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 Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers
( Last updated Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST)
Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation
June 16, 2016 2:00 am JST Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation src=http://asia.nikkei. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:26 pm EDT

 
The U.S. International Trade Commission Report
The U.S. International Trade Commission Report Last week, the U.S. Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:42 pm EDT

 
More to follow
AWPPW Local 69 is getting with the times and working on a website. Standby, more to follow. Friday, May 20, 2016 6:47 pm EDT

 
AWPPW Local 60 member Steven Phillips will be attending President Obama?s State of the Union Address
Brothers and Sisters, on Tuesday January 12th, 2016 AWPPW Local 60 member Steven Phillips will be attending President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  Mr. Phillips is attending as a guest of Congressman Peter DeFazio.  DeFazio represents the 4th Congressional District of Oregon. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:28 pm EST

 
Workshops to be held for all Newberg Union employees at the Local 60 Union Hall
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:33 pm EDT

 
 CEP
( Last updated Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST)
Transportation workers rally against Ottawa’s plan to privatize airports and seaports and gut maritime regulations
Vancouver—Transport workers will march through downtown Vancouver Thursday morning to demand Ottawa abandon plans to gut transportation regulations, hand Canadian jobs to vulnerable foreign workers, and sell off public airports and seaports to foreign corporate interests. RALLY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 WHERE: 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (Federal Court of Canada) WHEN:  10:00 am            Global trade-union legend Paddy Crumlin, president of the London-based International Transport Workers Federation, will address the rally. The protest will be led by Unifor, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, and the Seafarers International Union of Canada. Also participating are the BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union, the Canadian Merchant Service Guild and the International Union of Operating Engineers. Crumlin, long known for his loud, rowdy role as national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, is expected to highlight the growing global fightback by transport workers under assault by transnational corporations. Unifor and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada represent workers in air, rail, ports, trucking, marine, and ferry services. They are calling on the federal government to protect the more than 900,000 Canadian jobs threatened by the action plan laid out by David Emerson in his recent report on the Canadian Transportation Agency. Stephen Harper’s Conservative government commissioned the plan for dismantling the Canadian transportation system. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have actively embraced its recommendations, spending heavily for consultants to report on pushing Emerson’s recommendations forward. “Canada's airports belong to Canadians. Selling them off to corporations will only result in higher costs for passengers," says Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC Area Director. "If Justin Trudeau doesn’t abandon this flawed report now, he will simply be advancing Stephen Harper’s privatization legacy.” Rob Ashton, president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, says: “This rally is to protest changes that would deregulate Canada’s maritime sector and allow foreign workers to take as many as 12,000 jobs now done by Canadian seafarers. Ottawa also wants to sell off Port of Vancouver operations piecemeal to foreign offshore corporations. “We are telling the Liberal government to leave Canadians on deck—don’t deregulate our safe seas and sell off our national port and airport infrastructure,” says Ashton. “Foreign corporations with no stake in Canada could put our economy and environment at risk with no benefit to the nation.” Crumlin adds: “It’s a disgrace really, that a widely respected democratic and wonderful country like Canada—which has stood for values of properly regulated national employment and decent work for its workers, responsible corporate behaviour and civil and human rights—is prepared to simply throw away that reputation. “It makes no sense to toss out your ability to govern your domestic transportation infrastructure in the national interest, or to hand it to offshore foreign corporations whose sole preoccupation is labor exploitation, minimum security standards and tax avoidance as their competitive edge.” Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers.                The International Longshore Workers’ Union Canada (ILWU) is comprised of over 6,000 members at 12 autonomous locals and three affiliates: Retail Wholesale Union-BC, Retail Wholesale Department Store Union-Saskatchewan, and the Grain Services Union. The Seafarers International Union of Canada (SIU) represents the majority of unlicensed sailors working aboard vessels on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, on the East Coast and the West Coast. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international federation of nearly 700 unions, representing more than 4.5 million transport workers from 150 countries. Gavin McGarrigle, BC Area Director Unifor at 778-668-6455. www.unifor.org Rob Ashton, President of ILWU Canada at 604-862-8141. www.ilwu.ca Diane Given, SIU at (905) 227-5213. www.seafarers.ca Peter Lahay, ITF National Coordinator Canada at 604-418-0345. www.itfcanada.org Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day
