Labor relations

Gold Fields' South Deep Gold Mine and the NUM and UASA Reach Three-year Wage Agreement

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 1:17pm

WESTONARIA, South Africa, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold Fields' South Deep Gold Mine and the NUM and UASA trade unions have concluded a three-year wage agreement for the period 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2024.

Key Points: 
  • WESTONARIA, South Africa, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold Fields' South Deep Gold Mine and the NUM and UASA trade unions have concluded a three-year wage agreement for the period 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2024.
  • The parties believe that the agreement is in the best interest of employees and the mine's long-term sustainability.
  • Miners, Artisans and Officials will receive a wage increase of 6% in year 1, and 6% or CPI (whichever is the greater) in years 2 and 3.
  • "We wish to commend all parties involved (the NUM, UASA and the Gold Fields South Deep management team) for the constructive and harmonious spirit in which wage negotiations were undertaken.

High Court Finds Terranea Resort Illegally Fired Cook Who Spoke with Media about Labor Conditions, Organized Union Campaign with UNITE HERE Local 11

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:25pm

Freddy Lovato wasthe court observedthe most prominent advocate for union representation at the hotel.

Key Points: 
  • Freddy Lovato wasthe court observedthe most prominent advocate for union representation at the hotel.
  • The court found Terranea management responded to Lovato and his coworkers union organizing by requiring workers to attend mandatory anti-union meetings.
  • At one meeting, the resorts president warned employees that the union would represent the employees over my dead body.
  • UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union representing over 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona that work in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers, and airports.

REPEAT - Wine Rack Workers Set to Start Striking on June 7th; Pickets to be Set Up throughout the GTA

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 5:08pm

Community members are being asked to support workers by making their wine purchases elsewhere while pickets are ongoing.

Key Points: 
  • Community members are being asked to support workers by making their wine purchases elsewhere while pickets are ongoing.
  • As a result, workers will be picketing at several Wine Rack locations throughout Toronto and ask community members to buy wine at other stores to support the workers strike.
  • Wine Rack worker Radha Bagat says: Workers are under attack from Wine Rack.
  • Individuals interested in coming to support Wine Rack workers are asked to text Laxy Saunthararajan at (416) 319-8446 to confirm the following locations:

Union Strong NextGen Platform Makes Instant Smartphone Communication Affordable for the Entire Labor Movement

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 12:01pm

Union Strong , the smartphone app for the labor movement, launched its Next Generation platform today delivering advanced features to better engage members on their smartphones and ensuring any local in the labor movement can take part.

Key Points: 
  • Union Strong , the smartphone app for the labor movement, launched its Next Generation platform today delivering advanced features to better engage members on their smartphones and ensuring any local in the labor movement can take part.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210607005188/en/
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    The Union Strong app allows unions to contact members where, how and when it matters most.
  • It's affordable, simple, powerful and connects The New York State Pipe Trades Association with our 12 local union affiliates and their members.
  • Unlike emails, push notifications are seen instantly, giving members instant access to union information, said Greg McHale, Founder & CEO of Union Strong.

Wine Rack Workers Set to Start Striking on June 7th; Pickets to be Set Up throughout the GTA

Sunday, June 6, 2021 - 1:46am

Community members are being asked to support workers by making their wine purchases elsewhere while pickets are ongoing.

Key Points: 
  • Community members are being asked to support workers by making their wine purchases elsewhere while pickets are ongoing.
  • As a result, workers will be picketing at several Wine Rack locations throughout Toronto and ask community members to buy wine at other stores to support the workers strike.
  • Wine Rack worker Radha Bagat says: Workers are under attack from Wine Rack.
  • Individuals interested in coming to support Wine Rack workers are asked to text Laxy Saunthararajan at (416) 319-8446 to confirm the following locations:

Quickbase Accelerates Innovation with New Ways to Uncover Operational Insights, Greater Connectivity & Top Talent

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 8:00pm
Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210525005588/en/
    Organizations are racing to keep up with the pace of change after a time of disruption.
  • As business and IT teams work to strengthen their partnership, safe access to information across systems and teams has become a bottleneck.
  • With this wave of innovation, Quickbase hopes to clear the path for these teams to work together and build operational agility in their organizations.
  • To learn more about the Quickbase platform and how it integrates with previous updates, visit the product overview section on the Quickbase website.

Teamsters, Transportation Trades Announce Worker-First AV Legislative Framework

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 4:31pm

Meanwhile, a deluge of recent accidents involving Waymo, Tesla, Uber and other AVs have resulted in serious injuries and even death.

