LOCAL 199: 124 BUNTING RD., ST. CATHARINES, L2P 3G5 PHONE: 905-682-2611  FAX: 905-682-9393  
4 Person Golf Scramble

Date: Sep 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Roseland Golf Club Windsor

Young Workers Conference

Date: Oct 01, 2014
Location: Toronto


     From the Presidents Office

Contact Bruce Allen


Office: 905-682-2611 ext 228

Cell: 905-328-1722

Cell: 905-905-933-2811

Following the election of Wayne Gates to the position of M.P.P. pursuant to the bylaws of local 199 Bruce Allen, Vice President will assume the duties of president. To contact Bruce Allen, please use the contact information above.


Canada's labour Market has ground to a halt; there has been virtually no full-time job creation in the past year. The Government claims Canada's economy is the best in the World, but that isn't supported by the hard evidence. Austerity has hurt the underlying problem, not helped.

To solve the problem, we need a different approach; all stakeholders, Government, Business, Labour, Universities, Colleges, & communities, all need to elevate good paying job creation to the top of the list of policy priorities. We need to take pro-active measures (not just lay out a welcome mat for business) to make it happen.

Jim Stanford, Economist & Author will be making a presentation on Jobs followed by a Q& A session.

Admission is FREE. (Seating is limited to 100... you must register if you plan to attend) Download poster

In Solidarity, Bruce Allen President Unifor Local 199
On Behalf of the Executive Board

Group Home and Auto Insurance

Last month Young's Insurance Company made a presentation to the Executive Board of local 199 and offered to provide Group Home and Auto Insurance to our members. The Board has agreed that for a trail period of 90 days Young's Insurance can offer group insurance rates to our members so we can evaluate the program. Currently United Steel Workers and several police associations have Group Insurance with Young's insurance.

If you are renewing your insurance for your home or Automobiles and would like a quote call the Young's insurance or click on the following link. Please make sure you tell them you are a member of Local 199, family members and retirees are also eligible. We would be very interested to receive feedback regarding the service you have received and if the quote/insurance is lower than your current insurance.

For more infomation Go to www.youngsinsurance.ca or call Andrew Spadzinski 1-800-565-8552 ext 2002 aspadzinski@youngsinsurance.ca .

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In Solidarity, Bruce Allen President Unifor Local 199
On Behalf of the Executive Board

Planning For the Future

Due to continued interest in retirement options from our members we have scheduled two pre-retirement courses in November. These courses are normally scheduled on one day however next week on a trial basis we are scheduling the course over two days.

Part One - Planning For Your Future CPP and OAS Monday 17th November 5:30pm - 7;00 pm

The presentation will be made by Service Canada, and will cover the Canadian Pension Plan, Old Age Security benefits, changes to the CPP/OAS, how to apply, eligibility, credit years, credit splitting and much more. The session will end with a Q & A

Part Two - Planning For Your Future, Saturday November 22nd, 9:30am - 3:15pm

This session will cover several important areas of retirement planning which will include, estate planning and wills, GM pensions & benefits, and will also cover annuities, the Lump sum option. These presentations will be made by a Unifor Lawyer, FirstOntario Credit Union, the GM pension Rep, and local 199 Retiree Chair. Lunch and refreshments is provided.

Class size is limited for both these classes and is open to all our members. Anyone who is considering retiring should consider attend these courses even if you retirement is 5 years away. Please Call or Patti Stoddart or Peter Scott 905-682-2611 x 238 education@unifor199.org

Click here to register by e mail

Coutts Ingram Closure

It is with great sadness that I must announce that Coutts Ingram in Niagara Falls has closed it's doors resulting in the loss of 70 good paying jobs. Originally founded in 1969, Coutts Ingram provided books and electronic content organizations libraries and universities in over 150 countries. Coutts provided a wide range of books published in North America and the United Kingdom and related services to schools, universities, libraries and book stores. These services will now be provided by a location in the US.

After extensive negotiation to keep these services in Canada Unifor Local 199 was forced into negotiating a plant closure agreement that would provide financial support to these workers. The reality is in an economy where full time jobs protected by union negotiated contracts, with good wages and benefits are increasingly scarce, this falls short of what these members need. It continues to be apparent that government policies are failing to keep good paying jobs in Canada which makes matters worse for workers.

On behalf of Unifor Local 199, I want to sincerely thank the Coutts Ingram workers and the Bargaining Committee for their considerable contribution to our local union over the years. We remain fully committed to providing any possible assistance to you through this challenging time.