On February 28, Unifor members will join workers around the world to mark International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day (RSI Day). RSI Day was founded to raise awareness of debilitating repetitive strain injuries or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are often caused by workplace activities.  Founded by injured workers and labour activists, RSI Day is an opportunity to educate workers as many are unaware that their aches and pains may be caused by repetitive work that, if left unaltered, could lead to crippling injury and even permanent disability. Repetitive Strain Injury is a generic term used to group a broad number of overuse injuries that impact the neck, upper and lower back, shoulders, arms, and hands. These injuries affect 2.3 million Canadians each year, taking a tremendous toll on workers and the workforce with RSI’s accounting for between 40 to 50 per cent of all work related illness nationwide. Poor workspace design, manual tasks that require fast and repetitive movements, or working in fixed or awkward postures for long periods of time can trigger RSIs. Protection from workplace hazards, applied ergonomics, early intervention, education and training can all help to reduce the risk of injury to workers. By using the principles of ergonomics (where work should suit you, rather than you suiting work), we can reduce the risk of workers getting hurt. Unifor has been active and successful in bargaining ergonomic language in collective agreements including joint workplace ergonomic committees, ergonomic representatives, union input into workstation and machinery design, accommodation for injured workers and ergonomic awareness training for all workers. Unifor continues to call on all governments to implement strong ergonomic workplace regulations, backed by robust enforcement, to protect workers from these unnecessary injuries. International RSI Awareness Day features scores of events taking place around the world on the last day of February, including here in Canada.The annual Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW) International RSI Day conference is available online; anyone can access the live event free of charge regardless of geographic location.  http://www.ohcow.on.ca/news/rsi-day-2017.html Learn more about RSIs and how to prevent injury visit www.unifor.org/rsi. Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
Auto back on solid ground: Dias
The auto industry in Canada is back on solid ground and has a strong future, thanks in large part to Unifor, and a federal government that recognizes the importance of the industry, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said at the Toronto Auto Show today. “We walked out of Detroit Three bargaining with $1.6 billion in investment,” Dias said in an address to the Automotive News Congress at the show. “It’s a symbol that the climate has changed in the industry.” Other speakers at the congress included the Canadian heads of the Detroit Three automakers, General Motors, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler. Dias said the focus on investments in the 2016 contract talks solidified the future of the industry in Canada for years to come. “A company that doesn’t invest is a company that isn’t sticking around,” he said. Also vital, he said, is a new federal government that recognizes the importance of the auto industry in providing good jobs and strong communities. That didn’t exist under the Harper government, but the Trudeau government has shown a commitment to investing in the industry, he said. “There has to be a collaboration between labour, business and government,” he said. While Dias disagrees with U.S. President Donald Trump on almost everything he says, he does agree that NAFTA has been a bad deal for working people, and needs to be renegotiated. “We have a real opportunity to renegotiate NAFTA,” he said. “I believe in trade, but the trade deals we have are hurting workers”   Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
Unifor donates $10,000 to ice storm relief
On February 9, members of Local 506 Sandy Brideau and Ronald Benoit presented, on behalf of the national union, to the Red Cross a cheque for $10,000 towards the relief efforts in New Brunswick. "I am very touched by the support from our great union," said Brideau, president of Local 506. "It feels good to have solidarity from across the country, especially when something like this happens." More than a week after freezing rain blasted much of the province thousands of New Brunswickers were still without power. The storm affected most residents, with the worst-hit communities along the Acadian peninsula on the northeastern coast. Some residents resorted to heating their homes with barbeques and generators, but this resulted in two deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning and over 34 hospitalizations. The Armed Forces were also called in to assist with clean up so crews could work to restore power to the nearly 200,000 affected homes and businesses. Unifor has been swift to respond to emergencies such as these through the capacity of the Social Justice Fund and through special collections and donations from regional councils, locals and the National Executive Board. The ice storm relief donation was made after the National Executive Board approved the amount with a unanimous decision. "Locals in New Brunswick immediately took action to show support for their neighbours," said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. "Our members are very involved in their communities and it's especially evident during times like these." Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
Striking Delastek workers keep their spirits up
