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
*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
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.
Toronto – March 22, 2019 – UFCW activists joined migrant workers, community organizations, and concerned citizens from across the Greater Toronto Area at Nathan Phillips Square on March 21, to rally for migrant justice and denounce racism and xenophobia.
“It’s refreshing that MBLL leadership listened to our members and worked hand-in-hand with us to improve safety at these stores — for our members and for the public." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“It’s time for this government to step up and offer reasonable compensation to our workers to recognize the hard work and lack of support for services over the past 3 years." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Toronto – March 21, 2019 – UFCW Canada expected Federal Budget 2019 to make significant investments in working people.
Today the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL) shared a series of critical and immediate safety and security protocols that will be put in place in many Liquor Marts across Manitoba.
Frontline health care workers are crying for help and seniors are being warehoused in critical care beds. This government has not added a new long-term care bed since it was elected in 2013, and has consistently cut long-term care funding.
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.
This"We reject all forms of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance. We strive for inclusivity at work, in our union and across society. Respect and compassion will always be at the forefront of our efforts." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The MGEU hosted two tele-meetings yesterday with Technical, Professional, and Paramedical members to talk about representation votes and what they mean for health care professionals.
Members are encouraged to make sure the union has their most current contact information in order to receive a copy of their collective agreement.
Toronto – March 20, 2019 – Recent media reports of consumers being forced to use self-checkouts at retail stores across Canada suggest that major retailers are becoming increasingly out of touch with their customers’ needs and preferences.
"While there are some positive promises in this federal budget, it does not go nearly far enough to deliver on those things that Canadians most desperately need right now." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
So, to Finance Minister Steeves and Premier Higgs, the NBU/NUPGE is willing to work with you, but that requires meaningful dialogue and a willingness to compromise not just on the union's part, but on the government's as well. — New Brunswick Union
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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.