Summer 2017 Health & Safety/WSIB Educational July 23-28

It's time to register for our health and safety summer school! The annual event is sponsored by the NRLC,  Workers Health and Safety Centre, Ontario Federation of Labour-Occupational  Disability Response Team [ODRT], 
OSSTF D. 35 Brock University Support Staff  
 JULY 23 - 28 at Brock University 
  in St. Catharines
Courses offered this summer are 
  • ODRT WSIB levels 1 and 2
  • ODRT level 3
  • WHSC level 1
  • WHSC level 2

For details and a registration form go here

IWD Benefit Concert

This Sunday March 5th 
WOMEN IN MUSIC celebrate
International Day of Women for the 25th year.

4  to 7 pm

St. John's Activity Centre, 91 Lakeshore Rd., St. Catharines

Catering by Chef Greg Wills

Tickets available at Ryson's Music and the Peanut Mill.

Disability Prevention Strategies Workshops

Prevention Link is an innovative disability prevention program, administered by the Ontario Federation of Labour,  that focuses on the link between the primary and secondary prevention of occupational injury, illness and disease in workplaces throughout Ontario.

Click the links below to take you directly to the on-line registration page for each specific event.

Who should attend:
  • Health and Safety Reps
  • Compensation Reps
  • Stewards
  • Union Executives
  • Injured Workers
  • Activists
Barrie - February 15, 2017
London - February 22, 2017
Mississauga - February 28, 2017
Oshawa - March 6, 2017
Thunder Bay - March 23, 2017
Hamilton - March 28, 2017

Get your tickets - last call!

Niagara Regional Labour Council
Seventh Annual Activist Awards Dinner
Thursday February 9, 2017
Club Capri
36 Cleveland Street, Thorold

Meet and Greet:                     6:00 pm
Dinner:                                   6:30 pm
Keynote speaker                    7:30 pm
Presentation of Awards          7:45 pm

Tickets:  $ 35.00 each
This is an event to express thanks for the hard work Union Health & Safety, Political and Social Justice Committee members and community activists do.

The following awards will be presented at the dinner:
*The Workers’ Health and Safety Award
*The Occupational Disease Response Team Award
*The Eric Blair Social Activist Award
* The Peter Kormos Political Activist Award

The event is sponsored by the Workers Health and Safety Centre & the Niagara Regional Labour Council.


Our last delegate meeting of the year is not a Bourinot Rules of Order affair but a SOCIAL!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10 from 5:30 on
Wrigley's Sports Bar
2 North Service Road, St. Catharines (Best Western)

See you there! Come early while the food lasts! All monies collected for the nosh is yours, dear delegates :-) When you attend monthly delegate meetings and contribute towards the little red tickets, part of it comprises our annual social fund.  Come and be merry! You deserve it.


Strike over for UNIFOR 199 at Seneca

Thanks to workers' successful defence of the picket line, auto parts did not leave the company's premises and the employer was pressured to talk to Unifor rep.  Employer maintained that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy. The company who was to receive the parts (a third party to the dispute), offered to pay lost wages to the workers in order to receive the parts. Of the 14 workers of this bargaining unit, only eight will be going back to work.

Workers involved in Standoff at Seneca Manufacturing win Settlement

Unifor Local 199 is pleased to report a settlement to end the work stoppage at Seneca Manufacturing has been reached.  At 9 pm on Monday night after a full day of bargaining workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the agreement that includes immediate payment of lost wages withheld by the Employer as well as a full settlement to the outstanding arbitration and Labor Relations Board rulings. 

The agreement will see up to half of the fourteen workers return to work beginning Wednesday however, the future of the business with the current ownership is questionable as a result of the negative financial environment and failing business model.‎ The agreement allows for the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement to be enforced month to month as well as a continued relationship with their current customers into 2017 as we look for new investment. 

A resolve to this very difficult labor strike was reached after a nine-hour standoff on Sunday evening when the employer tried to remove parts from the plant.  The standoff brought the parties back to the bargaining table on Monday. This settlement could not have been achieved without the outpouring of support of so many union activists from all over the province who walked the picket line, night and day throughout the stoppage. 

The Local Union would like to thank the Seneca Bargaining committee and Unifor National Rep Doug Orr for their hard work pulling this agreement together.  

The Bargaining Committee would also like to acknowledge the people of the community for their generosity to the picket line over the two week work stoppage as well as the Niagara District Labour Council, MPP Wayne Gates and his staff for their support.

Images from the Seneca Standoff have been posted on our website at the following links.