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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.

Votes cast in favour of accepting the Bargaining Committee's recommendation to accept the tentative agreement: 50

Votes cast not in favour of accepting the Bargaining Committee's recommendation to accept the tentative agreement:  4

Unifor has 305,000 members working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.

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The meeting to review and vote on the tentative agreement will take place:

Thursday, March 27, 2014
5:00 p.m.
J.K. Wyllie Boardroom, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa

The tentative agreement document will be sent out in advance of the meeting.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the meeting.

Call in numbers - English call
613-787-5142
1-866-797-9099
Conference ID: 5491468#

Local 2025 is entitled to a second representative on the PSAC/Local 2025 Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOSH).  Vice-President - Health and Safety Jeff Bennie is a member of the Committee.

This is a call-out to members in the Local 2025 PSAC unit who are interested in serving on the joint committee to put their names forward.

Certification training is required and will be provided.  According to the Unifor constitution, workplace committee representatives serve the same term as Local officers - in this case a three-year term.

If you are interested, please send your name and contact information to me by March 28, 2014.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

12:00 noon 

J.K. Wyllie Boardroom, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa

 

Agenda:

1.  Election of the Local delegate to the Canadian Labour Congress convention

2.  Amended 2014 budget

3.  Bargaining team update

The call-in numbers will be sent out before the meeting.

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