Hello Members of Unifor Local 506:
This is Alain Boudreau, chair of the 2017 Election Committee with an update for members regarding the upcoming election this fall. Local 506 will be accepting nominations for the following position:
- Unifor Local 506 Vice President with the term of office ending in 2020
Nominations will be made at the September Sub-Local meetings as follows:
- Region 1 - Saint John Union meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th 5:30 pm at the Union Office, 580 Main Street/Hilyard Place Building B, Suite 202.
- Region 2 - Moncton Union meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th 7 pm at the Moncton Lions Community Centre, 473 St. George Street.
- Region 3 - Fredericton Union meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th 5:30 pm at the Ramada, 480 Riverside Drive in the Mayqueen Room.
- Region 3 - Woodstock Union meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 28th 5:30 pm at the Woodstock CO on Chapel Street.
- Region 4 - A Pen, Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston, Doaktown & Miramichi Union meeting scheduled for Monday, September 18th at 5:30 pm via conference call and members are asked to meet at the usual CO locations.
All nominees are asked to forward their resume to the Union office on or before September 30th, 2017
The Election Committee will then meet on October 2, 2017 to perform its duties as per Article 8, Section 8.01 of the Unifor Local 506 By-laws. If an election period is required, the Election Committee will declare it to be from October 15th to October 31st with the online polls open for voting for that two-week time period. An email will be sent to you shortly with a user name and password that you will need in order to submit your vote online.
As usual, this election will be conducted online and the results will be announced on November 1, 2017.
Congratulations to Manuel Dionne, winner of the 2017 Helen E. Allain Bursary award and Andrew Guignard, winner of the 2017 Unifor Local 506 Scholarship! On behalf of the Local 506 Executive Board we wish both of you the greatest success with your studies in the year ahead!
Thank you to all applicants who submitted applications for the 2017 Helen E. Allain Bursary award and Unifor Local 506 Scholarship. We welcome your applications for next year's bursary and scholarship awards.
Recognizing the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
May 17, 2017
The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is an annual reminder and call to action for equity. Unifor encourages all people to recognize and clebrate this day, and to support the ongoing struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in Canada and around the world.
Despite the ongoing legal and social steps taken to promote the rights of LGBTQ people in Canada, Homophobia and transphobia are still ingrained in our everyday behaviours, language and policies, and LGBTQ people's access to equality and equity continues to be undermined.
At a time when news of homophobic and transphobic violence is growing around the workd, Unifor recognizes the need to lift up and celebrate LGBTQ members of our own communities, and to be welcoming and inclusive to all people facing and fleeing discrimination. Even though the steps towards justice sometimes are small, each one is a means to advance human rights, won by activists working collectively for social justice.
This day is an invitation for all people concerned with promoting equity and inclusion to mobilize. We will challenge homophobia and transphobia through our words and actions. As Unifor members acting in solidarity across Canada for the pursuit of dignity and equality for all LGBTQ people, we can continue to make a difference.
As a worker, you can add your voice. Call or email your Senator to ask that they adopt Bill C-16 to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to help protect transgender children, and all transgender and gender nonconforming people from being discriminated against. If passed, this bill will include gender identity and gender orientation within the Canadian Human Rights Act much in the same way that women and people of colour are protected under the Human Rights Act.
Click Here for copy of Unifor Statement above
Notice to Unifor Atlantic Communication Locals
6th Biennial Council Locals Meeting
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 15-19, 2017
In accordance with Article 13 of the Unifor Atlantic Communication Locals (Unifor ACL) By-laws, the 6th Biennial Council Locals Meeting will be held on May 15-19, 2017 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Halifax Nova Scotia.
A block of rooms have been reserved for the nights of May 15-18, 2017.
The resolutions committee will meet on Tuesday May 16th at 9:00am.
