Unit 1 - GM Cami Assembly-Ingersoll

Company Contact Information
P.O. Box 1005
300 Ingersoll St. S.
Ingersoll, ON, N5C 4A6
Tel: (519) 485-6400
Fax: (519) 425-3100
Company Information
GM Cami Website

Employee Call-in Line: (519) 425-3395
Plant Hours of Work Line: (519) 425-3115 

Union Contact Information
Cami Inplant Office (519) 425-3134
Offsite Union Hall Office (519) 425-0952

The In Plant Committee is the sole representative of the Union at the GM Cami plant.  We are tri-annually elected to represent the entire hourly workforce on issues ranging from grievances, job postings, to all of our contractual benefits. The committee, through specialty reps, also offers services ranging from Health and Safety, Time Standards, Employee Assistance Programs, Medical Placement, Ergonomics, and Human Rights among others. We negotiate a new Collective Agreement every three to four years on behalf of the membership, and deal directly with all of the issues of your employment needs. A full listing of the entire Inplant Committee as well as all the specialty reps can be found on the Contacts tab on this site. Mike Van Boekel Plant Chair Local 88

E.A.P. EAP/Addictions Representative: Jeff Ramackers Phone: 519-425-3134 ext 3352 Cell: 519-533-3059 Email: jeff_ramackers@hotmail.com

Ceridian (EAP Provider) Call 1-877-207-8833, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Provide them with your city/area of residence. They will ask some basic questions and the counselor you’ll be seeing will return your call within 2 to 3 business days to set up an appointment.

Health and Safety The workers of UNIFOR Local 88 are one of the most educated work forces in the industry. We know our rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and we put them into practice. Many of our members have also taken advantage of the educational classes offered twice a year at the CAW Family Education Centre, through the Health & Safety Training Fund. As a result, we are also one of the safest work forces in the industry. The company might like to think that they are responsible for the good safety record, but we know better. It is a result of your diligence in seeing that your rights under the act are enforced and the tireless efforts of your H&S reps.

Your H&S reps are always approachable on any safety matter and can be reached at 519-425-3134, Ext. 3348.

Human Rights-Employment Equity Unifor Local 88 is committed to protecting the human rights of all our members. We are covered under the Ontario Human Rights Code: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/resources/code Human Rights are covered under various areas of our Collective Agreement and specifically under Paragraph 8 and Letter 71.

We are active in the community to support non-unionized workers and equity-seeking groups in their struggles.

We fulfill a role as Women’s Advocates. Women’s Advocates are available to our female members, or their family members, who feel most comfortable discussing private issues or concerns with another woman. We volunteer in the community with goals to improve services for women, provide information, plus raise money and awareness for issues of gendered violence, equality in education and so on. If you require a Women’s Advocate, you may also approach any member of the Unifor Local 88 Women’s Committee for confidential assistance or approach any Unifor Local 88 Representative to request your union Women’s Advocate.

Benefits The committee consists of two full time representatives Joe Graves and Jeff Bankes and two alternates Stephan Cronin and Bob Craig. Our office is located in the training center between the Paint and Assembly departments. Our office is opened from 6:00am to 4:00pm. The Benefits Committee addresses concerns and questions as related to the following benefits.

  • Health Care Insurances
  • Canadian Legal Services Plan 519-681-7730
  • Pension Plan
  • Group Life Insurance and Disability Benefit Program
  • Dependent Scholarship Fund
  • The Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • The Income Maintenance Benefit Plan
  • The Voluntary Termination of Employment Benefit Plan
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Employment Insurance
  • Pre-Retirement Income Maintenance Program
  • Retirement Allowance Program

The  Benefits Committee suggests that prior to using any benefits you contact our office:

  • For a description of the benefit; and
  • For the required forms that are needed to be completed; and
  • For the limitations/frequency of the benefit; and
  • For the eligibility requirements.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above programs you should contact the  Benefits Committee.

Unit 2 - AWC Yard/Office


Unit 3 - SGS

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Doug Coleman - Ingersoll

Ingersoll– Bargaining is well underway in Ingersoll. The Ingersoll Bargaining Committee has had meetings with the Company on March 12, April 26, 27, May 6, 30, June 5, 6, July 3, 25, August 12 and 13, 2013.During these meetings we made some progress but following the August 13 it was determined that we had come to an impasse. On August 16, 2013 CAW and Local 88 filed a Conciliation request with the Canada Labour Board. The Ingersoll Bargaining Committee consists of John Thwaites and John Meurs.

