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AGENDA CALL

AGENDA CALL

AGENDA CALL

FOR THE OCTOBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO BE HELD ONLINE & IN-PERSON AT THE

UNIFOR UNION HALL, 600 WABANAKI DRIVE, KITCHENER ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021

Any members wishing to place items on the agenda of the next General Membership Meeting should submit their agenda items to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org no later than Wednesday October 13, 2021.  However, members are still welcome to raise any new business without pre-submitting any agenda items.  In accordance with the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, the General Membership Meeting Agenda/Notice will be posted 7 days prior to the General Membership Meeting.

Committees should submit written reports, as required by the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org no later than Monday  October 18, 2021, so they may be posted online for members prior to the General Membership Meeting and distributed at the General Membership Meeting.

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October General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

October General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

All Local 4304 members,

The next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:00AM and 7:30PM to be held online via Zoom & In-person at the Union Hall.  A reminder that all members wishing to attend should RSVP to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org prior to the meeting.  Even if you’re not 100% certain you will be able to attend via Zoom, but may be able to, you should still consider RSVPing to ensure access to the meeting is provided if you can participate.

The Zoom link to join the meeting is https://zoom.us/j/5680262113.  This link does not change from month to month so save it for future reference and feel free to share it with other Local 4304 members.  All members attending the meeting should join with their first and last names to ensure the Sergeant-At-Arms knows who is being properly admitted.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

PLEASE INDICATE WHEN RESPONDING WHETHER YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM OR IN-PERSON AT THE UNION HALL.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON IN-PERSON PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING.

 

Yours in solidarity,

Angelo Neziri
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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October uXpress submission deadline – Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

October uXpress submission deadline – Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

The uXpress newsletter is seeking articles and other content for its October edition. We’re seeking submissions from all GRT and GCC members!

Feel free to send your ideas to uxpress@unifor4304.org, or reach out to Ken Vogelpohl by phone or email and we will help you get your thoughts out in print and online.

The submission deadline is Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 @ midnight – the Sunday after the September General Meeting. Members just like you are the people who make our newsletter what it is, and if you’ve thought about submitting something but just haven’t gotten around to it, now is the time!

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Vaccine Mandate Statement – Correction

Vaccine Mandate Statement – Correction

To all brothers and sisters of Local 4304,

Your local executive is doing its best when it comes to the upcoming vaccine mandate policy. It is absolutely your choice whether or not you get vaccinated. Please respect the fact that any choice comes with a set of consequences.

As president I’ve shared information that I find relevant to this situation we are all in. This is not an easy situation regardless of your personal status, thoughts, or feelings. The fact is there will be a policy. No one knows what this policy will look like yet. I’ve had a meeting with the region. They are looking at three options. The policy will become clearer in the coming days to weeks.

I have also spoken with our national representative as well as received communication from Unifor’s lawyer. In this communication it discusses the “legality of employer actions and their ability to impose mandatory vaccination policies.”

First it mentions “the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including s. 7, which is frequently cited as a basis for claiming a right to be free from such a policy, is not relevant in respect of private employer policies.” Other human rights have been mentioned as well such as medical or religious.

These accommodations would require documentation to be provided to the employer in order for the employer to provide the employee with said accommodation. “It is not a breach of their privacy to be asked for reasonable documentation to support a request for accommodation.”

Again whether you believe it or not this is a pandemic and the reasonableness of a policy with regards to health and safety is the key factor to strongly consider. “What we can say with certainty is that an employee has a right to decline to be vaccinated. However if the policies
mandating vaccines are deemed reasonable, which most experts agree is far more likely than not in many workplaces, workers who choose not to be vaccinated will likely face serious employment consequences.

My recommendation based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read is to talk to your doctor. If you’re able to get vaccinated, please do so. If you’re not able to, due to a valid human rights issue, please reach out to a union rep for next steps. I have complete faith in this local to represent
any member. Just remember that facts and opinion are not one in the same.

As always, any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brendan Burke
President
Unifor Local 4304
519-589-1507

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Vaccine Mandate Statement

Vaccine Mandate Statement

To all brothers and sisters of Local 4304,

Your local executive is doing its best when it comes to the upcoming vaccine mandate policy. It is absolutely your choice whether or not you get vaccinated. Please respect the fact that any choice comes with a set of consequences.

As president I’ve shared information that I find relevant to this situation we are all in. This is not an easy situation regardless of your personal status, thoughts, or feelings. The fact is there will be a policy. No one knows what this policy will look like yet. I’ve had a meeting with the region. They are looking at three options. The policy will become clearer in the coming days to weeks.

I have also spoken with our national representative as well as received communication from Unifor’s lawyer. In this communication it discusses the “legality of employer actions and their ability to impose mandatory vaccination policies.”

