DCT Service Canada and Service Ontario Information Session # 2

An information session is on Monday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m.   Here’s what will be covered.   Employment Insurance Information How & when to apply Benefit type Benefit entitlement Your rights & obligations My Service Canada Account Plus more Employment Ontario Programs and Services Information Where you can obtain local Employment related information Workshops include: Resume preparation Interview preparation Knowing where and how to look for a job Second Career Looking to attending school Apprenticeship Information How to become an apprentice Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities Resources that you have access to Computers – for job search Fax machines Employment Counselling Group Sessions PLUS 1-1 Interviews Plus More Job Fairs – upcoming Please call to confirm a spot i...

Get mobilized – Together for Respect April 18 rallies!

Message from Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director Dear Unifor members, On April 18, hospital workers all across Ontario will be rallying near hospitals as part of a province-wide joint union bargaining campaign that demands better working conditions and compensation for 75,000 health care workers. Working in alliance with SEIU Healthcare and CUPE, the Together for Respect rallies will be held in various communities. Show your support for our union brothers and sisters in health care by attending one of these rallies on Wednesday, April 18, a complete list is below. I will be in Kitchener to show my support, and if you are in the area I hope you can join me. If you can’t make it to any of the rallies listed below, there are many ways to support hospital workers. All you need to d...

Stop Trump Tariffs

Message from Jerry Dias, President Unifor Dear members, As you may have heard, U.S. President Donald Trump is introducing chaos into trade relations with Canada. His latest attack on Canadian workers put five pulp & paper mills in jeopardy of closure. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce levied a new round of “anti-dumping” duties on products produce by Kruger Inc. in Corner Brook, N.L. and Catalyst Paper in Powell River, Port Alberni, and Crofton B.C. In all, 1,500 jobs could vanish by the end of the year. These tariffs have one goal in mind: weaken Canadian paper manufactures for the benefit of U.S. producers—some of whom are close personal friends of the president. Unifor has responded with a high profile campaign to fight back against Trump the bully. I’m asking you take two...

Employment Standards Act Regulation 502/06 ACTION NEEDED To Revoke Unfair Personal Emergency Leave Regulation

Unifor Local 88 sent a letter to the Premier of Ontario in January of this year requesting that Employment Standards Act Regulation 502/06 Paid Emergency Leave be abolished. We outlined the shortcomings of this regulation. The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, passed last year, allows workers 10 days of personal emergency leave with two paid days for illness, injury, bereavement or other emergencies.  Under a newly added exemption in regulation 502/06, auto workers would be entitled to only seven days for personal or family illness or emergencies, and none of them paid. The Employment Standards Act should apply fairly to all workers, yet the government has deliberately chosen to create a double standard with one group of workers singled out to receive less protection than the majority. Over...


As a show of solidarity to the Humboldt Broncos and their families after the tragic event that happened in Saskatchewan Thursday April 12 2018 will be Jersey/Green Shirt day at Cami across all 3 shifts. This initiative is Canada wide. So tell your friends and neighbours!   Members are encouraged to take pics of their teams participating and share on Social Media using the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt *please use discretion and common sense when posting pics of in plant areas.

Don’t rush a bad deal on NAFTA: Unifor

Please read the following message from Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. I urge each Unifor Local 88 member to participate. We have a once in a generation opportunity to fix fundamental flaws with NAFTA, but that opportunity is about to be squandered. After spending months in negotiations, the Canadian government is considering signing on to an “Agreement in Principle” with the American and Mexican governments, which would commit us to a deal without knowing the specifics. We can’t let this happen. Add your voice to show Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland that they must not sign another bad trade deal without even knowing what’s in it. Sign up now to send a united message. This deal could come as early as Friday, April 13. Add your name and send the link to y...

DCT Ingersoll Severance Pay

DCT has informed Unifor Local 88 by email that final pays for members laid off March 26, 2018 will be sent out by April 13, 2018. A letter and a cheque will be sent to each employee laid off. The letter will explain your severance pay, vacation monies, regular earnings, etc. and your options. Please read carefully before cashing the cheque. If you do not agree with letter or the amount of the cheque, you need to contact the Union Hall Office immediately so that we can address your concern. Any questions please call 519-425-0952 ext. 101  

Rush NAFTA deal at workers peril

Message from Unifor National April 9, 2018 TORONTO – Amid hurried negotiations to meet an artificial deadline Unifor warns that a rushed North American Free Trade Agreement will put workers in peril. “Canada must not be pushed into a hasty NAFTA deal that will impact workers and jobs for a generation to come,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “There is no reason to sign on to half-baked trade policies simply to meet foreign political agendas.” Reports that a deal “in principle” could be announced as early as this week raise serious concerns as key planks of the new NAFTA have yet to be negotiated. “It defies logic to commit without knowing the ramification on auto and other major industries,” said Dias. “Multiple proposals on rules of origin are being floated so an agreement in p...

National Assignment

I have been offered an assignment with Unifor National. I have accepted this assignment. The assignment will be effective May 1, 2018. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to the membership and leadership of Unifor Local 88. It has been a very rewarding experience and a great opportunity to work with each of you over my 29 years in Unifor Local 88. It has been an honour and a privilege to be part of a team representing each and every one of you in both bad and good times. We as a membership have faced many challenges head on together and have grown in strength doing so. It is my belief that our local union voice is stronger than ever. Our voice is being heard at the National level, in the Community and politically by all levels of governments. Our local union voice has been hea...

DEADLINE APPROACHING!!! Unifor Family Education Program

The deadline to apply for the Family Education Program is coming fast! Submit applications into the Unifor National Office before Friday, April 20th to be considered for this amazing program. The call letter, which includes an application form, is attached. Unifor Family Education Program 2018 Revised

REMINDER: Unifor 88 Bursary Applications-due Friday, April 27, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Unifor Local 88 Bursary Package The applications for 2018 Unifor Local 88 Memorial Bursaries are now available. Applications may be submitted by Unifor Local 88 members’ children who are 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: 1. Official application form 2. Letter(s) of recommendation 3. School grades 4. Registration and acceptance from post-secondary institution (if avai...

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