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Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa

Unifor Local 2025, PSAC and several other partners/donors contributed to the release of this report which is worth reading.

The report is only available in English at the moment.

Here is the report of the Local 2025 Elections Committee with information about the results of the February 9, 2017 elections.

My thanks to the Committee for all their work.

Rachel Besharah, President


We would like to thank and congratulate our newly acclaimed Unifor Local 2025 Executive members as follows:

On October 20 to 23, Abudi Awaysheh a member of our local in Vancouver, attended the Canadian Labour Congress’ 2nd National Human Rights Convention titled “Rise Up! 2016 – Live the Change” in Ottawa. Over one thousand people were in attendance, including guests from Canada’s Territorial and Provincial Federations of Labour, as well as Delegates and elected Union leaders from every National, Provincial and Territorial Union across the country, including many Unifor locals.

Du 22 au 26 août 2016, les membres Omar Burgan, Rachel Besharah et Wael Afifi (délégué suppléant) ont assisté au Congrès national d’Unifor à Ottawa à titre de personnes déléguées de la section locale 2025. Plus de 2000 personnes déléguées des quatre coins du pays s’y sont rassemblées pour procéder à l’élection du nouveau Conseil exécutif, discuter des résolutions soumises et assister à diverses allocutions de conférenciers.

Dear members,

I’m writing to share with you a video that summarizes the proceedings of our recent Convention:

If you were a delegate, thank you for helping to make it one of the most inspiring union events I’ve ever attended.

If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the video and share with your friends and family. Unifor has grown so much in three years, and emerging from this convention your union is well positioned to continue to be one of the most powerful and progressive organizations in the country.

CULE and SEESOCQ have invited the members of Unifor 2025 to a noon time rally in front of 233 Gilmour next week on Tuesday September 13th.

This rally is in support of Sisters Nancy LaRose and Lisa Rossignol who were both recently terminated by the PSAC while on Injury on Duty Leave.

This is a timely action as the Alliance Executive Board (AEC) will be meeting that day.

I look forward to seeing you there.

In solidarity,

Rachel Besharah

President, Unifor Local 2025

Local 2025 is entitled to send one delegate to the Unifor national convention being held in Ottawa from August 22 to 26. We have also received approval to send a second delegate who is a woman or from an equity-seeking group.

Nominations for the two delegate positions will be open until end of day Friday, July 8.  A seconder is not required and members may nominate themselves. Members who wish to run for election as the equity delegate must also complete the attached form. All nominations are to be sent to Secretary Louise Laporte by July 8.

Details regarding the election process will be issued once nominations close.



Ottawa & District Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Council

12:30 p.m Vincent Massey Park (Entrance on Heron Road at Riverside Dr.) Ottawa, ON

Guest Speaker:

Donald Lafleur, Executive Vice-President, CLC

Sean McKenny, President, ODLC

Contact: Ottawa & District Labour Council T: 613-233-7870

All four PSAC staff unions will file notice to bargain TOGETHER today. This is a first!

Our ducks are a message to the employer: the staff unions are working togetherlike never before during this round of bargaining.

The ducks are fun but our intentions are very serious.

Whether we work in a regional office or at headquarters, we face many of the same issues such as workload and difficulty balancing work and family responsibilities, respect for our work.

We believe it is time to find common solutions to common problems. We ask that you put up this poster in a prominent place in your work space no sooner than 4:00 (EDT) today.

Please keep it posted for the duration of negotiations.

Black lives matter Toronto


On Saturday, March 26th at 4 pm a rally to support the #BlackLivesMatterTO tent city was held at Toronto police headquarters. This growing movement, whose leadership is made up of young Black women, is an ongoing protest against police violence and impunity.

People were being injured and frightened as the Toronto police keep trying unsuccessfully to suppress the movement.

• Watch Local 2025 member Jawara Gairey’s rally video

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