Unifor supports Indonesia disaster relief with $70,000 donation

Unifor is supporting Oxfam and Save the Children’s disaster relief efforts in Indonesia with a combined $70,000 donation.

“The scale of the damage from the earthquake and tsunami is massive,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Save the Children Canada and Oxfam Canada are working with their Indonesian partners to provide vital aid, alleviate suffering and prevent further loss of life from spread of disease.”

On September 28, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi region, triggering a powerful tsunami. More than 2,000 have been killed, with the death toll expected to climb, as an estimated 5,000 people remain missing, feared buried or swept away.

While the Indonesian government has blocked access to some foreign aid, both Oxfam and Save the Children have deployed relief staff to the hardest hit areas. The Unifor Social Justice Fund has donated $35,000 each to Oxfam Canada and Save the Children Canada to provide medical care, shelter, food and clean water to the tens of thousands displaced by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Canada, U.S. have reached a NAFTA deal — now called the USMCA

Canada and the U.S. have announced a tentative new trilateral trade deal with Mexico that includes some key concessions on issues of import to both countries — and also a reworked name: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“​USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a joint statement released late Sunday.

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I Shop Canada

To all members,

I am excited to tell you about the launch of Unifor’s ‘I Shop Canada’ campaign to promote the purchase of products manufactured in Canada with the goal of creating and maintaining good jobs.

I Shop Canada is about making a choice at the cash register to use our collective consumer purchasing power to aid workers in our communities and across the country.

This online awareness campaign is in response to the escalating trade war with the United States and the growing sentiment among Canadian consumers to support homegrown industries. I Shop Canada provides a social media platform for consumers from coast-to-coast to share information on their favourite made-in-Canada goods and services.

This initiative is designed to actively promote Unifor made products and hospitality services. I encourage all members and locals to join in the campaign to get word out on the quality items and services that you work hard to produce each day.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Take a picture of your Canadian-made purchase, or if you manufacture a product take a photo with your co-workers!
  2. Post the image on Twitter using the #IShopCanada hashtag
  3. Share the image on the I Shop Canada Facebook page

If you are one of our many service or hospitality members or if you plan on vacationing or enjoying local activities in Canada this summer you can also share your experiences using the #IPlayCanada hashtag.

By choosing to shop or play Canada you are investing in good paying jobs while also providing a boost to the economy.

Want to tell your friends about the campaign? Visit the IShopCanada Facebookpage to add a frame to your profile picture to let your friends and family know that you support workers in Canada. On Twitter make sure to tag in @IShopCA and @UnifortheUnion so your posts can be easily shared. You can also email your pics to the communications department at IShopCanada@unifor.org

The campaign kicks off tomorrow, Thursday June 28 just ahead of the July 1 date for the imposition of Canadian counter-duties against the U.S.

Together we can make a difference – one purchase at a time. Let’s get #IShopCanada trending by Canada Day.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias

Natioanl President

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