Local 88’s Executive and Inplant representatives would like to thank all of Local 88’s membership for their patience’s and understanding while dealing with the COVID-19 issues. Mike VanBoekel and his committee have been meeting constantly with the continuingly moving issues with the virus. At every meeting the main focus was always the Health & Safety of our members. When the call was made to temporarily shut down the plant, your Inplant Committee went to work to get the information members were asking for. E.I. application and reporting guide has been posted on the Local 88 website on steps required to process your Employment Insurance claim with Service Canada. If you are having issues or have any questions please go to the Local website www.unifor88.ca to get information on services available during layoff. Layoffs at this time have been announce for a 2-week period, any changes will be published on our site and through the news media. Everyone in Ontario should be practicing social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people, except their immediate family members. Please take all precautions and follow the steps that have been put out by various government agencies and disease centres. Our membership has always shown strength and solidarity through all obstacles thrown our way for over 30 years and we will get through this one. Please take care of your family members and see you back at work, once this virus is contained, be safe, thank you.