UNIFOR LOCAL 1359
Unifor Local 1359 welcomed Eacom Timber Corporation into its family on May 2, 2018.
The negotiating committee has been working on their first contract since June 2018. A fair and respectful agreement that reflects seniority in the workplace, health and safety issues, working conditions and compensation that reflects todays cost of living is a few of the issues.
Unfortunately, the employer continues to disrespect the negotiation committee’s proposals and to which held a strike vote with the membership.
“Our members voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action if we can not find a deal,” said Claire Grisdale, president of Unifor Local 1359. “Respecting members seniority in the workplace instead of favouritism is a big issue in the workplace.”
The employer has applied for conciliation to which the union does not oppose. Having a conciliator come in from the Ministry of Labour to help the parties get on back on track and negotiate an agreement that is fair and respectful and that the negotiating committee can recommend to the membership to avoid strike action.
Unifor Local 1359 has over 1359 members and represents the City of Sault Ste. Marie Paramedics, Cedarwood Lodge, Sault Area Hospital, Extendicare Van Daele and Maple View Long Term Care Homes, Brinks Canada, USW Admin and Support Staff, Carillion Ellis Don, LLB Management Group Inc. (Retirement Home), Lady Dunn Health Centre Wawa, Ontario Finnish Rest Home, St. Joseph's General Hospital Elliot Lake-Service and Office and Technical/Oaks Centre, Elliot Lake and Hillside Park Retirement Residence Elliot Lake, ARCH, Eacom.
Unifor is Canada's largest private sector union, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in nearly every major sector of the economy.
Founded Labour Day weekend in 2013 by the joining together of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Unifor is dedicated to improving the lives of all working Canadians.