Update: Trade unions demand ‘respectful’ agreement from NAFTA trade talks
December 1, 2017
As renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, members of the Unifor union demonstrated Saturday in Montreal to demand “respectful” international agreements, in particular with regard to workers’ rights.
Unifor president Jerry Dias and Renaud Gagné, Quebec director of the union, spoke at the demonstration near the American consulate.
“We’re asking the Canadian government to stand firm in both the renegotiation of NAFTA and other trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Labour, environmental and social rights should not be sacrificed in favour of purely financial interests,” Gagné said in a statement on Saturday.
Unifor donates $500,000 to Hurricane Irma aid
September 20, 2017
Unifor, through the Union’s Social Justice Fund, has donated $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for Hurricane Irma aid in the Caribbean.
“This donation by Unifor will reach the most vulnerable people in the Caribbean to help provide desperately needed relief efforts and supplies, which may include items such as shelter, food, and clean water,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
Millions of people were left devastated by Hurricane Irma. Unifor’s donation will provide direct assistance and emergency relief where it is needed most, in the hardest hit Caribbean countries.
“The Canadian Red Cross wants to thank Unifor for their support towards relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma,” said Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “This generous donation will help assist many families who are in need following this devastating category five hurricane.”
“The Unifor Social Justice Fund has a strong partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, providing past relief for disasters including the Alberta fires, New Brunswick ice storms, flood relief in the Atlantic and Quebec, and recently the BC wildfires,” said Unifor Director of Human Rights and International Mohamad Alsadi. “In this great time of need we will work together once again to make a difference for the people impacted by Hurricane Irma.”
Upcoming Education at the Guelph Local Hall
Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
Local 1917 has volunteered to hold three separate regional educational courses in the fall: Planning for your Future (one day), Employee Family Assistance Program (one day), and Human Rights are Workers’ Rights (three days). Members will be reimbursed by the Union for lost time, and courses, materials, and lunch will be provided free of charge. All courses will take place at our Union Hall located at 611 Silvercreek Parkway North, Guelph, Ontario.
Please check your Union Boards for the sign-up sheets.
All Local 1917 members are welcome to attend the Human Rights and EFAP courses. Only members that are 60 years old and older will qualify to attend the Planning for Your Future course.
At least 15 members are needed for the courses to run, so commit sooner rather than later! Space is limited and participant’s names may be drawn from a hat to determine who can attend.
Unifor Local 1917 Vice President
Planning for Your Future
Duration: One day
September 29, 2017 (Tentative Date)
Retirement is something that we are all going to face. It is better to start sooner rather than later. This course covers all of the topics you need to think about to prepare for the next phase of your life. A Service Canada representative provides an interactive presentation about the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. There is a segment on legal planning, and a local community credit union representative* offers basic financial information to assist with your retirement plan.
Spouses and partners are invited and encouraged to attend.
Employee Family Assistance Program
Duration: One day
October 20, 2017
This is a course that all workplace, Local Union leadership, Union EFAP representatives, and interested members should take. The course introduces the issues and needs that Unifor EFAP programs address, from alcohol and substance abuse to other issues where members or their families may need referral to professional counselling.
Participants discuss root causes, primary issues, and effects. They gain insight into the complex and progressive nature of addictions. The class identifies the principles, actions, and the resources we need to achieve recovery for co-workers and families who need our help.
This course discusses active listening strategies that are essential to successful union programs. The class allows members to participate in discussion on various topics, including what is enabling and how we can make better choices to avoid it.
Participants learn about the duty to accommodate as it applies to workers with dependency issues, the value of early intervention, and the rights and obligation that apply to the employer, the Union, and the individual worker.
Members can also find out what they can do to help improve the program or become an EFAP representative. Participants will hear the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step Program and the 13 Affirmations of the New Life Acceptance Program of Women for Sobriety. The class ends the day by identifying the many things unions and peer support movements have in common.
Human Rights are Workers Rights
Duration: Three days
November 12-14, 2017
Our three-day Human Rights are Workers’ Rights course provides Unifor leadership and activists with the opportunity to develop the skills and perspectives we need to build a stronger, more inclusive Union. Our Union will only benefit from our diversity when we pull from the strengths of all of our members.
Employers use racism, sexism, homophobia, and discrimination against people with disabilities to divide us as workers. We will focus on the role the Union can and does play in advancing equality and challenging employers.
This program is rooted in class struggles: learning how racism, sexism, homo/transphobia, and disability issues operate within the context of capitalism and the economy, and learning how movements for equality have always been tied to workers’ rights and struggles.
Through a case study, video, and discussion, this course provides practical information for taking on workplace harassment, bargaining Collective Agreements that promote real equity, and building stronger unions.
Part critical thinking, part strategy, part skill development, this program is a must for leadership in our growing, diverse Union.
July 18, 2017
Unifor Position Statement on the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement
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