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December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. To mark this day, Unifor is working collaboratively with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) in partnership with the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) to launch the first nation-wide survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. The CLC and its affiliates, labour councils and provincial and territorial federations of labour will promote the survey link in workplaces, on websites and on social media.
Unifor members across Canada working at DHL Express delivery service have voted on average 98 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary, during a series of votes over the last two months.
Unifor represents more than 600 DHL workers across the country in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. There are five regional collective agreements.
“It is imperative that we bargain a settlement that reflects the contributions that our members have made towards the success of DHL. The last collective agreement was bargained during the toughest of economic times when all DHL jobs were at risk,” said Bob Orr, assistant to the National President
“We must move forward on behalf of our members and we must negotiate an agreement that ensures the integrity of the last collective agreement is maintained. It is paramount that the employer bargain in good faith and not only reward our members for what they have done but also they live up to all provisions of the last agreement that were negotiated in the best interest of our members and the Employer.”
Unifor members at DHL Express deliver and pick up packages across Canada, including international freight. Negotiations have been ongoing since May 2013 and are scheduled to resume November 29 in Toronto, with a possible strike deadline set for December 5 at 12:01 am. Strikes would begin simultaneously across Canada.
DHL is part of the world's leading postal and logistics Group, Deutsche Post DHL, and encompasses three divisions: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight and DHL Supply Chain.
OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - It is inappropriate for the Harper government to bring in sweeping labour law changes through an omnibus budget implementation bill, making proper consultation and consideration much more difficult, Unifor told the federal Standing Committee on Finance at hearings today into Bill C-4.
"It is risky to undertake ad hoc changes for partisan or ideological reasons. Doing so risks serious and long-lasting damage to labour-management relations in the federal public service," the union said in a submission by Unifor Director of Transportation Ron Smith and Unifor Local 2182 President Chad Stroud.
Their submission recounted the long history of consultation that has led to past changes to labour law affecting workers governed by the Public Service Labour Relations Act. Unifor represents such affected workers as Coast Guard Radio Operations employees, Printing Services Group Non-Supervisory employees and Transport Canada Air Traffic Control employees. Unifor also represents House of Commons Technical Group staff, governed by the Parliamentary Employees Staff Relations Act.
Smith and Stroud raised concerns about provisions in C-4 that will allow the employer to unilaterally declare work and essential service, rather than determining that through negotiations with its unions.
"Unifor and other bargaining agents can have no confidence that the unilateral power that Bill C-4 would grant to the government to determine what is an essential service will not be abused," the submission reads.
Smith and Stroud also took issue with changes that Bill C-4 would make to the arbitration process for affected employees, saying the narrowing of issues that may be considered by an arbitrator will undermine the legitimacy of the process, and are not needed.
"Bill C-4 is a solution in search of a problem," the submission says.
Founded on Labour Day weekend with the merging of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector with more than 300,000 members in every sector of the Canadian economy. Local 2182 represents Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications Officers.