Save the dates! It’s an election year once again!

To all Unifor Local 4304 members,

As another term of office ends for your Executive Board, Stewards and Committees it’s time to start thinking about election season; elections for ALL union positions will be held again this year!

There are several important dates, as defined in our local’s by-laws, coming up as we start to progress through the election season.  Now is the time to start thinking about what positions, if any, you may be interested in running for.  Some members have even already submitted a few nominations for positions (if you wish to submit nominations, either for yourself or for another member, please submit them to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org or orally at the respective general membership meeting where the nominations for the position(s) close)!  Put these dates on your calendars:

January 20, 2021
– January General Membership Meeting

February 17, 2021
– February General Membership Meeting
– Nomination AND election of new Election Committee at the general membership meeting

March 17, 2021
– March General Membership Meeting

April 21, 2021
– April General Membership Meeting
– Nominations CLOSE for Executive Board positions at the end of the general membership meeting.

May 19, 2021
– May General Membership Meeting
– Election day for Executive Board positions (majority vote)
– Nominations CLOSE for Steward and Committee positions at the end of the general membership meeting.

June 16, 2021
– June General Membership Meeting
– Election day for Steward and Committee positions (plurality vote)
– Run-Off Election Day for Executive Board positions (only if required)

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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January General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, January 20, 2021

To all Local 4304 members,

A reminder that the January General Membership Meeting will be held via Zoom this Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at 11:00AM and 7:30PM.  As a reminder, an RSVP to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org will be required prior to the meeting for any members wishing to attend.  So, if you haven’t already done so, send in your RSVP as soon as possible.  To connect to the meeting simply use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/5680262113

General Meeting Minutes, Pre-Submitted Committee Reports, Financial Reports and Executive Meeting Minutes for the meeting will be linked in the Zoom chat as the agenda items progress. However, please make every effort to download these materials in advance from the union website and review them before the meeting if at all possible since not all devices can access the Zoom chat links and so the meeting business can progress more quickly.

NOTE: The October, November, and December General Membership Meetings did not receive a quorum of members, therefore any business that arose at those meetings will need to be raised again this month.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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Provincial Lockdown

To All Brothers/Sisters,

In speaking with GRT management this morning we were informed that this provincial lockdown which starts on Thursday, Jan 14th, 2021 at 12:01 am will not affect Transit.

In solidarity,

Tim Jewell – Unifor 4304 President

 

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Concerns About Face Coverings / Masks

To All Brothers/Sisters,

We were informed today that some members have approached management about other members not wearing their face coverings/masks indoors.

As this pandemic moves on we are all supposed to do our part to help to straighten the curve. Since last March when this pandemic began, public health and health professionals made it very clear that we should, social distance, sneeze into our elbow, wash our hands for 20 seconds and wear a Face Covering or Mask.

I don’t think that members should have to go to management and ask them to monitor certain areas because other members are not wearing their face covering or mask and that those members feel their safety is at risk. Come on folks let’s have a little common courtesy for each other.

Management has made it very clear that they will be monitoring all locations where face coverings or masks must be worn.

The Waterloo region’s mandatory face-covering bylaw has been extended to May 31st, 2021.

Tim Jewell – President Unifor 4304

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Up Comimg Elections 2021

To All Brother/Sisters,

 

BYLAWS – ARTICLE 9 LOCAL UNION ELECTIONS

 

9.1 All Local 4304 Officers and Committees shall be elected in accordance with the National Constitution.

 

9.2          The election of Officers and Committees shall be held every three years. 

 

9.3   At the February membership meeting, in the year of the election, the membership shall elect an Election Committee. The committee shall contain sufficient members to ensure that each polling location shall be adequately staffed. The Election Committee shall ensure that there are adequate polling stations and that they are in such locations as to ensure that all members have reasonable access to vote during voting hours. A notice of all dates, locations, and times shall be posted at least seven (7) days prior to Election Day. The Election Committee may also adopt a form of electronic voting such as internet or telephone voting where appropriate and shall provide to all candidates upon request, a copy of the rules for the election. Copies of the election rules shall also be posted on all Union bulletin boards.