Key Points: 
  • Meanwhile, a deluge of recent accidents involving Waymo, Tesla, Uber and other AVs have resulted in serious injuries and even death.
  • "The policies promoting safety, equity, and economic justice that transportation labor unions have outlined today must act as the cornerstone of any AV legislation Congress considers.
  • "\n"Now is the time for lawmakers to step up and protect the rights, livelihoods and safety of working people.
  • The voices of workers, their unions, and the safeguards that come with strong collective bargaining agreements must be at the center of AV debates and legislation.

Canadian observers needed to oversee union vote at Mexican truck plant

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:32pm

Unifor believes the Canadian government must step in to provide additional supports to ensure a free and fair vote.\n"Offering to send a delegation of expert observers, including trade union leaders, is a sign of good faith to the Mexican government, and Mexican autoworkers, letting them know that Canada stands by the principles of free collective bargaining," Dias said.

Key Points: 
  • Unifor believes the Canadian government must step in to provide additional supports to ensure a free and fair vote.\n"Offering to send a delegation of expert observers, including trade union leaders, is a sign of good faith to the Mexican government, and Mexican autoworkers, letting them know that Canada stands by the principles of free collective bargaining," Dias said.
  • "Unifor stands ready to assist with this.
  • "\nIn a May 5 letter to Mexican Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and General Motors President Mark Reuss, Dias condemned the actions of the CTM union, widely criticized as an illegitimate union with no democratic mandates from the workers it claims to represent.\nThe practice of illegitimate or so-called \'yellow\' unions is to negotiate agreements favourable to employers, driving down pay and lowering labour standards, creating an uneven playing field for Canadian workers.\n"(The accused activities) constitute illegal activity, a breach of the fundamental tenets of union democracy and international labour standards, and a violation of the terms of the Canada-United States-Mexico (CUSMA) trade agreement," Dias wrote.\nUnifor is Canada\'s largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.
  • The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.\n'

CLC: Back-to-work legislation undermines workers’ rights

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:21pm

b'OTTAWA, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Labour Congress is condemning the Government of Canada\xe2\x80\x99s decision to introduce back-to-work legislation against workers at the Port of Montreal.\nThere is a cruel irony that this legislation is being introduced on the National Day of Mourning for workers who have been injured or lost their lives on the job.

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  • b'OTTAWA, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Labour Congress is condemning the Government of Canada\xe2\x80\x99s decision to introduce back-to-work legislation against workers at the Port of Montreal.\nThere is a cruel irony that this legislation is being introduced on the National Day of Mourning for workers who have been injured or lost their lives on the job.
  • The work of unions to strengthen protections of workers is a crucial part of the work of collective bargaining and has been a key part of the disagreement that led to the labour actions at the Port of Montreal.\nIt is utterly hypocritical for the government to declare its firm commitment to free collective bargaining while imposing the threat of heavy fines and penalties for exercising the right to withhold labour, safeguarded by the freedom of association guarantee of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.\nBy tabling back-to-work legislation, the federal government invites every provincial government unwilling to fairly negotiate with its teachers, nurses, and government employees to similarly trample their Charter rights.\nThe invitation to the parties to conclude an agreement on their own terms rings hollow, since the government has just given the maritime employers every incentive not to negotiate.
  • This reality is exacerbated by the fact that\xc2\xa0CUPE Local 375 made several offers to end their strike and return to the bargaining table, but the employer refused their offers with knowledge that the government would impose legislation favouring their position.\nWithdrawing Canadians\xe2\x80\x99 fundamental freedoms, upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada, because of the potential harm to Canada\xe2\x80\x99s \xe2\x80\x9creputation as a reliable global trading partner\xe2\x80\x9d is wrong.
  • Free collective bargaining is the essence of our democracy.\nOn behalf of Canada\xe2\x80\x99s workers, we firmly oppose this legislation as a direct blow to the rights of workers in this country.\n'

Ford must introduce paid sick days and stop playing politics with workers' lives

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 9:31pm

"How dare Doug Ford and his ministers raise workers\' expectations with false promises of paid sick leave if he never intended to follow through.

Key Points: 
  • "How dare Doug Ford and his ministers raise workers\' expectations with false promises of paid sick leave if he never intended to follow through.
  • "\nOn Tuesday, April 27, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton called on the federal government to double payments available through the CRSB, with Ontario paying the difference.
  • "Instead of doubling down on a temporary, inadequate and inaccessible program, the Ontario government needs to introduce flexible, universal paid sick days into labour law in Ontario.
  • "\nUnifor continues to advocate for universal paid sick days to be enshrined in labour law in Ontario that includes:\n7 permanent paid sick days;\n14 additional paid sick days during a declared public health emergency;\nUniversality (i.e.