Updated National Website

Members told us about the need to improve our website, and we listened.

Starting today there are new and exciting changes to the Unifor National website and work is in progress to enhance our online presence.

Check out the new and simplified look to the homepage. These changes bring unifor.org in line with modern website layouts, relying on a simpler design with better use of images. The search function of the site is also being overhauled to help you locate great Unifor resources.

In an effort to support the needs and requests of members, the navigation has been reconfigured with new sections. While you search the site please note that our work is in progress, and materials and content will continue to be added and updated.

There a few new sections on the site that have been added:

    • A new standalone education section to help members learn about courses, conferences and the family education program;
    • A new standalone health and safety section with great resources and campaign information on your rights at work;
    • A new standalone equity section to learn about the work of committees and Unifor efforts to create a socially justice world;
    • A new standalone resource section to find research briefs, government submissions; and there is more.

As content is reviewed and updated on the site wide there has been a focus to ensure full bilingualism of all materials. The site can be viewed in either English or French but simply selecting your desired language, this button is located on the top of the home page.

Changes to the site are based directly on testing conducted with members during 2016 and an accessibility and usability audit that was conducted. The Communications Department will continue to find ways to improve the site. Tell us what you think – email communications@unifor.org.

Building a Better, More Balanced NAFTA

Sisters and brothers,

As most of you know, the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States are just over one month away from starting talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

NAFTA hasn’t been good for workers or to Canada, despite what corporate and government cheerleaders say. In fact, NAFTA and other so-called “free trade agreements” haven’t been good to workers anywhere, right across the continent. The promises of prosperity didn’t materialize as advertised. U.S. and Canadian manufacturing has been hammered. Wage growth has barely kept up with inflation. Mexican living standards are as poor, if not worse, than before NAFTA was signed.

While some are afraid at the prospect of reopening this bad trade deal, our union welcomes the opportunity. This is the first chance we’ve had in a generation to fix NAFTA – and we are going to take full advantage of it.

I’ve been public about my views too. Meaningful changes to NAFTA won’t be made by small twists and tweaks, as I noted in a recent interview with BNN (watch it here). And making NAFTA look more like the hated Trans-Pacific Partnership, as the U.S. hopes to do, won’t cut it either.

Fixing NAFTA means thinking differently. It means boldly resetting our priorities on trade. It means raising standards for workers, not trampling on them. It also means setting a new benchmark to define what a truly “fair” and “progressive” trade agenda looks like. The kind of trade deals that Canada has right now, just don’t cut it.

As negotiations near, our union has laid out a set of initial recommendations for Canada’s negotiating team. You can find those in our submission to Global Affairs Canada, attached. To help share our recommendations with co-workers, friends and family we have also produced a short, one-page summary sheet which you can find here. Of course, we’ll have more to say as negotiations get going, and new issues emerge.

Most importantly, I want you to get ready. There’ll be a lot more talk about trade at our upcoming Canadian Council in Winnipeg, and I am excited to talk with you about a plan of action and next steps. Unifor will be leading the charge for a fair trade future. And we need all local unions and members fully engaged to send a message to the federal government.

Keep up the great work sisters and brothers.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias, National President

UNIFOR POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE

UNIFOR POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 29TH – OCTOBER 1ST 2017

FROM RESISTANCE TO POWER

Our first Political Action Conference, with the theme of From Resistance to Power, will be excitingly interactive and will provide an opportunity for political activists to come together, build skills, exchange knowledge and strategize for the future. We are confident participants will leave feeling inspired and energized to continue the important work you do in your workplace, your local and your community.

The 2017 Political Action Conference will be held at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario commencing on Friday, September 29th at 7:00 pm and concluding on Sunday, October 1st at noon. The conference will be bilingual and workshops will be offered with translation as required based on registration.

Conference registration is on Friday, September 29th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and room check-in begins at 3:00 pm.  A plenary session will be held that evening at 7:00 pm.

We anticipate that this will be a popular conference so please submit your registrations early to avoid disappointment.

Unifor seeks to make all union meetings and events accessible and barrier free. If you require accommodations for human rights related needs, we invite you to provide us with your relevant information so that we can take all reasonable steps to address any barriers to your participation in your Union.

Please email requests to kelly.oneil@unifor.org or fax to: 416.495.6554 or contact the Membership Mobilization and Political Action Department at 1.800.268.5763 ext. 6543 or email politicalaction@unifor.org  if you require additional information.

We are looking forward to a great conference and hope to see you there!

In solidarity,

Roland Kiehne

Director

Membership Mobilization and Political Action Department

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IT Workers of Saskatchewan, Unite!

Welcome to Unifor Local 911. The Information Technology UNIon FOR everyone! On Labour Day 2013, two great unions, CEP  (Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and CAW (Canadian Auto Workers, sent over 4,000 delegates from all over Canada to the city of Toronto where they joined to form Unifor Canada, the largest trade union in the country. Over 300,000  strong, Unifor has members in every sector of the Canadian economy. Local 911, a former CEP union represents 350 information technology workers wherever ISM Canada, an IBM Company operates in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada.