Health & Safety 101 (3-day course)

NOTICE

HAMILTON AREA COURSE

When:            April 27-28-29, 2017

Where:          Unifor Local 504

307 Queenston Road, Hamilton, ON L8K IH3

Registration:       8:00 am to 8:30 am

Course Hours:    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 2, 2017

Class size is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

LUNCH PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE

 Health & Safety 101 (3-day course)

This is a hands-on course that Union Representatives and Health and Safety representatives will find invaluable in the work they do on behalf of our members. Participants discuss the causes and solutions to the hazardous working conditions workers face in the workplace. Participants learn about regulations and legislation required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

This course will also introduce you to accident investigation methods. It presents a practical approach to investigating workplace accidents by emphasizing how to find the root cause(s), conduct an investigation, and make effective recommendations to prevent similar occurrences from happening again. The course includes real case studies and other relevant examples to illustrate these concepts.

We conclude with a look at Behaviour Based Safety programs and our union concerns with these “blame the worker” systems that are being adopted by more and more employers.

Get the tools you need to best represent our members when they need it most!

If this course is of interest to you, please contact us at uniforlocal707@uniforlocal707.ca or call the Local 707 Union Hall (905) 844-9451 Extn. 0

Issued: Feb 13/17 Dave Thomas
Take Down: May 1/17 President
/cd – cope 343   Kyle Rozoski
    Acting Education Chair
    Unifor Local 707

Building Activism (1-day course)

NOTICE

HAMILTON AREA COURSE

When:          Saturday, April 8, 2017

Where:         Unifor Local 504

307 Queenston Road, Hamilton, ON L8K IH3

Registration:       8:00 am to 8:30 am

Course Hours:    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 17, 2017

Class size is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

LUNCH PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE

Building Activism (1-day course)

Stuck in a rut and looking for some new and creative ways to approach activist work? Just beginning as an activist and want to get some ideas on how to organize around issues? Want to inspire members to become involved or take on leadership roles? Feel like you could use some tips for making meetings more effective? Interested in becoming more strategic when organizing around workplace and community issues?

If these questions speak to you then this course is just what you are looking for. Working with concrete tools for strategic planning, effective communication, and building leadership participants will explore new ways of approaching their work as activists. Examples of campaigns and actions will be used to explore how the use of planning, creativity and effective communication contribute to our success as activists and ultimately to the strengthening of our union.

If this course is of interest to you, please contact us at uniforlocal707@uniforlocal707.ca or call the Local 707 Union Hall (905) 844-9451 Extn. 0

Issued: Feb 13/17 Dave Thomas
Take Down: Apr 10/17 President
/cd – cope 343   Kyle Rozoski
    Acting Education Chair
    Unifor Local 707

Women Activist (1-day course)


NOTICE

HAMILTON AREA COURSE

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where: Unifor Local 5555

45 Frid Street, Unit 11, Hamilton, ON L8P 4M3

 

Registration:       8:00 am to 8:30 am

Course Hours:    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 3, 2017

Class size is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

 

LUNCH PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE

Women Activist (1-day course)

This is a course for women in Unifor.  Are you already involved in the union and struggling to balance the triple day (work, home, union); or are you thinking about becoming involved in the union to work on issues that are important to you?  Our union needs women’s voices, activism and leadership now more than ever! Women make a difference at the bargaining table, in handling grievances, and in creating change in our workplaces and our communities. This course identifies opportunities for involvement and strategies for overcoming barriers to women’s participation.

If this course is of interest to you, please contact us at uniforlocal707@uniforlocal707.ca or call the Local 707 Union Hall (905) 844-9451 Extn. 0

 

Issued: Feb 13/17 Dave Thomas
Take Down: Mar 27/17 President
/cd – cope 343   Kyle Rozoski
    Acting Education Chair
    Unifor Local 707

 

Grievance Handling – Basic (1-day course)


NOTICE

HAMILTON AREA COURSE

When:     Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where:     Unifor Local 5555

45 Frid Street, Unit 11, Hamilton, ON L8P 4M3

Registration:       8:00 am to 8:30 am

Course Hours:    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Class size is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

 LUNCH PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE

Grievance Handling – Basic (1-day course)

Would you like to know how shop stewards or committeepersons investigate grievances, present them to management and write them up properly? Would you like to learn how by practicing these essential steps using actual workplace situations and contract language? Have you considered running for this position? Or are you simply interested in learning more about how the union handles workplace issues?

If yes, this one day introductory course is for you. You will come away with a better understanding of the grievance procedure as well as how the role of the workplace representative is so critical to building our union strength.

If this course is of interest to you, please contact us at uniforlocal707@uniforlocal707.ca or call the Local 707 Union Hall (905) 844-9451 Extn. 0

 

Issued: Feb 13/17 Dave Thomas
Take Down: Mar 6/17 President
/cd – cope 343   Kyle Rozoski
    Acting Education Chair
    Unifor Local 707

1-Day Planning for Your Future (Pre-Retirement) Toronto Area Saturday, April 29, 2017

TORONTO AREA COURSE

Saturday, April 29, 2017

 Unifor Local 112
30 Tangiers Road,  Downsview, ON M3J 2B2

 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 ~ NO CHARGE FOR SEMINAR ~ LUNCH IS PROVIDED ~

To Register contact the local 905.844.9451 or email uniforlocal707@uniforlocal707.ca

Delegates should check in at Unifor Local 112 between 8:00 am to 8:30 am on Saturday, April 29th, 2017.

For three-day courses there are no registration fees, Local Unions and the National Union share the lost-time costs of participants on a 50/50 basis.

In certain exceptional circumstances, participants may have to travel a distance to attend these programs.  In these cases, travel and overnight accommodation

 

Help Us Spread the Word! Proportional Representation for Canada ~ Let’s make all votes count!

To determine the best model of Proportional Representation for Canada, while respecting the need for all MPs to face the voters and be accountable to voters, we call on federal parties to commit to:

  1. Conducting a multi-partisan process involving citizen and expert consultation to determine the best model.
  2. Implementing the model in time to Make Every Vote Count in the 2019 election.

Canadians deserve a voting system that represents all of us.  Fair Vote Canada is going to make that happen, but we can’t do it without your help.  There are many ways to get involved, and it’s easy to get started:

Sign the Declaration of Voters’ Rights

  • Share the Declaration on Facebook
  • Share the Declaration on Twitter
  • Like Fair Vote Canada on Facebook
  • Follow Fair Vote Canada on Twitter

Send Our Open Letter to Justin Trudeau

Tell Justin Trudeau and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef that we need a process we can trust!

Video Conference Courses ~ UNIFOR-McMaster University Labour Studies Certificate – WINTER 2017

2 VIDEO CONFERENCE COURSES

Held at Mills Library, McMaster University**

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Electoral Reform and Time is Now!

Elections reform activist Dennis Pilon discusses what’s wrong with our voting system and how we should change it.

Course – 2 Units

Shifts: A&C: Dates: Mondays –February 6 and 13

 

Is Fascism on the Rise?

Writer Stephen Gowans discusses what fascism is, how it’s on the rise around Europe, and whether it is on the rise in Canada and the US.

Course – 2 Units

Shifts: B&C: Dates: Mondays – March 20 and 27

Save the date! Monday March 6, Special Video course for International Working Women’s Day. Topic and speaker TBA.

Shifts: A&C

**NOTE: The Video Conference Courses will only be held in Hamilton

Download PDF Here

UNIFOR-McMaster University Labour Studies Certificate – WINTER 2017 Courses

Following 2 Courses: at Unifor Local 707, 475 North Service Rd. E. Oakville

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Labour and Mass Media

How does the media industry shape and impact public perception?  Does news, film, and TV entertainment promote views that benefit the 1% while harming working people?

Course No. 837 – 4 Units

Shifts B and C: Dates: Tuesdays – February 21, 28 and March 21, 28

 

Photo Essay Project: Social Justice through Photographs

Workers struggles are often ignored in mass media. This hands-on course provides you with the tools to tell a story in images from your own perspective through the use of photos and text to create a digital photo essay.

Course 838A – 4 Units

Shifts A & C: Dates: Tuesdays February 7, 14 and March 7 and April 4

Download Flyer Here

To register contact uniforlocal707@uniforlocal707.ca
or call Local 707 Union Hall (905) 844-9451

 

Unifor National Union and Regional Council Scholarships ~ Applications must be post marked, faxed or emailed no later than: April 30th, 2017, 11:59 E.S.T.

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The Unifor National Union and Regional Council are offering 28 Scholarships worth $2,000.00 each. The scholarships are awarded to the sons/daughters of Unifor members in good standing OR you are a Unifor member and are enrolling in your FIRST YEAR of full-time post-secondary education at a PUBLIC INSTITUTION IN CANADA (university, community college, technological institute, nursing school, etc.).  Up to one scholarship will be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority.  These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

 

Submissions MUST include:

A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or community activist;

Most current high school transcript/record of marks. (i.e. mid-term report is acceptable);

Handwritten/typewritten essay answers to the four questions provided;

An official application form and signed by one of the following Local Union Officers:  President, Financial-Secretary, Recording Secretary or Trustee.

Documents indicating definite acceptance at one of the institutions described above, proof of enrollment and payment of tuition needs to be submitted before the scholarship can be awarded.

A committee appointed by the Unifor National Executive Board will make the selection of candidates.

This decision of the committee is final.

Completed applications, along with the accompanying documents are to be submitted to:

Unifor Education Department

205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON   M2H 3H9

Fax: 416-495-6554

E-mail: bonnie.morgan@unifor.org

 

Applications must be post marked, faxed or emailed no later than:

April 30th, 2017, 11:59 E.S.T.

Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant who will be given a two week grace period to complete and re-submit.

Application forms can be picked up from the office of the Plant Chair, the Union Hall or found on the Unifor website at www.unifor.org.

Download Application Here

Download Scholarship Info Here

Dave Thomas
President
Billy O’Neill
Education Chairperson
Issued: Dec 15/16
Take Down: May 1/17
/cd cope 343 Unifor Local 707

 

 

 

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 2016

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More than 25 years ago 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And yet, women and girls in Canada still face violence in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities every single day.  According to Statistics Canada, on average a woman is murdered every 6 days by her intimate partner. This is the extreme end of a spectrum that starts in casual sexism. The harassment and demeaning of women that we saw through the US Presidential campaign, that we see aimed at our own female politicians and that occurs in our workplaces must be denounced and addressed.

On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Unifor members will take part in events across the country and will recommit to taking action to end gender-based violence and sexism.  These actions will include learning more about existing tools such as recent changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario and paid domestic violence leave in Manitoba. We will lobby our governments to expand these tools to all provinces and territories.  We’ve put together materials to assist our activists in taking these issues forward, the can be found by visiting www.unifor.org/DVleave. 

Unifor will continue its fight to keep and expand good jobs in our communities and ensure women have their share of these jobs.  We know that economic security is a key determinant of safety for workers in violent relationships. We also know that having a union, a collective agreement with respectful workplace policies and joint investigation language, means a better working environment where we can all become our best selves.

In the community, we will continue to press for a National Action Plan on Violence against Women using the Blueprint developed by labour, women’s and anti-violence organizations.  And we will continue to support indigenous voices that are monitoring the progression of the national public inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls.

December 6 is a day to remember the lives lost to violence, but it is also a time to take action on root causes of this violence. Together we can make a difference.

To download the December 6th poster click here

Unifor Family Education Program 2017

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Ever thought of taking a family holiday with your union? Want to meet people from across Canada, learn about our new union and issues facing Canadian families, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world?

If the answer is yes then you should apply for the Unifor Family Education Program.


Since the early 1970’s our Union has offered a Family Education Program for members and their families.  If selected by the local/national union to attend, the member agrees to give up his/her vacation time and the national union covers costs for meals and accommodations, and where required, air travel.

The program takes place in the summer at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. A call letter is sent to all Unifor locals in January, with a registration deadline in April. Selection is complete by early May.

Preteens participate in recreational programs run by fully-trained child care workers and counselors.

Teenagers participate in a specially-designed program which recognizes their unique interests but also incorporates the issues of social unionism in their curriculum.

Adults, both members and their spouse/partner, combine learning and recreational activities and come away from the program with a better understanding of how to integrate trade unionism and social activism in the life of the family and community. Through small group discussions, case studies, video presentations, guest speakers, role plays, art, music and other activities, participants draw from their own experiences and learn from each other about environmental, workplace, political, human rights, and social issues affecting all of us, our families, and working people around the world.

Every Unifor member, and all immediate family members, including dependent children up to 18 years of age, are eligible to attend the Family Education Program.

For more information about applying to attend the Family Education Summer Program, contact your Local Union Executive or Education Committee.


Materials:

2017 Call Letter and Application Form

Click here to print an information flyer to post in your workplace.

Click here to watch the FEP promotional video

Unifor Family Education Program

Ever thought of taking a family holiday with your union? Want to meet people from across Canada, learn about our new union and issues facing Canadian families, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world?

 

 

Stand up for Pensions – Stop C-27!

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On October 19, 2016, Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985, was quietly introduced in the House of Commons. The Bill establishes a framework for single-employer target-benefit pension plans (TBPs) in the federal private sector and for Crown corporations.

