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Homewood – Part of your Employee & Family Assistance Program

Many employees with the Region of Waterloo are aware that Homewood is part of their Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP), but many do not know about all that Homewood provides to our members.  Homewood provides more than just mental health services in times of need but offers a variety of services to help employees who need assistance.

Members are encouraged to visit, and register on, the Homewood Health online portal, Homeweb, to see all they have to offer!

 

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United Way Sign Up

 

Each year the membership gives back to their community by donating to the United Way through payroll deductions.  It is necessary to sign up again each year. You have been used to seeing a sign-up day with coffee and donuts. This year, due to the challenges of Covid-19, we will be making alternate arrangements to show our appreciation for your generosity. More details will follow in the New Year.

 

Your United Way committee representatives are Karen Koyounian, Norma Switzer, and Lema Callender. Starting Tuesday, December 8th and Wednesday, December 9th and during the course of the week, we will be distributing blank donation forms on all buses. Blank forms can also be obtained from dispatch or the lunchroom tables. You will also notice your reps in supervisors’ vans to distribute and collect completed forms.

 

If you prefer to donate online, go to

https://ecommunity.uwaywrc.ca/RegionofWaterloo

 

If you have any questions, email: lemaunifor4304@gmail.com

Or kkoyounian4304@gmail.com

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Part-time/Temp Sign-up Monday, November 23

To All Conventional Part-time Operators,

On Monday, November 23 starting at 8:00 AM the Part-time/Temp Sign-up for Christmas begins. Bidweb is active now for you to make your picks. You can view the signing list and all the available work at both garages or at tiny.cc/parttimesignup

For the Christmas Sign-up the part-time bidlist [25 Saturday and Sunday shifts] returns. There are a total of 33 Temp shifts and 25 Saturday/Sunday shifts to choose from. There is a total of 98 operators. If you do not choose anything in Bidweb, it will be assumed that you don’t want any of these shifts and that you want to remain part-time and submit your availability. I want to mention though, especially for the newer part-time operators, that you can be forced to take one of the Saturday/Sunday shifts. If there are any of the Saturday/Sunday shifts left unsigned at the end of the sign-up, then Jim starts assigning the shifts in reverse seniority to anyone who didn’t choose a piece of work.

A few other things to note. There are 7 Vacation Relief groups available to select. If you pick one of these then you will have to do another sign-up on Wednesday when the Vacation Relief Sign-up takes place. These groups are numbered 327 -333. The Saturday/Sunday shifts are numbered as follows:

251-260 Saturday shifts in Kitchener

511-515 Saturday shifts in Cambridge

281-290 Sunday shifts in Kitchener

There will be no Part-time bidlist [Saturday/Sunday shifts] for Winter sign-up. There will be a Temp sign-up for the Winter sign-up. The Temp sign-up for Winter will take place on Monday, December 7.

If you have trouble logging into Bidweb you can call the IT Service Desk 519-575-4564.

I will be doing this sign-up on Monday at the Strasburg garage from the union office. If you need any help and are at the garage you can find me there. As well you can contact me with any questions by email or call or text.

Paul Wagler

pwagler22@gmail.com

519-581-7729

 

 

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Cambridge Christmas Sign-Up

To All Cambridge Brothers/Sisters,

 

A notice was put up in regards to the Christmas sign up, the dates on that notice are wrong. The dates for the Cambridge Christmas sign up are as follows:

 

Dates: Monday, November 16th, 2020 & Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

 

If you have any questions please contact your Cambridge Scheduling Committee member.

In Solidarity,

Tim Jewell – President Unifor 4304

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GRT Conventional Scheduling Survey

Attention all conventional bus operators in Kitchener and Cambridge.

The schedulers are seeking driver feedback about running times on our routes. Please click on the survey link below to give your input. The survey will be open till Friday, October 16.

Click here for survey

Thank you for your feedback in this process!

