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  •   Throughout this pandemic, our union has developed new ways for members to gather, organize and fight for a world that works better for workers. Unifor young workers are no different. The world we’re leaving for the next generation of workers is not in great shape. Even before the pandemic hit, we knew that a climate crisis combined to an inequality crisis had the potential of leaving the young generation worst off than any other previously. It’s fair to say that those concerns for the viability of good, decent jobs on a healthy planet are even more present today. This fall, Unifor Young Workers are inviting you to participate in virtual events in the lead-up to the World Day for Decent Work on October 7, 2021. In these difficult and trying times for everyone, Unifor Young Workers say: Our future is worth the fight. This virtual series will include one informal gathering for young workers, one webinar open to all members, and an email conference that all interested members can sign up to. You will find more details and registration information for each virtual event below. Local unions are encouraged to share this information with young workers in their membership. Please help us connect and reach out to as many young workers as possible in the coming weeks. All events are free of charge. Our future is worth the fight – Young Workers Zoom Gathering Sunday, October 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time Open to Unifor members who are 35 years old and under. Young workers are invited to join us for a fun, bilingual, informal gathering to hear from active and engaged Unifor young workers committee members and other young workers from across the country. Register here Our future is worth the fight – Webinar open to all members Join Unifor Young Workers to mark the World Day for Decent work. This bilingual webinar will feature the voices of young workers, current activities and campaigns, and a very special launch you won’t want to miss! Allies welcome (no age limit!). Wednesday October 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Open to all Unifor members (no age limit!) Register here Our future is worth the fight – Email conference Sign up to receive two emails per day from October 3 to 7. This pop-up newsletter will feature the voices of Unifor young workers, important updates on current issues and projects, and many tools to learn how you can be part of the fight for a better world for all. Allies welcome (no age limit)! Sign up to the email conference here. You will receive two emails per day from October 3 to 7. We hope that you will join Unifor young workers as they carry our fight forward to the next generations. For more information, contact Unifor’s Young Workers Liaison, Roxanne Dubois. In solidarity, Jerry Dias National President


  • The following election results are certified by Simply Voting to have been securely processed and accurately tabulated by our independently managed service. Congratulations to the newly elected. Thank you for your patience in our first ever electronic election. In Solidarity, Bruce Bennett Election Committee. Original posted Election results for reference.  


  • GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE ALL UNIFOR LOCAL 88 MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND DATE: SUNDAY September 26, 2021 TIME: 10:30 A.M. PLACE: Meeting Via Zoom ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Roll call of Local 88 Leadership Respect to Deceased Members of Local 88 Business Arising from the Previous Meeting Correspondence / Executive Reports and Recommendations Minutes of the Previous Meeting Financial Secretary Report Delegate Reports Standing Committee Reports Shop / Bargaining Committee Reports Old and New Business Adjournment Sign Interpreter(s) will be available upon request. (Pre-registration is required by September 20, 2021). Contact Brent Tree at 519 425 0952 ext.101 or by email brenttree@unifor88.ca Please note: Sign up online to attend the General Membership meeting via Zoom Posted September 17,2021 You will receive a Zoom meeting the link the day before the GMM.  


  • Just a reminder Runoff elections start just after 1am tonight. Watch your inbox for the voting link like last time. Reminder if you are a retiree/out of the plant for more than 6 months/AWC etc. you are only voting for the one question this time around (Vice President) so don’t panic and think there should be more. Unit 1 (GM – CAMI) you are voting for Exec (VP) and Specialty Rep runoffs this time around. With the exception of C Shift Welding/Material handling where you will have your zone Rep runoff there too. In the event that you run into voting issues please close your ballot and call Elections Help at (519) 425-0952 ext. 104 between 8am and 4pm on Thursday, September 16th. Should you have issues and contact elections for help, please allow Simply Voting time to update the information as they do it in batches throughout the day. You can also email 88electionhelp@gmail.com up until 4:30pm on Friday, September 17th, after this point it’s too late to make changes to the voting lists (resends, additions, etc). Good luck to all of the candidates. Results will be posted Saturday. Local 88 Elections Committee.