Bill C-27 will allow federal employers with defined-benefit (DB) pension plans to rid themselves of the legal obligation to deliver promised and already-earned benefits.

Under C-27 workers and retirees could see their accrued defined benefit pensions converted to target benefit pensions. The conversion could lead to reductions of current and future pension payments as it would shift virtually all financial risk from the employer to plan members. Even retiree pensions could be reduced!

This will directly impact Unifor members working in federally regulated sectors such as rail, media, air transportation and telecommunication. In fact, Bell Aliant already expressed interest in moving from a DB to a TBP in future negotiations when they were consulted by the ruling Conservative’s back in 2014.

When the Harper government proposed a similar pension grab Justin Trudeau clearly promised in writing that “DBPs (Defined Benefit Pensions), which have already been paid for by employees and pensioners, should not retroactively be changed into TBPs.”

Now the Liberals are picking up where the Conservatives left off!

We need to let the government know that changing the pension rules will reduce the benefits that pensioners rely on and will result in weaker pension plans for workers across the country. If the federal government is successful, other provinces will likely follow with similar legislation.

National President Jerry Dias calls Bill C-27 a smoke and mirrors scheme that opens the way for employers to attack good defined benefit pension plans in federally regulated workplaces.

Read CLC President Hassan Yussuff’s letter to Finance Minister Morneau here

Justin Trudeau letter to retirees (2015)

Bell Alliant Consultation Paper Response

Backgrounder

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Email Finance Minister Bill Morneau at and your own Member of Parliament to demand the withdrawal of Bill C-27.

Reach Bill Morneau at Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca. Find your local  MP by postal code, click here.

Please include our pensions and benefits department on any emails at pensionsandbenefits@unifor.org.

To assist you, Unifor has prepared the following draft email:

Dear Minister Morneau,

I am very concerned about Bill C-27 and the impact it will have on defined benefit plans across Canada.

For this reason, I took the time to write to tell you and my Member of Parliament how I feel.

This bill directly contradicts election promises made by Prime Minister Trudeau. As Canada’s Minister of Finance your priority should be the development of policies that improve retirement security in Canada, such as ensuring that women and persons with disabilities are not left behind on the new CPP expansion.

You should not be introducing proposals that undermine the decent pension plans unions have negotiated.

I ask that you withdraw Bill C-27 and focus your attention on improving retirement security for all Canadians.

Sincerely,

REMINDER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR LOCAL 707 MEGA SCHOOL NOV. 19

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Unifor MEGA SCHOOL 1 Day In-Class Courses Nov. 19th 2016

This posting serves as an additional reminder for those who have previously signed up for participation in our Mega school.

Please be advised that class is scheduled from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a hot lunch provided.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact billyoneill74@gmail.com or 9059202682 for additional information.

If you have not signed up for these courses but are interested please contact Billy for available options.

Repeat Post ~The US Elections: Which Way Forward for Workers? Unifor McMaster Labour Studies Video Conference Course

 

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Unifor McMaster Labour Studies Video Conference Course

(Held at Unifor Local 707, 475 North Service Rd. E. Oakville and Mills Library, McMaster University)

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The US Elections: Which Way Forward for Workers?

What will the result of the US election mean for US workers? What did the Bernie Sanders campaign mean? Will aggressive US foreign policy continue? What are the deeper issues facing workers? Can the frustration and hopelessness of many be harnessed into real change?

Shifts A & C: Dates: Mondays –November 14 and 21

GUEST SPEAKER: Paul Mishler  PhD. Indiana University Labour Studies

Download Poster here

SIGN UP TODAY ~ Unifor McMaster Labour Studies ~ Labour and Mass Media

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Unifor rally at Queen’s Park against privatize Hydro One


Labour and Mass Media

Get a deeper understanding of how the media industry (TV, film, radio, news, advertising) shapes and impacts public perception. To what extent does news, film, and TV entertainment promote views that benefit the 1% while harming working people?

Course No. 837 – 4 Units

Shifts A and C: Dates: Tuesdays – October 18, 25 and November 15, 22

Unifor Local 707, 475 North Service Rd. E. Oakville
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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SIGN UP TODAY ~ Unifor McMaster Labour Studies ~Photo Essay Project: Social Justice through Photographs

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Lewis Hine’s work ~  His work was instrumental in changing the child labour laws.

Photo Essay Project: Social Justice through Photographs

Workers stories and struggles are often ignored, or poorly represented in mass media. This hands-on course provides you with the tools to tell a story in images from your own perspective through the use of photos and text to create a digital photo essay.

