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  • With the current limits on the number of people that can be at a gathering we have come up with a signup form to give those interested a way to attend the GMM on November 29, 2020 and a way for us to do our due diligence. It will also help us keep a record of attendees in case we need to contact trace. Please note if you are not on the signup list you will not be allowed entry. Thanks. edit: The GMM signup is full thank you.


  • To the Members of Unifor Local 88: 2020 and Covid-19 has presented us all with many obstacles and hampered our ability to continue doing some things the same way. As we prepare for our triennial elections in spring of 2021 as well as bargaining next fall, we need to ensure all eligible members will be able to participate in these important processes, especially if the current gathering restrictions continue. Over the past few triennial elections the cost of elections have become prohibitive. Due to these concerns our executive board and membership have voted to conduct hybrid online elections for our next triennial election. After observing the Detroit 3 negotiations and their use of a third party software company to conduct their contract and strike ratification votes, as well as meeting with the people in charge of organizing the process and discussing in depth the benefits and risks, we have decided to use the same company. Simply Voting, a Canadian company, will provide us with a safe, secure and proven voting system backed by certifications and audit reports.  The system is user-friendly and cost-effective. Going forward we will provide more information about the process. To participate in online voting members must register by filling out the attached form.  There will be no manual option.  Those without access to a phone or computer will be provided with access at the union hall. The information provided by our members is confidential and will be used by Unifor Local 88 and Simply Voting solely for the purpose of communication, elections and voting for strike mandates, ratifications and other membership issues and will not be shared with any other party. The Simply Voting system ensures that no one is able to see how individuals vote.  It is encrypted and deleted by Simply Voting and not accessible by anyone else. We have researched the process and are confident in it. Check out their website here: https://www.simplyvoting.com/ All members must register in order to vote. Retirees can register to vote for Executive Board positions. GMIN is not required for Retirees. Just clock number. If you have any questions or concerns please email vote@unifor88.ca Please click here to register.


  • With the current limits on the number of people that can be at a gathering we have come up with a signup form to give those interested a way to attend the GMM on October 25, 2020 and a way for us to do our due diligence. It will also help us keep a record of attendees in case we need to contact trace. Please note if you are not on the signup list you will not be allowed entry. Thanks.


  • Here is a link to the latest Columbia Sportswear discount link on the CAMI website.   Click here  


  • The Company has asked us to share this memo that shows the work hours and break times for the week of August 30, 2020 & the 10 hour shifts.


  • We need your help! As we look to celebrate International Women’s day on March 8, 2019. Our own local is having a breakfast at the union hall cooked by the Local 88 brothers. Its a FREE meal open to any Local 88 members. The Women’s Committee in conjunction with Local 88 Comms would like to ask anyone attending the meeting or breakfast tomorrow to bring a DONATION of Feminine Products to support our local shelters. These items are the least donated and the most needed. Members are also welcome to drop off donations Sunday Feb 24 from 8am-1pm International Women’s Day – March 8, 2019   The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world. Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.  


  •   The Communications committee has been hard at work today on our website and app. We’ve made a lot of changes under the hood to speed up and increase the performance of both. Noticeable changes on the front end have been kept to a minimum to keep user experience consistent. The biggest change you may notice is that there is no longer a login required for the app or the pages of the site. There are no more pop-ups asking for you to log in. We are working on a members only news page for each unit just in case there is ever any sensitive Local 88 only news that needs to be shared. It will be password protected but it will have a universal password to make it easier. We don’t want anyone to miss anything important. Any questions or concerns please let us know here. Thanks and enjoy from your friendly neighbourhood Communications committee.


  • The following are the ratification results from both units 88 & 222 combined: AWC Ratification Results ………………….YES          NO Oshawa       16             39 Ingersoll      27             1 Total            43             40 RATIFIED    51.8%