Celebrating International Women's Day in 2018
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Never understimate the power of women. Each and every day, the women of Unifor are building and resisting in the streets, at the ballot box, and at the bargaining table. Activism makes a difference. When we work collectively, across our diversites, we are a force that makes change.
International Women's Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on progress made and strategize for our future.
This past year we have witnessed the enduring strength of women in the streets advocating for political change during mass demonstrations like the Women's March, #MeToo rallies, No Islamaphobia vigils and many more. Actions that put gender justice as a core demand are an important step towards awareness and progress for women. What has also been a driving force is that women from different communities and different generations shared their anger and their hope. New alliances were made.
Women's activism at the ballot box has also resulted in an increase to the minimum wage in many provinces, movement on child care, and better protections against sexual harassment. These changes aren't universal across the country and there is more to do as we reclaim victories. Together our union and the women of Unifor will continue to press until there is equity and justice for all women.
And at the bargaining table we continue to address issues that have a particular impact on women, such as: improved anti-harassment language, joint-investigation processes, top up for maternity and parental leave, paid domestic violence leave and the Women's Advocate program.
On this International Women's Day, celebrate the power of Unifor women and renew your commitment to make a difference. Please post the Unifor poster in your workplace or local, and share our social media graphics to celebrate the power of women.
The following scholarships and bursaries are available to the children of Unifor Local 506 members.
Sponsored by Unifor Local 506:
Sponsored by Unifor National Office:
- Application Description and Instructions regarding Unifor National Union Scholarships - Click Here
- Local Signature Form (Application Deadline May 11, 2018) - Click Here
Unifor recognizes that the costs associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working-class families. To assist in making education more accessible, Unifor has established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each.
The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing. Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution. One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority. These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.
New Online Registration Process
Detailed information about eligibility and how to apply for a scholarship can be found in the following document: Application Description & Instructions
In order for your application to be complete, you must have the following document signed by a Local Union Officer and ready for upload with your application documents: Local Signature Form
Using the Online Application
Click on the appropriate link below to complete your online application. Please ensure that you have read the instructions carefully, and have the following documents ready on your device for upload with your application:
- Current high school transcript (children of Unifor members only)
- Reference letter
- Local Union Office signature form
Please note that any partially completed applications, or applications missing any of the required documents, will result in an error message, and cannot be submitted. Please ensure you have all documents available before submitting.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 11th.
Link to application for children of Unifor members applying for a scholarship: https://form.jotform.com/72855738591269
Link to Unifor members applying for a scholarship: https://form.jotform.com/80384099806264
Sisters & Brothers,
As you know, the Union and the Company have reached a tentative agreement. Ratification meetings have been scheduled in each of the provinces (schedule below).
For those members attending noon meetings, you must advise your supervisor and the company will arrange to take you out of the workload. Members attending noon meetings will not be compensated and lunch will not be provided. If you have to travel to attend a meeting please advise your supervisor. You are able to use your company vehicle.
As time is limited, please review the changes prior to attending the meeting and prepare any questions you may have. There will be a summary presentation of the changes, time for questions and answers, and voting will take place at the end of the meeting by secret ballot. You must attend a meeting to vote. There will be no proxy voting.
You can find the “Negotiated Language for Tentative Agreement” document on the Local 506 website at: http://www.unifor506.ca/component/k2/item/231-unifor-acl-bargaining-report
The complete meeting schedule is as follows:
Ratification Meeting Info:
Unifor ACL Ratification Meetings 2018; All members of your Bargaining Committee will be in attendance for the 4 major centers.
