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The Week in Winnipeg

August 21st to 27th, 2022


Hello…. Hello…. Hello,

The echoes in the office resonate a little more this week. With only two full time officers in the office, HaYen and myself. Hey 856 Reggie Taman, Health and Safety Officer of your Winnipeg Local here and this is my attempt to give you your Weekly Report.
Cam Fortier, Local VP has started his much-deserved vacation this week, while Cheryllynn Saramaga-Martai participated in arbitrations and took some personal time as well. That left HaYen and me fighting for the wheel. We were not alone, Sean Tugby has been in the office working tirelessly consulting with the region and national working out the bugs with Southwest’s restructure.

1B or SSD? That is the question.

Winnipeg has had the long tradition of being the proverbial guinea pig when it comes to trying something new. Not that the Deerfoot model is a new idea…it’s just Winnipeg has been left to solve the underlying issues and deal with the wrinkles in the fabric that is Deerfoot. We got this!
Out of the four starts, 1B was identified as having the possibility of being delayed intermittently. If everything went as it should, 1B would arrive at the depot, gather their sequenced mail, the mail and admail they prepped from the day before, then HOPEFULLY gather and prep their parcels and packets for delivery. It comes down to the old “all clear” and having the parcels and packets ready.
We can anticipate problems all day long until the snow flies…so we just have to accept that there is no way to fix it before we see where the actual problems are. Rest assured the conversations Mr. Tugby is having on a daily basis, and the time he’s putting in…really shows that he wants this to be right…and hey we got SSD (separate sort from delivery) off the table.
It’s funny when restructures happen, I’ve been through a couple being a letter carrier for 17 years. I recall requesting my 038 to look into how my walk was structured. I was taken aback how complex and measured our walks are. How do I understand the document? Well, if these are questions you had … you’re in luck.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

You still have time to submit an application for an upcoming education in Edmonton. Courses that are being offered are Solidarity Skills, Basic Shop Steward, and Updating Routes and Basic LCRMS (Letter Carrier Route Measurement System). Applications need to be submitted to the region by September 16th, no exceptions. If you are interested, look for information on your union board or contact the local for an application. You can also email

School Zones in Effect

September…next week?!? Wow I can’t believe how fast time slips by…I can’t really say it’s been fun! But with September rolling in next week, it’ll be time to pay attention to school zones. If you’re a new letter carrier, or even a seasoned carrier…pay attention and get to know the reduced speed areas along your route. The message is really for everyone, but being in the local, we hear about it through the members on the street who had an unfortunate “photo op.”

Next week Matthew will be back in the chair. After three weeks off recharging and starting a new chapter with his partner, (congratulations brother) it’ll be great to have him back in the office.

GMM…We Are Live
September’s General Membership Meeting will be in person at the Viscount Gort Hotel (1670 Portage Ave) 9:00am, September 10th . There will be no ZOOM happening, so if you plan on attending…attend. I know the poster said to register, but there is no link to attend…just the address. It will be refreshing to be in person, it’ll be my second meeting in person since holding a position at the local. An amended poster will be posted ASAP.

Breathe in, Breathe out

This week has been fun! (Yeah, there’s a little sarcasm there) As health and safety officer, my plate is usually quite full, and this week… it found a whole new level. But it has left me with appreciation and a lot of respect for everyone in this office with what they do and sacrifices they make on a daily basis. It doesn’t go unnoticed!

The struggle continues! Have a great weekend, and stay safe out there 856.

In solidarity,

Reggie Taman
856 Health and Safety Officer

2022 General Membership Meeting Schedule

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

Election of Trustee (three-year term)
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.
Email to receive a registration form.

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