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Union Calling is dedicated to strengthening unions through the innovative use of telecom and online voting technologies.

We pioneered new, union-friendly applications of voice broadcasting. We developed lightning-fast automated polling of members and the general public. We made virtual union “town hall” meetings easy for leaders to conduct. And we are the only company in North America that offers secure online voting exclusively to unions.

Contact us personally to discuss your needs. Take advantage of our years of experience serving hundreds of local, provincial and national unions across Canada. Naturally, we are a Union Shop and proud of it.


Automated Polling Evolution

Union Calling is now offering advanced automated polling services. This technology has grown to the point that it can accomplish all of the objectives of live polling at a fraction of the price.

PollingHere are some of the features which now make this possible:

  • Inbound polling (direct number and/or left on voice message)
  • Multiple Choice Response questions
  • Multi-digit input questions
  • Voice Response (Open Ended) questions
  • Hot Transfers
  • Response Rotation (randomization of multiple choice responses)
  • Question Rotation (randomization of Item Groups)
  • Detailed Reporting

If you are considering membership or general public polling, contact us for details on these advanced features. Our prices will remain the best in the business and the accuracy and reach of your polling will be state-of-the-art.


a_global_meeting_place_lgExecutive Town Hall Meeting

Union Calling is now offering the full functionality of our town hall platform to be used for all your conference call needs. This will be particularly useful for conference calls of a geographically-dispersed Executive Board or similar group. Finally, you can have a conference call without people talking over each other.  There is a maximum of 50 participants and they will have the same ability to ask questions and respond to polls as they would in a Union Town Hall, at a highly competitive price. Participants can call in using a toll free number or we can call them at a client-specified time with an invitation to participate. You would receive our standard detailed report and an audio recording of the meeting.


Image of headphones and soundwave isolated on a white background.Union Town Hall Audio Streaming Feature with PowerPoint Integration

Union Calling is now offering Audio Streaming in conjunction with a Union Town Hall. This allows members to participate using a computer, smart phone or tablet. They would have the ability to type in a question, respond to poll questions and listen to the event. You also have the ability to cast PowerPoint slides or jpeg images. Currently, this feature has a maximum of 2000 participants. The URL participants would link to can be sent out using email, social media, your website or by an announcement call.


Union Town Hall High Capacity Toll Free Line

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When conducting a Union Town Hall it is always preferable to have most of the membership on the line before you begin the formal meeting. This is difficult to achieve in a timely way with larger events as the Canadian telecom system in many areas of the country just can’t handle the speeds at which we want to dial. Union Calling’s new high capacity line, however, can handle 20,000 inbound callers for any event, which allows you to bypass dialing altogether. This means you can begin your event at a precise time with the confidence that all who wish to participate can call in and connect at essentially the same time.


sms-6-xxlShort Message Service (SMS)

To reach members’ smart phones with text messages, Union Calling now offers an SMS service. Recipients need to opt-in to allow you to contact them by SMS.


  • Boilermakers Local 416 - Alberta Video Conference Meeting

    boilermakersLocal 416 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers represents thousands of workers throughout Alberta. Members work at all hours and at many locations around the province, so communications are a challenge. Business Manager Warren Fraleigh used Union Calling to advise all members about a meeting in Edmonton to discuss a major upcoming project. Live video conferencing was available to members in Calgary and Fort McMurray.
  • CUPE Ontario and Council of Canadians - Bottled Water Ban Campaign

    Waterbottle banCUPE Ontario and Council of Canadians - Bottled Water Ban Campaign The bottled water industry has become hugely profitable by undermining public faith in the safety of municipal water systems. A 15-city speaking tour across Ontario featured Maude Barlow, Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the UN General Assembly and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President. Union Calling was used by both organizations to call their members in each city to inform them of the issue and invite them to the public meetings, which were very successful. Thousands were called in Windsor, Brockville, Midland, Waterloo, St. Catharines, Toronto, Kingston, Whitby, London, Guelph, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Cobourg, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Kenora and Peterborough.
  • OPSEU invents new way to use Union Calling to interact with members

    OPSEU - Warren ThomasTwo days before his one-on-one meeting with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President Warren (Smokey) Thomas used Union Calling in a unique way to bring his members' personal views to the table. Thomas called members throughout the province to ask them to email directly to him what they would like him to tell the Premier. He provided his email address in the phone message. Thomas reported he was "overwhelmed" by the response. Over 1,000 pages of thoughtful and creative emails came in within 48 hours, providing a powerful foundation for his message to McGuinty that provincial employees deserve fair treatment, not wage freezes.
  • "One step ahead of management"

    We used Union Calling to alert our members on Sunday of Brampton Transit's plan to adopt new policies that would violate our collective agreement. I told our members, in no uncertain terms, that we would grieve these violations. On Monday, when management said that the union approved these new policies, our members knew it was a lie, and responded accordingly (in no uncertain terms!). Union Calling kept us one step ahead of management. It's a great service that helps us level the playing field.
    Stan Dera, PresidentStan Dera, PresidentATU Local 1573
  • IATSE Local 58 - Family Holiday Party

    IASTE Local 58IATSE Local 58 calls all members to invite them and their families to a holiday season party. Members are asked to call the local office to RSVP and also give the names and ages of their children so that personalized age-appropriate gifts are available at the party, which turns out to be the most successful such event in the local's history.
  • "Response totally positive"

    This is the best new idea in membership communications to come along in a long time! Our members really appreciated hearing directly from me what was happening during our negotiations. In the past, they got much of their information about bargaining progress from the media or from rumours. We made six call-outs at critical points during negotiations and the response was totally positive.
    Bob Kinnear, President/Business AgentBob Kinnear, President/Business AgentAmalgamated Transit Union Local 113