Unifor opens office in Alliston, here 'for the long haul'
Any notions that Unifor would slink away from trying to organize Honda
of Canada Manufacturing and its affiliate plants in the area can be put
to rest as the union is opening up an office on Victoria Street in
Unifor, which was created August 31, 2013, as an amalgamation of the
Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), has reportedly signed a multi-year
lease, but has not yet opened for business.
"We are opening the office to support the efforts of Honda Associates
to form a union in their workplace," Danny McBride, Unifor's National
Representative/Organizing told Free Press Online via email this
afternoon. "The office will also serve as a headquarters for other
organizing efforts in the surrounding area including Honda suppliers
such as SPS."
The former CAW, and now Unifor, has been trying to organize Honda
virtually since the automaker opened for business in Alliston in the
mid 1980s, with no success.
But its been gaining ground the past few years as HCM and its
affiliates like Simcoe Parts have relied more on temporary and contract
Earlier this year the provincial government's labour law changes made
it easier to organize workplaces, and also will change how temp and
contract workers are paid. Among the changes, home care and community
services workers, people in the building services sector, and those who
work through temp agencies will have an easier path to unionize.
Additionally, unions will be able to access employee lists and certain
contact information if the union can demonstrate it has the support of
20 per cent of employees.
"We are definitely in Alliston for the long haul," wrote Mr. McBride.
"There is lots of work to be done in the area with respect to