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.
"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
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.
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.
“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
Majority in Toronto think union gains are at risk today says Union Calling/Forum Research poll; 75% support right to strikeIn the first poll by the new partnership of Union Calling and Forum Research, it was found that the majority of Torontonians are aware of the historical contributions the labour movement has made to life in Canada, and they understand that some of these gains could be at risk if not defended with the same fervour that characterized the union movement in the past. Three out of four Torontonians support the right to strike and 62% believe that unions are as necessary today as they ever were. See full report. Union Calling, Canada’s largest provider of telecom technology services exclusively to unions and their allies has teamed up with Forum Research, one of Canada’s most respected opinion research firms to offer fast, accurate and inexpensive polling to unions that want to measure membership and general public opinion. “We are pleased to be able to now offer our clients top flight polling in cooperation with a company whose track record for accuracy is unparalleled,” said Bill Reno, Union Calling founder and president. “Precise knowledge of membership and public opinion empowers unions to conduct more successful and economically efficient campaigns." The poll on public attitudes towards unions was conducted by the Union Calling/Forum Research partnership for Toronto’s Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union on August 13 and 14, among a randomly selected sample of 1207 Toronto adults 18 years of age and older. The poll was conducted by Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, 19 out of 20 times.
- 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."