Unifor Local 191

23-1313 Border St, Winnipeg, MB   R3H 0X4   |   p. 1-204-949-2770 or 1-844-2255-191   f. 1-204-949-2778   e. unifor191@mymts.net   tw. @unifor191

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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

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191 Member Gets National Appointment

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

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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

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Press Release/Winnipeg Sun devastates newsroom

Nov. 13, 2012

As part of a massive layoff of one-third of its Canadian unionized workforce, Sun Media gutted its small Winnipeg Sun newsroom today by slashing six jobs, as well as cutting two in advertising. Continue reading

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Press Release/Free Press continues to cut jobs

Nov. 1, 2012
Free Press Continues To Cut Jobs

As the Winnipeg Free Press launches its “new” Uptown product today five more workers from the old Uptown are out of work.

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Time For Change, Time For Growth

Quebec City — Oct. 17, 2012
By Aldo Santin, President, CEP Local 191
The final day of this historic 10th Annual Convention ended with a flurry of resolutions and the swearing in of the new executive — for the few remaining months that this union will exist as CEP.

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Benefits of Membership

Quebec City — Oct. 16, 2012

By Aldo Santin, President, CEP Local 191

The formal merger of CEP and CAW is still months away but you should know there will be immediate benefits with the creation of a new union.

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