LOCAL 199: 124 BUNTING RD., ST. CATHARINES, L2P 3G5 PHONE: 905-682-2611  FAX: 905-682-9393  
3 Day Grievance Handling

Date: Oct 30, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Unifor Local 199

Unifor Soccer Tournament

Date: Nov 01, 2014
Time: 7:30 AM
Location: Mississauga


     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.


With the abundance of street signs, leaflets in your mail box, politicians shaking hands and kissing babies in our neighbourhoods, there can be no doubt we are in the final days of an election campaign. October 27th 2014 resident of Niagara will be asked to select Mayors, City & Regional Councillors as well as School Board Trustees to represent us for the next 3 years. Over the years our membership has made it clear they don't want and don't like being told who to vote for, so we will not do so.

However, it is important to note that elections are an opportunity for us to talk to candidates and make sure they know what is important to the people they will represent and serve over the next few years. I urge you to participate in the process, ask questions. I also stress it is important that your entire family exercise their democratic right to vote.

From a Unions perspective we want to work towards a healthy & fair community, we want to see made in Canada Procurement Policies where all levels of government support purchasing products made in Canada. Fair wages and Working Conditions, where our children can get good jobs with fair wages above the minimum standards some politicians support. Quality Education is a vital for the next generation to prosper and succeed, cutting education funding is the wrong way to go. Niagara is going through a rough period we see an increasing number of empty plants and brown space where thousands were once employed. Looking to the future a sustainable Green Plan is required to protect our agricultural land, limit urban sprawl and revitalize industrial waste land. This will help create new Green Jobs, protect our environment and start to reverse climate change. Please take the time and opportunity to select the candidates who have the same vison for our community. Cutting taxes, eliminating jobs, reducing services is not the way to build a healthy community.

I would like to congratulate Local 199 members, Dave Haywood, Larry Lemelin & Bob McReady for taking the initiative to run in these election, we wish them good luck.

Our local Union has received requests from a multitude of candidates running for office, many have asked for volunteers to help during their campaigns. If you would like to make a difference please volunteer, sometimes it only takes a few hours to make a difference.

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

Recreation Curling & Soccer Tournaments

There are two recreation events coming up both are national events sponsored by Unifor. The first event is an Indoor Soccer Tournament which will be held in Mississauga Saturday 1st of November. The second recreation event is the National Curling Tournament which will be held at Midland Curling Club. November 15th 2014. If you are interested in more information click on the links.

Soccer 2014
Curling 2014

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

Discounted 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

Retirement Planning

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

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

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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