Trade unions

MEDIA ADVISORY: Pickets throughout the Lower Mainland Postponed After Janitors Reach Tentative Agreement with Bee-Clean Building Maintenance

Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:57am

The tentative agreement was reached shortly after janitors had voted overwhelmingly in favour of striking.

Key Points: 
  • The tentative agreement was reached shortly after janitors had voted overwhelmingly in favour of striking.
  • Unionized with SEIU Local 2, janitors were set to picket at several key locations throughout the Lower Mainland, including Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Janitors have reached a tentative deal for their first collective agreement with their employer Bee-Clean Building Maintenance.
  • The tentative agreement has been reached a little over 36 hours after janitors had voted overwhelmingly in favour of commencing strike actions during the week of November 2nd.

Negotiations between Unifor and Loblaw fail to reach strike settlement

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 4:43pm

ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 30, 2020 /CNW/ -Negotiations between Unifor Local 597 and Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw Co.) have failed to reach a settlement of the ten-week long strike at 11 Dominion store locations across Newfoundland.

Key Points: 
  • ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 30, 2020 /CNW/ -Negotiations between Unifor Local 597 and Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw Co.) have failed to reach a settlement of the ten-week long strike at 11 Dominion store locations across Newfoundland.
  • "It's disappointing that Loblaw Co. is still unwilling to address the workers' key concerns, including earning a living wage," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
  • Negotiations broke down today after the two parties failed to come to agreement at a bargaining session in St. John's.
  • Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

Unifor and Loblaw Companies Limited to return to bargaining table

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 8:25pm

ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 28, 2020 /CNW/ - Unifor and Loblaw Companies Limited have agreed to resume negotiations tomorrow in an attempt to settle the ongoing strike by 1,400 Dominion store workers in Newfoundland.

Key Points: 
  • ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 28, 2020 /CNW/ - Unifor and Loblaw Companies Limited have agreed to resume negotiations tomorrow in an attempt to settle the ongoing strike by 1,400 Dominion store workers in Newfoundland.
  • "We're pleased to get back to the bargaining table.
  • Unifor has always maintained that the only way this strike would end would be through serious negotiations between Loblaw Co. and the union," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
  • Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

USW Alerts Trump Administration to Plight of Mexican Labor Activist Susana Prieto Terrazas

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway today sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating concerns about the treatment of independent trade union lawyer and attorney Susana Prieto Terrazas.

Key Points: 
  • PITTSBURGH, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway today sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating concerns about the treatment of independent trade union lawyer and attorney Susana Prieto Terrazas.
  • Prieto, an outspoken advocate for labor rights, was jailed in June and has now been ordered to attend court hearings this week where it is likely that she will again be detained and incarcerated.
  • The letter further expresses alarm that Prieto's treatment undermines the Mexican labor law reforms spelled out in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and urges the administration to convey these concerns to the Mexican authorities.
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Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:40pm

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2020 /CNW/ -Aviation workers will hold a rally and distribute leaflets and two provinces on Friday, to urge the federal government to create a national aviation recovery strategy.

Key Points: 
  • TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2020 /CNW/ -Aviation workers will hold a rally and distribute leaflets and two provinces on Friday, to urge the federal government to create a national aviation recovery strategy.
  • Media are invited to attend the events that will feature Unifor leadership and front line workers.
  • "Over the past seven months we have seen a transformation in the aviation sector like no other," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
  • Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

San Bernardino Cannabis Dispensary First Unionized Shop in Inland Empire

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 4:12pm

Employees at Authentic 909, a cannabis dispensary in the City of San Bernardino, voted on Saturday to ratify a labor agreement with UFCW Local 1167, making it the first unionized cannabis shop in the Inland Empire.

Key Points: 
  • Employees at Authentic 909, a cannabis dispensary in the City of San Bernardino, voted on Saturday to ratify a labor agreement with UFCW Local 1167, making it the first unionized cannabis shop in the Inland Empire.
  • These workers will now join thousands of other cannabis workers across the country who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
  • We are proud of our partnership with UFCW Local 1167 and look forward to serving the Inland Empire community.
  • Local 1167 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union represents more than 20,000 workers in San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties.

Striking Dominion workers relocate secondary picket to Weston's Bakery

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 11:38am

ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 26, 2020 /CNW/ - Striking Dominion workers have relocated their secondary picket line from the Loblaw Distribution Centre toWeston's Bakery, locatedat 17 BruceSt.,Mount Pearl.

Key Points: 
  • ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 26, 2020 /CNW/ - Striking Dominion workers have relocated their secondary picket line from the Loblaw Distribution Centre toWeston's Bakery, locatedat 17 BruceSt.,Mount Pearl.
  • The bakery is owned by George Weston Ltd., which also operates Dominion's parent company Loblaw Companies Limited.
  • More than half of the workers earn the provincial minimum wage of $12.15, despite serving their communities during COVID-19.
  • Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission Releases Interim Recommendations: UFCW Locals 175 & 633 continues to urge immediate action to improve long-term care and other healthcare

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:21pm

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the Ontario governments Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission interim recommendations released today, Locals 175 & 633 of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) reiterated the call for the government to take immediate action to improve the healthcare industry.

Key Points: 
  • MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the Ontario governments Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission interim recommendations released today, Locals 175 & 633 of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) reiterated the call for the government to take immediate action to improve the healthcare industry.
  • The interim recommendations from the Commission support what our Union has been saying for years the industry is broken and needs real, substantial action to fix it, said Shawn Haggerty, President of UFCW Local 175.
  • Additionally, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 believes the approach to elder care must improve across the entire healthcare sector in Ontario, which means our government must provide proper support to our retirement homes and homecare facilities as well.
  • UFCW Locals 175 & 633 represents more than 70,000 Union Members across Ontario including over 5,000 health care workers in long-term care, retirement home, homecare and congregate care workplaces.

North America's Building Trades Unions Issue Formal Endorsement of Joe Biden for President

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 6:32pm

Washington, DC, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) formally endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris for President and Vice President of the United States.

Key Points: 
  • Washington, DC, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) formally endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris for President and Vice President of the United States.
  • The organization issued the following statement from NABTU President Sean McGarvey:
    "North America's Building Trades Unions are proud to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States.
  • About NABTU: North Americas Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada.
  • For more information, please visit www.nabtu.org, and to learn more about the building trades efforts, follow the hashtag #BuildingTradesWhateverItTakes.

Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio Workers Demand Union Recognition

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:53pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Frustrated by staffing shortages, pandemic pay cuts and poor management, hourly employees at Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio demanded that Habitat Mid-Ohio CEO E.J.

Key Points: 
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Frustrated by staffing shortages, pandemic pay cuts and poor management, hourly employees at Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio demanded that Habitat Mid-Ohio CEO E.J.
  • The workers are organizing with the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United (CMRJB), a union with approximately 4000 Ohio members that is affiliated with the 2-million-member Service Employees international Union (SEIU).
  • CMRJB Workers United Manager Kathy Hanshew said in a statement, "We are proud to stand with the workers of Habitat of Humanity Mid-Ohio.
  • I implore Mr. Thomas to do the right thing and recognize his workers' union immediately."