Important Message

Important Message

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

RE: Motion from November to require the President to be present at the Union Office at the GRT Strasburg Garage a minimum of one day per week.

To all Local 4304 members,

At the November General Membership Meeting, a motion was made from the floor to require the President to be present in the union office at the GRT Strasburg Garage at least one day per week. The concerns raised by some members at the November General Membership Meeting relate to their perception that the President is not available or accessible to the membership. The text of that motion is as follows:

MOTION: That we have the president at Strasburg at least one day per week.
MOVED BY: Sue Turner
SECONDED BY: Sonya Taha

In consultation with our Unifor National Representative and during a discussion at our Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 4th, we have determined that this motion is ‘Out of Order’ and will not be voted upon at the December General Membership Meeting.

The reasons for this decision are several:

1) The text of the motion as presented does not allow for unforeseen circumstances or for pre-scheduled meetings or activities that require the President’s attendance an entire week. The requirement to have the President at the Strasburg Garage is simply not enforceable if meetings or activities are planned for all 5 working days. The President could be in meetings with not only the employer at GRT but also at Great Canadian, the President could be at training or at arbitration or be in collective bargaining with one of our Local’s employers. The President could even be on vacation.

2) It is not appropriate for the President’s time to be restricted. The President needs to be accessible, not just to one group of members, but to the entire membership in all bargaining units as needed. Our Local includes not just GRT conventional drivers at the Strasburg Garage but employees at 3 workplace locations at GRT and also represents Great Canadian employees at 5 workplace locations. It is not appropriate or democratic for one group of members to place a monopoly on any of the time of the President of the entire Local. That being said, the President, as well as the Vice-President and Unit Chair, already do make themselves available at all GRT workplace locations and will continue to do so as their duties permit.

3) Members should be using the proper chain of command to bring issues to the Local’s attention. The President should not be the initial contact for all union concerns and business for the membership. It is important that all members use the union’s workplace representatives, our Stewards and Committee members, as the first line of communication for concerns that need the union’s attention. Per our By-Laws it is the duty of all Stewards (among other things):

a) To become familiar with all of the provisions of the Collective Agreement, the National Union Constitutions and Local 4304;
b) To promote solidarity in the workplace;
c) To be completely familiar with the grievance procedure;
d) To receive complaints and grievances of his/her division and to make every effort to conform to the grievance system to satisfactorily adjust and settle all grievances;
e) To maintain privacy of members’ issues at all times; and,
f) To assist in communication efforts in the Local.

Likewise, issues that pertain to one or more committees should be forwarded directly to the members of those committees to address the issues. The Stewards and Committees should always be the first members approached with union concerns; that is why they are there. Only when the Stewards and Committees cannot provide satisfactory assistance should members then seek the assistance of the Unit Chair, and then if the Unit Chair cannot provide satisfactory assistance should a member seek the assistance of the President and/or Vice-President.

For these reasons, we hope that the membership understands why this motion will not be moved to a vote at the December General Membership Meeting.

Yours in solidarity,

The Unifor Local 4304 Executive Board

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Notice of Motion

Notice of Motion

In accordance with the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, the following motion was tabled at the November General Membership Meeting and will be voted on at the December General Membership Meeting (Wednesday, December 19, 2018):

MOTION: That if a member is being paid for a stat holiday by the employer, they will not also be paid by the Union.
MOVED BY: Sonya Taha
SECONDED BY: Carol Jacobi

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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Agenda Call

Agenda Call

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The next General Membership Meeting is on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:00AM and 7:30PM.

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 Tuesday, December 11, 2018. However, members are still welcome to raise any new business from the floor of the meeting 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 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 so they may be distributed to the members attending the General Membership Meeting.

Attendance Reminder for Local 4304 Representatives: In accordance with the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, all Officers, Committee Chairpersons and Chief Stewards are required to attend at least 2 out of every 3 General Membership Meetings unless proper regrets are given to, and approved by, the Executive Board.

In Solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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Update on Sign-up on Monday due to Bidweb issues

As many of you are aware there were several hours today (Sunday)  that Bidweb was inaccessible. With the Winter sign-up starting on Monday morning this is not acceptable when we we are supposed to be doing the sign-up with no phone calls.

