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The Week in Winnipeg

September 4th to September 10th, 2022



The weather was perfect for a picnic on Labour Day. Thank you to the local volunteers who came out to staff the local's tent at the picnic site, and to the kids who came out and bounced to their heart's content in the castles. 

Short weeks at the local always feel busy. For some reason, having that extra day off doesn't seem to make the work cut itself down by a fifth.

I don't have a huge report for you this week because there is so much work to be done to prepare for the general membership meeting at the Viscount Gort Hotel tomorrow. If you already have plans to attend, great! If you are considering, remember that at this meeting, we elect delegates to our regional conference in November, and you have to have gone to that conference to be eligible to go to National Convention in Toronto next May. At Convention, we pass (or dismiss) resolutions to our constitution and elect our national and regional officers and representatives. This union is democratic, but you have to show up to be part of the process. See the notice below this report for meeting details.


Local officers had a discussion with plant managers this week regarding the holiday season at the plant. We talked about the schedules for RDOs around the holidays, and the special assignments that will be offered to workers. The plans are all similar to what happened last year. Sixty temporary workers will be hired to work from November 27th to January 7th, and the special assignments will be offered for the same period.
That is a change from last year. Typically, assignments for the holiday season start close to the 15th of November and last until the 15th of January. Right now, for a variety of reasons, the corporation is shrinking the window for bringing in extra help early. Locally, management committed to bringing in permanent temps and offering overtime to handle any extra parcel volumes we experience outside of the 27th to 7th timeframe.
There were a couple of items that needed further thought, and we expect to conclude the consultation on Tuesday.


Next week is the last week for the current routes in three of the four depots that make up the Southwest Station. Is it a station? An installation? 
Because it's the last week, in order to have a clean floor by Friday, there will be some flyer compression. Expect it, and check your paystubs to ensure you've been remunerated correctly.


On Tuesday, September 13th, local officers will be meeting with collection and delivery management agents. We have a few questions for them already, but it is always good to have questions from you, the workers. Please forward your questions to by Monday morning and your query will be added to the list. We are planning on meeting with WMPP managers the following week, so if you work in the plant and have some questions for them, send those along.

Had to make the update short and sweet today because there is so much to do for tomorrow.


2022 General Membership Meeting Schedule

Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 a.m.

Election of Trustee (three-year term)
Election of Chief Shop Steward -- External
Election of delegates to Regional Conference
Debate of Constitutional Resolutions
Regular order of business

Viscount Gort Hotel and Conference Centre
1670 Portage Avenue

*Meeting schedule subject to change due to living in a difficult-to-predict world.
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