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.
Here 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.
Executive 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.
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
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.
Short 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.
PSAC calls on members to join Ottawa museum picket linesPicket lines at Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum were swollen with members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada following a PSAC call to tens of thousands of its members in the National Capital Region. The call was made by a PSAC member, one of the 420 who work at the museums, asking for picket line support. The message was recorded and edited in both English and French and delivered to separate English and French phone lists provided by the union. Main issues in the strike are job security and a redress of the much lower wages of these workers compared to other museum workers in the Region.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000A Membership Bargaining SurveyUFCW Local 1000A used Union Calling to survey over 14,000 supermarket members throughout Ontario on their bargaining priorities. In several subsequent calls, President Kevin Corporon kept members continuously updated during prolonged contract negotiations. The knowledge gained from the survey was invaluable in giving the bargaining committee the confidence that they were speaking for the members. The bargaining update calls created an unprecedented solidarity that resulted in an excellent settlement that raised wages and protected jobs even though the employer was experiencing marketplace difficulties and was undergoing major restructuring.
“Our members really liked the direct communication”Thank you for going the extra mile to accommodate our messaging over the past week. I know there were several times we gave you very short notice and your response was “we’ll get it done”. Our members really liked the direct communication and I’m confident we will continue to use your service in the future.Debbie Forward, PresidentNewfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union
CUPE Ontario and Council of Canadians - Bottled Water Ban CampaignCUPE 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.
Quarter-million calls made during Toronto CUPE StrikeIn the longest-ever strike in Toronto Civic workers’ history, the 26,000 members of CUPE Local 79 and TCEU Local 416 staged an epic showdown with Mayor David Miller, who was determined to wring massive concessions from City employees. Miller particularly targeted the longstanding sick day banking system that had been negotiated years ago in lieu of a wage increase. Over the course of the nearly six-week strike, Local 79 President Ann Dembinski and Local 416 President Mark Ferguson used Union Calling several times to update members on bargaining, quash rumours, announce rallies, bolster morale and, finally, announce a settlement that was a clear victory for the unions. A total of more than 250,000 calls were made and Union Calling statistics revealed that the vast majority of members listened to their presidents’ messages from start to finish.
"Very efficient way of delivering news "We used Union Calling to keep our Master Bargaining Committee and Stewards informed of important developments during recent negotiations with Loblaw Companies. It was a very efficient way of delivering the news. Everybody got exactly the same message at more or less the same time, even though they were scattered over an area of more than 500 square miles. This really works. It's quite effective and the feedback we got was that it was very well received by our members.Scott Penner, PresidentUFCW Local 1977