International Metalworkers' Federation

Steelworkers Union Praises NDP Victory in Securing Paid Sick Leave Commitment

Monday, May 25, 2020 - 11:24pm

The United Steelworkers (USW) union is praising the New Democratic Party for securing a commitment from the federal government to ensure two weeks of paid sick leave for workers across Canada.

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  • The United Steelworkers (USW) union is praising the New Democratic Party for securing a commitment from the federal government to ensure two weeks of paid sick leave for workers across Canada.
  • For months our union and other groups have been urging the federal government to provide guaranteed, paid sick leave, as well as other support and protections to workers in these challenging times, said Ken Neumann, USW National Director.
  • The commitment secured today by the federal NDP, to ensure two weeks of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, is overdue and welcomed, Neumann said.
  • For too long, far too many workers have had little or no access to paid sick leave.

Unifor tells Federal Finance Committee to close gap in CERB

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:49pm

At the top of that list is for Ministers Morneau and Qualtrough to allow employer-paid, and Service Canada registered Supplemental Unemployment Benefits alongside CERB," Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the Committee.

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  • At the top of that list is for Ministers Morneau and Qualtrough to allow employer-paid, and Service Canada registered Supplemental Unemployment Benefits alongside CERB," Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the Committee.
  • Unifor alone has negotiated SUB plans for approximately 50,000 of its members in multiple sectors including auto, rail, steel, aerospace, public service and health care.
  • On April 15, Unifor sent a letter to Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough to ask the federal government to close the glaring gap in CERB and modify regulations to allow workers to collect both the CERB and SUB.
  • Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

USW Endorses Joe Biden for President

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 7:15pm

PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) union today endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

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  • PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) union today endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.
  • "Vice President Biden has long been a friend of workers and our union," said USW International President Thomas M. Conway.
  • "The USW is proud to stand with him now as he seeks to put our country back on a path toward shared prosperity through responsible leadership."
  • "Joe Biden spent his life fighting for these things because he understands what it's like to work for a living.

USW Urges Swift Action on Pennsylvania Sick Leave Bill

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 5:34pm

PITTSBURGH, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) union today applauded Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Miller's introduction of Pennsylvania House Bill 2495, calling for expanded emergency sick leave provisions in the wake of the deadly coronavirus.

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  • PITTSBURGH, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) union today applauded Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Miller's introduction of Pennsylvania House Bill 2495, calling for expanded emergency sick leave provisions in the wake of the deadly coronavirus.
  • The state legislation would close dangerous loopholes in the federal government's Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which extends paid sick leave to some Americans but leaves out workers at companies employing 500 or more people.
  • "In this uncertain time, workers are putting their lives on the line to keep our communities healthy and safe," said USW District 10 Director Bobby "Mac" McAuliffe.
  • "Our union fights for paid leave and other health and safety provisions for our members, but all workers deserve these protections, especially now," said McAuliffe.

USW Proudly Endorses Theresa Greenfield for U.S. Senate in Iowa Race

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm

PITTSBURGH, May 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) today proudly and enthusiastically endorsed Theresa Greenfield to be the next U.S.

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  • PITTSBURGH, May 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers (USW) today proudly and enthusiastically endorsed Theresa Greenfield to be the next U.S.
  • USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez said that Iowa's union members and their families can count on Greenfield to be a strong voice for them on Capitol Hill.
  • "Theresa Greenfield will fight to preserve and expand access to quality, affordable health care and create good jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure," Ramirez said.
  • "When it comes to fighting for fair treatment and a seat at the table, I'll always put hardworking Iowans first."

Unifor welcomes emergency funding for public transit

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 7:24pm

VANCOUVER, May 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Widespread transit worker layoffs will be averted thanks to emergency funding announced today by the federal and provincial governments, says Unifor.

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  • VANCOUVER, May 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Widespread transit worker layoffs will be averted thanks to emergency funding announced today by the federal and provincial governments, says Unifor.
  • "Passengers and transit workers across the country mobilized to defend public transit," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
  • Unifor led the charge for emergency funding with an online campaign (unifor.org/peopleneedtransit) and a constant lobbying effort at all levels of government.
  • Emergency funding announced today will help keep transit workers on the job so they can help other COVID heroes do theirs."

Unifor mourns the loss of PSW member due to COVID-19

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 2:37am

TORONTO, May 7, 2020 /CNW/ - Unifor mourns the loss of a Local 40 PSW member due to a preventable workplace exposure to COVID-19.

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  • TORONTO, May 7, 2020 /CNW/ - Unifor mourns the loss of a Local 40 PSW member due to a preventable workplace exposure to COVID-19.
  • He'll be truly be missed by his Unifor family and all those who knew him."
  • This is the first confirmed death of a Unifor member related to this pandemic.
  • Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

Unifor calls on Ottawa to prioritize air transportation workers

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 2:17pm

TORONTO, May 7, 2020 /CNW/ -Unifor is calling on the federal government to ensure any financial aid package for the air transportation sector emphasizes workers.

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  • TORONTO, May 7, 2020 /CNW/ -Unifor is calling on the federal government to ensure any financial aid package for the air transportation sector emphasizes workers.
  • "Since day one of the COVID-19 crisis, air transportation workers have put their health on the line to safely bring Canadians home and we are calling on the federal government to not leave air transportation workers behind."
  • Unifor has requested a virtual meeting with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau to discuss possible solutions in assisting the air transportation industry and its workers.
  • Unifor represents 16,000 members working in the air transportation sector including pilots, customer service representatives, aircraft groomers, catering staff, maintenance providers, air traffic specialists and air traffic controllers.

Western Unifor locals donate more than $50,000 to food banks

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 7:34pm

VANCOUVER, May 1, 2020 /CNW/ - Unifor locals from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia have marked International Workers' Day by making donations to local food banks across Western Canada.

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  • VANCOUVER, May 1, 2020 /CNW/ - Unifor locals from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia have marked International Workers' Day by making donations to local food banks across Western Canada.
  • From lobbying to improve safety at work and government emergency programs to community donations, Unifor is working to help all workers, union and non-union," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.
  • "At the local level, Unifor members have taken action to help reduce hunger during this challenging time."
  • Unifor local unions representing workers in many sectors participated, including transportation, forestry, media, manufacturing, telecommunications, mining, rail, energy, and aerospace.

Mr. Furnace serves lockout notice to workers during pandemic

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 7:33pm

Furnace have been served notice that they could be locked out of their jobs on Monday, in the midst of a public health and economic crisis.

Key Points: 
  • Furnace have been served notice that they could be locked out of their jobs on Monday, in the midst of a public health and economic crisis.
  • "It's a new low for labour relations to see an employer issue this notice during a pandemic," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
  • Locking out workers that still have their jobs is an especially heartless move right now."
  • Furnace, a subsidiary of Right Time Heating and Air Conditioning Canada, has been bullying workers since bargaining began says Unifor.