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.
ACTRA - Ottawa Protest RallyThe Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists uses Union Calling to draw members to a demonstration outside the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' convention in Ottawa. In response to the phone call from ACTRA National President Richard Hardacre, hundreds of members traveled to Ottawa to hear well-known Canadian stars Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Julie Stewart (Cold Squad), Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys), John Paul Tremblay (Trailer Park Boys) and ACTRA officials. The demonstration received wide media coverage.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation - Call to "Rally of Respect"OSSTF District 12 President Doug Jolliffe calls over 6,500 members to a negotiations "Rally of Respect" outside the offices of the Toronto District School Board to protest the employer's refusal to move from its position of an increased workload with no improvements to benefits. Despite the bitter cold, thousands of members show up in response to Jolliffe's call and noisily support their union.
- Health Sciences Association of Alberta, calls 11,000 members who belong to the Local Authorities Pension Plan to alert them to a negative change in LAPP procedures, one that would allow the board to make important decisions about fundamental aspects of the pension without any input from union representatives. She urges members to visit a special website, SaveMyPension.ca and to call their MLAs to demand the rules be changed back.
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.
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.