Unifor puts Toyota workers in driver’s seat

Union opens non-bargaining local in certification drive
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/05/2014

Unifor is changing lanes after a long and bumpy ride in its efforts to organize Toyota workers in Ontario.

A non-bargaining local will be set up for workers at Toyota’s Cambridge and Woodstock plants. The move — according to Unifor’s national president Jerry Dias — will show workers Unifor is about more than just bargaining.

"Our union is much more than just collective bargaining and I think that’s the key here," Dias said. "Collective bargaining is obviously so important to our union, but we also participate completely in the social fabric of the country. We play a major role in our communities."