So because of this we have told management that in order for the process to be fair for all signing on Monday we want to contact everyone to confirm their choice of work. Neil Malcolm agreed to this for Monday. So for Monday if you’re signing you will be contacted.

We will resume with the no phone calls and Bidweb only sign-up on Tuesday.

Paul Wagler

Chair, KWSA Scheduling Committee

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Mentoring Help for BidWeb Available Dec. 3 & 4

Mentoring Help for BidWeb Available Dec. 3 & 4

This may well be the last time GRT pays for computer instruction, so please take advantage of our help and come and see us. This is also the last sign-up that paper proxies are an option. No phone calls will be made. So come and see Dan Sibley and John A. McDonald for some one-on-one computer lessons. Here are the hours:

Kitchener:

Mon. Dec. 3 at Strasburg Garage: 5:00 – 7:30 & 9:30 – 15:00

Tues. Dec. 4 at Strasburg Garage: 5:00 – 7:30 & 9:30 – 15:00

 

Cambridge:

Mon. Dec. 3:

Conestoga Garage: 5:00 – 9:00

Ainslie St.:  9:30 – 13:30

Cambridge Centre Station: 14:00 – 18:00

Tues. Dec. 4

Conestoga Garage: 5:00 – 9:00

 

We recommend that y0u bring your own laptop, tablet or cell phone in for the lesson. We primarily offer assistance on the BidWeb bidding process. But if you have mastered this and there are no other students waiting in line, then we also off help with printing your itineraries from the Assignments area, and reviewing your sick day bank etc.

Then there are the bonus lessons that will show you how to see what overtime dispatch is covering for the next day. Yes, you can hack dispatch to see what shifts are currently available as overtime. And you can learn how to print your vacation schedule, post giveaways, and get into your Regional email. We’ll even show you how to upload your itineraries to the cloud as a backup on your cell.

But this all starts with knowing your username and password. If you have access problems, call the IT Service Desk at 519-575-4564, ext. 1. They are open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 

If you cannot attend the lesson in person, we offer remote assistance using TeamViewer. So if the times listed here don’t work for you, just call John A. McDonald at 519-241-5623 any time. Dan Sibley is also available at 519-577-7777. Please try to call after 8:00 am as we work nights when we are not teaching. This offer will never expire.

We are also asking for help from anyone with some computer skills to step up and offer your assistance to anyone you see sitting at a computer that seems to need help. Arron Rolson has been a big help this way. He has been willing on his own time to co-teach with me on several occasions. After all, there are only two official mentors, and about 500 members to teach, so this really helps. Besides, if you are able to teach three people on any topic, you will forever grasp that topic perfectly. So please interrupt us and join in.

Click here for the official GRT memo.

 

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Attention All KWSA Conventional Drivers

Attention all KWSA conventional drivers. Management has added an extra spareboard group for the upcoming Winter sign-up. This decision was just made this week so this group is not in the bidlist books that came out last week. The extra group was added on the wall of the sign-up room today.

The added group is group 208 with every Monday and Sunday off. The hours for this twilight spare group are 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

We are glad for more spareboard which is long overdue as well as 3 more permanent full time positions.

The signing times for next week’s Winter sign-up were updated again today so please check again to confirm your signing time. You can check this on Bidweb, the window of the sign-up room at the garage and tiny.cc/kitchenersignup

Winter sign-up December 3-7

Part-time sign-up December 10

Vacation relief sign-up December 12

 

Paul Wagler

Chairperson, KWSA Scheduling Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coffee and donuts for the Union meeting – Nov. 21

Coffee and donuts for the Union meeting – Nov. 21

Your Executive has decided to open the doors to both Union meetings tomorrow an hour ahead of time and also provide coffee and donuts. The nature of our jobs means we don’t often have the chance to just sit down and chat with each other. Please take this opportunity to come out early, have a coffee, and get to know your brothers and sisters just a bit better.

For the morning meeting, doors will open at 10:00 am, Wed. Nov. 21, with the meeting beginning at 11:00 am. Don’t worry if you can’t attend the entire meeting. Just arrive and leave when you need to. In the evening the doors will open at 18:30, with the meeting beginning at 19:30.

Your Union dues have already paid for you to be able to vote. Tomorrow is your chance to exercise that right.

The meetings are at 600 Wabanaki Dr, Kitchener.