The Biennial for all delegates will begin at 9:00am on Wednesday May 17th 2017 and end at noon on Friday May 19th 2017 . _____________________________________________________________________
Article 13.2 states:
The purpose of the Biennial Locals Meeting is;
(a) To exchange ideas and make policy recommendations to the Unifor ACL
Executive Board and the National Union;
(b) To provide a forum for member locals to share information, coordinate
activities, and build on solidarity with one another;
(c) To assist all Locals in participating in the affairs of the Unifor ACL;
(d) To elect the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Recording Secretary of the
Unifor ACL Executive Board;
(e) To amend these bylaws;
(f) Policies can be established, deleted and/or amended by delegates voting
at the Biennial Locals Meeting. All policies and amendments shall be
Published on the Unifor ACL website.
Elections for the UACL Executive Board referred to in Article 13.2 (d) above are conducted as per Article 6 of the UACL By-Laws as follows: “Delegates to the Biennial Council Locals Meeting will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council Executive Board from among the ranks of the existing Presidents of member Locals. Any member in good standing of a member Local may run for the office of Treasurer or Recording Secretary of the Council Executive Board provided they are in attendance at the Council Locals Meeting or if absent, submits in writing a nomination letter signed by both the nominator and nominee indicating the office for which they are running.”
Resolution forms and instructions are also attached.
A Credential Form identifying each Local delegate must be completed and sent to Susan Rice at the Unifor Local 410 office (address & fax # above) no later than April 14, 2017.
The Resolutions Committee will be comprised of one non-delegate from each Local for a total of four (4) committee members. Each Local must determine the method of choosing their member to the Resolutions Committee and submit the name to Susan Rice no later than April 14, 2017. Members of the Resolutions Committee must be prepared to meet in Moncton at least one day prior to the Council Locals Meeting to review each resolution and make recommendations to the meeting’s delegates.
The Election Committee must be elected, the method to be determined by the Unifor ACL Executive Board.
The Credentials Committee will be comprised of two members of the Resolutions Committee.
Council Executive Board members may attend the Council Locals Meetings exclusive of each Locals representation as determined in Article 13.3, which states:
Each Local’s entitlement to representation at the Biennial Council Locals Meeting shall be determined on the basis of membership represented as follows:
Membership Represented # of Delegates to Council Locals Meeting
1 to 200 members 3 Delegates
for each additional 200 members or portion thereof 1 Additional Delegate
Therefore, delegate entitlement by Local (exclusive of Executive Board Members) based on November 2014 membership numbers is:
Local 401: 4 delegates (136 members) Local 410: 7 delegates (537 members)
Local 506: 8 delegates (668 members) Local 2289: 9 delegates (805 members)
Locals will determine the method of selecting their delegates in accordance with their Local By-laws. As per an Executive Board motion made January 10, 2017 expenses for all delegates will be the responsibility of Unifor ACL.
Registration will take place on May 17, 2017 from 8:00 – 9:00 am.
Stop Bill C-27 - Telecommunications - Dec 20, 2016
To all Unifor Locals in the Telecommunications Industry
Sisters and Brothers,
With the Holiday Season just around the corner, I am sure many of you are focusing on the upcoming time with family, friends and loved ones. I am writing to all Telecommunications Locals and their members because we need your support now, to put pressure on the Federal Government, prior to this holiday season, to Stop Bill C-27 and join all of Unifor in a letter campaign, so the Federal Government gets an onslaught of letters prior to the Holidays.
This bill could undermine future rounds of bargaining within our sector and shift liabilities of funding defined benefits plans from our employer to our retirees and active members. We cannot allow Bill C-27 to progress any further. The timing is critical, so please go to www.unifor.org/stopC27 and email Finance Minister, Bill Morneau to request that he withdraw this legislation. This will only take a few minutes of each individual's day, but collectively the impact will be significant.
In Solidarity, Tyson Siddall Unifor Director of Telecommunication Industry
Le texte en français suit celui en anglais.
Hello New Brunswick Unifor Local Leaders and Members,
First, let me wish you all a happy Christmas season, spent with family and friends.
Second, a couple of updates.