February 5, 2018 in St. John's NL
February 6, 2018 in Halifax NS
February 7, 2018 in Saint John NB
February 8, 2018 in Charlottetown PE
New Brunswick Local 506 members will be voting at the following locations:
Saint John - February 7th @ 6 pm at the Samuel de Champlain Auditorium, 67 Ragged Point Road
Moncton - February 12th @ 6 pm at the Four Points Sheraton (formerly Future Inn), 40 Lady Ada Blvd
Woodstock - February 13th @ Noon at the Bell Aliant CO on Chapel Street
Fredericton - February 13th @ 6 pm at the Fredericton Inn in the Bicentennial Room, 1315 Regent Street
Edmundston - February 14th @ Noon at the Bell Aliant CO, 32 St-Francois Street
Campbellton - February 14th @ 5 pm at the Bell Aliant CO, Andrews Street
Bathurst - February 15th @ Noon at the Bell Aliant CO, 270 King Avenue
Miramichi - February 15th @ 6 pm at the Bell Aliant CO on Mary Street
A Pen - February 16th @ Noon at the Bell Aliant CO in Tracadie, 476 Riviere a la Truite
Alternate Meetings for Moncton and Saint John (See Note Below):
Moncton - February 20th @ 10:30 am at the Days Inn in the Hopewell Room, 2515 Mountain Road.
Saint John - February 21st @ 10 am at the Holiday Inn Express, 400 Main Street
Please Note: All Region 1 (Saint John & Charlotte Co) and Region 2 (Moncton) members are expected to attend the main meetings scheduled on Feb 7th and 12th respectively. However, for members that were scheduled to work on those dates, a second set of alternate meetings have been scheduled for Feb 20th and 21st. Members attending the alternate meetings on Feb 20th and 21st must first get clearance from their supervisor to attend if they are scheduled to work on these dates. As per Bell Aliant HR, if members are unable to attend the main Feb 7th and 12th meetings due to personal reasons, then they would not be granted the meeting times on the 20th and 21st if they are working.
President, Unifor Local 506
Unifor ACL Bargaining Report – Highlights of the tentative agreement between Unifor ACL and Bell Aliant
Message from Unifor President Jerry Dias
Solidarity in Atlantic Canada Sends Powerful Message
In Atlantic Canada Unifor members built Canada’s first fibre optic network and in this round of bargaining you let your employer know that you expect to share in the profits of your hard work. You are an important part of the telecommunications sector and in important part of the region’s economy. Your work to both protect and create good jobs in Atlantic Canada is commendable.
I am proud of what the bargaining committee achieved in this tentative agreement and how you, as Unifor members, stood your ground when the employer wanted to strip away so many hard earned benefits. Four years of wage increase and job security guarantees are significant.
This tentative agreement will be put to members to vote on. It is however the direct result of an engaged membership who were able to mobilize and empower their bargaining committee during what started out as a very challenging set of negotiations. Seeing hundreds of you proudly wear Unifor red in the workplace, and then post images and messages on social media along with sharing videos created by members made me proud. Your actions were a demonstration of the power of our union. Your collective work also sent a powerful message of solidarity to other Unifor Bell workers who are in bargaining.
I am also proud of the work the bargaining team did to negotiate paid domestic leave provisions to ensure that absences which are not covered by sick leave or disability insurance and result from domestic violence will be granted as a paid absence. This is a priority for all Unifor locals and it is an important provision.
With pride, I join your Unifor ACL bargaining committee in recommending this tentative agreement for approval.
Click Here for Negotiated Language for Tentative Agreement Document
Message from Unifor ACL Chair Bobby MacDonald
A better deal for Unifor ACL Members
Dear Members of Unifor ACL:
The Unifor ACL bargaining committee is pleased to report that a tentative agreement has been reached with Bell Aliant, after eight tough sessions of bargaining in Halifax over the last year.
This tentative agreement was made possible by you the members because of your unwavering support. You sent the employer a strong message of solidarity and you sent our bargaining committee a message to hold our ground and stand firm.
We did that with your pensions, your wages and your jobs!
Your DB and DC Bell Aliant Pension Plans remain unchanged.
We reduced the contractors and put further restrictions on retirees.
We negotiated job security and wage increases while adding new members to the bargaining unit. We negotiated enhanced mental health initiatives, paid domestic violence leave and more Paid Education Leave with Unifor.
The committee would like to thank all members who showed their support by wearing Unifor Red in our many workplaces. Together, seeing hundreds of your photos and videos on social media helped us get a fair agreement for all 2200 members.
