Unifor Local 88

Progressive Euchre Tournament February 23

February 23, 2019 POEM Progressive Euchre Tournament  

U.A.T. Training Cancelled February 14, 2019

Due to the major accident on the 401 east of the plant, U.A.T. training has been cancelled for the 11:00pm to 7:00am February 14, 2019 shift. The hall is being used by the O.P.P. detachment for interviews and accommodating people involved in the accident. Anyone affected by this cancellation of U.A.T. is expected to report to work for their regular shift.

Proudly Built in Ingersoll

Unifor Local 88 member Sonya Shields called the Local office to inform us that the General Motors dealership Searles in Ingersoll plans on putting sample eyebrow on all of our Equinoxes. What a great idea of displaying our vehicles that are Proudly Built in Ingersoll.  Thank you Searles Motor Products! .

Memo regarding 30 and out pension issue.

The issue of 30 and out pension age-reduction for members retiring at less than 55 years of age from GM Ingersoll has been resolved. Please see the following joint memo from the company and the Union. PM_Unifor Communication_Pension Decision_2112019

Are you fluent in ASL?

From the In-Plant Committees, GM Cami Assembly and Unifor Local 88 acknowledge that there is a gap between the Hearing and Deaf members within our plant. We are looking for individuals (hourly and/or salary) who are fluent in American Sign Language to be used on an “as needed basis” for meetings, cross training and NON- disciplinary issues. We are looking for people on all shifts to support this initiative. You do not have to be a licensed interpreter to apply for this position. If you feel you are qualified for the position, please submit this form directly to Mike VanBoekel or Alexandra McCoy; either in person or through your committeeperson. Successful applicants will be required to go through an interview with the Union, a deaf member and Employee Relations.   DEADLINE TO APPLY IS...

Inplant Message – Recall and STPT intake

  To Local 88 Members The company has informed us they will be recalling 25 more laid off members to begin work full time on March 4. Unofficially I expect another 25 to be recalled in April as well. Phone calls will begin today to begin the canvas to find the next 25. Also if you are currently laid off and are looking for work the company is taking on more STPT’s. The warmer weather will be coming and amount of time off requests has begun to increase. We should see a steady amount of recalls as we are getting many retiree’s each month, so if anyone currently laid off is interested in returning as an STPT until you are recalled please let us know. Mike Van Boekel

Unifor Family Education Program

What is the Unifor Family Education Program? This a unique program where members and their families learn about our Union and about issues facing Canadian families. Each participant must contribute their time (vacation, personal leave, etc.) NO LOST TIME, PER DIEM OR MILEAGE WILL BE PAID. Please read thoroughly the two attachments and if you think it might be a program your family and you may be interested in, please contact me. family education family ed. application

Fallsview Casino Saturday April 13, 2019

  Local 88 is hosting a bus trip to Niagara Falls View Casino on Saturday April 13, 2019. Depart Ingersoll at 8:30 am.


This is just a reminder that we have a meeting coming up on February 13, starting at 10 am (sharp?). We shall be handing out up to 11 new retirement watches at this time. As I attended the pre-retirement seminar no Saturday, February 2, 2019, I have been given a few event offers. Come to the meeting and hear about them. One of the events is a bus trip. Julie Fenn is offering a bus trip to Niagara Falls Casino. The cost is $10/person, with $10 given back in Casino credit. This makes the trip basically FREE. We just need 40 people to prepay when they sign up. The trip is scheduled for April 13, leaving the Cami North lot at 8:30 and returning by 5. If you are not interested in gambling, you could just wander around the falls and the stores. I hope to see many of our 500 plus members at the m...

Unifor National Non-Contact Hockey Tournament

  Unifor National Non-Contact Hockey Tournament April 13 – 14, 2019. Cut-off date for signup is March 29, 2019. For complete rules, sign-up sheets and hotel info click here.  

Dart Tournament & Chilli Cook Off Farts and Darts April 6

  April 6 from 11 – 4 pm at the Local 88 Union hall the POEM Recreation Council is sponsoring a Chilli cookout and dart tournament. Think your chilli is the best? Put it to the test! Cash prizes for the winners!  

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...