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.
NSGEU - School Bus Drivers' SettlementMartha Brown, 1st Vice President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, pre-recorded two messages to the 294 members who drive school buses in Halifax: 1) "I am pleased to inform you that the bargaining committee has reached a tentative settlement..." and 2) "I am disappointed to inform you that the bargaining committee was unable to reach an agreement..." Round the clock bargaining concluded with a settlement at 3:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Union Calling sent the call out at 9:00 a.m. telling members of the settlement and calling them to a meeting that afternoon to conduct the ratification vote.
- 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."
Canadian Auto Workers - Casino Organizing: Debate with ManagementBob Orr, Assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza calls workers in Niagara Falls casinos to announce that the union has challenged management to a debate on whether or not the workers need a union and invites them to the meeting. Management fails to show but turnout for the meeting was excellent and showed solid support for the union.
Boilermakers Local 416 - Alberta Video Conference MeetingLocal 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.
- Nova Scotia Nurses' Union President Janet Hazelton calls all members to urge them to attend a major protest rally at the Nova Scotia Legislature Opening to protest the Conservative government's plans to introduce legislation outlawing strikes in the health care sector. The colourful, upbeat rally attracted 500 health care workers from NSGEU, CUPE, SEIU and other unions.
"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