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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
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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
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( Last updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST)
Unifor demands $15 minimum wage for all
As the Ontario government undertakes pre-budget consultations Unifor continues to advocate for a $15 minimum wage, in cooperation with the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign. Unifor commends Premier Rachel Notley for her commitment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 and calls on all other Premiers to follow Alberta’s example and to ensure every worker in Canada earns a living wage. The upcoming Ontario budget provides Kathleen Wynne the opportunity to improve conditions for the 540,000 Ontarians who currently earn less than a living wage and receive the minimum wage of $11.40 an hour. Raising the minimum rate will have a tangible impact in the lives of workers and it will greatly improve the economy; as standards of living improve and growth is stimulated by increased spending dollars. The current low-wage, precarious job market has led to a race-to-the-bottom as employers increasingly offer part-time jobs or contract-to-contract positions without benefits or security. On January 18, Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley appeared before the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to submit pre-budget recommendations that called for the creation of stable, well-paid work with the aim to reduce poverty and inequality in the province, and improve quality of life for workers. To read the OFL's submission to the committee, click here. For more information on Unifor’s campaign to improve working conditions in Ontario visit here. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Mental health support needed in the workplace
Unifor believes a better understanding of mental illness, advocacy of good mental health, and support for co-workers who may be experiencing mental health issues are essential to create a safe and healthy work environment. “Promoting mental health in the workplace is everyone's responsibility,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Champions from within the place of employment are the best way to change attitudes and cultures in an organization, and to help ensure that workers are able to access help if needed.” Mental illness remains the leading cause of workplace disability claims and the support provided in the workplace plays an important role in an individual’s ongoing mental well-being. “A collective effort from ownership, management and workers is needed to create a mentally healthy community that facilitates recovery and social inclusion,” said Dias.   Unifor supports the Bell ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign to raise awareness and funds in support of mental health programs. On Wednesday January 25, five cents will be donated for every text message, mobile or long distance call made by Bell customers. All Canadians can help to make a difference using social media, as five cents will also be donated for every tweet or Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk, each time you send a snap using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter, and every time you watch the Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook. For details visit: http://letstalk.bell.ca. Additional information about mental health in the workplace can be found on the Unifor website here. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Members give back to communities
During the 2016 holiday season Unifor members across the country gave generously by donating millions of dollars in cash and goods. In a spirit of building and supporting local communities, countless members carefully selected toys, dropped off food and offered donations to support families living in poverty.  One drive alone, organized by Locals 673 and 112 at the Bombardier Aerospace unit, collected over $5,000 worth of toys.  To help ensure that no one would go hungry over the holidays Unifor Local 1 donated 350 turkeys and Local 414 members loaded up trucks to supply turkey dinners in their Mississauga neighbourhood. Out in Victoria, BC a contribution to the Mustard Seed Street Church was used to aid the homeless and working poor. From coast-to-coast, Unifor donations translated into tens of thousands of meals. Support was also extended to victims of domestic violence as care packages were assembled by Local 6004 for women at the Sexual Assault Support Centre, while Expertech Clerical members in Ontario and Quebec donated part of their pay equity settlement to local women’s shelters. By supporting local community initiatives during the holidays and all year long, our union makes an important contribution to give back and build a better society to both work and live in. Do you have a story to share? If you know of a Unifor member, or if your Local is helping to make a difference in the community share your story by emailing communications@unifor.org. Visit www.facebook.com/UniforCanada for other holiday donation photos. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Aerospace workers locked out
After nearly two years without a collective agreement, American-owned aerospace company D-J Composites locked out 33 Unifor members at its manufacturing plant in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador days before the holidays. Members of Local 597 were unwilling to accept a company demand for three to five-year wage freezes and voted for a strike mandate, but told the company they wanted to continue bargaining. Instead, the employer made a snap decision to lock out the workers. Unifor 597 President Carolyn Wrice said that despite attempts to put members on their knees, the resolve remains strong and united. On January 12, Unifor organized a rally and members were overwhelmed by the support from NAPE, CUPE - NL, the National Union of Defence Employees, PSAC, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, other Unifor locals and the local community. “The support from day one has been amazing. This is what solidarity looks like,” said Ignatious Oram, plant chair for Local 597. “We’re standing strong because we know we’re not asking for a whole lot, just a fair deal.” Workers are looking to maintain benefits and ask for a wage increase that keeps up with the cost-of-living. “The offer from the employer would see our members falling behind, but we are unwilling to go backwards,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “Local 597 know they have the support and solidarity of Unifor members across the country, but I encourage all locals to express that solidarity financially and otherwise.” Unifor contacted a labour conciliator to get talks moving. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Auto grants welcomed
