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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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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November General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, November 18, 2020

To all Local 4304 members,

The November General Membership Meeting will be held via Zoom next Wednesday, November 18th, 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.  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 General Membership Meeting did not receive a quorum of members, therefore any business that arose at the October meeting will need to be raised again this month.

Yours in solidarity,

Warren Schnurr
Recording Secretary
Unifor Local 4304

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Unifor – Kitchener Virtual Area Meeting

When: 6PM on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
To RSVP visit: https://www.uniforvotes.ca/kitchener
For more information contact Tim Mitchell at: Tim.Mitchell@unifor.org

Unifor’s Ontario Area Meetings are back! Are you in?

Gather with fellow Unifor members online to reconnect and strategize about issues relevant to workers in your part of the province.

Ontario’s workers are facing growing stress and continue to organize and fight for the kind of lasting, systemic change necessary to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic.

RSVP today to secure your spot in the first ever virtual Ontario Area Meetings.

This meeting is open to all members. Zoom Meeting information will be emailed out to all participants the morning of the event.

We will see you there!

A Sneak Peek at the Agenda:

  • Introductions from Tim Mitchell, Area Director
  • Current issues for Ontario Workers with Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director
  • Sector updates:
    • Health Care with Andy Savela
    • Hospitality with Deb Tveit
    • Transportation with Len Poirier
    • Gaming and Transit with Chris MacDonald
  • From CERB to CRB, Navigating COVID Benefits
  • Safe and Secure Online Elections through Simply Voting
  • Local Union Reports
  • Question Period
  • How Workers Can Prepare for the Next Federal Election

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Unifor National – Kitchener Virtual Area Meeting – 6PM on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Unifor’s Ontario Area Meetings are back! Are you in?

Gather with fellow Unifor members online to reconnect and strategize about issues relevant to workers in your part of the province.

Ontario’s workers are facing growing stress and continue to organize and fight for the kind of lasting, systemic change necessary to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic.

RSVP today to secure your spot in the first ever virtual Ontario Area Meetings.

This meeting is open to all members. Zoom Meeting information will be emailed out to all participants the morning of the event.

We will see you there!

Visit https://www.uniforvotes.ca/kitchener to RSVP

When: Tuesday, November 17, 202 @ 6PM

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