest no brainer that any party can do to support border communities and protect jobs.

‘The cost to government is ZERO. What other government program for job preservation and job creation costs zero? It costs the federal government no money. It protects consumers by channelling current unregulated gaming into a regulated environment. It channels revenue, currently leaving the country, into the provincial governments and towards government programs.

Most importantly, it protects jobs and creates jobs. New York and Michigan have already opened sports books. We know exactly what happens when we cede our position to the U.S. - jobs migrate south.

Given all that, who will stand up and do what’s right?

We have had two private members bills from local MPs who have looked out for gaming sector workers. It is time that all parties acknowledge that the risk today is real and the timing is urgent.

This is not a matter of if, but when - and the impact will be absolute, predictable and it is completely avoidable. People will cross the border to Michigan and New York and Washington and Montana and New Hampshire.

Windsor, Niagara and other border communities will once again be hurt. Thousands of jobs are at stake and thousands can be created. That is as big swing and a risk I will not allow our members to take without a fight.

There is no opposition to this. The provinces are supportive, the major sports leagues are supportive and most importantly, our workers and communities are supportive.

The government works for the people. The people want to preserve their communities and jobs. We ask all parties, where do you stand? We need to know before we vote because this is a key issue for our community and our members to have clarity on as they cast their ballots on October 21.

Sincerely,

Jerry Dias and Dave Cassidy

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:00 am EDT

 
Strike mandate and rejection of final offer at Purolator

Members of Local 146Q working at Purolator rejected a final offer from the employer by a vote of 72 per cent.

“This result is a clear sign of our members’ outrage at the employer’s lack of consideration for them. They are disappointed and frustrated with the monetary offers presented by the employer,” explained Serge Dupont, Assistant to the Unifor Quebec Director.  

It should be noted that the members had previously voted 78 per cent in favour of a strike mandate during meetings held over the weekend of September 14. 

“Despite the strike vote, the employer has persisted in its attitude of arrogance and contempt for employees by making a final offer that was almost identical to a previous one. Our members told us at the meetings that they are willing to go all the way to obtain wage offers that meet their expectations and allow them to maintain their quality of life instead of diminishing it,” added Brother Dupont.

A mediator has been appointed in the dispute. The union can decide to exercise its strike mandate at any time with a minimum notice of 72 hours following the mediation period, which would be October 21.

Purolator employs some 164 Unifor members in Quebec, working as counter agents in pick-up and delivery locations and in customer service.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:15 am EDT

 
Unifor signs new collective agreement with CertainTeed

Unifor members at CertainTeed Canada Inc., a building product company in Mississauga, have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement that includes wage gains and enhanced early retirement payments.

“Unifor is raising the standards for all workers in Canada. This bargaining committee worked diligently to make jobs more viable while improving conditions and wages for workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor President.

The new agreement secured annual two per cent wage gains over three years, improved early retirement payments and upgraded language regarding scheduling of continental work weeks.

“We were bound and determined to get a fair deal,” said Angus MacDonald, Local 1256 President. “Through onerous negotiations the bargaining committee showed impressive solidarity. We made important gains toward clearer language, enhanced benefits, and fairness for everyone.”

“This membership was solid. We had a 100% strike mandate and that’s how we made these gains,” said Howard Law, Media Sector Director.

A strong majority of workers voted in favor of the new agreement on October 8th, 2019.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:15 am EDT

 
Support grows for striking Sask Crown workers

As the province-wide strike and lockout of Crown workers drags into day seven, support for workers is growing across Saskatchewan and beyond.

“It is always heartwarming to see other unions’ members and even Unifor members from other provinces join our picket lines,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

Dias walked the picket lines as the strike began Friday October 4.

By October 7 SaskTel locked out 1600 Unifor members of Local 1S and 2S, while members from five other Crowns and the Water Security Agency remained on picket lines.

“Two point three! Good enough for Moe, good enough for me!” chanted Unifor members at several rallies this week, referring to the 2.3 per cent wage increase Premier Scott Moe gave himself and his MLAs while demanding a two-year wage freeze from Crown workers.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:30 am EDT

 
Unifor reviewing the Northern Pulp focus report, preparing submission

The Northern Pulp kraft pulp mill in Pictou, Nova Scotia, has filed a 2,600-page report with the Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) responding to additional questions and concerns laid out by the government back in March regarding its proposed new wastewater treatment facility.

“Members at the mill are looking forward to this process being resolved and are hopeful the government will find an appropriate and respectful way for the community to move forward,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Unifor has stood firm for years in demanding government work with stakeholders to find a solution that supports good jobs, protects the environment, and respects First Nations’ rights.”

Unifor Atlantic Regional Director Linda MacNeil spoke to The Todd Veinotte Show on Halifax-based radio NEWS 95.7 about the submission.

“Across Canada, there are 88 pulp and paper mills – approximately 27 of those are Kraft mills just like Northern Pulp – and they get along with their communities, they create jobs and are environmentally responsible,” MacNeil told Veinotte. “This isn’t something new in Canada. The communities coexist, the fisheries coexist, so it is possible.”

NSE has opened a 30-day public consultation period to hear from concerned citizens with regard to the scientific studies.

Unifor is preparing their submission and encourages its forestry locals and members to contribute their support for the approval of the Northern Pulp treatment facility project.

Locals seeking support in submitting their comments should contact the Halifax office at halifax@unifor.org.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:30 am EDT

 
Vote in Advanced Polls this weekend to Stop Scheer

Are you planning to vote? All across Canada, polling stations are open from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Find your polling location through the Elections Canada website or by checking your Voter Information Card. 

“Canada’s workers must stand strong and elect a progressive government that puts us first, instead of siding with the wealthy and corporate elites,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We know Andrew Scheer’s plans to cut taxes for the richest will cost hardworking Canadians.”

You can vote almost any time between now and Election Day. Advanced polls are open over the long weekend, but voters can also cast a ballot at any Elections Canada office across the country before October 15, or in person on Election Day on October 21.

To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on Election Day, and prove your identity and address. Check out the Unifor Votes site for helpful frequently asked questions, or contact Elections Canada directly.

“I’m voting to stop Scheer and choose a better future in this election. But to make that happen, we’re all going to have to do the work, and get out to the polls,” continued Dias.

Unifor members have already knocked on tens of thousands of doors in this election—but with 315,000 members across the country, there’s work to be done all across the country!

Join the team—sign up to volunteer for Unifor’s non-partisan member-to-member campaign or RSVP for an event near you.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:30 am EDT

 
 

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