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  • Unit 2: AWC Members, click on this link to submit your bargaining proposals. https://forms.gle/RrX8Hg365JNEkuhU9 Or download and fill out this form.  Please return it to Chairperson, Mel Boelsterli by Thursday, July 29th, 3pm at the latest.  Email: melboelsterli@yahoo.ca In Solidarity, Brent Tree, President


  • Please Note: If you previously registered for the ratification vote last December or are a retiree that has already given us your email you do not need to re-register. – Also – Do not use the app to register, please use your browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox etc.) To the Members of Unifor Local 88: 2021 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 the summer of 2021 we need to ensure all eligible members will be able to participate in these important processes. 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. If you have any questions or concerns please email elections@unifor88.ca   Schedule of upcoming election:


  • In this one Joe and Mike talk about everything from Sub benefits to the BrightDrop program and everything in between. This video is densely packed so make sure to watch it all. Any questions about the information in the video please talk to your Rep. If you need their contact info check out the Contact Us link at the top of the page.  


  • The Local 88 Executive Board has made the decision to hold virtual GMM’s for the duration of the  lockdown in person gathering limitations. Until restrictions ease and we can get back to in person meetings. To do this we will be using Zoom. The Meeting takes place Sunday June 27th at 10:30 am. If you’ve never been to a GMM this is the perfect opportunity to see what they are all about! Please use the signup form below. Those signed up will receive the meeting link the day before. Deadline for signup is Saturday June 26th at Noon. We will send a list of guidelines on how we run the meeting along with the link. All Local 88 meetings follow Unifor anti harassment policy. Anti-harassment policy: Every individual has the right to dignity and respect within the union and within the workplace. Creating and preserving a safe harassment-free environment at all union activities, events and meetings is our collective responsibility. As such, Unifor’s anti-harassment policy will be in effect for this meeting and this space. https://www.unifor.org/en/about- unifor/constitution/unifor-harassment-policy-union-events  


  • With the current limit of 50 people that can be at a gathering we have are using a signup form to give those interested a way to attend the GMM on March 28, 2021 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.  


  • Hard copies will be available at the inplant / unit offices. Each year, Unifor Local 88 funds four (4) bursaries for the sum of $750.00 each. Unifor Local 88 members’ children graduating from secondary school and entering their first year of post-secondary education in a Canadian institution such as a university, college or technology institute are eligible to apply for the bursaries. These are entrance bursaries only.  Students entering their second or further years of study or entering first year after a gap between secondary and post-secondary are not eligible. Submissions must include ALL of the following items for consideration: Official application form Letter(s) of recommendation School grades Registration and acceptance from post-secondary institution (if available at this time) Answers to all of the five (5) application questions which must be submitted in both of the following formats: hardcopy on 8.5” x 11” paper electronically in PDF file format on a USB memory stick or by email to lindaleyten@unifor88.ca PLEASE NOTE * The answers to the essay questions make up 75% of the total scoring.  The method of scoring is as follows: Bursary application packages are received by the Financial Secretary who then: scores the content of bursary package submissions determining that all requested information and documentation has been provided by the applicant. removes all identifying information from the essay question portion of the application. makes three copies of each anonymous essay question portion of the package sending one from each applicant to the three judges. The judges: score the essay questions based on content, spelling and grammar return the anonymous packages back to the Financial Secretary. The Financial Secretary averages the scores of the three judges from the essay questions for each applicant, then adds the averaged essay question scores to the scoring of the bursary package submissions. The applicants with the top four scores are awarded one each of the four available bursaries. Successful applicants will be required to submit documentation indicating their acceptance into an institution previously mentioned as well as proof of registration before any monies are presented. The selection process and award decision will be made solely by the Unifor Local 88 Bursary committee. All decisions are final. By completing and submitting the application you give Unifor Local 88 permission to reproduce your answers and name for promotion in our Unifor Local 88 newsletter, website, promotional displays and advertising material. Submissions will not be returned. Applications must be received at the Unifor Local 88 union hall office or your unit or inplant union office by the deadline: 3:30PM, Friday, April 30, 2021 in order to be considered. Unifor Local 88 Office (Union Hall) P.O. Box 158, 364 Victoria St. Ingersoll, ON N5C 3K5 Entries can also be emailed to lindaleyten@unifor88.ca


  • 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 Do not use the app to register. Use your browser   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.