Got Questions About Unifor and Toyota?

To download and read a copy of Unifor’s Ontario FAQ brochure please click here.

The union is the bargaining agent for workers. Having a union gives workers a say on wages, benefits, schedules. The union represents you at the bargaining table, standing up for your issues and concerns. Having a union gives you, the worker, a seat at the table with management.

A collective agreement is a legal agreement – a contract – between the company and union (the workers) setting out many of the terms and conditions for workers on the job. If the company violates the agreement, the worker has legal recourse.

The contract is negotiated by a bargaining committee elected by co-workers (fellow members) along with a national representative from the Union and other representatives (such as experts in health and safety, benefits, pensions, and skilled trades). The bargaining committee negotiates with representatives of employer.

You do. The workers do. A president, chairperson and executive are all voted on by workers.

Union dues are 1.35% of your regular gross monthly earnings. This does not include overtime or any bonuses.

No dues will be paid until the ratification of your first collective agreement.

The vote will take place five days after the formal application is filed. In order to apply for the vote a union needs 40 per cent of workers to sign a card. At the vote itself, 50 per cent plus one of the votes must be in favour of the union in order for the vote to be successful.

Workers at both plants are enthusiastic about Unifor, and we are closer than we’ve ever been before. Help us get even closer by talking to your co-workers about the union and why you think it will be good for you and your community.

Absolutely. The union will be your voice too.

Absolutely not, in fact they save jobs. In the last five years about 10,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Southwestern Ontario and only a fraction of those have been union jobs. Unifor has repeatedly saved jobs with flexible deals at plants that were in real trouble and by working with employers to find solutions.

At Cami, Unifor has won full-time jobs for contract workers, bargained more time off the job, and won strong health and safety language. The union has been able to secure good wages, pensions and benefits for members, all while helping the plant post record production rates. To learn more about how Unifor can improve your job, click here.

This year to date Toyota earned about $12.5 billion in revenue. 2012 was Toyota’s best year in production in Canada, with 519,000 units from both plants. Toyota is here to stay.

We were successful at Cami doing just that. It is all about strength and solidarity among the workers – join us and help us make it happen.