Author: Joe Graves

U.A.T. Training Cancelled February 14, 2019

Due to the major accident on the 401 east of the plant, U.A.T. training has been cancelled for the 11:00pm to 7:00am February 14, 2019 shift. The hall is being used by the O.P.P. detachment for interviews and accommodating people involved in the accident. Anyone affected by this cancellation of U.A.T. is expected to report to work for their regular shift.

Proudly Built in Ingersoll

Unifor Local 88 member Sonya Shields called the Local office to inform us that the General Motors dealership Searles in Ingersoll plans on putting sample eyebrow on all of our Equinoxes. What a great idea of displaying our vehicles that are Proudly Built in Ingersoll.  Thank you Searles Motor Products! .

Unifor Family Education Program

What is the Unifor Family Education Program? This a unique program where members and their families learn about our Union and about issues facing Canadian families. Each participant must contribute their time (vacation, personal leave, etc.) NO LOST TIME, PER DIEM OR MILEAGE WILL BE PAID. Please read thoroughly the two attachments and if you think it might be a program your family and you may be i...

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...