  • Available for Members. Any Questions feel free to contact Kim Shepstone


  • Greetings, Unifor will be hosting two forums in Ontario to bring together Union leadership, activists, employers and community organizations to foster new ideas, partnerships and connections, as well as to create tools, strategies, and policies for racial justice – in our locals, workplaces and communities. These forums are a part of the Federal Government Anti-Racism Action Program grant that Unifor was accepted for in 2020. Unifor strongly believes that it is critical for us to unite, learn and support each other and collaborate in an effort to dismantle and eliminate racism and build a truly anti-racist labour movement and world. These events will be hosted in each region by one of our five Racial Justice Liaisons. Each event is unique, consisting of panel discussions, guest speakers and breakout rooms for all of us to be able to converse, share perspectives and ideas that will contribute to this work. This event is open to all. However, we are sending invitations to key allies and partners who we believe will find this conversation useful in their own work. We all need to be a part of the solution to combat racism. We will be compiling tools, practices, resources and identify paths towards racial justice for working people. Join us and be a part of the change. Event Information and Registration Ontario Racial Justice Forum: Lessons for Taking on Racism | Forum de l’Ontario pour la justice sociale : Leçons retenues pour lutter contre le racisme Sep 18, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Registration Link: https://unifor.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvd-CqqDsiEtMoUCxtSVd6jIege1KYO82a Ontario Racial Justice Forum: Racism is a virus | Forum de l’Ontario pour la justice raciale : Le racisme est un virus Oct 16, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Registration Link: https://unifor.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qf-ytqTIqHtCM41zoq9KEFP7aFGip_MoR


  • Thursday September 2, 2021. Local 88 Unit 2 AWC held its Ratification vote today at the Local 88 union hall this afternoon.


  • Bargaining Committee Memo AWC Unit # 2 Ingersoll members Ratification or Information Meeting Thursday September 2, 2021 1:00 pm Unifor Local 88 Hall 364 Victoria St. Ingersoll If There Is A Tentative Agreement Agenda • 1:00 p.m. – General Collective Agreement, Benefits, Economics                                  • Discussion on changes to agreement                                   • Vote on Tentative agreement In Solidarity AWC Unit # 2 Bargaining Committee


  • TO: All Ontario Local Unions and National Representatives Greetings,   Re: The road is our workplace campaign We would urge all Unifor Local Unions and National Representatives to promote this important initiative looking to make Ontario roads safer. Please share on your social media pages and Local Union websites to engage all of our members in transportation, logistics and warehousing. Safer roads and infrastructure are not only for long haul truck drivers but regional users and delivery personnel also need safe haven rest areas. Please click the link below to view the additional documentation and to education yourselves on this important topic. Please complete the form to email your MPP and tell them you support this long-haul drivers’ campaign for safe places to park. Your message will also be copied to the Minister of Transportation and to the Premier. https://www.unifor.org/en/take-action/campaigns/road-our-workplace Thank you. In solidarity, Len Poirier Road Transport Director


  •     To: Local Union Presidents and Recording Secretaries Greetings, The incredible tough year continues for our members with restrictions in place curtailing many programs of our union, especially the in-person activities of the Recreation Department. The virtual ‘Fantasy Hockey Pool’ held during last year’s hockey season was a tremendous success with close to 1,700 of our Unifor members participating, from coast to coast to coast. The Recreation Department is building on that success with the 1st Annual Unifor NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL POOL. It is a simple straight forward pool, you don’t have to be an expert to participate, no entry fee for Unifor members and retirees and some great weekly/monthly prizes along with the overall grand prize winners at the end of the season. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 8th and the link for the pool is www.unifor.org/nflpool Please share this information with your members, the more the merrier and good luck to all the participants. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at recreation@unifor.org In solidarity, Bill Apsey John Aman Chair, National Recreation Committee                Director, Recreation Department