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.
"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
Nurses' unions call members about H1N1 protectionNurses' unions used Union Calling to alert their members to precautionary standards for dealing with known or suspected H1N1 cases. United Nurses of Alberta president Heather Smith called all 28,000 UNA members to explain in detail the conditions under which N95 masks, gowns, gloves and goggles must be worn. Nova Scotia Nurses' Union president Janet Hazelton broadcast a similar message to all 5600 NSNU members, as did Debbie Forward, president of Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union to all 5300 NLNU members. All presidents urged members to contact their union representative if proper protective equipment was not being supplied.
CUPE Ontario comes out in force for locked-out Steelworkers in HamiltonSeveral hundred CUPE Ontario members from all over the province converged on Hamilton on January 29, 2011 to join a massive demonstration of protest against the U.S. Steel lockout of 900 Steelworkers after they refused to agree to massive pension concessions. CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn used Union Calling to recruit members for the historic rally and tell them about the CUPE buses that would be leaving many communities for Hamilton on the Day of Action. "Their fight is our fight, and it's one we cannot afford to lose," Hahn told the members in a callout. "Come to Hamilton to show solidarity."
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.
- CUPE Nova Scotia, calls all members of Local 2431 who work in Sydney at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. "The government is charging ahead with the recommendations in the Corpus-Sanchez Report and with privatization schemes that will affect you and your family." The meeting is well-attended and successful in alerting members to the threats of privatization.
Hotel workers rally and protest U.S. firingsA Union Calling broadcast with a multilingual greeting helped pack the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall with 600 members of Unite Here Local 75 celebrating International Hotel Workers' Day. Local President Paul Clifford then led the members on a march to the downtown Hyatt hotel to protest the abrupt firing and replacement of 100 non-union Hyatt workers in Boston. Toronto was the first of 12 cities across North America where UniteHere staged public demonstrations against Hyatt's unfair treatment of its workers.