12-5-18
Retiree Christmas Lunch

It was a great day to reminisce and meet old colleagues at the Annual Retiree Christmas Luncheon. Thank you to CMHA for their presentation on Mental Health.


12-6-18
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, take a pause to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. As we remember the 13 engineering students and one worker who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989 by an act of gender-based violence, we also commemorate all the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, transgender women, and each woman whose life has been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.


12-7-18
Fill a Purse for a Sister

The 3rd annual Fill a Purse for a Sister campaign was a great success. The LCBO gift card raffle was a fun way to collect donations to fill the purses. In all, we donated five boxes of feminine hygiene products, four boxes of toiletries, 190 filled purses, 18 teen purses, eight prom purses, and we have 92 empty purses to start us off for next year.


It was rainy, it was cold, but we still had so many people come to our tree lighting.
Thank you so much to those that braved the weather to join us. Thank you Eva, an inspiring honouree who spoke of a young woman without a name that has now found her name, her voice, and is shining her light so brightly it can be seen for miles.
19 single lanterns and 23 candles in the middle lantern representing the women and children staying at Hiatus House tonight.



Our donation to the Inn from our first Paint Nite


Executive Board


TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

Hundreds of people participated in Windsor’s 26th Annual Take Back the Night rally and march to end domestic violence and sexual assault against women along the streets of Windsor, Ontario.


PAINT NIGHT

Local 2458’s Women’s Committee put on a paint night to benefit The Inn of Windsor. The Inn of Windsor was established to provide a community based residential care program to serve females 13 up to age of 18 years, as well as an independent living program for males and females ages 16 to 21 who are in need of community supports.

HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

LABOUR DAY PARADE WINDSOR – PORT ELGIN

Labour Day is an occasion to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights during parades and picnics organized by trade unions.

UNIFOR CANADA COUNCIL

Canadian Council is a democratic force for union activism, solidarity, and strength. Canadian Council is a forum of accountability and organizing which will involve and engage thousands of local union activists in the life of the union.

PRIDE PARADE WINDSOR

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest’s goal is to empower LGBTIQ2S individuals through it’s social and recreation programs and facilitate opportunities for connection and belonging to reduce social isolation. This is done through age-specific activities, peer-facilitated groups, workshops, and special events/initiatives.

UNIFOR WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

This year’s Women’s Conference, with the theme of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Rights, is a chance to come together, build skills, exchange knowledge, and strategize for the future.

UNIFOR LOCAL 2458 GOLF TOURNAMENT

Proceeds benefitting Wounded Warriors of Canada.

PEOPLE’S TRADE AGENDA TOWN HALL’

Everyone is welcome to join the conversation as Unifor re-imagines what a People’s Trade agenda might look like.

BOB PROBERT RIDE

Motorcycle poker run in support of Cardiac Services in Windsor-Essex.

BRUCE DICKIE’S RETIREMENT

Congratulations Bruce and thank you for your years of dedicated activism.

CHARLIE BROOKS GOLF TOURNAMENT

ELECTIONS

Union Members and Retirees helping their local candidates in the Provincial Election.

GARY PARENT AWARDS

Congratulations to Mike Kisch, Shelley Smith, and Darlene Jacobs for being awarded three of the 2018 Gary L. Parent Labour Activist Awards

WOMAN TO WOMAN WORKSHOP

Discussion of election topics as they relate to women

UNIFOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE

WOMEN LEADING THE WAY LUNCHEON

Women Leading the Way in Windsor-Essex County is a committed group of women leaders working together to engage other women in our community. Women have a unique approach to giving and a desire to create true, lasting change.

FAIR VOTE LOBBY

Lobbying for Proportional representation to make every vote count.

DAY OF MOURNING

About 200 people marched from Windsor’s St. Augustine Church to the riverfront monument to injured and killed workers in Coventry Gardens.

ELECTION TOWN HALL

Presentations on making your vote count.

CASINO RALLY

Members of local unions shut down Chatham Street East, in front of Caesars Windsor to rally for casino workers who are on strike.

HOUSE OF SOPHROSYNE PJ PARTY

The House strives to facilitate the process of rebuilding physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually with self-esteem and self-concept as integral themes. Recognizing that addictions affect individuals, families, and communities the House provides support programs to address all of these issues.

6 MINUTE CHALLENGE

The long-term care sector in Ontario is at a crisis point. Ongoing budgetary cuts combined with short staffing and more complex patient needs mean that residents are not getting the care that they need.
Did you know that in many long-term care facilities, personal support workers have only six minutes in the morning to prepare residents for breakfast?
Unifor is proposing a Six Minute Challenge: can you get ready in six minutes in the morning? Give it a try! Then challenge your MPP and let them know that they need to support four hours of direct, hands on care per resident, every single day.