Course 838A – 4 Units

Shifts B & C: Dates: Tuesdays October 4, 11, and November 1, 8

Unifor Local 707, 475 North Service Rd. E. Oakville
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Repeat Post – Unifor Local 707 Scholorship Program for Dependent Children 2016

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We are pleased to announce Unifor Local 707 is presenting our 3 (three) annual scholarships to dependent children of employees (either active or retired) who meet the criteria as outlined on the application.

The application is for students entering any year of post-secondary education and can be picked up from the Union Office located at 475 North Service Rd East in Oakville.

Once completed, it must be returned as indicated on the application.

No one may receive more than one scholarship during the post-secondary interval.

The names of the scholarship recipients will be drawn at the November 2016 General Membership meeting (November 20th).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 11, 2016

Scholarship 707 2016 Information

Scholarship 707 – Application 2016

REVISED ~ Unifor MEGA SCHOOL 1 Day In-Class Courses Nov. 19th 2016 Registration Now Open


Saturday, November 19, 2016
(Held at Unifor Local 707, 475 North Service Rd. E. Oakville)
Registration: 8:00 a.m.  Class Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Building Activism

Stuck in a rut and looking for some new and creative ways to approach activist work? Just beginning as an activist and want to get some ideas on how to organize around issues? Want to inspire members to become involved or take on leadership roles?  Feel like you could use some tips for making meetings more effective? Interested in becoming more strategic when organizing around workplace and community issues?

If these questions speak to you then this course is just what you are looking for. Working with concrete tools for strategic planning, effective communication, and building leadership participants will explore new ways of approaching their work as activists. Examples of campaigns and actions will be used to explore how the use of planning, creativity and effective communication contribute to our success as activists and ultimately to the strengthening of our union.

Finding Your Voice

Are you reluctant to speak up at membership meetings?  Do you find it awkward to strike up a conversation with a co-worker about an issue of interest in your workplace? Do you wonder how others appear so able and comfortable to speak publicly?  Would you like to be more familiar with the rules that determine when you can speak at a meeting or convention?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this is the course for you. You will learn some of the “tricks and traps” of public speaking and respectful conversations. We will review speaking styles and acknowledge their value. Confidence grows throughout the day as participants take on opportunities to speak out in class.

Health and Safety Ontario

This one day program is for Unifor health and safety representatives and all those who want to help reduce and eliminate the toll of occupational injury and disease on the worker. Through small group discussions, case studies, body mapping, video presentation, role play, and other activities, participants draw from their own experiences and recent lessons from Unifor campaigns for insight into proven health and safety principles and best practices.

Participants are asked to critically examine the risks and responsibilities of workers and employers, the various approaches to hazard control, and the idea “worker carelessness”. This program gives participants practical, useful advice on how to make the most of joint union-management health and safety committee meetings, what to demand of minutes and agendas, how to get best results from workplace inspections, what to look for in a job safety analysis, why talking to the members is so important, how to take up a worker’s complaint, why we must defend the right to refuse hazardous work, and more

Women Activists

Our union needs women’s voices, activism and leadership now more than ever!  Are you already involved in the union and struggling to balance the triple day (work, home, union); or are you thinking about becoming involved in the union to work on issues that are important to you?  Women make a difference at the bargaining table, s, and in creating change in our workplaces and our communities.  This course identifies opportunities for involvement and strategies for overcoming barriers to women’s participation.  Participants will strengthen their communication and critical thinking skills, increase their comfort level at speaking up on issues and discuss the importance of women’s involvement at every level within the union.

Grievance Handling

Would you like to know how shop stewards or committeepersons investigate grievances, present them to management and write them up properly?  Would you like to learn how by practicing these essential steps using actual workplace situations and contract language?  Have you considered running for this position?  Or are you simply interested in learning more about how the union handles workplace issues?

TO REGISTER – Call Local 707 Union Hall 905.844.9451

If any of the courses are of interest to you, please contact Billy O’Neill by calling (905) 920-2682 or e-mail: billyoneill74@gmail.com

Please note:  If a minimum is not reached (15) the course will be cancelled. When registering please select your first, second and third choice.  If one class is cancelled then we can fill another.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 14, 2016

 

Lunch will be provided at no charge!

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#AutoTalks16 Edition Three ~ September 1 2016

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Members vote overwhelmingly to strike if necessary

Workers at each of the Detroit Three automakers authorized Unifor’s bargaining committees to initiate strike action, if a fair and reasonable settlement is not reached with the target company before the September 19th deadline.