Earlier this month, I participated in New Brunswick’s pre-budget consultations.
It was an opportunity to meet with Finance Minister Cathy Rogers to discuss the future of New Brunswick's economy and good jobs for the people of the province.
The Minister was keen to hear Unifor's perspective on issues like child care, the future of the forest industry and carbon pricing. Our pre-budget submission focused on the first two subjects as being vital to the prosperity and future of the province.
On Wednesday, I followed up with the Minister regarding the issue of carbon pricing and Unifor's goals for a strong New Brunswick economy and a healthy environment. We believe a cap and trade carbon pricing system would be better for the NB economy and the forest sector rather than a tax. The attached letter explains why.
A copy of our brief to the government is also attached for your information.
For the information of those employed in our forest sector, Unifor just held a high-level meeting on a campaign for the sector in 2017, including around the issue of trade and the softwood lumber deal. More information on this will follow in January.
Unifor is committed to working towards a healthy environment, good jobs and fairness for our members and all workers.
Atlantic Regional Director
Bonjour aux dirigeant(e)s et membres des sections locales d’Unifor au Nouveau-Brunswick,
D’abord, permettez-moi de vous souhaiter à toutes et à tous une joyeuse saison des Fêtes en famille et avec vos amis.
Ensuite, voici quelques nouvelles.
Plus tôt ce mois-ci, j’ai participé aux consultations pré-budgétaires du Nouveau-Brunswick.
J’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer la ministre des Finances, Cathy Rogers, pour discuter de l'avenir de l'économie du Nouveau-Brunswick et des emplois de qualité pour les citoyens de la province.
La Ministre était réceptive à entendre la perspective d’Unifor sur des enjeux comme les services de garde, l’avenir de l’industrie forestière et la tarification du carbone. Notre mémoire pré-budgétaire a porté sur les deux premiers sujets vitaux pour la prospérité et l’avenir de la province.
Mercredi, j’ai fait un suivi auprès de la Ministre sur la question de la tarification du carbone et des objectifs d’Unifor pour renforcer l’économie du Nouveau-Brunswick et assurer la santé de l'environnement. Nous estimons qu’une tarification du carbone basée sur un système de plafonnement et d’échange serait préférable pour l’économie du Nouveau-Brunswick et le secteur forestier, plutôt qu’une taxe. La lettre en pièce jointe en fournit les explications.
Une copie de notre mémoire au gouvernement se trouve aussi en pièce jointe pour votre information.
Pour les travailleurs du secteur forestier, Unifor vient tout juste de tenir une rencontre de haut niveau au sujet d’une campagne pour le secteur forestier en 2017, notamment autour de la question du commerce et de l’accord sur le bois d’œuvre. De plus amples informations suivront en janvier.
Unifor est déterminé à maintenir la santé de l’environnement, à obtenir des emplois de qualité et l’équité pour nos membres et tous les travailleurs.
En toute solidarité,
Directrice de la région de l’Atlantique
The Union purchasing power Coalition was formed in 2008 with 4 Local Union Benefit Plans representing 2000 members. Today there are over 800 Locals in Atlantic Canada that represent over 200,000 members, retirees and their families. Through its purchasing power the Coalition provides discounts and savings for members.
Some of the current discounts with no cost to the members are:
MHCSI DRUG PROGRAM - Depending on the program your Union is under, members, spouses, and dependants with a MHCSI Pharmacy Benefits Card receive a $3.00 reduction on their co-pay for each prescription puchased at a Lawtons Drugs or Sobeys pharmacy, Sobeys pharmacy by mail, Fresh Co pharmacy, Foodland pharmacy, Safeway pharmacy and Thrifty Foods pharmacy. Also earn AIR MILES on your purchases.
Lawtons Discount Card - members receive 5 - 40% off on front store purchases at Lawton Drugs.
COOPERATORS GROUP HOME & AUTO PROGRAM - Members can receive group discounts on their home and auto insurance.
EPIC/CONNECT HEARING PROGRAM - Members can receive great discounts on hearing aids at all Connect Hearing Clinics.