Currently, there is no minimum standard of daily care. Approximately 78,000 Ontarians live in long-term care homes, most of who are over 85 years old and have mobility issues, dementia, and complex medical needs.
Unifor is urging all political parties to support four hours of minimum daily care in long-term care homes, the integration of front-line workers into the implementation of the new Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors,’ as well as measures for accountability by nursing home operators to be included in the new regulations.

TAMPON TUESDAY

Tampon Tuesday is a unique way to gather with women in your community to network, socialize, and go with the flow. Collections of feminine hygiene products go to local food banks.

EQUAL PAY DAY

Equal Pay Day is the approximate day that the typical woman must work into the new year to make what the typical man made at the end of the previous year. Based on ACS Census data, the 2018 wage gap between men and women is $.80 (cents). The gap is far wider for women of color as compared to white, non-Hispanic men and moms as compared to dads. Click on the links below for more information on equal pays days and contributors to the wage gap.
INFO@EQUALPAYDAYFORALL.ORG

Canada-wide Day of Action planned in support of Tim Hortons workers.


On Friday, October 5, 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Labour Minister Patricia Hajdu, and many other labour leaders raised questions on several issues. President Dave Cassidy of UNIFOR Local 444 raised the question regarding the Trans Pacific Trade deal, while Unifor Local 2458 President Tullio DiPonti raised the question on “the increased cost of prescription drugs.”

“I’ve asked him about that and he says that was a difficult decision that he had to make on that but he told us hes committed to the pharmacare and trying to get the cost of drugs is check in Canada.”


 

Chartwell Oak Park LaSalle Retirement Residence Rally – April 23, 2018

Great turnout at the information picket at Chartwell Oak Park LaSalle retirement home today. Our members are demanding a return to the bargaining table, decent wages and respect in the workplace.


 

Together For Respect Rally – April 18, 2018

Unifor 2458 members joined in solidarity by rallying in front of the Windsor Regional Hospital (Ouellette Campus) on Wednesday, April 18.

Nurses, personal support workers, administrative staff, as well as custodial employees are part of 75,000 workers at 160 public hospitals across Ontario who are demanding better working conditions and compensation with the Ontario Hospital Association.


 

Together For Respect Campaign – April 11, 2018

75,000 hospital staff members across Ontario from Unifor, SEIU and CUPE have come together for respect for decent hospital collective agreements.

Unifor 2458 members joined in solidarity by wearing their Together For Respect stickers at Windsor Regional Hospital (Ouellette and Metropolitan Campuses) and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare.

 


Local MPs Brian Masse and Cheryl Hardcastle joined MPP Lisa Gretzky at this morning’s media conference to update the public on the ongoing labour dispute with Medical Laboratories of Windsor.

Secretary-Treasurer Tullio DiPonti and Unit Chair Dina Roushanroz spoke passionately and critically about this employer. As the lowest paid private-lab in Ontario, Dina stated, “To be given $12.50 an hour is pretty much like spit in the face.” Tullio said that the managers performing our members’ work is “not usual”. The Union is aware that established laboratory protocols and procedures have not been followed since the strike began.

All three Local politicians stressed that this labour dispute is the direct result of the privatization of hospital services within our community. “While these folks are out on the line, fighting…what they’re making isn’t even a living wage in our area,” Gretzky said. Masse stated that despite the private labs receiving “massive regular subsidization from the government,” they still put “profit over people.”

The starting wage for a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) is $12.50. Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) earn $22 per hour after five years of employment.

No new talks have been scheduled. Tullio said, “We’re ready to go. We’re ready to bargain.”

Unifor Local 2458 and our 90 Medical Lab Assistants and Medical Lab Technologists on strike at eleven Medical Laboratories of Windsor locations in Windsor and Essex County, asking for your support on our picket line.

Fogular Furlan Club

Women Leading the Way in Windsor-Essex is a group of local women working together to engage other women in our community to create real change.

Women have a unique approach to giving. By coming together, their collective action will make a difference on issues that are important to them and our community through giving, volunteering and mentoring.

Unifor Local 2458 Women’s Committee is proud to support this initiative.

The Quarter Auction sponsored by Unifor Local 2458 Women’s Committee to benefit The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women in Windsor. The event was Sold Out, high energy and raised money for a great cause.

We are proud to have raised $2152.00 for the Welcome Centre Shelter. Thanks to all who came out to support and volunteer.

St. Augustin Church & Coventry Gardens Windsor

With many community activists, hearing the stories from the families who have lost a loved one at work. We will always honour their memory and work each day to ensure everyone that goes to work returns to their families safely at the end of each day…

Fogular Furlan Club, Windsor

All proceeds support the programs and services that the House of Sophrosyne provide to women with substance misuse and dependancy issues and their families.