In Solidarity, Bruce Allen
On behalf of the Executive Board Unifor Local 199

Labour Day 2014

Labour Day is fast approaching and we would like to invite you to join the celebration. This year's Labour Day Parade will start at 11 am at the Pen Centre and ends at the Merritton Lions Park. Our entry will include a band, ten new vehicles and a city bus for our members and retirees who can't walk the route.

All of our members from all of our units, their families & thier friends are invited to attend the parade and the after party back at the union hall. Members who want to walk in the parade should meet at the pen centre parking lot at 10 am. Retirees who want to ride on the City bus should meet a the Union Hall at 9:30 am.

After the parade between 1 pm and 5pm, we have lots of Family entertainment planned back at the Union Hall, we have a Classic car display, Inflatables for kids, BBQ, French Fry and Ice cream trucks, The main EVENT IN A TENT will be live Music by "The Wing Nuts"

Please come out and join us celebrate Labour Day.

2014 Labour Day Poster

In Solidarity
Bruce Allen, President, on behalf of the Executive Board, Unifor Local 199


The sale of our hall has been finalized for $2.3 million. With saying this, we have also agreed to lease back the office space and Retirees Lounge for five (5) years, with another five (5) year option. This will enable our members to still have meetings until the year 2024, if that's what we wish.

The Local also had an offer to purchase land on Glendale Ave. in 2012 which at that time, we gave a deposit. With the length of time it took us to sell our property, we lost this site to another buyer. Due to a misunderstanding by Wayne Gates and Larry Greenhalgh (we thought that if there was another offer for Glendale Ave., we would have five (5) days to purchase the site). Unfortunately, because of our realtor, the offer on Glendale Ave. expired July of 2013. So therefore, because of this confusion, we received additional money for our expenses along with the original deposit, which amounts to a profit of approximately $3,400.00.

Going forward, the Executive will be investing the $2 million from the sale of Bunting Rd. with FirstOntario Credit Union. This will be put in a secure investment and reported at monthly membership meetings.

In the future, our finances of the Local will improve, just in less taxes and utilities alone.

We will keep the membership informed as to what's happening at the Union Hall.

In solidarity,

Bruce Allen, President

Larry Greenhalgh, Financial Secretary, Unifor Local 199

Port Elgin Education Courses

The Unifor Family Education Centre offers a variety of educational programs to our members. A complete listing has been posted at the following link. Application forms are available at the union hall and at the monthly membership meeting.

2014 Port Elgin Courses

General Motors St Catharines Open House & Car Show

On Friday August 8th, 2014 GM St Catharines opened its doors for a walking tour along a pre-designated route. Visitors walked through most areas of the plant. In addition to the open house there were a variety of outdoor displays, a barbeque and the 16th Annual Show and Shine car show. This was a great opportunity for our retirees and our member's families and friend to not only see the component we produce, the vehicles we help make and where the parts are made.

Images from 2014 Car Show

GM Pension Plan Letter

General Motors is sending our letters to our members and retirees pertaining to the solvency of the pension plan. GM is required by law to send this letter but it is confusing our members and raising concern. Rob Acker the GM pension rep has received lots of calls and has written a letter explaining the letter from GM.

Rob Acker Letter


The Executive of Local 199 has been asked when an election will be called due to Wayne Gates, our President being elected as MPP of Niagara Falls.

Bruce Allen has been acting President since January, 2014 and would like to call for an election. The problem is, Wayne needs to resign his position as President as soon as possible, then an election will be called to fill the position of Vice President and any other vacant positions in our local union.

Our Bylaws state (Article 6, Par. 12l) that if the President's office becomes available that the Vice President will fill in for the remainder of the term.

With this being said, we would like to thank Wayne for his many years of service with our Local and the positions he held since becoming a member of Local 199. Just to think, Wayne started at General Motors in the Foundry in 1973 and has worked and educated himself with numerous courses to his new role of MPP in Niagara Falls. This is a magnificent accomplishment. We applaud him and wish him the very best. We know he will never stop working for the working class and all his constituents in Niagara Falls as MPP.

In closing, we will inform the membership as to when we can call the next election.

Issued by,

Bruce Allen

Larry Greenhalgh
Financial Secretary

Unifor Local 199

GM Employment Opportunity

A Supplemental Workforce Employee agreement has been entered into by the Union and the Company. To apply click on the following link and follow the online instruction. You will be asked for a current e mail and resume. On Line Application


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