Enclosed are highlights of the tentative agreement that your committee is proud to recommend for ratification.
Chair, Unifor ACL
Tentative Agreement Highlights
No Consolidation of Contact Centres – The company agrees not to consolidate or close contact and assignment centre before December 2021.
Use of Retirees – Retirees will no longer be permitted to do bargaining unit work for a period of 36 months after their retirement.
Use of Contractors – Reduced side-by-side contractors
New Work – We have facilitated the entry of new work into our workplaces, performed by our members
Job Creation – An addition of a minimum of 36 new employees in bargaining unit
Pension and Wages – Union members' DB and DC Pensions will remain under the "Bell Aliant" model and will not be transformed into BCE's inferior Pension plans. WE have negotiated the following wage increases over a 4 year period: January 1, 2018 = 1.75%, January 1, 2019 = 1.75%, January 1, 2020 = 2.00%, January 1, 2021 = 2.00%.
A BETTER WORKPLACE
- We have negotiated new tools to hold the employer accountable for performance measurements going forward
- We negotiated enhancement to mental health initiatives in the workplace
- New ground breaking language for paid Domestic Violence leave
- An increase to our Paid Education Leave program with Unifor
- The introduction of the BCE employee discount plan which will replace the Bell Aliant discount plan and therefore guaranteeing a 35% discount on all products and services of Bell
- The formal elimination of the CIF process
- Flex Connect to remain
Click Here for Print Version of Bulletin for Union Bulletin Boards
Click Here for French Print Version of Bulletin
Click Here for Negotiated Language for Tentative Agreement Document
The Unifor ACL bargaining committee representing 2200 workers across Atlantic Canada has reached a tentative agreement with Bell Aliant.
After eight tough sessions of bargaining in Halifax, the committee will be recommending ratification of this agreement.
“When we started this negotiation the company was seeking major concessions that would have taken away many of our members hard earned retirement benefits, but we managed to push back to get a fair agreement,” said Bobby MacDonald, Chair of Unifor ACL.
That was made possible because members sent the employer a strong message of solidarity with the bargaining committee. The committee would like to thank all members who showed your support by wearing Unifor Red in the workplace.
The hundreds of photos and videos posted on social media made a powerful statement to the employer that helped the committee hold their ground at the negotiating table.
"I want to commend our Bell Atlantic bargaining committee. Not only did they fight hard at the table, they mobilized our members and built our union with an inspired campaign. Our members and committee should be very proud of what they have achieved here," said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director.
Details of the tentative agreement will be presented at membership meetings in the coming days across Atlantic Canada.
Entente de principe conclue
Le comité de négociation des sections locales des communications de la région de l’Atlantique (SLCA) d’Unifor est heureux d’annoncer qu’une entente de principe a été conclue avec Bell Aliant après huit séances de négociation difficiles à Halifax.
Le comité se réjouit aussi d’annoncer qu’il va recommander la ratification de cette entente.
« Comme vous le savez, lorsque nous avons commencé ces négociations, la compagnie demandait d’importantes concessions qui auraient retiré plusieurs de vos avantages de retraite durement gagnés, mais nous avons réussi à la faire reculer pour obtenir une entente équitable », a déclaré Bobby MacDonald, président des SLCA.
Cette victoire fut possible parce que vous avez laissé savoir à l’employeur que vous étiez très solidaires à votre comité de négociation. Le comité souhaiterait remercier tous les membres qui ont exprimé leur appui en portant des vêtements arborant le rouge d’Unifor. Mises ensemble, vos photos et vidéos ont communiqué un puissant message à l’employeur qui nous a aidé à maintenir une position ferme à la table de négociation.
Les détails de l’entente de principe seront présentés lors des assemblées des membres dans la région de l’Atlantique. Les dates et lieux seront annoncés en début de semaine prochaine.
Your Bargaining Committee
Le texte en français suit celui en anglais.
December 10, 2017
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 70 years later, the underlying values and principles remain not only universally relevant, but absolutely crucial to the ongoing struggle for social and economic justice and human dignity. Human rights are the rights that give meaning to the universal truth that every human being is of equal worth.