APR 11, 2017

Equal Pay Day marks the gender pay gap. On average, women must work 15.5 months – or 3.5 months into the new year – to earn what a man earns in 12 months. Ontario’s ministers of Labour, Finance, Women’s Issues, Economic Development, Education, and Skills Development all have an express mandate to close the gender pay gap but the government still hasn’t announced how it plans to close the gap.

Apr 12, 2017

Unifor Locals 200-444 Women’s Committees Celebrated the 100 Year Anniversary of white women’s right to vote in Ontario Provincial Elections. (women of colour had to wait until the 1940’s and aboriginal women not until the 1960’s).

Kelsey’s Restaurant, Walker Rd., Windsor, ON

First Tampon Tuesday A Success

BY MAUREEN REVAITMARCH 8, 2017 5:19AM@MRevaitNews

In honour of International Women’s Day, area women’s shelters and food banks will receive a donation of feminine hygiene products. The United Way and the Windsor District Labour Council came together for Tampon Tuesday, and collected hundreds of boxes of tampons and pads. United Way Windsor Essex CEO, Lorraine Goddard says often times these types of products get overlooked when people are making donations. “About 42% of moms are struggling to make ends meet and are faced with the challenge every month between feeding their children and buying feminine hygiene products,” says Goddard. The Windsor District Labour Council got involved in the event to highlight some of the struggles women still face in the workforce, and how they contribute to women’s poverty. “Take pay equity, women are still making 73 cents on the dollar, they have to work until April 16 of the following year to make the same as the average man, and some of our most vulnerable women have more struggles with that,” says Michelle Johnson with WDLC. Tampon Tuesday events have been held in Canadian cities like London and Kitchener but this is the first time the event was held in Windsor.

Local 200/444 Windsor, ON

On March 8, Unifor marks International Women’s Day with the theme Persistence with solidarity toward equality. The past year has brought intense attacks on equality, in Canada and worldwide. In response, we have risen to these challenges and have mobilized across communities. The strength of the Women’s Marches demonstrates our commitment to moving forward with a diverse, intersectional movement. As we celebrate at International Women’s Day events across the country let us take the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to remove all obstacles to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The struggle for equality will take persistence.

Mackenzie Hall, Windsor, ON

Let’s talk about child care! The Government of Ontario wants to hear your ideas about how we can help improve access, flexibility, affordability and quality of child care and early years programs and be responsive to family needs.

Free child minding will be available onsite.

Learn more:
http://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/press-room/unifor-urges-ontario-investment-affordable-child-care

Congratulations Unifor Local 195 on 80 years

Unifor Local 2458 Women’s Committee collected donations of new and gently used purses and items to fill them with for the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women. We dropped off 140 purses stuffed with socks, nail polish, mittens, toiletries and so much more!

Unifor Local 2458 Retirees had their annual Christmas Luncheon, and donated over 1000 lbs of food to the Unemployed Help Centre.

On December 6, 1989, 14 engineering students at L’ École Polytechnique were singled out and murdered, solely because of their gender – because someone thought that as women, they had stepped out of line.

Unifor remembers those who have died as a result of gender based violence, reflect on those who still experience the daily reality of violence in their lives, and recommit to taking action around all forms of violence against women.

Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council is a democratic force for union activism, solidarity, and strength. It is a forum of accountability and organizing centres that involve and engage local union activists in the life of the union.

Unifor Local 2458 sends representatives to the Council and also attends ETOP (Education, Technical, Office, and Professional Workers) and Health Care Council Industry Meetings on December 1st., and Women’s Committee on December 2nd.

The HMCS Hunter will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony at 11 am at the Cenotaph located at City Hall Square.

Sunday: Parade starts at 1:30 pm (from Dieppe Gardens), Ceremony at 2 pm
Wednesday: Ceremony at 11 am
350 City Hall Square W., Windsor

Unifor Local 2458 lays a wreath each year

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

TPP: A Conservative deal that’s bad for Canada

see the link: http://canadianlabour.ca/news/news-archive/tpp

A Women’s Advocate is a specially trained workplace representative who assists women with concerns such as workplace harassment, intimate violence and abuse. The Women’s Advocate is not a counsellor but rather provides support for women accessing community and workplace resources.

These specially-trained, easy to contact workplace representatives have been instrumental in creating healthier workplaces and safer communities. We work closely with management ensuring strong cooperation to achieve this goal.

One of the best tools the union has to prevent violence against women and workplace harassment is the Women’s Advocate program.

