Unifor Local 191

Unit 1A - 675 Berry St., Winnipeg, MB   R3H 1A7   |   p. 1-204-949-2770 or 1-844-2255-191   f. 1-204-949-2778   e. unifor191@mymts.net   tw. @unifor191


Threat to Labour in Saskatchewan

The following article outlines looming changes to labour law in Saskatchewan which threatens all workers there — and could become the model for assaults on labour across the country. The piece was written by Andrew Stevens, a faculty members at the University of Regina and co-editor of rankandfile.ca, where it originally appeared. It is reprinted here with permission.

Sweeping changes to Saskatchewan’s labour relations and employment standards legislation are on the verge of being passed. Bill 85, the Saskatchewan Employment Act, will dramatically transform the laws governing trade unions and industrial relations in the province. The Saskatchewan Party government, led by Premier Brad Wall, insists that the changes will simply modernize and simplify a dozen pieces of existing legislation into a single, omnibus employment act. But workers and trade unions are justified in thinking otherwise. In 1998, Saskatchewan’s current Minister of the Economy, Bill Boyd, unsuccessfully attempted to pass Bill 218, “An Act respecting the Right to Work (RTW) in the Province of Saskatchewan”, while the Sask Party was in opposition. In fact, debates over right-to-work style reforms and union financial transparency have already been contested in Saskatchewan as Bill 85 developed. But why is Saskatchewan so important in the national context?

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New Union Update

The new name and logo of the New Union will be announced May 30.

Attached here is a pdf of a slide show update presented recently at the Fort Garry Hotel to area CEP and CAW locals.

Local union leaders and activists from the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP) have been gathering in regional meetings to hear details of the plan to create a new union at a founding convention in Toronto this Labour Day weekend.

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Local 191 Free Press Members Approve New Contracts

The employees at the Winnipeg Free Press and the carrier force represented by CEP Local 191 voted in favour of a new five-year deal on Sunday that is effective July 1, 2013.

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Local 191 & Free Press Reach Tentative Agreement

A tentative agreement was reached Tuesday night between Local 191 and the Winnipeg Free Press.

Members of the bargaining committee are unanimously recommending acceptance to both inside workers and the carriers.

The deals on behalf of 450 inside workers and 460 carriers were reached after 10 days of bargaining. Details of the agreements will not be disclosed publicly until they have been presented to members at a ratication meeting April 14 at Canad Inns Garden City (Details below).

This marks the first time in bargaining at the Free Press where a tentative deal has been reached prior to the contract expiration. The collective agreements representing carriers and inside workers expire June 30.

Local 191 will not comment until after the ratification vote.


WHEN: Sunday, April 14

WHERE: Canad Inns Garden City, 2100 McPhillips St., at Jefferson Ave.

TIME: Inside Workers, 11 a.m.; Carriers 1:30 p.m.

No advance or proxy voting. You must attend to vote on ratification.



Nine Sun Media units ratify central deal on wages, benefits and job security

4-Year Deal: 0,1,1.5 & 1.5

Nine Sun Media workplaces have ratified an historic deal negotiated for the first time at a central table. A tentative deal was reached Feb.14 and ratified at votes across Ontario over the last week of February and the first week of March. The central deal covered wages, benefits and job security issues.

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Unions Are Under Attack

By Cynthia Turner

Secretary Treasurer, CEP Local 191

Where would Canadian workers be without unions?  Would we have an 8 hour workday?  Would we have Workers Compensation?  Would we get time and a half for over time?  Would we have paid holidays?  Would we have a national Pension Plan?  These are things that are standard for all Canadians, not just unionized workers but they came about through the efforts of Canadian unions.  Unions lobbied governments to make sure that Canada was a safe and fair-minded place to live. 

So where did the money come from to make sure that these things happened?  Where did the money come from to make sure that your employers adhered to the collective agreements we have fought for? It came from our union dues, plain and simple.  And now that is under attack.  Pierre Poilievre, the Federal Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, has unleashed a movement to change the rules regarding the payment of union dues.  The Federal Government is trying to abolish the Rand Formula. 

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Supreme Court decision latest attack on pensioners

CEP national president Dave Coles has commented on the recent Supreme Court decision on pension plans caught in bankruptcy proceedings. The news release is reprinted below. Also, Brother Coles penned an opinion piece that was recently printed in newspapers across the country.

For immediate release February 6, 2013

OTTAWA — “Retirees have once again been told to go to the back of the line so that banks and hedge funds can collect their winnings,” says  Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union President Dave Coles.

“It’s almost criminal that Canada’s bankruptcy laws continue to force pensioners into poverty,” says Coles, referring to the recent Supreme  Court decision that 170 former employees of Indalex Limited would be stripped of the $6.7 million to cover their pensions that had been awarded earlier by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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Local 191 Scholarship Essay Competition

How Have Unions Affected Professional Sports?

Once again, Local 191 is offering three post-secondary scholarships to all CEP 191 members in good standing and their children, and the children of retired 191 members.

The scholarships are valued at $1,250 each and the recipients will be determined by those who submit the best essay, as judged by the scholarship committee. Continue reading


191 Member Gets National Appointment

Sister Trilbee Stirling has been recently appointed  to the CEP National Young Workers Committee. Continue reading


191’s New Website

We’ve redesigned the Local’s website, making it easier to read, easier to update, and hopefully more relevant and useful to our members. Continue reading