Despite this, challenges to the fundamental status of these rights persist across the globe, in nation-states, in times of war and in times of peace, in institutions and cities and rural areas, and in workplaces. International Human Rights Day is a reminder that inequity, intolerance, discrimination, exclusion, and hatred threaten us all. It is a reminder of our shared humanity and of the necessity of standing up not just for ourselves, but for those most in need. Wherever they are challenged, it is our responsibility to offer a collective response.
Unifor is committed to asserting, promoting and defending human rights. The union’s social justice fund engages in this important work in Canada and across the globe. By providing humanitarian relief in times of crisis and by supporting organizations that are working to end discriminatory treatment, including that of Indigenous children, Unifor offers its solidarity to human rights defenders.
Recognizing that internal work is as important as work externally, Unifor has been engaged in the process of taking a hard look at itself. Conducting an equity audit was an initial step. Most recently, Unifor appointed an advisory panel to address the equity issues raised by the audit. Knowing that diversity is an organizational strength, the union is working hard to engage with and support the work being done by Unifor’s equity committees.
On International Human Rights Day, Unifor is asking all local unions to play a part in the shared responsibility of building an equitable union. Adopt a local strategy to strengthen human rights committees. Encourage the participation of members of equity seeking groups as valued union leaders. Make room for difficult discussions. Above all, remember that those most at risk of having their human rights violated or those most in need of the power a union possesses.
View the statement on our website here.
Le 10 décembre 2017
Le 10 décembre 1948, l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies a adopté la Déclaration universelle des droits de la personne. Soixante-dix ans plus tard, les valeurs et les principes qui la sous-tendent demeurent non seulement universels, mais absolument cruciaux pour la lutte pour la justice sociale et économique et la dignité humaine. Les droits de la personne donnent un sens à la vérité universelle que tous les êtres humains sont égaux.
Pourtant, la valeur fondamentale de ces droits est encore remise en question partout sur la planète, que ce soit dans des États-nations, des institutions, des villes, des campagnes et des lieux de travail, en temps de guerre comme de paix. La Journée internationale des droits de la personne nous rappelle que l’inégalité, l’intolérance, la discrimination, l’exclusion et la haine nous menacent tous et toutes. Elle nous rappelle notre humanité commune et la nécessité de nous défendre nous-mêmes, mais aussi ceux qui sont le plus dans le besoin. Dès que ces droits sont contestés, il nous incombe d’agir collectivement.
Unifor s’est engagé à affirmer, à promouvoir et à défendre les droits de la personne. Le Fonds de justice sociale d’Unifor œuvre dans ce sens au Canada et à l’étranger. En offrant de l’aide humanitaire en période de crise et en appuyant des organisations qui cherchent à mettre fin à la discrimination, notamment envers les enfants autochtones, Unifor est solidaire avec les défenseurs des droits de la personne.
Comme il reconnaît que le travail interne est aussi important qu’externe, Unifor s’est engagé dans un processus de réflexion sérieux sur sa propre organisation. Il a d’abord tenu une enquête sur l’équité. Il a ensuite nommé un comité consultatif chargé de s’attaquer aux problèmes d’équité révélés par l’enquête. Puisqu’il sait que la diversité est un atout organisationnel, Unifor s’efforce de soutenir le travail accompli par ses comités sur l’équité.
À l’occasion de la Journée internationale des droits de la personne, Unifor demande à toutes ses sections locales de partager la responsabilité de bâtir un syndicat équitable. Par exemple, elles peuvent mettre en place une stratégie locale pour renforcer leur comité sur les droits de la personne. Elles peuvent encourager la participation des membres des groupes en quête d’équité à titre de dirigeants syndicaux. Elles peuvent créer un forum pour les discussions difficiles. Avant tout, songez aux personnes qui sont les plus susceptibles de se faire brimer ou qui ont le plus besoin du pouvoir qu’un syndicat détient.
Lisez la déclaration sur notre site Web ici.
