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Mandatory Survey Verification – Grand River Transit

Mandatory Survey Verification – Grand River Transit

All Local 4304 Members at Grand River Transit,

In order for you to check if your survey was submitted properly. All you have to do is login to the survey and in the top left corner you will see a tab that says Vaccination Records, click on the triangle and a drop menu will appear. Click on My Records and it will take you to a new screen that will show you all of the information you submitted and will show you the date and time it was submitted. Please see pictures below.

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Yours In Solidarity,

Angelo Neziri

Recording Secretary

Unifor Local 4304

 

 

 

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It’s Election Day! Have you voted?

To all Local 4304 members,

It is Monday, September 20, 2021, and that means it’s Election Day for the 2021 Federal Election!  If you haven’t already done so in advance, please make every effort to get out and cast your vote today.  Every vote from every Canadian citizen counts!

A reminder to all members that you can look up your voting location and check what personal identification is valid at the polls by visiting the Elections Canada website.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Chair, Union in Politics Committee

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Federal election advanced polls are now OPEN!

To all Local 4304 members,

Advanced polls for the 2021 Federal Election are now open!  Advanced polls are open each day from Friday, September 10th to Monday, September 13th between the hours of 9 AM to 9 PM at the many advance polling locations across the country.  Not sure where you can vote? Check your personal voter information card that you should have received in the mail OR visit the Elections Canada website and input your postal code to look up your assigned voting locations.

If you’re not going to be available to vote on Election Day, Monday, September 20th, do your best to get out and vote at an advanced poll.  Every vote from every citizen counts!

When you go to the polls don’t forget to bring your ID!  A list of acceptable identification has been provided by Elections Canada here.

In addition, due to COVID-19, voters will be required to wear a mask while at the polling stations (if you do not bring a mask, Elections Canada will provide one).   Also, voters are asked to bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot, although single-use pencils will also be available.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Chair, Union in Politics Committee

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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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Unifor’s National Executive Board Statement

All local 4304 members,

Please see the statement below from Unifor’s National Executive Board in regards to vaccines:

NEB Statement on Comprehensive Workplace Immunization Programs and Mandatory Vaccinations

August 2021

Despite significant progress made in Canada’s campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19 over recent months, including nearly three-quarters of eligible people being fully vaccinated, the country is staring down a fourth wave of the virus.

Sadly, this comes as little surprise. Epidemiologists the world over continue to warn that until vaccines reach a critical mass of people, globally, variants will spread — evolving into more highly transmissible and potentially deadlier strains.

In low-income countries across the Global South, just over one percent of people received a vaccine. Distribution challenges, in part due to restrictive intellectual property rules that benefit wealthy pharmaceutical firms, are to blame. Meanwhile, in the Global North, quick re- starts to regional economies, despite modest vaccination levels, are resulting in case spikes (almost entirely among those not vaccinated), increased hospitalizations and the re- introduction of business restrictions.

Despite its promising start to vaccination, Canada is far from ending the COVID-19 crisis. National case counts and death tolls continue to climb. Our union will never forget those members we have lost to this terrible virus — beautiful lives taken, and families left reeling. If, through our collective actions, we can prevent even one more tragedy from befalling a member of our union, then those actions will have been worth the effort. A halfway approach to protecting public health and the health of working people is simply not good enough. More needs doing.

Higher vaccination rates needed for a sustained, resilient recovery

In May of this year, Unifor’s National Executive Board unanimously endorsed a statement entitled Vaccine Certificates and Considerations to Guide the Re-Opening of Canada’s Economv.

In that statement, the Board articulated its support for additional measures to ensure a safe and fair reopening of the economy. This included the introduction of proof of vaccination certifications, where appropriate, guided by science, in compliance with human rights statutes and governed within a national framework. Such certificate programs must also include strict pre-screening and diagnostic testing. Unifor continues to support this position.

In this statement, the Board also identified “critical mass” vaccination as the union’s stated goal. Only through large-scale vaccination, can governments and employers move forward with reopening and return-to-work plans, while protecting public health. This is the guidance provided by leading public health officials both in Canada, and internationally. Unfortunately, Canada has not yet achieved this goal.

Helpful campaigns to encourage vaccinations, and eliminate barriers to access, in recent months appear to have run their course. Vaccination rates are plateauing. The risks to public health of future waves of this pandemic is too high. This includes risks to public-facing, front- line workers and those who, by necessity, work in close quarters and have a right to a healthy and safe workplace.

It is incumbent on governments to take the necessary steps to protect all people in Canada from further spread of the virus, including children and those who are immunocompromised, enabling us all to move forward into recovery. People in Canada have a responsibility, too, to protect one another.

Mandatory workplace vaccinations, one of many tools to keep workers safe

Organizations must utilize all of the tools at their disposal to stop the spread of COVID-19. For employers, this includes mandatory vaccination of workers, especially for those in public- facing or congregate work-settings where risk of transmission is high. This also includes regular testing, pre-screening, greater availability of personal protective equipment, and other reasonable safety measures.

To be clear, the Board believes such requirements are necessary to protect the health and safety of workers. Unifor members have a right to be safe at work, and it is our union’s duty to uphold that right. This is of paramount importance to our union. Of course, any such mandate must accommodate for legitimate health exemptions, address personal privacy and data protection issues and uphold relevant human rights statutes — not unlike existing mandatory vaccine measures employed in Canada.

