Unit 1

People’s trade town hall – Hamilton

This is a community town hall to discuss an issue that impacts all of us – trade. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation as Unifor re-imagines what a People’s Trade agenda might look like. Hear from Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Canadians deserve to have a voice in the development of trade policy. We need to set the rules for what trade should achieve and how trade should work for us – not just for corporations. Join us for an important community conversation as we discuss and develop a People’s Trade Agenda, together. Over the course of 2018, Unifor will hold a series of open town halls in communities all across Canada and Quebec to talk about how trade has directly impacted our lives and how we can imagine it working differently. If you want to find ...

Statement on U.S. tariffs to aluminum and steel and threats to good jobs and Canada’s economy

Message from Jerry Dias, Unifor National I write today in support of the thousands of Unifor members working in the steel and aluminum sectors, including 1,000 at Rio Tinto in British Columbia and 3,000 aluminum workers in Quebec, our 40,000 auto sector members and all the workers across Canada who depend on these good union jobs and industries for their livelihood. The American government has announced that it will impose steep tariffs on the import of steel and aluminum into the U.S. but has yet to indicate if Canada will receive an exemption or be hit by these punishing duties. Make no mistake, if America imposes duties on steel and aluminum and Canada doesn’t walk away from NAFTA immediately then we will no longer be negotiating, we’ll be capitulating to Trump. The proposed tariffs on ...

Plastic Bottle Deposit Petition.

Over a billion bottles and cans don’t get recycled in Ontario each year! Sign this petition to help change that.These recyclables either end up in our landfills or littered in our streets, parks and rivers. Recyclables are being washed downstream and polluting our Great Lakes and drinking water. Tiny bits of plastic are being eaten by small fish and other animals which cause chemicals to enter the food chain. Ontario needs to do a much better job of recycling to protect our Environment and Human Health. Ontario has the worst recycling return rate than any other province in Canada. Next time you are drinking from a bottle or can, please read the label. It will say, “Return for Refund where Applicable” Return for Refund programs are found throughout Canada and the United States. It’s time fo...

Unifor National Scholarships

Greetings: Unifor recognizes that the costs associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working-class families.  To assist in making education more accessible, we’ve established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each.  Five of these scholarships are administered by the Quebec Council with a separate application form (see www.uniforquebec.org).  Residents of Quebec must apply using that application process. The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing.  Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.  One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority. D...

Shutdown Confirmation/Vacation Scheduling – Begins the week of March 12

Attached is the memo from the company confirming Summer Shutdown as the first two weeks of July (2nd and 9th) Vacation Scheduling is set to begin March 12, 2018 Vacation Scheduling proxy forms and Production Shift Calendar are also included Copy of 2018 – 2019 Shift Calendar PROD Round 1 FINAL Vac Proxy PRODUCTION PROD Round 2 Proxy Vac PRODUCTION MTNCE Round 1 FINAL Vac Proxy MAINTENANCE MTNCE Round 2 Proxy Vac MAINTENANCE ONLY 2018 confirmed shutdown dates

International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day (RSI Day)

Message from Unifor National Dear Sisters and Brothers, On February 28, we mark the International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day (RSI Day). Injured workers and labour activists founded RSI Day as an annual event to raise awareness and increase protection against these serious, and potentially disabling, injuries which are often incurred on the job. Unifor will continue to call on all provinces and territories to expand mandatory ergonomic regulations. All governments must adopt strong workplace regulations, backed by robust enforcement, to protect workers from painful, costly and unnecessary injuries. On RSI Day and on every day, we encourage all members to take a moment to examine their workspace to identify hazards that could lead to RSIs and to bring any concerns to your local h...

2018 Unifor Family Education Program-REVISED DATES

Please find attached the 2018 Unifor Family Education Program Application. The deadline to submit is April 20, 2018. Unifor Family Education Program 2018 Revised

Pharmacare-A Plan For Everyone

On Monday, February 12, 2018, Mike Van Boekel, GM CAMI Unit Chairperson and Dan Borthwick, Unifor 88 President made a presentation to Ingersoll Town Council on the need for a National Pharmacare Program. The Town of Ingersoll passed the attached resolution unanimously. ON-Municipal-Pharmacare Resolution 2017 Take one minute to send your MP a message using the link below. Ask them to stand up and take action on pharmacare. Send your Member of Parliament a message right now: http://www.aplanforeveryone.ca/mp We urge every member to contact their MP.

Important Benefits Notice, Action Centre and T4 address confirmation needed

The following is information on your Action Center. The Action Centre has been set up for members of Local 88 who have been affected by the layoff in August 2017 or individuals who find themselves requiring assistance with Service Canada. Please call Bob Craig if you have any questions on the center or services may be available to you through Service Canada.   GM CAMI Unifor Action Centre  Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm 37 William Street Ingersoll, ON 519-425-4155 gmcamiunifor88ac@gmail.com   WHAT IS AN ACTION CENTRE? It is a facility that has been set up for all GM CAMI Assembly Plant employees affected by the layoffs in July and August 2017.  The purpose of the Action Centre is to help you find that next job or training opportunity.  Or perhaps you need help in preparing for yo...

Changes to OT Schedule.

Revised Operating Schedule *NEW Starting February 16, 2018: All Repair and Quality (QCVI) teams will be scheduled to work every Saturday, on one shift alternating between (Midnights & Days) until further notice. Operating Schedule PDF You can also now find the updated/printable Operating Schedule in the “Calendars” Menu at the top. Scroll to the bottom of that page.

New Website Live!!

Hello everyone, Our new website is now live. We have listened to your suggestions and slimmed things down and made things easier to find. The most commonly looked for items are up front. If you are a Local 88 member join our members area to connect with your work family, Buy/ Sell, post events etc. Welcome! We are working on our app. There may be a few days of service interruption while we switch it over. Also depending on your service provider it will take them time for our site to filter through their cached  servers but we are here and ready to go! I’d personally like to thank the entire Communications team for All of their hard work brainstorming, web designing, graphics designing, and building. It’s been a busy two months. Thanks go out to: Nick D’Avirro Keith Ackwor...

Possible App downtime

Good afternoon everyone. Just a notice that during the afternoon, Saturday, you may experience some service interruptions while we work on the new site getting everything set up. We will try to make it as intermittent as possible. You can still access info directly through the site, unifor88.ca   Thanks. Allan.

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