LOCAL 199: 124 BUNTING RD., ST. CATHARINES, L2P 3G5 PHONE: 905-682-2611  FAX: 905-682-9393  
New Unifor T Shirts for Sale

Date: Dec 22, 2014
Location: Union Hall

Unifor Bowling Qualifying Tournament

Date: Jan 10, 2015
Location: Cataract Bowl, Lundies Lane


     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.

December 6th, 25th Memorial Breakfast

Niagara Regional Labour Council & Unifor Local 199 Women's Committee and District 35 Brock Support Staff (OSSTF) - partnered together to host the 25th anniversary memorial breakfast to honour & remember the victims of Montreal Massacre Dec 6 1989. Our theme this year was sexual violence.


GM Plant Gate Collection

December the 12th Santa Clause used his magic to appear at two GM plant gates at the same time. Members of Local 199 once again showed incredible generosity to fill the collection buckets to help those in need at Christmas. We must also thank the salaried employees who contributed. The collection brought in $8,370.09. Funds will be divided between Community Care, Project Share and The Hope Centre.

On behalf of the members in the community who will benefit from your generosity, the Executive board thanks you all.

Elections at Local 199

Notice of Nomination and election have been posted in your workplaces. 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. Nomination box and forms are available at the Union hall between 9 am - 3 pm Monday - Friday the Nomination Box will close on Friday December 19th 2014 @ 3:30 pm

Notice of Nomination & Election, All Units except GM, Assemble Rite & Iafrate
Notice of Nomination & Election, Assemble Rite
Notice of Nomination & Election, Iafrate
Notice of Nomination & Election, GM

Steve McMullen, Election Committee, Unifor local 199

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

Unifor Local 199 New By-Laws

Local 199 by-laws have been under review for the past several months. A draft of the proposed bylaws have been posted on our website for you to review. The bylaws will be discussed at the next general membership meeting. December 17th 2014. 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.

Download Bylaws

GM Pensions CV Option Update

November 1st 2014, Members at General Motors who are retiring continue to have questions about commuted value pension options. Jo-Ann Hannah, Unifor Pensions and Benefits Director has provided the following information, which I highly recommend you read prior to retirement and signing your papers.

Two Important Changes to Members Taking CV Option November 1st 2014

As of December 2014, members who take the CV on retirement and have a cash payment in excess of the maximum transfer value allowed under the income tax act, will be able to transfer the excess funds to an RRSP. The forms are attached. The member will be responsible for ensuring that they have RRSP room.

GM will no longer provide the CV option to members retiring after their 65th birthday. This is due to recent changes in the Pensions Benefits Act. Although the changes were not intended to affect the CV option, they do and the regulator has said "too bad."

READ MORE - The Commuted Value Option at GM (November 2014)

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

Retirement Security for Everyone

On Thursday December the 4th 2014 the Canadian Labour Congress has scheduled a Town hall meeting at Local 199 to talk about retirement security. Guest speakers will include Marie Clarke-Walker, from Canadian Labour Congress and a panel who will speak from different perspectives. The discussion will focus on the following;

  1. Expanding CPP
  2. Improving OAS and GIS benefits,
  3. Rolling back OAS to 65
  4. Changing bankruptcy laws to ensure pension plans are protected

Download Event Poster

If you would like to attend please contact Peter Scott 905-682-2611 ext 238

Click here to register by e mail

Click on the link for more information about retirement security: Retirement Security For Everyone Campaign

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 .

Download Leaflet

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

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


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