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Elections at ALL UNITS Local 199
Notice of Nomination and Election have been posted in your workplaces. Elections are scheduled in ALL UNITS for Executive Board positions, including a new position for a Young Worker, representing all units. Elections are also being held at, Casino Security and General Motors for bargaining committee positions.
The nomination box will open at the Unifor Local 199 Union Hall on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9:00 am and will close on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm. Nomination forms are available at the Unifor Local 199 Union Hall.
Voting times are as follows: Advanced Vote will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Unifor Union Hall, 124 Bunting Rd. (upstairs in classroom)
Workplace voting will be held between March 10th and March 16, 2016. Exact date and times will follow on the Notice of Election.
Hall vote will be available at the Unifor Local 199 Union Hall on Bunting Rd. for those unable to vote in-plant on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. Also, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Retirees Lounge (downstairs)
Run-off elections, if necessary will be held the week of April 18, 2016. Exact date and times will follow in the Notice of Run-off election.
Anyone elected to a position must attend at least two (2) General Membership meetings in a three (3) month period or will be removed from office pursuant to Local Union Bylaws.
All Units Except General Motors
Notice of Nomination & Election, all units except GM
Notice of Nomination & Election, Bargaining Unit @ Casino Security
Notice of Nomination & Election, Bargaining Unit @GM
Notice of Nomination & Election, Executive GM Unit
Steve McMullen, Chairperson, Election Committee, Unifor local 199
Niagara, Ontario's Malcolm Allen Receives Honourable Mention On CBC's The National
Article by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large, December 18th, 2015
By some accounts from local NDP insiders, Malcolm Allen was feeling pretty depressed about his loss in last October's federal election. And rightfully so given his own solid record as an MPP for the federal Riding of Welland, as a former MP for the federal riding of Welland, Ontario, Malcolm Allen parliamentarian for Canada, and as critic and deputy critic for everything from skills, training and apprenticeships to agriculture and food security in NDP leader Tom Mulcair's shadow cabinet.
But the two-term New Democratic Party MP - and, until two months ago, the only member of the NDP in Niagara, Ontario to serve in government at the federal level - might take some solace from the fact that he received Canada-wide praise for his years of service on CBC TV's National news program this past Thursday, December 18th.
The praise came during the program's weekly "At Issue" panel of reporters following federal politics who this time were looking at the high points, low points and things in between that unfolded during Canada's 2015 election. And it came when the program's anchor, Peter Mansbridge, asked members of the panel who comes to mind for them, of all those were defeated in the election, as a real loss for parliament and the country.
On that one, panelist Althia Raj, the Ottawa Bureau chief for Huffington Post Canada, named Allen as someone she described as a nice, relatively quiet-spoken MP by Ottawa standards who, nevertheless, worked hard and got some good things accomplished for the Canadian people.
Those good things, said Raj, included Allen winning support across partisan lines for successfully getting rid of charging the Goods & Services Tax (GST) on the sale of poppies during the weeks leading up to Reembrace Day so the money could be used by Royal Canadian Legion branches across Canada for services for veterans.
They also included Allen's success in getting the parliament to pass a motion that ensures that Karla Homolka, the former wife of convicted killer Paul Bernardo, who serviced 12 years in prison for her part in the murders of St. Catharines teen Kristen French and Burlington area teen Leslie Mahaffy, never receives a pardon for her crimes.
I live in the Welland Riding and it seemed certain when former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper called the election at the end of this past July, that Allen had a very good chance of keeping his seat when the votes were counted on October 19th. Certainly, I can't recall anyone I talked to in the riding saying a bad thing about the guy.
But as the weeks of the election rolled on, things happened at the national level that had little or nothing to do with Allen's good standing in his riding.
First and foremost, the leader of his party, Muclair, who started the election with poll numbers showing he had the best chance of beating Harper and becoming Canada's next prime minister, ran such a lame campaign that, in the end, he failed to win enough seats to even come in second and retain his party's official opposition status.
