How Do I Download The Local 88 Podcast?

  We have had several people unsure of how to download a podcast so we have put together a small instruction document on how to do so. Click on the maple leaf to take you to the instruction page.     Link to Podcast Page

On the Line Episode 2 Podcast

  Unifor Local 88 Podcast Episode 2 We talk layoffs, buyouts, grievance wins and upcoming events. Don’t forget to subscribe so you get them all as they are available. Search “Unifor local 88” where all podcasts are found. Available NOW on Google, Apple, Sticher, and Alexa   On the Line Ep 2 – Text Version

Podcast #2 Member Submitted Questions.

  After a successful first podcast we are looking to do another one. With a different format. Do you have questions for Mike Vanboekel (shop floor chair) or Joe Graves (president of local 88). Perhaps you don’t feel comfortable asking or feel it may be a silly question. Nows your chance! Use the enclosed form. Questions are anonymous. Ask us anything. We will gather the results and answer ones we can! Great chance to clarify information! To hear the first podcast please search  “Unifor Local 88” where podcast are available.   Local 88 Comms.  

International Womens Day – Call to Action!

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 ar...

Photo Contest Winners!

  We are very pleased with the number of photos that were entered into this year’s photo contest and the excellent quality of the photos sent in. There were over 100 photos submitted. The Judges (Joe Graves, Allan Fisher, and Keith Ackworth) had a very difficult time choosing the top photos as they were all so great! Some of the photos just took my breath away. The winning pictures are below but we encourage everyone to check out our Flickr album where all of the entries are displayed. The photo contest winners were: Stacey Scott – Flag and rainbow Laura Kosi – Snowy forest Stacey Scott – Unifor Memorial Terry Layland – By the mill fall lake scene Harry Schut – Sunset Lake Tree Hayley Widerick – Women on Guard (This one is the GRAND PRIZE WINN...

Website & App Changes

  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...

OTL Newsletters Online

  Did you know that you can view any Off The Line newsletter issue online? All the way back to 1991… The latest issues are up to date including the December 2018 edition. If you are a long time member and have any of the early, lost, editions that we could borrow to scan and add that would be much appreciated. Specifically pre-1995. If you have any lost editions please email the Communications committee here. Click on the pic below to take you to the newsletter page…take a trip back to the past and stay informed about the present.  

United Way Reveal.

      On December 14th, GM CAMI Assembly and UNIFOR Local 88 employees shared some #locallove in celebrating another successful United Way Campaign. While these ‘Every Day Heroes’ don’t always wear capes, they do make the world a better place when they all band together. Committed to supporting local community initiatives and providing opportunities for a brighter future, today they revealed a campaign total of $482 071 to be shared between @unitedwayoxford and @unitedwayemca Thanks to everyone for their support!!

Podcast Poll

  We need your help. Please CLICK HERE to take a VERY short poll on what topics you would like to hear on the On The Line Podcast. Thanks. Communications Committee.  

Unifor Local 88 “On the Line” PODCAST with Mike Van Boekel

With all the stuff going on around us in regards to bill 148 repeal, Oshawa closure and USMCA. The communications committee thought it would be a good idea to sit down with plant chair Mike Van Boekel in a podcast type interview to discuss these things, CAMI plus much more! We will be adding a transcribed version later today (at the bottom of this) for people that wish to read it. We are looking at continuing this, hosting all kinds of different local 88 members and elected reps. Please feel free to email any feedback to We hope you enjoy it. As of right now you can download it off our site and the google play store (or the google podcast app) We are waiting for iTunes to approve and will add the link when it is. In solidarity, Local 88 Communications. Podcast PDF Ver...

In-plant update on Oshawa Announcement. Update 2

  Update 2.0 the in plant committee has asked us to post the following edit to this update Normal shifts for tomorrow. Everyone should report as normal. UPDATE ON OSHAWA Mike Van Boekel  has asked we post this information on his behalf as he is currently in Oshawa in meetings. The bargaining team is headed to Oshawa to meet with Local 222 and the National, due to the announcement this morning of the impending closure of the GM Oshawa facility. As a result of this announcement the Oshawa complex staged a wildcat effective Nov 26 (day shift) going forward through afternoons and midnight. 3 shifts The wildcat HAS been settled and the company and union have agreed to further talks. Production at Oshawa will resume as normal Tues Nov 26 2018. As a result of the wildcat today. CAMI has rele...

United Way Myths

United Way Canvassing As this years campaign is underway we are again answering questions about where the money goes and how much of it gets to the actual recipient. First things first. Generally, the memes and Facebook posts are FALSE. A simple web search could eliminate a lot of these falsehoods.  If you are concerned about where your money is going, do the research. Spreading false unchecked information doesn’t help the goal. If you don’t want to donate that’s more than fine, but please respect those who do. So, in an attempt to provide FACTUAL information, we have provided the following information Your donations stay local!! MIND YOUR MEMES. RESEARCH – CLICK HERE This is an example of a few of Elgin County’s investments. More can be found on the United Way webs...

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