First it mentions “the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including s. 7, which is frequently cited as a basis for claiming a right to be free from such a policy, is not relevant in respect of private employer policies.” Other human rights have been mentioned as well such as medical or religious.

These accommodations would require documentation to be provided to the employer in order for the employer to provide the employee with said accommodation. “It is not a breach of their privacy to be asked for reasonable documentation to support a request for accommodation.”

Again whether you believe it or not this is a pandemic and the reasonableness of a policy with regards to health and safety is the key factor to strongly consider. “What we can say with certainty is that an employee has a right to decline to be vaccinated. However if the policies
mandating vaccines are deemed reasonable, which most experts agree is far more likely than not in many workplaces, workers who choose not to be vaccinated will likely face serious employment consequences.

My recommendation based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read is to talk to your doctor. If you’re able to get vaccinated, please do so. If you’re not able to, due to a valid human rights issue, please reach out to a union rep for next steps. I have complete faith in this local to represent
any member. Just remember that facts and opinion are not one in the same.

As always, any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brendan Burke
President
Unifor Local 4304
519-589-1507

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General Membership Meeting Agenda – September 15, 2021

General Membership Meeting Agenda – September 15, 2021

MEETING AGENDA

FOR THE SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 AT 11:00AM & 7:30PM

VIA ZOOM ONLINE & IN-PERSON

OPENING OF MEETING

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call of Presiding Officers

READING OF THE AGENDA

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

  1. General Membership Meeting Minutes from August 18, 2021 to be approved

SUBMITTED REPORTS

  1. President’s Report
  2. Vice-President’s Report
  3. Unit Chairperson’s Report
  4. Committee Reports submitted in advance of meeting
  5. Any other reports from the floor?

FINANCIAL REPORT

  1. Financial Report for the month of August 2021 to be approved

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

NONE THIS MONTH

ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

  1. Executive Board Meeting Minutes from August 3, 2021 to be accepted

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NONE THIS MONTH

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Any new business from the floor?

GOOD AND WELFARE

  1. Is there any good and welfare?  Does any member know of another member in need?

CLOSING OF MEETING

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UNION HALL IN PERSON UPDATE

UNION HALL IN PERSON UPDATE

UNION HALL IN PERSON Meeting (update)

At today’s Executive Meeting at the union hall we were made aware of a notice put up that states anyone entering the union hall needs to be FULLY VACCINATED and show proof before entering the building. This is in compliance with the statement sent out earlier by the National Executive Board. Also the in person limit is based on 50% of the capacity of the hall which works out to be 125 people

 

With this notice put out, anyone wishing to attend the in-person meeting at the union hall must be FULLY VACCINATED and show proof in the form of the receipt provided when you had received your second dose. If you have misplaced that receipt you will be able to download and print it or download and save it on your phone from the following link:  https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ 

 

There is no exception to this rule, if you haven’t been fully vaccinated then you will only be able to attend the meeting via Zoom.

 

If you wish to attend in person or online please RSVP to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org indicating which one so it can be recorded. If attending in person, please indicate AM or PM as well.

 

In Solidarity,

Angelo Neziri

Recording Secretary

Unifor 4304

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September General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, September 15, 2021

All Local 4304 Members,

When replying to the RSVP for the General Membership Meeting, please indicate in your response if you wish to attend via Zoom or In-person. If you are hoping to attend In-person, please indicate which meeting you are going to attend (AM or PM). This way I can properly record it on the list and keep track of it so we don’t go over the limit that we are allowed to host indoors.

Yours in solidarity,

Angelo Neziri
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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UNION HALL IN PERSON LIMITS

UNION HALL IN PERSON LIMITS

UNION HALL IN PERSON LIMITS

For the In Person Meeting at the Union Hall, we are only able to accommodate a limit of 18 members along with the 7 Table Officers. 

Public Health Guidelines for Indoor Settings only allow a limit of up to 25. 

If you wish to attend in person or online please RSVP to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org  indicating which one so it can be recorded. 

An email will be sent out once the limit has been reached for either or both  AM or PM Meetings. 

All Public Health Guidelines must be followed while attending the General Membership Meeting in person.

Yours in solidarity,

Angelo Neziri
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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AGENDA CALL

AGENDA CALL

AGENDA CALL

FOR THE SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

TO BE HELD ONLINE & IN-PERSON AT THE UNIFOR UNION HALL, 600 WABANAKI DRIVE, KITCHENER ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

 

Any members wishing to place items on the agenda of the next General Membership Meeting should submit their agenda items to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org no later than Wednesday September 8, 2021.  However, members are still welcome to raise any new business without pre-submitting any agenda items.  In accordance with the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, the General Membership Meeting Agenda/Notice will be posted 7 days prior to the General Membership Meeting.

 

Committees should submit written reports, as required by the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org no later than Monday  September 13, 2021, so they may be posted online for members prior to the General Membership Meeting and distributed at the General Membership Meeting.

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