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Contact Greg Brady

president@unifor199.org

Office: 905-682-2611 ext 225

Cell: 905-933-5256

FAX: 905-682-9393


Around the Local July 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update regarding local union business and bargaining around the local union.

Bargaining

Since being elected President of Local 199 in May we have negotiated four collective agreements and I am pleased to say the process is going very smoothly. Over the past month we have successfully negotiated new agreements at Tora, John Bear, David Chev, and Grimsby Ford. I must thank the national reps, the bargaining committees and the members in these units for their ongoing support to secure these agreements.

Looking forward it is going to be a busy year, we have four units going into bargaining over the next few months; General Motors, Assemble-Rite, Knights FM and Ed Learn Ford. At the Auto Council held in June Jerry Dias, National President stated that new product for all locations will be the #1 priority in the upcoming bargaining this September. A strong Canadian footprint with growth, longevity, and new product will be the overriding priority in this contract. There will be a strike vote for the GM unit on Sunday Aug 28th at the Merritton Community Centre at 11 am. It is important that all GM members attend this meeting.

Elections

The 2016 Elections really shuffled the Deck on the Executive Board, the membership has elected five new member to the Executive Board effective July 1st. I would like to congratulate and Welcome Dave Demarco, Financial Secretary, Rob Acker, Brad Isherwood & Ed Szymaniak, Trustees and Jake McCready is filling a new position on the board created to represent Young Workers. Mike Winterbottom, Donna Higham & Tim McKinnon were all re-elected. Both Mark Roy and Peter Scott were elected to different positions, Mark is now the Vice President and Peter replaces Mark as Recording Secretary. I look forward to working with you all over the next three years.

I want to thank Tony Tyminski for serving on the board as Trustee for the past three years. To Larry Greenhalgh, Bruce Allen and Ron Allen I wish you a long and happy retirement you deserve it. On behalf of the membership of Local 199 I thank you for your dedication, your service and commitment to the membership for over three decades.

Events / Dates

There are a few events coming up to remember

  1. The Schedule for the Summer and Fall of 2016 at Port Elgin has been posted on the website. Port Elgin Schedule Summer/Fall
  2. Young Workers Conference is in Port Elgin July 8th - 10th
  3. The Unifor Womens Conference is in Port Elgin on August 7th - 10th
  4. Unifor Constitutional Convention August 22nd in Ottawa
  5. GM Strike Vote, Sunday Aug 28th at the Merritton Community Centre at 11 am.
  6. Labour Day Parade and After Party is on Sept. 5th. We will be meeting at the Pen Centre at 10 am, march in the parade, and be shuttled back to the Union Hall for a BBQ, Live Music and kid's entertainment. Details will be posted in the units and on the website.
  7. Unifor Local 199 Pudgy Dawson Golf Tournament September 10th Hunter Pointe Golf Club in Welland
  8. Next General Membership meeting is on September 21st 2016

As you can see it is going to be a busy summer, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or issue that you need help with. In conclusion I would like to wish all our members and their families a safe and enjoyable summer.

In Solidarity Greg Brady, on behalf of the Executive Board.


Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

The federal Government has recently signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP), it is not a done deal. We still have an opportunity to stop the trade arrangement.

The negative affects this deal will have on Canada is astounding! The TPP will put our already vulnerable environment even more at risk not to mention our food security, higher drug costs, decreased wages, and local jobs including over 20,000 in automotive. The unfair competition, lack of transparency and diminished sovereignty are all things we have to look forward too. Is this the Canada that you or any other Canadian citizen envisions for the future of our children and grandchildren?

The TPP is not something we cannot ignore and hope will not happen. Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Government have not given any indication, at this point, if they will support or turn down this agreement. We do not need another unfair trade deal that benefits large corporations and wealthy individuals. What we do need, is trade agreements that provide jobs in all sectors that provide positive growth and maintains a standard of living for all, and the next generation of Canadians. Remember this is not a set deal. It is time for all members to be heard!

Sign a petition rejecting the TPP at www.Secure.canadians.org Please follow the link and fill out the petition stating to the Prime Minister and Minister of International Trade that you object to the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Let your MP know that this deal needs to be rejected. Visit, call or send an email to your local MP www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members.

