News Around the Local


News Around the Local – August 3rd 2017


We hope all our members are enjoying the summer months and time off with your families. On behalf of the Executive Board, we would like to congratulate Donna Higham and Mark Roy for their respective appointments to the National Union. Donna has served three terms on the Executive Board and Mark has been an elected representative at Local 199 for over 25 years. Donna is the new UNIFOR National Employment Equity Coordinator for GM and Mark has been appointed as UNIFOR Supplier Relations Coordinator.

Executive Board Elections

These appointments mean we will have two vacancies on the Executive Board to be filled; Vice President and Member-at-Large. Pursuant to the bylaws of Local 199, the Local Union Election’s committee will issue a Notice of Election and schedule an election to fill all vacant Executive Board positions. We will talk to the Elections Committee to select dates and make the necessary arrangements, which will be posted in the workplace and on the Local Union Website.

New Units/Bargaining

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome two new units to Local 199, Para Med and Nutra. Currently we are negotiating to secure a first contract at both of these units. Contracts are expiring in September at Iafrate Machine Works and Pleasant Manor, bargaining is scheduled to start early September. Negotiations are also scheduled at Spencer ARL and Welland City Parks in December.

August – Family Picnic

The Recreation Committee is busy planning a Unifor Family Picnic which will be held at Fireman’s Park in Niagara Falls on Saturday, August 12th.   The Recreation Committee is asking members who are interested in attending to register through the website, this will help them order the right amount of food, drinks and help plan age appropriate activities. The Recreation Committee are also looking for a few volunteers to help out with the BBQ and games. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you all there.

Coming up in the Fall

There are several Events planned for September Unifor National Union is holding a Four Person Scramble Golf Tournament at Tangle Creek Golf Club on September 16th, 2017. The cost is $440 per team which includes golf, cart, prizes and a meal.

The Executive Board of Unifor Local 199 would like to invite ALL our members and your family to celebrate Labour Day with us. You are invited to walk in the Merritton Labour Day Parade on Monday, September 4th and come back to the Union Hall for a BBQ & live entertainment. In the parade we have a float, a band and new cars from our dealerships. We have also arranged a city bus for our retirees so they can participate in the parade. Volunteers are needed to drive cars, help with the BBQ and sell tickets. For more information contact Dave De Marco or Peter Scott at the Union Hall 905-682-2611.

In the Fall of 2017, the Education Committee has scheduled several Education Courses; Three (3) McMaster Labour Studies courses, the popular Planning for Your Future Pre-Retirement Course and a three day Grievance Handling course. Dates and course information will be posted on the website shortly, for more information contact the Education Committee.

The United Way Campaign will start in September, the United Way help families in the community every day of the year. Please consider signing up or increasing your payroll deduction. The next membership meeting is scheduled at the Union Hall on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

In Solidarity,


Greg Brady   Dave De Marco Peter Scott

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Financial Secretary

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Recording Secretary

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