After more than 22 months on strike, Unifor members at Local 1209 continue their fight against Delastek, in Grand-Mère, a Quebec-based employer. Delastek, a subcontractor in the aerospace industry, notably for Bombardier, has been able to continue its operations, despite Quebec’s anti-scab law. “This dispute demonstrates the complete power imbalance between a unionized group and the employer when scabs do the jobs of unionized workers,” explained Quebec Director Renaud Gagné. The dispute is rooted in the division of work between production, covered by the collective agreement, and research and development, which is not part of the bargaining unit. In the union’s view, it is clear that workers in research and development are doing production work and prolonging the strike. During a visit to the company by Labour Department inspectors, the workers in the plant claimed they were working on parts intended for the CSeries and that these parts came under research and development. However, Unifor learned from workers in the CSeries shops that the aircraft is no longer in development but rather in the production phase. If this is the case, the work currently being performed is in contravention of the law. Unifor has appealed to Bombardier to assist in ending the strike but it has refused to interfere in the labour dispute or with the Quebec government, which owns a stake in the CSeries. Hope remains. Gagné said, “We are awaiting the report of the government inspectors, after which we will take the appropriate action in the courts.” Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
Wear your pink
Unifor recognizes Pink Shirt Day, celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in February, to support the important commitment to a safe, harassment free environment at work and school. All members are asked to participate in Pink Shirt Day, which happens on Wednesday February 22 this year. By wearing a pink shirt you can send a visible message against homophobia and all forms of bullying. Pink Shirt Day began in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 2007 when David Shepherd, Travis Price and a group of students defended their peer who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a commitment of solidarity people have been wearing pink shirts and sharing images online to add their voice and say no to homophobic bullying and harassment. Help to organize your workplace to participate in Pink Shirt Day this year, but don’t let it end there. Make a promise to act, speak out against bullying and offer kindness every day. If you have a Pink Shirt Day story or photo, share it! Email communications@unifor.org or post online at Facebook.com/UniforCanada  or tag #Unifor on Twitter. Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
Unifor marches against Islamophobia
In the wake of the senseless murder of six Muslim worshippers at a Quebec City mosque, Unifor members rallied nationwide to decry Islamophobia and to condemn the order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. On February 3, 4 and 5, rallies took place in more than a dozen cities across Canada to mark the National Days of Action Against Islamophobia.  In Toronto thousands gathered outside the U.S. Consulate and marched to denounce hate and the U.S. travel ban. Members of the Canadian Freelance Union brought home made signs, as Unifor flags dominated the crowd showing a clear a message of union solidarity. The attack during evening prayer at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec was shocking but it exposed the daily lived reality faced by many Muslims who encounter hate and Islamophobia. In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, Unifor flags were also proudly displayed at rallies in Sydney, London, Ottawa and Vancouver. In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, Unifor flags were also proudly displayed at rallies in Sydney, London, Ottawa and Vancouver. A candlelight vigil was held in Nanaimo, BC, while in several cities, including St. John's, Newfoundland, members symbolically created a human shield around the local mosque. View photos at Facebook.com/UniforCanada. Unifor rejects racism in all forms and remains committed to continue to work vigilantly against Islamophobia and all hate-based violence in the workplace and the community. To welcome those impacted by Trump’s immigration ban Unifor is asking members to lobby the federal government. Tell Trudeau to accept those fleeing violence and deportation. Ask Canada to protect asylum seekers and eliminate the “Safe Third Country” agreement, a law that currently prevents refugees from coming to Canada if America was the first point of entry. Add your name to the petition: https://you.leadnow.ca (available in English only). Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 
Solidarity for Vast Auto strikers
More than 70 Unifor members turned out on February 3 to support workers forced on strike by Vast Auto. The company walked away from the bargaining table rather than raise poverty-level wages. “This rally shows the tremendous support for these workers across our union, it really means a lot to them,” said Unifor National Representative Paulo Ribeiro. The 29 workers on strike, seeking to negotiate the second collective agreement, are members of Local 1285.  “This company makes large profits off the backs of workers by exploiting a workforce of marginalized workers and immigrants hired through temporary agencies.” Most workers at the Brampton location make about $12.70 per hour and pay for their own benefits. None make more than $14.80 while in Montreal, Vast Auto workers make between $18 to $21.80 per hour. The rally took place at the Vast Auto location in Scarborough a week to the day after Vast Auto walking away from the table. In addition to the rally Unifor members leafletted and urged customers not to shop at Vast Auto until a fair deal is reached. Supporters can continue to show solidarity by joining the picket line at 10 Driver Road in Brampton. Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:09 am EST

 


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