October 5, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings us all together. It’s also a time to remind us to count our blessings and give thanks for the many people and experiences that enrich our lives. Last week, in Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador solidarity was front and centre as we stood on the picket line side by side to support our sisters and brothers from D-J Composites Local 597.
These members have been on the picket line for 92 weeks, the longest lockout in the province’s history. I’m proud that our National union and union members came from across Canada to support and raise awareness that this lockout was unjust and that 92 weeks is unacceptable for any worker to be on a picket line.
The members of Local 597 reminds us that together and with our collective action we can fight for stronger labour laws that protect all workers in Canada. As a result of our solidarity rally in Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador, on October 3rd, 2018, D-J Composites consented to binding arbitration, which will eventually lead to a collective agreement and end the lockout.
Canadian Council – Halifax, Nova Scotia August 17-19,2018
On August 16th, 2018, Unifor celebrated five years of activism at the Canadian Council in Halifax. Unifor National President – Jerry Dias remarked how incredibly proud he was of all Unifor members and how we have left a mark in every region of the country. He also added that he was incredibly proud of the achievements made in advancing the labour movement, and since its inception in 2013, Unifor has been a leading advocate for workers rights, a fair NAFTA deal and stronger social programs including better health care.
Local 2002 Collective Bargaining Update:
The following units have ratified collective agreements at Flair Airlines, Swissport Quebec, and Toronto, and Hilton Hotel – Saint John, New Brunswick. I would like to say thank you to the Bargaining Committees for their hard work during negotiations and also to the members for participating in the ratification process.
Local 2002 Leadership and Educational (LEM) Meeting
Approximately 110 union representatives from across the country will gather in Whistler, British Columbia from October 22-25, 2018, for the 2018 Leadership and Educational (LEM) Meeting. Attendees will include the Local 2002 Executive Board, Chair of the Board of Trustees, District Chairpersons, Bargaining Committee members, and staff of the Local and National. Attendees will participate in workshops and will have an opportunity for discussions with other representatives from across Canada.
Unifor 2002 Campaigns
Our Local proudly works in solidarity with other groups to build equal and progressive workplaces. Below is a list of some of the campaigns we have championed in the last three months:
- September 5, 2018, Labour Day
- September 27th, 2018, Unifor National Donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to aid Ontario and Quebec residents in the recovery from destructive tornadoes
- September 30th, 2018, Orange Shirt Day
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The success of our Local is not possible without our 13,000 plus members, committees, dedicated staff, and Executive Board members to carry our mission forward. Please know that your Local is working hard behind the scenes to ensure we bring fair and equitable agreements to all of our members.
In closing, remember it is the spirit of solidarity that fuels a great union.
President – Unifor Local 2002
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