The Coalition is working with other Companies to negotiate more value added Discount Programs that will benefit Union members and their families.
For more information on the Coalition including a list of Unions that are members along with the Companies that provide discount programs to the Coalition go to www.achccs.ca
Message from Jerry Dias RE International Human Rights Day Dec 10/16:
We Face Fresh, High-Placed Challenges To Human Rights
International Human Rights Day should be a chance to celebrate the advances we've made to make the world a safer place for those suffering the threats of hate, racism and division.
We should be marking our successes, and showing the world how much we embrace and celebrate our differences rather than being afraid of them.
But this year there is much to worry about as we recognize December 10, the anniversary of the day 68 years ago that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The United Nations this year is encouraging us all to push back against division and intolerance. The slogan for the 2016 Human Rights Day is "We the People." This sounds pretty American-oriented to me. It may not be deliberate, but it's certainly appropriate, given the state of affairs in the United States.
A month ago, that country elected a racist misogynist, and an admitted assaulter of women.
Donald Trump built his campaign on fear and intolerance. He spread division when his country, and the world, needed someone to bring people together. He promised a wall to keep some people out, and special forces to round up others and forcibly expel them.
He put white supremacists in charge of his campaign, and tacitly accepted endorsements from leaders of the Ku Klux Klan. Now setting up his administration, Trump is putting white supremacists and Islamophobes into senior leadership posts.
The intolerant and divisive Trump campaign is becoming an intolerant and divisive White House. As we approach December 10, it is more vital than ever that the world reflects on the purpose of International Human Rights Day, and why the nations of the world first felt the need for it back in 1948.
Like the United Nations itself, the Declaration of Human Rights came out of the horrors of the Second World War and the hope that through tolerance and acceptance, the world could avoid such conflict in the future.
The declaration was and remains non-binding, but it sets a strong standard of ideals that most countries and leaders have at least aspired to achieve. The United States and its presidents, despite that country's own historic challenges with racial inequity and intolerance, have traditionally been among those who stood up for the human rights of others.
Today, we seem to be taking steps backwards and face some very real and high-placed challenges to human rights. The president-elect of the United States, soon to assume the most powerful political office in the world, got to that office by unleashing and lending legitimacy to the hatred and xenophobia that we normally look to our political leaders to push back against.
The good news is that there are those in the United States who have vowed to continue their work to advance human rights, build better lives for all people and resist the politics of white supremacy. Those people deserve our thanks and our support.
We must also make sure the cynical politics of division are not allowed to take hold here. Conservative Party leadership contenders who call for strict immigration standards based on "Canadian values" must be called out for pushing such racist policies to advance their own careers. Those who stand by silently and smile as crowds chant "lock her up" and spew sexism about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley (an echo of the divisive Trump campaign) must be called out for the cowards they are. There is a need to both name and speak out to stop such forms of hatred and violence.
Canadians rejected such policies of division in the 2015 election with a loud, clear voice, and I believe they will continue to do so. Trump showed us how easy it is, however, for the politics of hate to take hold. We must remain vigilant at all times.
A year ago, the first Syrian refugees began to arrive from the refugee camps to which they had escaped after war tore apart their homeland. Canadians felt proud of what their country had done, while other countries built walls to keep refugees out. We need to hold on to that instinct as Canadians to help others, and build on it.
This past weekend, Unifor's Ontario Regional Council heard from a Syrian refugee family rebuilding their chocolate business in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. They turned their first profit last spring, and donated the money to those fleeing the fires in Fort McMurray, saying they knew what it was like to be forced to escape their home for an uncertain future.
This sounds like a very Canadian value to me, it is one that I will continue to work to uphold.
Message from Unifor
More than 25 years ago 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And yet, women and girls in Canada still face violence in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities every single day. According to Statistics Canada, on average a woman is murdered every 6 days by her intimate partner. This is the extreme end of a spectrum that starts in casual sexism. The harassment and demeaning of women that we saw through the US Presidential campaign, that we see aimed at our own female politicians and that occurs in our workplaces must be denounced and addressed.
