Notice of Motion

Notice of Motion

NOTICE OF MOTION
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNIFOR LOCAL 4304 BY-LAWS, THE FOLLOWING MOTIONS WERE TABLED AT THE OCTOBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND WILL BE VOTED ON, OR RESOLVED, AT THE NOVEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2021):

MOTION: To assign work to an operator who fails to make their choices on bidweb by way of a standardized procedure.
MOVED BY: Mark Cosgrove
SECONDED BY: Devon Smith

Notice of Motion is that operators who fail to make their choices on Bidweb during sign-up procedures — or who fail to make enough choices — are assigned work by way of a standardized procedure rather than the past-practice of reviewing previous selections and trying to match these. The standardized procedure would be to simply assign the first available group to that operator (I.E., the lowest group numerically, and the first rotation alphabetically) as this group would generally be accepted to be the most senior work available. This procedure would apply only to operators who fail to make selections, or enough selections, and any IT failures with Bidweb will be handled as in the past, requiring proof of selections.

Making selections on Bidweb is the responsibility of every operator, and failing to do so can create a significant burden of time and responsibility on the process, as well as the members of the scheduling committees, and can impact all subsequent operators. Given the abundance of criteria an operator may consider when making selections, it’s very likely they wouldn’t be happy with a choice made by someone else anyway, so a standardized procedure clarifies expectations for everyone involved.

From Article 36 of the Collective Agreement: SIGN-UPS: Employees will submit their choices as early as the day the bid list is posted on-line and as late as the 59th second before their group is scheduled to be processed… Any employee who fails to make their selections within their time period will have their work assignment selected at the discretion of the Union Representative monitoring the signup.

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A message from Brendan

A message from Brendan

To: All Local 4304 Members at Grand River Transit

I just wanted you all to know that I had reached out to Bruce Lauckner, the CAO for the Region of
Waterloo. I had a face to face meeting with him on Friday October 1st, 2021 for about 50 minutes. It was
a very open and honest conversation. He acknowledged that there have been many missed
opportunities in regards to improving the work environment at GRT.

Our membership represents a quarter of the entire regional workforce. We can have a strong voice if
we all speak together to achieve the same goals. This introduction with Bruce resulted in me having a
meeting with Peter Zinck (Director, Transit Services) and Kim Bellissimo (Commissioner, Human
Resources) which led to follow up meetings.

I have one meeting a week for the next three weeks with both of them. This is a chance to discuss and
explore opportunities to make it better here at GRT. Kim mentioned having a list of priorities, knowing
that we can only focus on maybe two or three at a time.

Some priorities I’ve previously discussed are recognition and engagement, with things like positive
performance meetings and better work/life balance and also improve communication overall.

How can we make it better at work? How could we improve attendance? These are the kinds of things
we need to provide input on. They are willing to listen so let’s not only identify the problems but also
try to present them with solutions on how we would like to see things moving forward.

Please send any thoughts you may have to the Recording Secretary at:
recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org so we can put together a list to present to Peter and Kim.

Yours In Solidarity,
Brendan Burke
President
Unifor Local 4304
519-589-1507

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MEETING NOTICE/AGENDA

MEETING NOTICE/AGENDA

MEETING NOTICE/AGENDA

FOR THE OCTOBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 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
  2. General Membership Meeting Minutes from September 15, 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
  2. Financial Report for the month of September 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
  2. Executive Board Meeting Minutes from September 7, 2021 to be accepted

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NONE THIS MONTH

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Bring forward a notice of motion: To change how operators sign for Vacation – Micahel Guil
  2. Bring forward a notice of motion: To assign work to an operator who fail to make their choices on bidweb by way of a standardized procedure – Ken Hicknell
  3. 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

Reports from Committees: 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 the membership 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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Unifor NHL Fantasy Hockey Pool

To: All Local 4304 Members

Greetings,

Our inaugural Unifor Hockey Pool was a huge success with over 1,600 Unifor members participating and our current NFL pool has 2,000 members vying for some great prizes and bragging rights.

We are following up with our 2nd Unifor NHL Fantasy Hockey Pool and we look to continue to build on our previous success. We ask that you share this with all of the members in your local union. Attached to this email you will find download materials you can share.

The link for the event is www.unifor.org/nhlpool. Registration is free to all members!

The deadline to register is October 12, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST.

There is no entry fee for the hockey pool but in the spirit of giving back to your community, we ask that you make a donation to your local food bank. If you have any questions, please email recreation@unifor.org.

We have some great weekly and monthly prizes along with grand prizes for the winners at the end of the season!

Good luck to all participants!

In solidarity,

Bill Apsey                                                     John Aman
Chair, National Recreation Council      Director, National Recreation Department

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October General Membership Meeting – Wednesday October 20th, 2021

October General Membership Meeting – Wednesday October 20th, 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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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.

May be an image of text that says 'Log In In order to respond to the Vaccine Declaration Survey, please log in with your Regional Windows Account Email* OR Your Region of Waterloo email address. Password or Employee ID* Your password or employee ID. fyou don't know at least your email and employee ID, please speak to your supervisor. Log in'May be an image of text that says 'Apps Secure Portal Login Outlook SelfService- Home Vaccination Status Vaccination Records'May be an image of text that says 'Apps urL 07 Outlook daT SelfService Home Vaccination Status Vaccination Records My Records Create Createe T Record'May be an image of text that says 'SelfService Work Exchanges Portal Outlook Vaccination Status Vaccination Status Vaccination Unifor WemalLogin LAL Name Kitc... My Vaccination Records Searchby "Department", "Division", "Vaccination Status". Vaccination Intention", "Uploaded Files Department CAMBRIDGE Division G.. Recording Employee ID "Dose Types", "Dose Dates" Vaccination Status Vaccination Intention Uploaded Dose Types Files Dose Dates Dae_Sumitted1'

Yours In Solidarity,

Angelo Neziri

Recording Secretary

Unifor Local 4304

 

 

 

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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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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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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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