Paul Wagler

On behalf of the Cambridge and Kitchener Scheduling Committee

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Cleaning Your Work Area and Lunchroom/Bathroom Use

To All Brothers/Sisters,

 

*Please remember it is mandatory to clean your work area whenever you take over another bus. Management is pushing this issue and for those who are not cleaning your work area, discipline will be given. It is all of our responsibility to protect each other. In speaking with a health and safety rep I was told that gloves and sanitizers are not available at satellite locations. We have brought forward these concerns to management and our health and safety committee are directly involved. If there are no gloves when you show up for a shift, fill out an H/S concern form and let your rep know. If you finish work at the garage after shift, replenish your gloves then for your next shift.

 

*Washroom facilities. We have had a number of complaints about members having to clean the washrooms before using them. This is disgusting. Let’s have a little courtesy towards each other. Since at most locations, we are sharing all the washrooms together it is very important that we leave the washroom in a manner that the next person can use it without cleaning it first.

 

*Unifor Regional is working on having a meeting for all regional locals via zoom sometime in November. Details are still being worked out but our regional director is looking for agenda items and to see how many are interested in attending this regional meeting. The regional area is KW, Cambridge, Guelph and Brantford. If you have any ideas for agenda items pertaining to transit and if you interested in attending please send me an email at president@unifor4304.org.

 

*COVID-19 cases are growing every day in Ontario and in the region, remember, cough into your elbow, wash your hands for 20 seconds as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering whenever possible and reach out to someone who is alone during this pandemic. A few minutes of your time means the world.

 

In Solidarity,

Tim Jewell – President Unifor 4304

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GRT Bicycle Commuter Survey

We are wanting to gather data about the number of employees who are interested in commuting to and from work by bicycle. Tim Jewell and I are in discussions with management about the need for secure bicycle storage at all of of our Transit facilities. Please take the time to respond to this short 3 question survey by Saturday, September 26.

Clarification of a couple of things. By secure storage we mean something that is not accessible to the public but only to employees. This would be in contrast to the public bicycle racks that many operators have used over the years only to have their bicycle stolen. The question about a small fee – when we had bicycle lockers at Charles St. Terminal there was a $10/month fee to use them.

Click Here for Survey

Thank you,

Paul Wagler

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Last Chance For Strike Pay….

 

LAST CALL FOR……
Strike Cheques!!

In January 2020  Local 4304 was on strike for approximately 11 days.  Members who participated in picketing and other strike related duties are entitled to strike pay of up to $300/week for these duties.  During said strike and upon returning to work, multiple dates, times and locations were hosted for strike pay pick up.

It has been forwarded to the Executive board that not all deserving members had an adequate chance to collect this pay.  After consultation with Unifor National we have been told that we are able to collect a list of those who missed out and can submit a list to have these cheques reissued.

If you are in the position where you picketed or performed other related strike duties and were unable to make it to one of the pick up times please contact Tyler Kress no later than 11:59PM on Tuesday September 15th, 2020.  Once your attendance and participation are confirmed a list will be sent to Unifor National to have payment reissued.

Once it is known how many members are left to receive their pay the method and timing of distribution will be determined.

tylerkress4304@gmail.com

519-635-9729

Once payment is sent out cheques are issued they will only be valid for 30 days so cash them ASAP.

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Part-time Sign-up for Temp Work

There will be a sign-up for Conventional Part-time operators to choose a temp shift on Monday, August 17 starting at 7:00 AM. There are 24 shifts to choose from. The sign-up will take place on Bidweb. If you don’t enter any choices it will be assumed that you don’t want a temp shift and you want to continue being part-time and submit your availability.

You can view the signing list and available work at tiny.cc/parttimesignup

Throughout this sign-up we have been having some ongoing issues with Bidweb when you click on a piece of work to view the details. In many cases the process gets hung up here and you will lose everything you have done since your last save. I would recommend as you are trying to view the work you look at the details on a paper bidlist or an electronic copy off the employee portal. Bidweb is working fine for choosing the work when you click on the “thumbs up” icon.

The Vacation  Relief Sign-up will take place on Wednesday, August 19 starting at 7:00 AM.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Paul Wagler

pwagler22@gmail.com

519-581-7729

 

 

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