“With this clear mandate our members have demonstrated they are in full support of their bargaining committees, and our direction in this set of negotiations. The bargaining committee will not accept a deal without a commitment to investment in Canada’s auto sector,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Here are the strike authorization results:
 General Motors: 97.1 per cent
 Ford Motor Company: 98.9 per cent
 Fiat Chrysler Automobile: 99 per cent

At Unifor’s June 1 Auto Council meeting, elected representatives from every Detroit Three bargaining unit voted unanimously to make new investments in Canada, including new product allocations, the top priority of the talks. With this vote members have authorized the use of strike action if necessary.

Dias said the Detroit Three companies have done well in the four years since the last round of negotiations, with both shareholders and executives profiting. It is now time for workers to be rewarded, and that starts with new investments in Canada. Unifor will be in a legal strike position at 11:59pm on September 19.

“The membership took an important step today to support their bargaining committees, but our demand for new investment is not just about us. It is about maintaining and creating good paying jobs, it’s about our communities and it’s about the next generation,” Dias said.

Target company to be announced Tuesday, September 6

Bargaining with the Detroit Three automakers contains two main components; the Master Agreement and the Local Agreement, both are negotiated simultaneously. In the Master Agreement negotiations the National President bargains alongside the Chair of each respective bargaining committee and sets what is known as the National ‘pattern’ for the agreements.

Master bargaining talks seek to set a pattern agreement for all bargaining. Pattern bargaining enables Unifor to focus negotiations on one target company to reach a settlement. The pattern agreement sets the standard that every other contract with automakers should be modeled on. Once a deal is reached and ratified by members for the first target company, this sets the pattern, negotiations then shift to the next company, and then the third to establish a common master settlement.

The idea behind pattern bargaining has always been to make sure that the Detroit Three automakers operate on a level playing field for all workers. Based on guidance from Local and Master Bargaining Committees, the National President will announce the target for pattern bargaining publicly on September 6. Once the target is selected, talks cease with the other two manufacturers, to concentrate all of our efforts on the company selected.

Convention backs auto talks

Support was strong for members at Detroit Three autoworkers during Unifor’s convention in Ottawa last week.

“In simple terms we have put the industry on notice that Unifor will not recommend a settlement unless it addresses the long term future in Oshawa, Windsor and Brampton,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in his opening remarks.

Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff also brought messages of solidarity.

Other convention news:

 Delegates called for action and justice on Aboriginal issues through resolutions, and a march on Parliament Hill.
 Speeches from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Both talked about their governments’ shared goals with labour for equity and social justice.
 A resolution backing a national campaign to convince MPs to not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which would threaten the Canadian auto industry, was unanimously adopted.
 Unifor’s bargaining program aimed at increasing membership in the union was also adopted.
 The Local Union Task Force report and recommendations were adopted, with a goal to increase member engagement.
 The work of the Social Justice Fund was highlighted, with two Syrian refugee families attending the convention.
For more details, visit unifor.org/news

TPP and Canada’s auto industry

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal poses a direct threat to Canada’s auto industry, the country’s top export industry. At Unifor’s convention, a unanimous resolution was passed backing a national campaign to stop MPs from ratifying the TPP.

“This is a corporate deal that puts corporate interests before people’s needs,” Tracey Ramsay, NDP MP for Essex and a member of Local 200, said at convention.

The auto industry is a major economic driver of the Central Canadian economy, employing more than 120,000 workers directly (and supporting hundreds of thousands more jobs in economic spin-offs).

Auto provisions in the TPP are expected to cause significant damage to Canada’s auto sector:

1. The TPP will allow more auto imports into Canada, especially from Japan, as Canada’s existing 6.1 per cent auto tariff is quickly eliminated (in just 5 years, whereas the U.S. will phase-out its 2.5 per cent passenger vehicle tariff and 25 per cent truck tariff over 25 and 30 years, respectively).
2. Drastic changes to vehicle content requirements (i.e. Rules of Origin thresholds for passenger vehicles will drop from 62.5 per cent under the NAFTA to 45 per cent under the TPP) will allow vehicle imports from Japan and elsewhere to include a majority of non-TPP content from China or other low-wage countries.
3. The TPP will encourage the offshore relocation of much of the North American auto supply chain, as the regional parts content rule is cut to 35-45 per cent (depending on the part) from 60 per cent. In fact, special TPP “flexibility” provisions could further reduce these originating material requirements by an additional 10 per cent.
To learn more and get involved visit unifor.org/tpp.

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