Labour Day 2021 - UNIFOR 2458

Unifor Local 2458 represents approximately 5400 members in over 60 workplaces throughout a large geographical area from Windsor to Chatham to Lion’s Head.  Our members work in health care, education, hospitality, skilled trades, and the private sector.

The effects of COVID-19 have been overwhelming to each member of our Local Union, and we cannot thank them - our heroes – for their dedication, compassion, and love.  Our appreciation for all of you is beyond measure. 

Our Local purchased cooler bags for each of our members as a small token of thanks for everything they continue to endure during this difficult time.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

We dedicate this Labour Day to our healthcare heroes, particularly Sister Sheila Yakovishin, who tragically passed away from COVID-19 on December 31, 2020.  To honour her memory, we donated a bench and stone to her workplace, Berkshire Care Centre. 

Unifor Local 2458 continues to fight for pandemic pay for all healthcare workers, as we now turn our attention to the upcoming federal election.  Our Local held rallies against difficult employers bent on offering crumbs at the bargaining table and fought to ensure our members had the proper personal protective equipment when dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks in their workplaces.  We continue the push for a national pharmacare program, and an end to the broken, for-profit long term care system in our province. 

Labour Day gives us an opportunity to promote the importance of Unions and to reflect on what organized labour provides to our members, our communities, and our country.  Paid maternity leave, weekends, not-for-profit national healthcare and an 8-hour workday are just some examples of the incredible achievements made by the Canadian Labour movement.

On behalf of our Executive Board and members, we wish you all a Happy Labour Day 2021.

In solidarity and friendship,

Tullio DiPonti, Ken Durocher, Mike Kisch and Shelley Smith

Unifor Local 2458


Sheila Yakovishin