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.
"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
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.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000A Membership Bargaining SurveyUFCW Local 1000A used Union Calling to survey over 14,000 supermarket members throughout Ontario on their bargaining priorities. In several subsequent calls, President Kevin Corporon kept members continuously updated during prolonged contract negotiations. The knowledge gained from the survey was invaluable in giving the bargaining committee the confidence that they were speaking for the members. The bargaining update calls created an unprecedented solidarity that resulted in an excellent settlement that raised wages and protected jobs even though the employer was experiencing marketplace difficulties and was undergoing major restructuring.
"Increase in member attendance and involvement"Our Local has been using the services of Union Calling for the last few years to provide messaging to our membership as well advertising our membership meetings. As a direct result of our Union Calling messages, we have had an increase in member attendance and involvement in our Local union activities, meetings and events. As well, Union Calling has been able to accommodate our short notice requests. I called Union Calling late on a Saturday night for an urgent call that had to go out on Sunday. My call was answered immediately by a person, not a machine, and my request was handled in a friendly, professional and supportive way, despite the lateness of the hour. By early Sunday morning the message to our members was edited, programmed and approved for broadcast. Union Calling is a great service! I cannot recommend them highly enough."Teresa ColangeloCUPE Local 2191
"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