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Unifor Local 2025 supports the attached Letter of Solidarity with the people of Gaza from Unifor Local 467. 

Local 2025 also supports bringing 100 Palestinian children to Canada for desperately needed medical attention. We urge all Canadian hospitals to add their names to the list of Ontario hospitals who have reached out in compassion to offer treatment to Palestinian children who desperately need help.

We also request that the federal and provincial governments aid in these efforts.

 

Justice for Canada's Aboriginal Women and Girls

Earlier this week, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) sent a letter to the Prime Minister demanding he launch a public inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. This is not a new demand from the CLC, we have been calling for leadership from the federal government on this issue for a long time.

The recent murder of yet another young woman, this time in Winnipeg, has moved Canadians from coast to coast to coast to join the call for a public inquiry. In support of that public outcry, we have launched a petition to the Prime Minister on the CLC's website, demanding that he take action. It reads as follows:

Prime Minister,

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Unifor is holding its first youth conference from October 1 to 3, 2014 in Toronto

"This conference will give Unifor young workers an excellent opportunity to engage in some of the most pressing issues of the day, share experiences and participate in helpful training workshops to help them play an active role in their union and in their community."

The Conference is open to Unifor members 35 years of age and younger.

Unifor is holding a Women's Conference from August 10 to 13 at its facility in Port Elgin, Ontario. 

The 2014 Conference will be held at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario commencing Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. and concluding on Wednesday, August 13 at noon. Bilingual workshops will be offered as required based on registration.  Conference registration is on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and room check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.

The executive has approved paying $500 each towards the cost for two members to attend, in accordance with the Local's policy on attendance at conventions and conferences.  All other costs are the responsibility of the members attending.

Registration fee:  $60.00

Unifor joins with Aboriginal peoples across the country in recognizing June 21st, Aboriginal Peoples Day - the summer solstice that has for centuries been recognized as a day to celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and their heritage.

It is also a day to reflect on the history of colonialism, to take a critical look at its on-going legacy, andto re-commit ourselves to righting the wrongs of both the distant and recent past.

We recognize that indigenous rights are inalienable. On June 21st this year our focus is on unfulfilled treaty obligations, on education rights for Aboriginal children and teens, and on the failure of oursociety to ensure even the basic safety and dignity of Aboriginal women.

We’re going to spark a national conversation on how we create good jobs in Canada. We know there are solutions to the stagnating economy, growing precariousness and few opportunities for young people.   Together we can find them.

Unifor has partnered with Ryerson University, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Federation of Students to host a multi-stakeholder dialogue on how together, we can create good jobs – now and in the future.  The Summit will take place on October 3-5 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

Check out the new website and watch the video.

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Unifor is holding a Conference of Aboriginal / Indigenous Workers and Racialized Workers / Workers of Colour from June 20 to 22, 2014 at Port Elgin, Ontario. The theme is: "Challenging Racism - Building our Union".  Additional information about the conference is attached in separate English and French documents.

Local 2025 will provide $500 to up to two delegates to help offset the cost of attending the conference.  This is in keeping with the education guidelines adopted by the Local.

Interested members should contact Local Secretary Louise Laporte no later than May 29 if they wish to attend.

April 28 - Day of Mourning for workers injured or killed on the job

Vincent Massey Park (Ottawa) - 12:30 p.m.

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It took the better part of a year but our Local has a new agreement with the PSAC.

As executive members – and on behalf of our Local members – we offer our sincere thanks to those who served on our bargaining committee.

We recognize the hard work and commitment of:

Allison Pilon – who chaired the committee through its work finalizing our bargaining demands and the start of negotiations
Jacek Janczur – who took on the responsibility of committee chair when Allison took maternity leave late last fall, 
Jawara Gairey, Jean-Rodrigue Yoboua, and Loren Crawford.

We appreciate their willingness to take on this task and to complete it successfully in this difficult climate.

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