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Announcement: Annual General Meeting, Tuesday April 16, 2019, Noon to 2:00 p.m.

University of Western Ontario Staff Association -

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. in Room 2050 Social Sciences Center.

Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.

Per our Collective Agreement, Article 7.07 (Union Representation), you are entitled to 2 hours without loss of pay or reduction of benefits, to attend this general membership meeting. These 2 hours include your regularly scheduled meal period. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, the agenda will be as follows:

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes: General Meeting held December 11, 2018*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report
5. Report of the Treasurer: 2019 - 2020 fiscal year budget**
6. Report of Chief Steward
7. Reports of Standing Committees
8. Reports of Special Committees
9. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
10. New Business
11. Adjournment

*You must sign in to view the Member Area, to read the General Meeting minutes

**The 2019-2020 fiscal year budget and justification will be available in the UWOSA office (please call Mia at ext. 85089 first) to review prior to the AGM

Legislative Bickering Concerns Government Employees

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

Media reports surfaced today indicating that the pay for government employees could be held up due to procedural delays at the Manitoba Legislature. Yesterday, the Pallister government was unable to pass an interim supply bill. This legislation is needed to ensure the government has money in its bank account to pay Civil Service employees and keep government programs running.

Unifor initiative brings together key players in Quebec’s aerospace industry

Unifor -

Leading aerospace industry stakeholders gathered in Montreal on March 14 for the “Soaring Higher” Aerospace Summit. Named in reference to Unifor’s strategy for this sector, the event was launched and organized by leaders of Unifor local unions with the support of the National Union. According to the Quebec Director, Renaud Gagné, “we can be proud of having made this event such a resounding success.” 

We were able to bring together representatives from across the aerospace sector, including employers, academics, teaching establishments, industry clusters, Quebec and Canadian politicians, and, of course, workers. That is no small feat and the organizers deserve a great deal of credit,” Brother Gagné added.

From the outset, Brother Gagné pointed out that “it is important to note that all the stakeholders were in agreement with the key points raised in our policy, particularly the crucial importance of this industry for our economy and the need for our governments to support its growth and sustainability.” The participants also expressed concern about the labour shortage that continues to pose a major challenge for the industry.

The event took the form of a series a conferences, panels and workshops, giving participants the opportunity to discuss the issues and reach consensus on several points. “We have a lot of strength here in Quebec and in Canada, and we have to make sure we preserve that strategic advantage in a context where our competitors elsewhere in the world receive massive subsidies from their governments’ defense budgets,” Renaud Gagné said.

A notable presence at the event was Jean Charest, chairman of Vision 2025, an initiative launched by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada with the aim of bringing industry, government and other stakeholders together in a shared project to promote and support the aerospace sector.

Several participants expressed interest in holding another multi-stakeholder meeting next year.

Adient contract brings jobs back

Unifor -

Unifor Local 1859 members at Adient have ratified a new collective agreement that will bring jobs back to the Tillsonburg, Ontario auto seat manufacturer. 

Currently 43 members are active at Adient, formerly Johnson Controls, with 97 workers on lay off. The new contract guarantees new work that will bring back 60 plus members this summer with a high probability of additional work in the future.

“Unifor has stood by the members of the Adient unit, never wavering in its support on every level,” said Lorraine Sinclair, President of Local 1859. “We are now facing a brighter future thanks to a great union made up of great members.”

The new collective agreement includes improved pensions, vacation and benefits and, for the first time since 2008, wage increases. The contract, which was overwhelmingly approved, begins on June 8, 2019 and will be in effect for three years with an optional fourth year if a new product contract with Ford is reached.

“The bargaining committee, Local 1859 and National Staff Representative Luis Domingues negotiated a great deal for every member,” said Sinclair.