Across workplaces, employers must also ensure that any mandatory vaccine policies, advanced screening, testing and other measures have input from Unifor. Our union expects employers to adhere to and uphold collective agreement language, where applicable, and collaborate with us on establishing appropriate processes as well as organizing mandatory information sessions for workers. Our union will continue working to ensure members have clearly defined safety protocols and sufficient access to PPE.

This pandemic will not be over for anyone until it is over for everyone.

Unifor commits to relentlessly championing progressive, practical, principled and science- based policies to get Canada through this pandemic and facilitate a safe return to work in the spirit of building a fair, resilient and inclusive economy.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brendan Burke
President
Unifor Local 4304
519-589-1507

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Message from National

A message from Jerry Dias, Un message de Jerry Dias

To: All Unifor members, All Local Unions, Staff, NEB, Leadership

A federal election has been called for September 20, 2021. Soon, Canadians will be casting their votes to elect the next federal government.

Our union has always been an advocate for working people. We defend the interest of our members at the bargaining table when you negotiate your collective agreement. We call for stronger workers’ rights and public services in communities across Canada. We advocate on behalf of all workers with elected government officials at the provincial and federal levels, and make sure your voice carries all the way to the nation’s capital.

That’s why Unifor will be an active force during this federal election. Our lives as working people are directly impacted by the priorities of our governments. An election is one more way to make ourselves heard by those who make decisions about the future of this country.

When the election was called we demanded the next federal government build back better to:

  • Support care work and the care economy
  • Improve income security and affordability
  • Grow good, union jobs and pass anti-scab legislation
  • Advance reconciliation and racial justice
  • Foster fair trade and international solidarity
  • Tackle climate change and protecting jobs
  • Invest in the recovery economy

I know the pandemic has changed the lives of many of our members. I know that many of you are still facing the consequences of a worldwide pandemic that is still wreaking havoc today. This is why this election is so important.

Let’s work together to elect a government that believes in the priorities of Unifor members. You may have already seen our television ad urging Canadians to not vote Conservative.

We encourage Unifor members to get informed, plan ahead and vote on September 20. Please check out our election website for more helpful information at www.uniforvotes.ca

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UNIFOR FANTASY FOOTBALL

Four Football Players with text that says Unifor NFL Fantasy Pool

To: Local Union Presidents and Recording Secretaries

Greetings,

The incredible tough year continues for our members with restrictions in place curtailing many programs of our union, especially the in-person activities of the Recreation Department.

The virtual ‘Fantasy Hockey Pool’ held during last year’s hockey season was a tremendous success with close to 1,700 of our Unifor members participating, from coast to coast to coast.

The Recreation Department is building on that success with the 1st Annual Unifor NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL POOL. It is a simple straight forward pool, you don’t have to be an expert to participate, no entry fee for Unifor members and retirees and some great weekly/monthly prizes along with the overall grand prize winners at the end of the season.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 8th and the link for the pool is www.unifor.org/nflpool.

Please share this information with your members, the more the merrier and good luck to all the participants.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at recreation@unifor.org

In solidarity,

Bill Apsey                                                                     John Aman

Chair, National Recreation Committee                        Director, Recreation Department

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Are you prepared to vote in the federal election?

All Local 4304 members,

The federal election campaign clock has begun ticking away!  Are you sure you’re prepared to vote?

Canadians have several options available to them to vote in the federal election; Canadians can vote in person but can also vote by mail!  Now is the time to make sure you’re registered to vote to ensure you receive your voter information card from Elections Canada and to ensure your voter registration information is correct, most Canadians opt to have the voter information sent to Elections Canada as an option when they file their income taxes, but many do not.  If you’re not registered to vote you can register at the polling station but you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by registering ahead of time.

Use the Elections Canada Voter Registration Service to check if you’re registered to vote, to update the address on your voter registration, to register to vote, and to apply to vote by mail (you will be required to upload proof of identity and address).  If you plan to cast your vote by mail you should apply for your special mail-in ballot as soon as possible using the Elections Canada Voter Registration Service.

Below are some handy infographics provided by Elections Canada to help you with preparing to vote in the federal election.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Chair, Union in Politics Committee
Unifor Local 4304


Election Day is Monday, September 20, 2021
Advanced Polls are open each day from Friday, September 10, 2021 to Monday, September 13, 2021


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Federal Election Called

To all Local 4304 members,

As you may have already heard in the news the Prime Minister has called a snap federal election.  As Canadians we have the right, and responsibility, to use our vote to choose our nation’s leaders.

This is a particularly short election period; election day is Monday, September 20, 2021 and advance polls will be held at some point prior to that.

Our committee is not going to tell you who to vote for but as the election campaign progresses we will do our best to provide information about all the options available as well as information on how you can exercise you vote with information about advanced polls, etc.

We would ask that when making you choice to also consider how our new federal government can have an impact on our workplace.  While we are not a federally regulated workplace, the federal government can and does provide investments in public transportation that can lead to more employment opportunities for our members and our brothers an sisters in transit across the country.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Chair, Union in Politics Committee
Unifor Local 4304

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