Here we go again. Welcome to a new year.
The meeting dates for 2018 are as follows…
January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13 (BBQ), August 8, September 12, October 10, and November 14 (Christmas lunch).
All meetings are scheduled to start at 10:00 am, so I ask that you try to be on time.
At the meeting on January 10, we shall have the Local 88 members campaigning for the United Way here. Please bring an open mind and a blank
cheque with you.
(SMILE) On the topic of money, retiree dues of $24.00 are due for 2018. Please continue to support our small group.
Keep in mind that this is an election year for both the Local 88 Retiree Chapter as well as elections in the plant. As members in good standing, we have
the right to vote for three Local positions. They are…
President, Financial Secretary, and Recording Secretary. Please make sure that you use this right.
This year, your own Retiree Chapter will be holding elections for all positions. I shall list the positions, along with their expected duties, this coming week.
See you on Wednesday, January 10.
By permission, below is a reprint of yesterday’s email I received from Mark Taylor. I hope you read it, take it to heart, and help in any way.
“I am writing to inform you of a new opportunity for our retirees to contribute to the United Way and have the contributions count in our CAMI campaign. Many recent retirees who have been giving to the United Way by way of payroll deduction, expressed their wish to continue to give if there was a way the donation could come off of their pension cheque. I have consulted both our union executive and human resources and although it is possible, it is a very complex process that is very expensive to implement and could not be done to help this year’s campaign. Thanks to the hard work of the United Way staff in Elgin/Middlesex and Oxford, they have created a retirees pledge form that will make it possible to have the money automatically deducted from your bank account or credit card on the same day that you receive your pension cheque. This is as close as it gets to payroll deductions! I will bring some of the pledge forms to the retirees meeting on Wednesday.
Brian, I can’t tell you how much we need the help from the retirees. We have had the most difficult year ever from a campaign perspective. First, we have 400 people laid off, then we had the strike, on top of that, we have had a large number of people retire (which is good for the people retiring) and with the strike, it has left a lot of people questioning the future of the work here which has hurt our campaign. Despite all of these challenges, as usual, the work force at CAMI and Local 88 members have given generously but we are still short of our goal. The problem with not reaching the goal is that the goal is set based on need in the community. If we don’t reach our goal, someone in the community suffers because there isn’t the funding for the agencies or programs the people need. Although we haven’t gone public with the amount we are short, I will share with you and the retirees that we are short just shy of $10,000.00. That money would go a long way to support much needed programs in our community. I would be very grateful if you would share this information with our retirees. If 300 retirees each gave just $3.00 per month, that would be $10,800.00, and that would cover our deficit. Going forward, we are going to include the pledge forms and an information sheet in the retirement packages so retirees can sign up at retirement if they are interested. We are hopeful that people will continue to give even a small donation monthly as so many people are soon retiring, it will have a dramatic effect on the United Way and our communities.
Thank-you in advance for your help with this, I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at the meeting.