 

9.4  All members of Local 4304 in good standing shall be eligible for election to office.  All members of Local 4304 in good standing shall be eligible for election to an executive position after holding the position of a permanent employee for 1 year.

 

9.5   No member shall accept a nomination for more than one position on the Executive Board.

 

9.6   The nominations for the Officers of Local 4304 shall be held at the April   

           meeting of the General Membership, and the election held on the same day  

           as the May meeting of the General Membership.

 

The nominations for the Committees and Stewards shall be held at the May meeting of the General Membership, and the elections held on the same day as the June meeting of the General Membership.

Any vacancies resulting during the term of the Committees and Stewards position can be appointed to the candidate who received the second highest number of votes in the previous election.

 

9.7   Nominations shall be oral, at the respective nomination meeting, or may be in writing to the Recording Secretary to be received prior to the start of the respective meeting. If only one nomination is received for a position the candidate shall be declared acclaimed. Candidates who receive verbal nominations must signify their acceptance or refusal to stand at the nomination meeting or in writing to the Recording Secretary.

In Solidarity,

Unifor 4304 Executive Board

 

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Executive Board statement regarding the transparency of Unifor Local 4304 Recreation Committee Finances

Unifor Local 4304
600 Wabanaki Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada
N2C 2K4

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Subject: Transparency of Unifor Local 4304 Recreation Committee Finances

To all members of Local 4304,

Your Executive Board members have a responsibility to safeguard the union finances for the benefit of the entire membership.  The Local’s Financial Secretary reports monthly to General Membership Meetings on the financial status of the union and those finances are audited regularly by the Local’s Trustees which are then also reported to the National union.

For nearly a year, the Executive Board has been making requests of the Recreation Committee to be held to the same standard of financial accountability to the membership as the committee has been raising funds for union activities through 50-50 draws and other such efforts and then holding those funds themselves in a separate bank account away from union scrutiny.  Funds raised for union activities by union committees under the Unifor Local 4304 banner are the property of the union and need to be auditable.  The Executive Board has requested bank statements and other such documentation to ensure that funds that our members have been contributing to these draws are being held and used appropriately.  However, these requests have been largely ignored and even outright rejected by certain members of the Recreation Committee.

While fundraising for union activities is a laudable endeavour, the raising of funds through gambling activities, such as 50-50 draws, is actually illegal without a raffle license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario; individuals and unions are not eligible for these licenses.  This, combined with a lack of financial transparency is extremely concerning to your Executive Board members.

As such, your Executive Board is asking all Unifor Local 4304 members to not continue to provide their personal funds to these 50-50 draws and other gambling activities since they are illegal and since we do not know how much money is being raised, where these funds are being held or how these funds are being used.  We are also asking that the Recreation Committee return to the appropriate members any funds raised through illegal gambling activities, that all future fundraising efforts for union activities be of a legal means and that all legitimately obtained funds be turned over to the union’s Financial Secretary to be included with all other union funds.

The Executive Board does not make this statement lightly, we simply want to ensure that all the funds raised by our Recreation Committee are raised legally and are appropriately accounted for to ensure they are used properly for the benefit of the entire membership.  If any member has further questions or concerns in this regard they may contact the President, Tim Jewell, at president@unifor4304.org or at 519-496-1201.

Yours in solidarity,

The Unifor Local 4304 Executive Board


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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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December General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, December 16, 2020

To all Local 4304 members,

The December General Membership Meeting will be held via Zoom next Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 11:00AM and 7:30PM.  As a reminder, an RSVP to recordingsecretary@unifor4304.org will be required prior to the meeting for any members wishing to attend.  The Sergeant-At-Arms has requested that all members wishing to attend RSVP by midnight before the meeting, so please don’t forget to RSVP! To connect to the meeting simply use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/5680262113

General Meeting Minutes, Pre-Submitted Committee Reports, Financial Reports and Executive Meeting Minutes for the meeting will be linked in the Zoom chat as the agenda items progress. However, please make every effort to download these materials in advance from the union website and review them before the meeting if at all possible since not all devices can access the Zoom chat links and so the meeting business can progress more quickly.

NOTE: The October and November General Membership Meetings did not receive a quorum of members, therefore any business that arose at those meetings will need to be raised again this month.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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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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