Windsor – Candlelight vigil with women’s drum at the river on October 4th in the evening 6:00-7:30 pm.
Dieppe Gardens
Organized by: Can Am Indian Friendship Centre

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls as well as support grieving families and provide opportunities for healing. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. United we can demand action on an issue that impacts us all! (Native Women’s Association of Canada

Rally for DECENT WORK to call for safe working conditions, fair hours, access to a union, paid sick days & vacation, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/racialized wage gap and much more!

The Ontario government is currently reviewing the province’s employment laws. That means we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring in sweeping changes and create the Ontario We Want!

“Make it Fair” is a campaign of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to mobilize labour unions to fight for labour law reform, in solidarity with theFight for $15 and Fairness campaign.

Take Back the Night aims to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

Fogular Furlan Club, Windsor, ON

Unifor Local 2458 Women’s Committee is a proud supporter of the House of Sophrosyne. Proceeds from the event were donated to The House of Sophrosyne in support of Addictions Services.

The House of Sophrosyne believes women require unique and supportive programs provided in an all-female environment in order to initiate and sustain the process of recovery from chemical dependency.

Unifor Local 2458 along with other workers in the community took time to celebrate the role of working people in the economy. We remember much has been done, and know much more needs to be done.

Referendum underway on future of health care

Posted: May 31, 2016

(May 28, 2016)

Author: CTV Windsor

It’s voting day across Ontario on the future of health care.

An unofficial provincewide referendum is underway. Activists are asking people to vote in the Stop Hospital Cuts Now Referendum. The Ontario Health Coalition, supported locally by Making Waves Windsor Essex, are at workplaces and high-profile locations such as malls and fast-food outlets. About 400 ballot boxes are in Windsor-Essex.

The move to stop cuts to community hospitals comes as dozens of nurses were let go at Windsor Regional Hospital. The layoffs were blamed on a lack of funding. The ballots will go to Queen’s Park in hopes of sending a message to the Liberal government to restore hospital funding.

Co-Chair of the Windsor-Essex Health Coalition, Ken Lewenza Jr., is hoping that at least 30,000 people vote.

he second Unifor Convention was held on August 22 – 26, 2016, at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. Over the course of five days delegates discussed, debated and voted to set direction for the next three years.

President – Jerry Dias

Secretary-Treasurer – Bob Orr

Atlantic Regional Director – Lana Payne

Ontario Regional Director – Naureen Rizvi

Quebec Regional Director – Renaud Gagné

Western Regional Director – Joie Warnock

You can view videos from the convention following this link: http://www.uniforlive.ca/

April 19, 2016 is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. This year marks the 3rd annual Equal Pay Day and the first year officially recognized by the Ontario government. Currently, the Ontario pay gap is 29.4%. This means that women earn 70.6 cents for every dollar a man earns in Ontario.

Unifor Local 2458 Women’s Committee participated in a United Way “Seeing is Believing” Tour in Windsor. The tour highlighted United Way sponsored agencies that combat poverty in Windsor-Essex.

We visited:

STAG (Sandwich Teen Action Group) – The Sandwich Teen Action Group is committed to providing programs for positive life experiences in a safe and caring environment, which enables youth to find support, cope with problems, and make responsible life choices.

1 of the Summer Lunch Programs – The Summer Lunch program ensures that kids who rely on school nutrition programs during the school year don’t go hungry throughout the summer when those programs are not available.

Senior Outreach Program – Imagine if your sense of ‘neighbourhood’ was limited to your apartment building. This is the case for many seniors who are unable to get to a seniors centre to participate in activities and programs. United Way’s Seniors Outreach strategy seeks to prevent isolation by bringing activities and education to targeted neighbourhoods and seniors’ buildings.

Unifor represents over 100,000 women across the country in all major sectors of the economy. This year’s Women’s Conference theme, Strong Women, Strong Unions, captures our focus on strengthening the participation of women in their workplaces and their locals. The Conference is a chance to come together, build skills, exchange knowledge and strategize for the future.

Health care members of Unifor gathered in Port Elgin, Ontario to discuss topics from the future of public health care, workplace stress.

Unifor Local 2458 Women’s Committee supporting House of Sophrosyne.

Unifor Local 2458 executive and members attended the very solemn Day of Mourning Ceremony and March to the Injured Workers Monument. Pictured from left to right, EFAP Rep Raymond Roy, 2nd Vice President Ken Durocher, Women’s Committee Chair Darlene Marcuz, Heron Terrace Chair Jennifer Cloutier, Retiree Colleen Dottor and 1st Vice President Mike Kisch.

The Injured Workers Monument, following a very moving tribute to fallen workers as told by their family members at St. Augustine during the Day of Mourning on April 28, 2016.

We will forever mourn their loss and we will never give up the fight to ensure that all workers return home safely every day. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living! – Mother Jones

Unifor Local 2458 members from the WECDSB OCT unit and members from Unifor Local 195 supporting the Closing the Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day.