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Dec 6th
Moncton – 2017 marks the 28th anniversary of the December 6, 1989 Ecole Polythechnique massacre where 14 young women lost their lives simply because they were women. Each year, on December 6, we take a moment to mourn these 14 young women and all women and girls who were killed or experienced various forms of violence in their homes, their communities and workplaces. We also take this time to renew our commitment to work for change and to build a society based on respect, equality and peace.
This year, in the wake of #MeToo and in recognition that too many women experience sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence at work, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour is issuing a challenge to governments, to unions, and to all men in the labour movement.
The onus is on all of us, every day of the year, to take a stand on violence against women and girls. We know that harassment and violence are all too common in our workplaces. We also know that it happens in our movement, and we have to change the culture that allows this to happen. We have to act differently, to break down some of the barriers, to support women and others who come forward to disclose their experiences. We have to make it safe for them to do so. Survivors should not have to further expose themselves in order to see change. We must end our own complicity and our self-imposed silence, not just by reaching out to victims, but by calling out sexist and harassing behaviour when we see it happen. If we are truly going to eliminate violence against women, we all need to step up.
We need to acknowledge our complicity in perpetuating a culture that tolerates toxic masculinity. We also need to recognize the connections between gender-based violence and other forms of discrimination and violence that workers experience. The barriers and the risks of disclosure can be much greater for racialized women, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, trans and non-binary folk. Breaking down barriers starts with recognizing that not everyone experiences discrimination, violence and harassment in the same way. We need to make a commitment to change in our workplaces, but also in our own organizations.
We can be proud of the work the labour movement has already done. For decades, unions have been negotiating collective agreement language on sexual harassment, and raising awareness of all forms of gender based violence at work.
Finally, we encourage all of you to attend the December 6th activities organized in your region and support the numerous campaigns of our partners to end violence against women and girls.
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The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is New Brunswick's largest central labour body representing 40,000 members of both public sector and private sector labour unions.
Patrick Colford Shanny Doucet
President, NBFL NBFL Vice-President responsible for Women's Issues
(506) 857-2125 / (506) 381-8969 (cell) (506) 227-9900 (cell)
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women events/vigils to attend in NB:
Fredericton: Vigil on Dec 5th from 2 to 3 pm at Head Hall, Room HC13, 15 Dineen Drive # 15, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3 - Hosted by UNB Engineering Within Diversity. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/306027356562531/
Miramichi: Vigil on Dec 6th from 12:30-1:30 pm at the NBCC in lecture theatre 1145. This is a free event and it is open to all community members. For more info: Ccall Jessica at 778-6496 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/300892717074624/
Moncton: Dec 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Dan Bonham Centre, 5 Fatima Drive next to Riverview Town Hall followed by a candlight vigil and laying of the roses at the monument at Casely Park. Sponsored by Moncton District Labour Council. For more info call 852-9609 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1936045066718312/
Saint John: Vigil on Dec 6th from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Grand Hall UNBSJ, 40 Charlotte Street, Saint John, NB - Hosted by UNBSJ. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/130556504289190/
Hello Brothers & Sisters:
The Election Committee met today and have reviewed the vote results for the election of the Vice President of Local 506. Chuck Rouse 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.
Election Committee Chair
Hello Members of Unifor Local 506:
This is Alain Boudreau, chair of the 2017 Election Committee. This isan update for our members regarding the election for Unifor Local 506 Vice President.
For the position of Vice President there were two nominations at the September sub-local union meetings. Adam Costain accepted the nomination at the September 18th Region 4 union meeting and Chuck Rouse accepted the nomination at the Sept 19th Region 2 Moncton union meeting.
Voting will be online and members will receive an email from the Unifor National Office on Friday, October 13th with a user name, password and a link where you can cast your vote. The voting will take place from Saturday, October 15th at midnight to Monday, October 31st at midnight. The resumes for each candidate will appear in a link to the right of each candidate’s name on the voting website.
Election results will be announced on November 1, 2017 and the new Vice President will be sworn in at the December Executive Board meeting.
Thank you and have a great day!
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.