On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Unifor members will take part in events across the country and will recommit to taking action to end gender-based violence and sexism. These actions will include learning more about existing tools such as recent changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario and paid domestic violence leave in Manitoba. We will lobby our governments to expand these tools to all provinces and territories. We’ve put together materials to assist our activists in taking these issues forward, the can be found by visiting www.unifor.org/DVleave.
Unifor will continue its fight to keep and expand good jobs in our communities and ensure women have their share of these jobs. We know that economic security is a key determinant of safety for workers in violent relationships. We also know that having a union, a collective agreement with respectful workplace policies and joint investigation language, means a better working environment where we can all become our best selves.
In the community, we will continue to press for a National Action Plan on Violence against Women using the Blueprint developed by labour, women’s and anti-violence organizations. And we will continue to support indigenous voices that are monitoring the progression of the national public inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls.
December 6 is a day to remember the lives lost to violence, but it is also a time to take action on root causes of this violence. Together we can make a difference.
Message from NB Federation of Labour
NBFL Statement: National Day of Remembrance and Action
on Violence Against Women
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday December 2, 2016
MONCTON - On December 6, 1989, a gunman walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and fatally shot 14 young women. He separated the women from the men before opening fire. As he pointed his rifle at the women, the gunman said, "You're all a bunch of feminists, I hate feminists."
Every year, on the anniversary of the shooting, Canadians remember the 14 victims, and recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day is an opportunity to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also a day on which we can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
It is estimated that half of all Canadian women will experience at least one incident of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. On any given day, over 3000 women (along with their 2500 children) are staying in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. In New Brunswick rates of intimate partner violence are higher than the national average.
In addition to the tragic personal costs of violence against women, workplaces are also negatively impacted. Employers lose $77.9 million annually as a result of domestic violence. 1 in 10 women aged 18 to 24 report having experienced sexual harassment at work within the past year.
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour and our affiliates have worked hard to make workplaces safer for women by negotiating anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. Better protection and intervention for female workers who are experiencing violence or abuse at home have been put in place as well as improved employee assistance and support programs.
New Brunswick Unions are currently lobbying governments for workplace violence legislation that requires employers to develop policies and programs to help prevent workplace violence and harassment, as well as take precautions to protect workers from domestic violence in the workplace. While some provinces have strong legislation, we have much work to do to ensure New Brunswick workers have the same protection.
Message from Canadian Labour Congress
To mark December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal, provincial and territorial governments to follow Manitoba’s lead by ensuring paid employment leave for victims of domestic violence.
In March, the Province of Manitoba enacted Bill 8, which amended their employment standards to afford workers who are victims of domestic violence with eligibility for five days of paid, protected employment leave (and additional unpaid time) if they need time away from work – whether it is to access medical attention or counselling, seek legal or law enforcement assistance, relocate, or obtain services from victim services organizations.
“This kind of leave is potentially life-saving,” said CLC Secretary-Treasurer Barb Byers, “Someone leaving a violent relationship shouldn’t have to fear losing their job or basic income.”
Paid safe time, or domestic violence leave, is well established in collective agreements in Australia and in legislation in several US jurisdictions. Ontario’s legislature is currently considering a private member’s bill that would grant 10 days paid leave to victims of domestic or sexual violence.
Canadian work on this issue started three years ago, when the Canadian Labour Congress partnered with researchers at the University of Western Ontario on a ground-breaking national study. The research found that one in three workers has experienced domestic violence, and the violence often follows people to work, putting safety and jobs at risk.
Since then, unions across the country have been working to negotiate domestic violence supports into collective agreements, and change legislation to support non-union workers who face domestic violence. For example, in 2012, unions and community allies were successful in getting the Ontario government to amend their Occupational Health and Safety Act to name domestic violence as a form of workplace violence.