Then there were the surging poll numbers in the final days of the election for Justin Trudeau and his Liberals and a strong Liberal candidate - former Port Colborne mayor Vance Badawey - running in Allen's riding. Shortly before voting day, Trudeau made a stop in Welland that boosted Badawey's chances and that proved to be a clear sign of the Liberals' confidence they could win the riding.
Combine all that with so many people deciding to vote strategically in this election because, first and foremost, they wanted to see the Harper Conservatives ousted by the party that had the best chance of getting the job done. In the last days of the election, I heard a number of people in the Welland Riding saying; "I like Malcolm but ..."
So Malcolm Allen lost his seat in the election but it was no small thing that he received honourable mention for his years of elected service on CBC's national news program.
Malcolm retired from UNIFOR LOCAL 199 from his last capacity as financial officer of the union.
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2016 Walk for Alzheimer's
This year's Alzheimer walk will be held on Sunday January 31st. John Pula is requesting your support as either sponsors or walkers. For the past few years local 199 has been the top pledging team and would like to continue to support this worthwhile cause. You can help by; joining our team and collecting pledges or simply make an on line donation on line through the UNIFOR team.
For more information please contact John Pula at 905 682-2226 or click on the link Walk for Alzheimer's
Images from last year's walk
Around the Local in December
December is rolling along pretty quickly and there is lots going on. Union reps were at the plant gates of General Motors to collect funds for families in need at Christmas. The responce was once again overwhelming, $8,239 was collected from Unifor memebrs, GM employees and contractors as they arrived at work. Unifor Local 199 and our Social Justice Fund topped up the collection to $12,000. All moneys raised were donated to Community Care, Project Share and The Hope Centre. A special thank you to everyone who opened their hearts and wallets to help families in need at Christmas.
Hope Centre Welland
Doanna Higham, Alex Latham and Larry Greenhalgh presented a cheque to Christina Lajeunesse and Mark Carl at the Hope Centre in Welland. Mark and Christina would like to thank all the Unifor Members and GM employees for the generous donation. The funds raised will help families in the Welland region. Donna, Alex and Larry went for a tour of the new facility which has been relocated to King Street. The building which is currently in various stages of renovation will bring together different service groups under one roof and is a considerable improvement on their last premises.
Letter of Thanks from the Hope Centre
The Blue Wave Gift Wrapping
The Blue Wave, who are volunteers from FirstOntario Credit Union will be offering free gift wrapping services at the Pen centre all day on Saturday 19th December. There is normally a fee for the service but the Pen Centre is picking up the tab for Saturday and will make a donation to the Hospice.
The last General Membership meeting of the year was on Wednesday 15th 2015 at 6pm. The Retirees Membership meeting was held earlier in the day in the retiree's lounge. Images from the retirees meeting have been posted on our website. Link to images
Images from Retiree Meeting
The recreation Committee has booked ice time for a free family skate at the Seymor-Hannah Sport and Entertainment Centre, Tuesday, December 29th from 1:15 - 2:15. The address is 240 St. Paul Street West, St Catharines, rink #2. This is a free event for all members, their family and friends. hope to see you there.
Ice Rink Info
Ice Dog Tickets
Coming up in the New Year, the Recreation Committee has a block of ticket for the Ice Dogs v's Eire Oilers. Sunday Feb 28th 2016 at 2pm, discounted tickets are only $15. To purchase tickets call Ken @ PTT 298, or cell 905-329-4477, or call Greg Brady @ 905-658-7781.
Office Hours - Union Hall
The Union hall will be closed during the Christmas period, The Office will be closed; Thursday December 24th 2015 and will re-open Monday January 2016. If you need assistance during the holiday period please contact Larry Greenhalgh at 905-328-9534
On behalf of the Executive Board of Local 199, we would like to wish you all a Safe and Happy Christmas. "Please don't drink and drive"
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
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