Contact Bruce Allen
Office: 905-682-2611 ext 225
October 19th 2015 is Election Day in Canada. Whether you are concerned about pension security, the faltering economy, lack of job security, investment to create new jobs, affordable child care or healthcare the outcome of this election will have a significant impact on your life.
Local 199 has always been actively involved in politics and I am excited to announce we have two of our members are running for election. Malcolm Allen is running for re-election in Welland and Susan Erskine-Fornier is running in St Catharines. Both of these candidates need and would appreciate your help to get elected, please contact them directly if you would like to volunteer, or simply put up a lawn sign to show your support.
To help Malcolm CLICK HERE Help Elect Malcolm Allen
To help support Susan, call her at 289-697-2848 or by e mail click HERE firstname.lastname@example.org Help Elect Susan
The national Union has started a campaign called I will Vote, for more information click here. I Will Vote Campaign
In Solidarity, Bruce Allen
General Motors Open House & Car Show
On Friday August 7th, 2015 GM St Catharines held the 17th Annual Show and Shine car show and opened it's doors for a walking tour along a pre-designated route. This was a great opportunity for our retirees, our member's families and friends to see the engines our members produce and some of the vehicles they help make.
Images from 2015 Car Show and Plant Tour
Workers Monument to be Built
On Thursday afternoon I attended a ceremony to announce that a workers monument will be built at lock three in St Catharines. Many residents don't know the tragic statistic that 137 men died during the construction of the Welland canal, which is the largest lost of life in any Federal government infrastructure project in Canadian history. The age of the workers who died ranged from 15 to 69. All of these deaths and the pain and suffering that resulted, was preventable and a reminder to us all the importance of workplace safety legislation. The project should be completed by 2017. Click on the following link to see some of the pictures and read my speech.
All our members are invited to complete a short survey about your local union, click on the following link to complete the survey.
Building Better Local Unions
The National Union has organized a task force and scheduled meetings across Canada to seek the feedback and suggestions from our membership about building better and stronger local unions. The Task force came to St Catharines on Thursday 25th June, Ken Lewenza National Advisor, Katha Fortier Ontario Director, and Bill Murnighan from the research Department.
The discussion included, What are the key challenges facing local unions, How can we build stronger member support and engagement, How can we build more effective local unions, How can we strengthen our Local union in the community
Images from the meeting
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.
Port Elgin Education Courses List
Other Education Programs