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Meeting Notice/Agenda – November 21, 2018

Meeting Notice/Agenda – November 21, 2018

FOR THE NOVEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018 AT 11:00AM & 7:30PM
UNIFOR UNION HALL, 600 WABANAKI DRIVE, KITCHENER

OPENING OF MEETING

READING OF AGENDA

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
1) General Membership Meeting Minutes from October 17, 2018 to be approved

SUBMITTED REPORTS
1) President’s Report
2) Vice-President’s Report
3) Unit Chairperson’s Report
4) Any other reports submitted in advance are provided for information
5) Any other reports from the floor?

FINANCIAL REPORT
1) Financial Report for month of October 2018 to be approved

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
1) – None this month –

ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
1) Executive Board Meeting Minutes from October 2, 2018, 2018 provided for information
2) DRAFT Executive Board Meeting Minutes from November 6, 2018 provided for information

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1) Notice of Motion from October: Amend By-Law 6.2 to lower quorum from 25 to 15 members.
2) Notice of Motion from October: Change vacation selection process for members at GRT.
3) Notice of Motion from October: Appeal to send Dawn Grover’s grievance to arbitration.
4) Union-provided Human Rights representation.

NEW BUSINESS
1) After shift waiting for relief operator that is late at GRT – Richard Fondacaro
2) Any other 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

Reports from Committees: Committees should submit WRITTEN reports, as required by the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org no later than Tuesday, November 20, 2018 so they may be distributed to the members attending the General Membership Meeting.

Attendance Reminder for Local 4304 Representatives: In accordance with the Unifor Local 4304 By-Laws, all Officers, Committee Chairpersons and Chief Stewards are required to attend at least 2 out of every 3 General Membership Meetings unless proper regrets are given to, and approved by, the Executive Board.

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New AWOC Representative on Executive Board

New AWOC Representative on Executive Board

November 15, 2018

To all Local 4304 members,

The vacant Aboriginal and Workers of Colour (AWOC) Representative position on the Local 4304 Executive Board has been filled.  When the AWOC Executive position became vacant, the Executive Board invited members who identify as Aboriginal or a Worker of Colour to submit their expressions of interest in filling the position for the remainder of the current 3-year term of office.  Our current by-laws do not require an election to fill a member-at-large position on the Executive Board.

At this time we would like all members to congratulate Neil Patel as the member appointed to fill the AWOC Executive Board position, he has been appointed effective as of our most recent Executive Board Meeting on November 6th.  Although Neil was the only member to submit an expression of interest to the Executive, Neil expressed a strong desire to fully and fairly represent all workers of colour on the Executive Board of our Local.

Congratulations Neil!

In solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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Sign-up Information for all Conventional Operators

To all conventional drivers in Kitchener and Cambridge!

Please read all of this email very carefully so you can be fully prepared for the 3 upcoming sign-ups.

 
VACATION SIGN-UP NOVEMBER 12-16
For the first time, Bidweb is available for a vacation sign-up . We encourage everyone to use it so it can be tested to see how well or how poorly it works. EVERYONE will be contacted whether they use Bidweb or not. If you use Bidweb we will contact you to see if Bidweb gave you what you wanted. If not you will he able to make the choices you want. Paper proxies are an option as well.
CHRISTMAS SIGN-UP NOVEMBER 19-23
This will be a Bidweb only sign-up. No phone or radio calls. No signing in person. Paper proxies are still allowed but must be submitted at the beginning of each sign-up day. Before we start the sign-up each day all paper proxies will be entered into Bidweb.
 
Part-time sign-up November 26
Vacation Relief sign-up November 28
Bidweb is available for these two days but if it isn’t used you will be contacted.
 
WINTER SIGN-UP DECEMBER 3-7
This will be same as the Christmas sign-up. Read above for all the details.
 
Part-time sign-up December 10
Vacation Relief sign-up December 12
Bidweb is available for these two days but if it isn’t used you will be contacted.
Live sign-up links will be active for all of these sign-ups. We will evaluate after the winter sign-up if we will continue with these links for future sign-ups.
If you don’t know how use Bidweb please check the times posted in the workplace for the training times.
If you have any questions please contact one of your scheduling committee members.
Paul Wagler
On behalf of Lisa Main, Trevor Reid, Sue Turner and Angela Ransome.
Scheduling Committee for KWSA and CSA

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