Welcome to Unifor Local 3003
Welcome to Unifor Local 3003
Local General Meetings are suspended as per the Provincial mandate on meeting limits
To all New Flyer Union Members,
I hope all is well with you and your families and that you are all safe and keeping social distancing.
I wish I had some definitive information but things are still up in the air in regards to the wage subsidy. The company has applied for the subsidy however they have more work to do in regards to proving the revenue loss to be accepted for the subsidy, so at this point we still do not know if they qualify or not. According to Matt Banera we should possibly hear the results next week. When next week is a good question.
I am very frustrated with the slow progress of things but I guess this is my lesson to be more patient as working through the government and the company is too slow for me.
The 19th is still the date of return and the company is meeting next week to put in place the process as to the return to work protocol, this should be communicated before anyone returns hopefully.
I have just had a call from the company, they will be bringing everyone in for 4 hours of training on the protocol for returning to work next week so expect a call from the company. This will be mandatory for everyone in order for you to go into the workplace on the 19th in order to keep everyone safe you will be paid for your time naturally. Is this going to affect your Cerb or EI payments I am not sure but I will look into that aspect. Making sure everyone is safe is the most important thing at this time.
At this point not much more to report .
Stay safe and so looking forward to seeing you all on the 19th.
Because of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the May 2020 Local General Meeting has been cancelled. We will hold a Local General Meeting as soon as we are sure it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding.
To All the members at New Flyer Inds.
I hope all is well with all of you and your families, I realize these are trying times for us all and very stressful so I am going to update all of you as to what I know today and hopefully it will relieve some of the anxiety that the covid-19 has caused.
I just got off the phone with the company and it seems that there was a post from Chris Stoddart on the 18th that seemed to have disappeared and it has as it is being updated, however the date of May 19 is still a go.
The company will be providing PPE to anyone who will be working in close proximity to each other, however if anyone wishes to wear their own personal mask at all times that will not be an issue. There will be disinfectant available for all employees to clean their tools and such.
At this time I do not have an answer for the Subsidy hopefully I will have one soon.
All members will be getting a communication in the mail and most likely posted on their web site to let them know how this is all going to play out stay tune.
I will be keeping in touch as I get news.
As over 11 million union members are focused on Regina, the nation’s largest unions including their leadership came to the city to show support for the Locked out Local 594 workers. Pic from rankandfile.ca
Brother Glenn Buckboro of Local 3003 Winnipeg and Brother Scott Doherty Assistant to the National President fight in solidarity for the locked out members of Unifor Local 594 Regina Co-op Refinery.
January 20th in Regina where both Jerry Dias, Unifor President and Gavin McGarrigle, Western Regional Director were arrested. Both were eventually released.The struggle continues. Pic credited to leaderpost.com
Before Frank Fair was part of our Local 3003 there was a situation occurring where workers there had been let go and then hired at Carfair. The Union at Frank Fair, the United Steelworkers, wanted to challenge the situation since some work that was now done at Carfair used to be been done at Frank Fair. Unfortunately, the Steelworkers could not find a way to address it with the Company and so chose the despicable way of taking Unifor and our Local to the Labour Board to challenge our right to represent our Carfair Sisters and Brothers.
In June 2019 the Labour Board ruled that there would be a vote and Carfair and Frank Fair members would decide which one Union would represent them both.
Following a campaign in which the support and participation was phenomenal, the final decision was that Unifor would represent both Company's workers.
Congratulations to all involved and a big shout-out to Hassan and Justin from Unifor Organizing (who also kindly bought us breakfast), to Frank Wright of the National who was even more amazing than usual, and to all the Sisters and Brothers of our Local who went way above and beyond to support Local 3003. Our humblest thank you to the Frank Fair and Carfair members for putting their trust in us as the Union they could call their own.
The 2019 Prairie Regional Council was held in Winnipeg May 29-30, 2019
It included the commemoration of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and followed after the May 25th Parade also recognizing the General Strike.
Many, including our Unifor members, dressed for the occasion.
The float was put together by a number of volunteers and donations and received support and funding through Unifor Prairie Regional Council.
May 25, 2019 saw one of the largest Union assemblies in recent memory. Estimates of 1,600 union people marched and Unifor proudly one of those unions.
The steam engine was a big hit.
A giant old style phone, an antique train station bench, a phone switchboard, ancient printing press, a large streetcar image and even a train conductor all appeared on the float.
Remembering our Labour past helps us to understand our Labour present and what our Labour future might be.
Today, May 1, 2019 Unifor joins nations around the world to mark International Workers’ Day or May Day. We express our solidarity with our sisters and brothers across the globe who are protesting and demanding better working conditions for everyone. We are all fighting the same battle and when we unite in that fight, it only strengthens our message. Beforehand Unifor members wait to walk in the march held at 6:00 PM May 1st.
Left behind in solidarity.
Local 3003 along with many other Unifor members and other Unions joined together for the Day of Mourning Walk.
Recognizing workers killed and injured on the job.
On March 8th we distributed flowers to the women workers of Local 3003 to commemorate International Women's Day.
March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 the Unifor 3003 Retirees Chapter met. Coming out to catch up along with other retirees is part of the fun.
There were a good number of great speakers, including Jerry Dias, President of Unifor who is currently in talks trying to improve Canadians' terms in NAFTA. Other notable speakers were Maude Barlow from the Council of Canadians, Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Council, Hollywood actor turned activist Danny Glover, activist and Unifor educator turned Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey, and Wab Kinew current MLA for Fort Rouge and NDP Provincial Leadership contender.
On March 23rd, local and Regional activists convened with Joie Warnock, Paul McKie and Darren Gibson. The agenda was preparing a political action plan to resist the Provincial Governments' attacks on unions and working people. We are building strength in our labour movement.
Unifor Local 3003 is pleased to report an agreement to allow American Income Life, a unionized insurer, to provide all Unifor Local 3003 members with a small Life Insurance policy free of charge.
If you are a member of this Local, including retirees, you are covered for AIL's AD&D benefit. By the Local mailing out these information packages, AIL Insurance has agreed to these terms in the hope that further coverage may be ordered by some members. Although some of our members have adequate life insurance, many do not. This may be an important first step to getting the coverage they need.
Accidental death or dismemberment (loss of 2 hands,2 feet or use of eyes or 1/2 for 1/2 of those conditions) is currently covered at $3,500 paid to your beneficiary or estate. An accompanying card needs to be submitted to AIL to ensure that a benefit can be paid to your beneficiary. This will also provide an opportunity for a representative to contact you to see if you would want further coverage.
Details have been mailed out to most members but, if you have not received an information package yet, please contact your Unit Chair or your Local office at 204-487-2208
(American Income Life- AIL Insurance is a unionized company represented by the UFCW in Western Canada and Unifor in Eastern Canada)
111 - 1376 Grant Ave.