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Unifor deeply opposes Ontario PC vote to deny the existence of trans people

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor expresses grave concern following a vote by members of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party voicing support for the removal of gender identity from Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum.

“This shameful resolution shows that Doug Ford would rather appease a small faction of his party than uphold the human rights of trans students in Ontario,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Ford’s Government has already enacted this transphobia by repealing comprehensive sex ed.”

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Ford Government fall economic statements fails to lift workers

TORONTO, Nov, 15, 2018 /CNW/ – The Progressive Conservative’s fall economic update is a clear signal that austerity measures are coming to Ontario.

“Doug Ford’s economic plan won’t lift Ontario working families out of poverty, it will take them back to the days of Mike Harris,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Like Harris, Doug Ford is hiding austerity measures under the guise of efficiencies.”

Today’s economic statement introduced the Low-income Families and Individuals Tax Credit which gives minimum wage workers a maximum tax benefit of $850 per year, which is far less than the scrapped $15 minimum wage increase.

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Unifor urges the Federal Cabinet to #SaveLocalNews

OTTAWA, Oct. 25, 2018 /CNW/ – The union representing 12,000 Canadian journalists and media workers is urging members of the federal cabinet to implement key policy recommendations from the 2017 Commons Heritage report on local news in the upcoming federal budget.

“We are looking for cabinet members to champion local news in the next budget,” said National President Jerry Dias. “The most effective way to counteract bots, trolls, and fake news is professional news reporting. We can’t have our election politics tampered with.”

Unifor says the Liberal cabinet should prioritize Income Tax measures that favour Canadian media over American rivals, as well as allowing tax deductible donations to support hard news reporting by professional news organizations. The federal government should increase the budget for the Canadian Periodical Fund, and make daily newspapers eligible for the fund.

Unifor representatives spent the last three days meeting with 85 Members of Parliament from four major political parties, discussing the findings of the Commons Heritage Report which documented how the outflow of digital advertising dollars to Silicon Valley has starved Canadian media of revenues needed to fund local news.

“Members of Parliament understand that the political dialogue in this country is vulnerable to being corrupted by extreme and misleading propaganda on social media platforms,” said Dias. “The solution to fake news is real news.”


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Ford government sides with business lobby over working people with “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor condemns the provincial government’s plan to claw back workers’ rights and protections.

“Fair scheduling, equal pay for equal work, paid sick days. These rights are not frivolous – they are practical, minimum standard for fairness. Standards that help grow good jobs and keep workers safe,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This Act is a direct attack on millions of workers, backed up by an imaginary crisis.”

The proposed legislation caves to demands by big business, including eliminating protection for part-time and temporary workers to be paid fairly, cancelling the promised increase to $15 an hour minimum wage, slashing paid leave for workers who experience illness and crisis.

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Union ready to fight too-restrictive workplace rules on cannabis

As workplaces across Canada scramble to create rules to deal with legalized cannabis, labour experts are predicting there will be plenty of push back, including legal challenges.

Canada will become the second country to legalize recreation cannabis on Wednesday, prompting public- and private sector companies to modify existing substance-use policies or draft new ones.

In response, the country’s largest private-sector union, which represents thousands of workers in Southwestern Ontario, already has filed several grievances and is gearing up to take employers to court.

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Unifor supports Indonesia disaster relief with $70,000 donation

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor is supporting Oxfam and Save the Children’s disaster relief efforts in Indonesia with a combined $70,000 donation.

“The scale of the damage from the earthquake and tsunami is massive,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Save the Children Canada and Oxfam Canada are working with their Indonesian partners to provide vital aid, alleviate suffering and prevent further loss of life from spread of disease.”

On September 28, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi region, triggering a powerful tsunami. More than 2,000 have been killed, with the death toll expected to climb, as an estimated 5,000 people remain missing, feared buried or swept away.

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Unifor warns CPTPP legislation hurts NAFTA trade position

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Unifor warns that rushed debate on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) legislation hurts Canada’s trade position at a crucial point in NAFTA negotiations.

“The CPTPP includes loose cultural protection, an expansion of foreign imports in supply-managed industries as well as weak and unenforceable labour standards – key issues that Canada is fighting for at the NAFTA negotiating table,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “How do we tell the U.S. and Mexico that we won’t surrender Canadian markets, reduce labour standards and open ourselves up to massive job loss when that is exactly what we are in the process of doing with ten other nations?”

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Good things are happening at #MeadowParkChatham!

Good things are happening at #MeadowParkChatham! The Home is proud to announce Sarah Heuston as the recipient of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of …Ontario‘s (RPNAO) “Excellence in Care of Older Ontarians” #Award! The #RPNAO bestows this award upon one Ontario #RPN annually. Sarah Heuston was nominated by the management team for her tremendous dedication to her work and our Residents. After receiving an overwhelming amount of nominations throughout the province, the RPNAO has chosen Sarah as the 2018 recipient! The award will be presented at the annual RPNAO AGM during the award gala dinner in Huntsville, Ontario! To read more about the tremendous impact Sarah has had at #MeadowPark, visit our website at: http://bit.ly/2O3DBj3

Good things are happening at #MeadowParkChatham!

Unifor urges long term care panel to consult workers and unions

Unifor welcomes the establishment of an expert advisory panel on Nova Scotia’s long-term care system.

“The system is under-funded. Workers, most of whom are women, earn low to modest wages. The funding cuts by the McNeil government have made it harder for a system that was already challenged to deliver high quality care,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director.

“Workers are stressed to the max, working short staffed, and worried about their patients and residents, most of whom are seniors.”

The panel was announced today by Health Minister Randy Delorey.

Unifor which represents about 2,000 workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the province has been voicing its concerns about the impact of cuts to nursing home budgets for some time. It was one of the union’s key issues during last spring’s provincial election.

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Unifor urges Ottawa to move quickly to modernize labour standards

OTTAWA, Aug. 30, 2018 /CNW/ – The federal government’s plans to modernize labour standards in the federal jurisdiction can’t happen fast enough says Unifor, after a report on government consultations was released today.

“It is good to see that they are listening to workers and understand that labour standards created in the 1960’s do not work for today’s gig economy with far too many precarious, part-time workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

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