Contact Your MP

Greg Brady
President Local 199


Around the Local

Bruce Allen has submitted a letter to announce his retirement as of May 1st 2016. On behalf of the membership we would like to thank Bruce for his many years of dedicated service to the membership. Effective immediately, Monday May 2nd 2016, Greg Brady will officially take office as President.


Agreement at Tora Inc Ratified

Unifor 199 members voted 89% in favour to accept a new three year agreement and avoid a work stoppage at Tora Inc. The new agreement included; wage increases for seniority workers and new hires each year. Increase in life insurance coverage, increase in travelling allowance. The bargaining committee also negotiated improved vacation language which included an extra week for seniority workers and a signing bonus in lieu of retroactive pay. I would like to thank the membership for their support throughout the bargaining process. Special thanks to the Bargaining Committee; Barb Brennen Chairperson, Dan McNeil Committeeperson, and National Rep Doug Orr for their hard work.

In Solidarity, Greg Brady, President Unifor Local 199


Day of Mourning

April 28 we paused and recognized a National Day of Mourning for workers injured, made ill or killed as a result of hazardous working conditions. Our challenge is to ensure we make time for prevention every other day of the year.

There is much debate still over reported statistics on work-related injury, disease and death. In the end, these numbers will always fail us, regardless of how they're calculated. Why? As long as one worker suffers from a preventable work-related incident, this is unacceptable by any measure. On April 28 we remember the lives forever compromised by uncontrolled hazards. On every other day of the year, we must make time for prevention. Only when we commit to both can we honestly say that we "fight for the living". Pictures have been posted from the Monument rededication at City Hall in St Cathariens.

Images Day Of Mourning


Demand Sheets our for GM Unit

The GM bargaining committee is handing out bargaining demand sheet this week, this is your opportunity to inform the committee your priorities for 2016 negotiations. You can pick up a form at the Union office or from your union reps. Please put the completed forms in one of the locked ballot boxes located at the east and west gate or drop them off at the Union hall by Wednesday 11th May 2016.


GM Demands Sheet


Education

There are two courses scheduled in May, One day Grievance Handling course Saturday May 14th & Working in Auto Monday 16th of May. Any members who is interested in attending please contact Patty Stoddart or Peter Scott. For more information click on the links below.

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.


Port Elgin Education Schedule Spring 2016


Other Education Programs


One Day Grievance Handling
McMaster/Unifor - Working in Auto

Membership Meeting

The next membership meeting will be on Wednesday 18th May 2016, 1 pm for retirees and 6 pm for the General Membership meeting. Hope to see you there.


Golf, Qualifier for Unifor National Golf Tournament

Unifor holds a National Golf Tournament every year. To play in the tournament members must play in a regional qualifier event. The tournament uses a handicapped flight system so that all skill levels are eligible to play and qualify in different divisions.

This year's qualifying round will be at Hunters Point in Welland on Sunday June 12th 2016 . The cost is $90 which includes golf, cart range, burger and refreshment at the turn and prizes. Registration forms are available at the union hall or click on the following link. Certified or local union cheque payable to GHRC tournament.

Members who qualify will be invited to play in the National Tournament which will be held at Roseland Golf Club in Windsor on Saturday 13th of August 2016.

If you have any questions contact Dave Weadick 905-685-1641 or Ken Naldjief 905-329-4477


Registration Form and poster


United Way Job Posting

The United Way is accepting applications for the position of Coordinator of Labour Regional Programs and Services. This is a full time position reporting to the Executive Director of the United Way. Experience in the Labour Movement is Essential. For more information click on the following link. Resume must be received by 4:30 pm May 13th, 2016.


United Way Posting


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


CAMI Employment Opportunity

Effectively immediately, the GM Cami Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, will be accepting applications for Temporary Part-Time (TPT) production associate positions. Those wishing to apply for a TPT position can do so at the following link On Line Application For CAMI


NEW WEBSITE

Local 199 website was redesigned in 2007, as you can imagine there have been a lot of innovative changes in website design since then. It is time to update the platform and look of our website. We are currently working on a new website.

The current website will be maintained until then, however not all pages will updated and some will will be deleted from the new design.

In Solidarity, Greg Brady


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