Doug Coleman - Kitchener

Welcome to Unifor Local 88 On August 9, 2013 our National Union made the decision to put all of the Doug Coleman Trucking locations that were certified on March 12, 2013 with Local 88. These locations include Kitchener (Drivers/Brokers), Windsor (Drivers), St Thomas (Drivers) and Owen Sound (Drivers/Dispatch). Doug Coleman Ingersoll had already been assigned to Local 88 in the summer of 2012. CAW Local 88 is located at 364 Victoria Street, Ingersoll, Ontario. We have a website www.unifor88.com for detailed contact information and recent updates as they relate to all units within our local union including all Doug Coleman Trucking Units. On behalf of the Membership and Leadership of Unifor Local 88 I say “WELCOME Sisters and Brothers to our Local Union.

Current Negotiations and Unifor Bargaining Process We had attempted to negotiate one collective agreement that would apply to all Doug Coleman units but the Company had a different opinion.The Company has taken the position that we cannot have one contract book with different appendixes for the various locations. (And legally they can take that stance as they are all different certifications). We have been careful to make sure that the template document that will be the basis of each terminals agreement should fit the needs of all locations but each place will have an opportunity to review and add or modify site specific needs. Once a tentative agreement is reached, all members will be asked to attend ratification meetings and vote. Prior to a tentative agreement being brought back for the members to vote upon the tentative agreement must be unanimously endorsed by the bargaining committees. Bargaining is a challenging exercise. Proposals and counter-proposals are being passed between the union and company on a regular basis, and there is no agreement, on any one item, until the full deal is done. Understanding that, we commit to being as open and transparent as possible with you throughout this process, without compromising the integrity and confidentiality of the negotiations.

Ingersoll-Bargaining is well underway in Ingersoll. The Ingersoll Bargaining Committee has had meetings with the Company on March 12, April 26, 27, May 6, 30, June 5, 6, July 3, 25, August 12 and 13, 2013.During these meetings we made some progress but following the August 13 it was determined that we had come to an impasse. On August 16, 2013 CAW and Local 88 filed a Conciliation request with the Canada Labour Board. The Ingersoll Bargaining Committee consists of John Thwaites and John Meurs.

Kitchener-On August 16, 2013 the Kitchener Bargaining Committee had a meeting with the Company. We exchanged our site specific demands and had discussions around unique issues such as Brokers/Owner Operators and Canada Post Routes as they relate to the Kitchener location. Discussions will continue in an attempt to reach a first agreement. The Kitchener Bargaining Committee consists of Brian Templeman and Doug Cameron.

Windsor-The Windsor Bargaining Committee consisting of Thomas Owen and Gary Kovacevich had our first meeting with the employer on August 26, 2013. The template document was reviewed and we exchanged demands and had discussions around such unique items as USA & Canadian operations, Flat Rate vs. Hourly Rate and Canada Post Routes.

St Thomas-Meetings are scheduled to begin on October 4, 2013. Your St. Thomas Bargaining Committee consists of John Barned.

Owen Sound-Meetings are scheduled to begin October 21 and 22.Your Owen Sound Bargaining Committee consists of James Crocker, Mike Moseley and Kathy Wilson.

Day To Day Issues We have heard loud and clear from many drivers that you believe there are day to day issues that need to be dealt with as we work towards our first agreements at each of your locations. If you have a pay issue, a benefits issue, discipline that has been issued or any other issue you need to contact your current location bargaining committee members. You need to provide them with detailed information as to what your concern is and how it needs to be addressed. As you are aware we do not have a grievance procedure as we do not have a collective agreement but we can still attempt to address your concerns as we endeavor to build a working relationship with the employer. Your Bargaining Committee’s will address your issues with your terminal manager. Here is the contact information for each of the yards;

Hours Of Work and Payroll and Holiday Pay We have raised the concern with John Done, Manager-Human Resources, about hours of work, overtime and payment for working statutory holidays. We have highlighted some violations of the Canada Labour Code and regulations that need to be corrected. We will work to resolve them and/or be assisting those to review their records, and file complaints if appropriate.

Unifor Over the Labour Day weekend Convention Delegates from both the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications Energy and Paper Workers (CEP) endorsed overwhelmingly the merger and the establishment of our new union “Unifor”. Delegates elected the first leadership team that will guide Unifor for the next 3 years. Long time CAW member Jerry Dias was elected as president. We also passed our National Constitution. For more detailed information please visit our new National website at http://unifor.org/ In Solidarity, Dan Borthwick President, CAW/Unifor Local 88 519-425-0952 ext *101 dan.borthwick@bell.net

Doug Coleman - Windsor

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Doug Coleman - Owen Sound

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Doug Coleman - St. Thomas

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