Contact Bruce Allen
Office: 905-682-2611 ext 225
2015 A New Year with Challenges and Opportunities
Since taking over from Wayne Gates as president the past year was certainly an eventful one. Our Union hall was sold and we leased back the office space and retiree lounge for five years. New contracts were negotiated at five units; Iafrate, Spencer ARL, FirstOntario, Ed Learn Ford and Niagara Motors. Two of our Units closed, Coutts library and Georgia Pacific. Special thanks to the members of these units during these challenging times. The face of the Executive Board is also changing, Wayne Gates was elected MPP for Niagara Falls and Rick Jones will be retiring in February. I would like to wish Wayne and Rick all the best and thank them for representing the membership. We ended the year on a high note by donating over $13,000 to community groups who help those less fortunate than ourselves.
With 2014 behind us we are now faced with a new year which will be full of challenges and opportunities. Coming up in January 2015 we have a Special Meeting to discuss and approve the local union bylaws. An election to fill two Executive Board positions and several workplace positions in four of our units. John Pula is asking for volunteers and donations for the Alzheimer's Walk which will be held at Brock University. Information about all of these events are posted below.
In 2015 a Federal Election will be called which is an opportunity to make badly needed political change in this country and to advance the interests of working people. To see a complete listing of events coming up in 2015 please visit the Unifor Events Calendar. The calendar is updated regularly. Events Calendar
I look forward to working with you all through the year.
Bruce Allen, President Unifor local 199
On behalf of the Executive Board.
Special ByLaws Meeting Local 199
The membership has called a special meeting to discuss the proposed new Bylaws. Sunday, 11th of January, 2015 @ 10:00 am. Once approved by our membership the bylaws will be sent to the National Union for final approval to ensure they are in compliance with the Constitution. In the following draft the bylaws have been re numbered and organized, significant changes have been highlighted in yellow, other changes could be classified as housekeeping.
GM Pension & Benefits
Jo-anne Hannah Director of pension & benefits for Unifor will be attending the next retiree meeting on January 21st @ 1 pm. Barbara Abrams retiree chairperson invited Joanne to speak to the retirees about GM pensions, benefits and respond to the memberships questions.
Jo-Ann works primarily with the auto and mining sectors. She has been in negotiations with many companies including GM, CN Rail, Air Canada, and Rio Tinto. Jo-Ann is a trustee on the health care trust for GM and Chrysler retirees and the Unifor Legal Services Plan. She serves on several committees, including the Ontario Federation of Labour Pension Committee, and the Canadian Labour Congress Pension Advisory Committee. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Although this is a retiree meeting, Barbara said any active member who is interested is welcome to attend. The meeting will held in the retiree lounge 124 Bunting Road St Catharines.
January By-Election at Local 199
A By-Election has been scheduled at local 199, there are two Executive Board positions to be filled, Trustee and Vice President as well as several positions at GM, Iafrate and Assemble Rite. The notices are below. The Nomination box closed Friday December 19th 2014 @ 3:30 pm. the pre Vote will be Friday 16th January 2015 from 8 am - 3:30pm @ the Union Hall. Workplace voting dates and times will be posted in each workpalce on the Notice of Election.
Notice of Election, All Units
Notice of Election, GM
Notice of Election, Assemble Rite
Notice of Election, Iafrate
Steve McMullen, Election Committee, Unifor local 199
2015 Walk for Memories - Alzheimers Society Niagara
The 2015 Walk For Memories will be held on Saturday, 25th January 2015 at Brock University. John Pula is asking for volunteers and donations towards this cause. For more information or to donate Click here, look for Unifor or John Pula
Planning For Your Future
Due to the high interest in retirement options Local 199 education committee has scheduled another date for the very popular Planning for the Future Course, Saturday 7th February. This course is designed to help our members prepare and plan for the transition from worker to retiree. The course emphasizes the importance of advance planning and covers six main topics.
- Social & Leisure Time
- Legal Planning - Wills & Probate
- Pensions & Benefits - Service Canada CPP & OAS
- Financial Planning - FirstOntario Credit Union
- Retiree Chapter - Retiree Chapter Activities
- GM Benefits - GM Pension & Benefit Rep
Both members and their spouses are encouraged to attend. A hot lunch, tea & coffee, will be provided at no cost to the member. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Patty Stoddart or Peter Scott. 905-682-2611 ext 238
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
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.
2015 Port Elgin Courses