Retiree News


Retirees. Unifor is holding a rally at Dieppe Gardens, 78 Riverside Dr. W., in Windsor on January 11th. National has booked some buses already. If you wish to be on one of them, you need to email Sister Dolan at          in order to book a seat. The buses are leaving from these locations.They will be straight runs to Windsor, so maximum seating (55) is hoped for. 1) Oshawa Local 222 2) Brampton Local1285 3) St. Catherines Local 199 4) Kitchener Local 1106 5) London National Office The rally is at  11:00 am, with the buses heading back at 1:00 pm I shall have this information with me at our meeting on Wednesday. In solidarity Brian Ginty

Retiree meeting

On January 9, 2019, we shall be holding the first meeting of this new year. As usual, the meeting will start at 10:00 am sharp. I would ask that you submit your annual dues check of $24.00 at this time. Although not a lot of money, these dues will go towards financing bus trips, euchre games, etc, throughout the year. At the meeting, we shall be brought up-to-date on events at the plant, and what has or has not changed in our benefits. There will be a pot luck lunch served after the meeting ends. I look forward to seeing you all again. In solidarity Brian Ginty

Christmas lunch

The retiree Christmas lunch will be held on November 14, 2018. All retirees and spouses are invited to attend. You must submit either a cheque or cash in the amount of $25 per person, by October 31, to guarantee your meal. When you arrive for the meeting/lunch,  your payment shall be returned to you.. If you order a plate but do not show, this will be kept and used to help cover the cost. You may pay at the October 10 meeting if you like. As usual, all meetings will start at 10 am sharp. I look forward to seeing you all there. In solidarity

Skilled Trades Retirement Celebration

  Thursday Sept. 27th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm come out to the union hall and celebrate our latest Skilled Trades retirees. Please click here for complete details.

National Pharmacare Survey

  The Unifor Retiree Council in Port Elgin has asked that we share this survey with our members and ask that we participate. There is a quick survey or if you have the time there is a longer questionnaire. Take Survey/Questionaire here.

Goderich mine strike

Retirees. There is a bus going out of Unifor Local 636 on Thursday, June 28 at 9:45 a.m. and then bus will return to Unifor Local 636 around 5-5:30 p.m. We need to go to Goderich and show support to our members there on strike. This is not an ideal time for the miners, as there is no need for road salt until the end of the year. So while scab miners from the U.S. dig out the salt, we are going to have a rally and BBQ with the strikers. As this is a weekday rally, we need as many retirees as possible to help bolster the strikers. Please contact Joe Graves       in order to secure your seat on the bus. In solidarity Brian

April 27, 2018 Advance vote

Please keep April 27, 2018 in mind. The plant triennial elections take place this May, with the advance voting open on April 27, 2018. This is the ONLY time you can vote. It will take place in the Union Hall starting from 600 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. As members in good standing, all retirees are eligible to cast their vote at this time for all Executive positions. This will be an interesting event, with some major changes happening through the democratic process. As I am retired, I don’t do early mornings these days, but will get there around 11:00 a.m. I hope to see many retirees use their right to help set a new Executive for the next 3 years. In solidarity Brian

New website almost ready.

The new Unifor Local 88 website will be launching very soon. There will be all things that were on the old site + some new features like a more compact easier to navigate design with links to all things Local 88 and an improved members area. Please note – over the next two weeks some features of the old site may be intermittent as we move the last few things over to the new one. We will try to keep any interruptions as brief as possible. We are not currently approving members trying to sign up for the old members area because it will be shutting down shortly so if you have been trying to sign up in the last few weeks you will need to sign up again after we launch. Stay tuned we will keep everyone updated.


The Retiree Chapter elections will happen this year. The schedule for the election of Unifor Local 88 Retiree Chapter Officers shall be every three (3) years. Nominations shall be in March, elections in April (runoff in May if needed), to take office in June. The Retiree Executive Board members are: Brian Ginty……….Chair Doug Howey…….Vice-Chair Janet Booker…..Recording Secretary …..Financial Secretary Gary Hansen……Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Esseltine…Trustee Bob Clifford…….Trustee Responsibilities of the Local Union Retired Workers Chapter Officers   a) The officers of the Retired Workers Chapter will include: Chairperson,  Vice-Chairperson, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary,  Sergeant-At-Arms, and two (2) Trustees.           b) ...

2018 Retiree meetings and United Way

Here we go again. Welcome to a new year. The meeting dates for 2018 are as follows… January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13 (BBQ), August 8, September 12, October 10, and November 14 (Christmas lunch). All meetings are scheduled to start at 10:00 am, so I ask that you try to be on time. At the meeting on January 10, we shall have the Local 88 members campaigning  for the United Way here. Please bring an open mind and a blank cheque with you. (SMILE) On the topic of money, retiree dues of $24.00 are due for 2018. Please continue to support our small group. Keep in mind that this is an election year for both the Local 88 Retiree Chapter as well as elections in the plant. As members in good standing, we have the right to vote for three Local positions. They are…...

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