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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.

PollingHere 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.


a_global_meeting_place_lgExecutive 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.


Image of headphones and soundwave isolated on a white background.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

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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.


sms-6-xxlShort 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.


  • ATU Local 113 - Strike or settlement? Members hear first

    ATU Local 113 President Bob KinnearAs 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.
  • ACTRA - Ottawa Protest Rally

    ACTRA 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.
  • NSGEU One-day Strike Ends in Union Win

    NSGEUIn 36 dramatic hours, aided by Union Calling, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union planned, staged and resolved a one-day strike at Halifax's IWK Health Centre. Four calls were made by President Joan Jessome during the day and a half, one as late as 10:30 p.m. Each of the calls was recorded, edited, programmed and broadcast within 90 minutes.
  • HSAA Pension PlanHSAA - "Save My Pension"

    Elizabeth Ballerman, President of the 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.
  • ACTRA rallies against Canwest slap at Canadian programming

    CACTRA Rally 2anadian 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."
  • "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, PresidentScott Penner, PresidentUFCW Local 1977