Now, unions are urging other governments to follow Ontario’s example, updating health and safety legislation to ensure it recognizes the impact domestic violence has on workplaces, and encourages employers to protect workers from domestic violence at work.
In these efforts, the Canadian Labour Congress is connecting with provincial and territorial federations of labour to coordinate their work, such as by drafting joint letters to governments urging action.
In 2017, the Canadian Labour Congress will be taking additional steps to tackle domestic violence in the workplace, in Canada and abroad.
Here at home, the CLC will be rolling out a series of workshops designed to equip union representatives and leaders with tools to respond to domestic violence at work and refer workers to appropriate work and community support.
“We are working to implement a vision where we have hundreds of union members across the country working to address domestic violence at work at individual and systemic levels,” Byers said.
The CLC, together with Western University’s researcher partners, has also established an international Domestic Violence at Work Network, which includes unions, employers, governments, researchers, service providers and other experts. Network members share information, identify promising practices, and support efforts to expand awareness and action on domestic violence at work across the globe.
Right now, a key focus for the Network is achieving an International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment. There is currently no internationally agreed-upon law that deals with the many different forms of gender-based violence in the workplace, whether it be sexual or psychological harassment, domestic violence at work, physical or sexual violence, or bullying.”
“An ILO convention like this would give workers voice to stand up against gender-based violence in the workplace, and it would send a strong message that violence is not part of the job,” Byers concluded.
For more information and resources, visit our Domestic Violence at Work resource centre: domesticviolenceatwork.ca.
Memorial Events in New Brunswick:
Miramichi - Dec 6th Vigil at Elm Park Chatam 12 noon to 1 pm
Saint John - Dec 6th UNBSJ 2016 Montreal Massacre Memorial Event @ Grand Hall UNBSJ 7 pm - 8:30 pm - As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. UNBSJ is honoured to be working with local community organizations to hold a public memorial on December 6th. Please spread the word, everyone welcome!
Moncton - Dec 6th Memorial @ 6:30 pm at the Dan Bonham Centre, 5 Fatima Drive, next to Riverview Town Hall followed by a candlelight vigil and laying of the roses at the monument at Caseley Park. For more info call: 852-9609
St. Andrews - Dec 6th Memorial 7 pm - 8:30 pm at NBCC St Andrews, 99 Augustus Street - A non-denominational event to remember the women in our community, our country and around the world who have died as a result of violence or who continue to live with violence in their lives. Hosted by Charlotte County Abuse Prevention Network, Fundy Region Transition House and Charlotte County Outreach Services.
Both honouring the past and looking hopefully to the future, there will be an opportunity to light a candle and reflect on both the challenges and progress made in the area of gender-based violence. We will have a brief presentation, with Jane Doull speaking.
Refreshments will be served. We hope you will come along and join us Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm o'clock.
There will also be items on display between 4 pm and 5:30 pm at NBCC and an opportunity to dedicate a luminary to someone lost to gendered violence.
Hello Brothers & Sisters:
The Election Committee met today and has reviewed the vote results for the election of the President of Local 506. Sandy Brideau is the successful candidate and will be sworn in at the December Executive Board meeting.
We would like to thank the membership for their participation in this election.
Alain Boudreau Election Committee Chair
Hello Members of Unifor Local 506:
This is Alain Boudreau, chair of the 2016 Election Committee. This is an update regarding the elections for Unifor Local 506 President, and Secretary Treasurer.
For the role of President there were two nominations at the September sub-local union meetings. Sandy Brideau accepted the nomination at the September 14th Region 2 Moncton union meeting and Adam Costain accepted the nomination at the Sept 19th Region 3 Fredericton union meeting.
For the role of Secretary Treasurer there was only one nomination. Ronald Benoit accepted the nomination at the September 21st Region 4 union meeting.
The Election Committee has reviewed the nominee’s résumé and is pleased to announce that by acclamation Ronald Benoit will assume the role of Secretary Treasurer and will be sworn in at the December Executive Board meeting.
Thank you and have a great day!