Author: Joe Graves

Rally in Windsor Januray 11, 2019

It has been brought to Local’s 88 Leadership attention that our membership are receiving texts on their phones to attend the Rally in Windsor to Keep GM Jobs in Canada. Local 88 membership supports the Oshawa workers and any campaign or rally that highlights the importance of the Auto Industry in Canada.The National office made it clear in a conference call on January 7, 2019 with Big 3 and ...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

On behalf of Local 88’s Executive Board I would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Save Oshawa Campaign

  Mike VanBoekel and myself have had two conference calls since the airing of the Save Oshawa commercial during the leaf’s game with Jerry Dias and his team. We expressed our displeasure on the message it’s sending on boycotting GM vehicles and suggested the message needs to start saying boycott Mexican built vehicles. The following newspaper article was printed in the Detroit Fre...

7 New Apprentices Announced

Congratulations to the 7 new apprentices that were chosen. Powerhouse Adam Garlick Mike Gee Millwrights  Jessica Lamb Bryan Pearce Trevor Sharpe Bradley VanLeeuwen Andrew Wild

Future/Pre-Retiremement Course Venue Change

Due to the great response for the Future/Pre-Retirement Course on February 2, 2019 we have to change the location to the Four Points by Sheraton London. It is located at 1150 Wellington, Road, London, Ontario just south off the 401 highway.  Please read the attached document for a full description of the one day course and register while there is still spots open. (Pre-Registration is required) PE...

P.E.L. and Health & Safety 2019 Spring Applications

The spring PEL and HSF programs will be held at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin from February 24 to August 16, 2019. Applications forms for these courses may be obtained at the local 88 Union Hall office, inplant office or at www.unifor88.ca, all applications most have completed expense form attached to be processed.  For more information or questions please contact me at joegrave...

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

  Unifor marks December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women with a call to action to make our workplace and communities safer. As we remember the 13 engineering students and one worker who were murdered at I’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989, we also commemorate all the missing and murdered Indigenous women, trans women, and all women whose live...

Here’s to Hickson

Mike VanBoekel’s family have made a video for a contest to win $50,000 for any project in your home town. The VanBoekel video shows the 5 projects in their hometown of Hickson that would be share equally if chosen as one of the co-winners. Hickson School Lions Club Hickson Firefighters, Oxford Mental Health and Field of Dreams ballpark 39 video’s were submitted and 4 finalist have been...

Future/Pre-Retirement One Day Educational Course

Spouses and Partners are invited and encouraged to attend with employees to the Future/Pre-Retirement Course on February 2, 2019. Please read the attached document for a full description of the one day course. (Pre-Registration is required)Pre-retirement meeting

Define Contribution Plan info Sessions

Great West Life will be hosting three  define contribution pension sessions, beginning next week in the central mezzanine room #3. The times of these sessions are : Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 1:45 – 2:45 pm Wednesday November 7, 2018 from 3:15 – 4:15 pm Thursday November 8, 2018 from 7:15 – 8:15 am Sharon Eto of Great West Life will be walking through GWL’s website an...

STPT Program

The following is a memo on the status of the STPT program: In September we notified the company that we were giving 60 days notice to end the STPT program. A number of issues were discussed and debated during the 60 day period. We have officially notified the company that our demand to cancel the STPT program is withdrawn. The departments will be contacting the STPT members to notify them of this....

65″ SHARP Roku T.V. Draw Winner

Unifor Local 88 Executive and Inplant would like to congratulate Cliff Bennett on winning the 65″ Sharp Roku Flat Screen T.V. The winning ticket was drawn at the Local’s membership meeting on September 30th. Thank you to everyone who sold tickets and made this funding raiser a great success. Proceeds of $2170.00 will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Society Walk-in Clinic-Inger...

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