From The Hall – Presidents Report



The Local has been engaged in multiple sets of negotiations over the course of February and leading into March. With the successful ratifications of Brian cullen Motors and the City of Welland Collective Agreements, I would like to thank the Brian Cullen and City of Welland Bargaining Committees for their challenging work and dedication to the membership. Each Committee secured economic gains and amended language to better protect the workforce.

Ongoing, the Local is engaged in negotiations with Securitas, headed by Chairperson Mike Winterbottom. The Local is also set to begin negotiations with Grimsby Ford, John Bear, and Tora. I look forward to working with the Bargaining Committees of each unit to secure favourable contracts. Steve McMullen and I will be attending the Ontario Regional Council virtually, March 9th and 10th. Stay tuned for a report following the Council.

Other news includes the reopening of the Casino, which prompted the return of all members. Welded Tube has been on a hiring spree, as they begin to ramp up operations – aiming to reach a 24/7 status. Our membership at General Motors has seen fluctuations as parts shortages continue to affect the plant, primarily in V8. I continue to work with in-plant leadership to monitor and work to offset the economic impact on our membership.

I would like to thank all the members who have put their names forward for the upcoming elections. Elections are taking place at twenty-two of our twenty-five units, including the Executive Board, which creates logistical problems. However, Chris Jones, and the Elections Committee have had and continue to do an amazing job facilitating the elections at each workplace. Please check the Elections notices in your workplace to confirm voting dates and times.

Stay safe and heathy.


 In solidarity,

Jordan Lennox, President
Unifor Local 199