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 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."
"An awesome tool!"Within 3 hours of my first call to Union Calling, our 1200+ members across Canada began receiving our message. With a 90% successful connection rate, and an average cost of less than a postage stamp per member, this is the most efficient and effective means of getting a message out that we've found! We plan to make it an integral part of our negotiation communications.Michael Reed, Secretary-TreasurerAir Transat Component of CUPE Locals 4041, 4047 & 4078
ATU Local 113 - Strike or settlement? Members hear firstAs the strike deadline approached in contract negotiations with the Toronto Transit Commission, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 President Bob Kinnear pre-recorded two messages: 1) "We're on strike" and 2) "We have a tentative settlement." Minutes before the deadline, a settlement was reached. Kinnear sent a text message to Union Calling, which immediately launched the call to all 9,000 members, giving them the news before it was announced in the media.
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.
"A lot better than a letter"It was really something getting a personal message from the president. It didn't matter that it was a recording because everyone knows he couldn't call us all individually. What matters is that he wanted to communicate something important to us and he did it in his own voice. It's a lot better than a letter, a lot more personal. Everybody I've talked to who got the call was impressed.Jim Koppens, Secretary-Treasurer, Toronto Division.UFCW Local 1000A
"Union Calling is a stellar service!"We kept our membership around Ontario up to date on collective bargaining developments using Union Calling. The members loved having one consistent message that was always timely. They felt like they were part of the negotiation process, well informed and eagerly awaiting the next update. At the end of negotiations, late at night, Union Calling got an urgent message out amazingly fast. Their people are great and really care about unions.Harry Goslin, PresidentOntario Compensation Employees Union CUPE Local 1750