A recent announcement from the federal and Ontario provincial governments shows the governments have heard what Unifor and others have been telling them for years about the need to convert repayable loans to the auto industry to grants. “It is good to see Ottawa and the province recognizing the importance of the auto industry to provide much-needed good jobs and investment in our communities,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “When all levels of government work together to show leadership and support for the auto industry it is a sign of good public policy.” In announcing support for a Honda plant, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains also said the Automotive Investment Fund will now include the option of “contributions without the expectation of repayment.” “With the Trump White House showing it will be very aggressive on the auto file, it is more important than ever that Canada develop a clear and strong policy for keeping and attracting auto investments,” Dias said. Unifor secured $1.5 billion in investment in Canada during its 2016 collective bargaining with the Detroit Three automakers (Fiat Chrysler, Ford and GM). Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Bell Craft deal reached
After four months of bargaining a tentative agreement has been reached to renew the Bell Craft contract, following several intense days of negotiations in Montreal. “We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement. Unifor’s bargaining committee did a great job and kept the members’ needs front and centre throughout negotiations,” said Unifor National Representative Alain Portelance who chaired the contract talks. Details of the new tentative agreement will be released at ratification meetings in the coming weeks. Impacted by the contract are more than 3,800 technicians in Ontario and Quebec that Unifor represents. Members will be notified of times and places for the ratification votes as meeting details are confirmed. The collective agreement expired November 30, 2016 while negotiations commenced in Ottawa on September 15, 2016. Bargaining to renew the Bell Craft collective agreement resumed after a break in December last week in Montreal, following the direct involvement by Unifor National President Jerry Dias. Bell senior management contacted Dias directly, declaring an interest in pursuing further discussions at the bargaining table. In a conference call on December 27 between Dias and bargaining committee members, the group agreed to pause holding a strike vote while new bargaining dates were set. Those talks resumed January 13, and continued through the past weekend, concluding in the early hours of January 16. Preparations began in December to hold strike votes after eight weeks of meetings with the Company and two more weeks of day and night negotiations in the presence of the conciliator. The bargaining committee is: Jeff Brohman, Local 34-0; Claude Brazeau, Local 80, Ray Mortimer, Local 26, Alain Paradis, Local 8284, Alain Sévigny, Local 8284, Drew Wickens, Local 53. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Unifor Education
Does your New Year’s resolution call for building your own skills and for strengthening your local union to meet the challenges of today’s workplace? If so then make sure to check out the new Education Program schedule for Spring 2017. The courses, delivered at the Unifor Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario, cover a variety of subjects including activism, health and safety and leadership development. For courses offered in your region or at Port Elgin visit unifor.org/education Important Unifor dates: Here are a few key dates to put in your 2017 calendar. This is your union, get active! May 5-7 - Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Conference, Port Elgin May 12-14 - Pride Conference, Port Elgin June 23-25 - National Environment Conference, Port Elgin August 15 – 17 -Unifor Organizing Forum, Winnipeg August 18-20 - Canadian Council, Winnipeg Details and registration info coming soon. Check unifor.org/events for updates. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST

Chronicle Herald strike approaches 1-year
One year ago on January 23, 61 newsroom workers at The Chronicle Herald went on strike after their employer demanded a mountain of concessions including a 17 per cent wage cut. Unifor members have been supporting the striking journalists at rallies, by making generous donations and cancelling subscriptions to the now scab-written newspaper. “This strike isn’t about anything but union-busting, plain and simple,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “Unifor members have shown amazing solidarity with the Herald workers who are defending unionized jobs and quality journalism. We need to keep up the fight.” To mark the anniversary supporters across Nova Scotia are coordinating a Day of Protest. On January 23, people are asked to wear black, join information pickets across the province and take to social media using #endCHstrike to show support. “We need everyone out there, holding signs and demanding Mr. Lever negotiate a fair deal,” said Payne. “Every day this strike continues is another day that skilled journalists are not holding government to account or keeping the public informed. It’s another day that union-busters across the country think they might win.” For information about the HTU Day of Protest visit http://htu-cwa.ca Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:15 pm EST


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