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Local 2025’s collective agreement with USGE expires at the end of April.

Elected bargaining team members Elaine Ouimet and Melanie McCormick are working on consolidating all the demands submitted by members. Once that work is completed, meetings will be scheduled during which members in the unit will have an opportunity to review the package of proposed demands, make any necessary changes and agree to the demands that will be presented at the bargaining table.

The Local’s Unifor representative Michelle Arruda will serve notice to bargain at the appropriate time and will lead the negotiations. Local 2025 president Rachel Besharah will also be on the bargaining team.

Dominic Vidmar was elected as a Steward on January 7.  She joins Steward Melanie McCormick.

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Members at Local 2025’s first meeting of 2015 on January 7 welcomed a new executive member and two new trustees, approved a budget and a significant number of changes to the by-laws and set up a new working group on work-life balance.  Not bad for a one meeting’s work!

New vice-president joins the executive

Our new vice-president for the regions is Lesley Thompson. Originally hired by PSAC as a political/communications assistant to the Atlantic regional executive vice-president, Lesley is now working as a regional education officer in the Halifax office.

Challenging Sexism

On December 6, 1989, 14 engineering students at L'École Polytechnique were singled out and murdered, solely because of their gender. This December 6th will mark the 25th anniversary of that horrific event, and although much has changed, violence against women still permeates our society.

In the coming days, Unifor will remember those murdered as a result of gender based violence, reflect on those who still experience the daily reality of violence, and recommit to taking action.

Canadian Council 2014

Speakers at the Canadian Council 2014 included Quebec director Michel Ouimet, CLC president Hassan Yussuff, actor and activist Danny Glover, and author and activist Linda McQuaig.



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,


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

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