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.
- ETFO Hastings-Prince Edward in Eastern Ontario calls members with endorsements for two local candidates in the Ontario General Election. "These candidates are strong advocates for a partnership in public education that includes teachers, students, and the broader community."
Saskatchewan Nurses - Working Conditions SurveySaskatchewan Union of Nurses President Rosalee Longmoore, called over 8,000 SUN members to survey them on what they would do if working conditions for nurses in the province did not dramatically improve over the next three years. Saskatchewan is currently short over 1,000 nurses and the stresses on existing nurses are becoming intolerable.
Nurses' unions call members about H1N1 protectionNurses' unions used Union Calling to alert their members to precautionary standards for dealing with known or suspected H1N1 cases. United Nurses of Alberta president Heather Smith called all 28,000 UNA members to explain in detail the conditions under which N95 masks, gowns, gloves and goggles must be worn. Nova Scotia Nurses' Union president Janet Hazelton broadcast a similar message to all 5600 NSNU members, as did Debbie Forward, president of Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union to all 5300 NLNU members. All presidents urged members to contact their union representative if proper protective equipment was not being supplied.
"The calls made a big difference"The response to your service was overwhelmingly positive. The turnout for the meeting was huge and I believe the calls made a big difference in getting the members out to the meeting. Your service is "A-one" and we would not hesitate to use you again.Larry Stevenson, President CUPE Local 1483
OPSEU invents new way to use Union Calling to interact with membersTwo 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.
ACTRA rallies against Canwest slap at Canadian programmingCanadian TV icon and ACTRA member Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, Street Legal), called his fellow members to get them out to a Toronto rally to protest against Canwest's reduction in spending on Canadian programming in its fall lineup. Several hundred members, including other Canadian TV stars such as Leah Pinsent, Colin Mochrie and Wendy Crewson, responded to the call and turned out to the event. Chanting "Buy Canadian!" and carrying placards reading "Get with the program," and "More Canada on TV," the actors drew significant media attention to their cause. Peterson said that "private broadcasters "don't seem to give a hoot that Canadians want to see themselves on TV."