Greetings Brothers & Sisters, Friends & Colleagues.
It is a great honour for me to be able to write to you as the new President of Local Y010. I am humbled to have been nominated and trusted to continue the great work of our past President and Executive.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sister Tammi Sikorski for all her hard work, sacrifice and dedication to the local. This was greatly appreciated and I clearly have a high standard to meet in keeping up with Tammi’s leadership over these past few years. Thank you Tammi, we owe you more than we can ever possibly convey.
I would also like to thank Brother Richard Wagner for his work and representation for the Local and YEU as a whole as our Chief Shop Steward. His knowledge, mentorship and representation were greatly appreciated.
We also say goodbye to Sisters Kat Traplin and Yoshiko Atkins, their voice, experience and dedication to the Local were greatly appreciated and will be missed. Thank you for your service. We wish you all the best in the future.
Please allow me to introduce your Local Y010 Executive:
President: Rob Jones
Chief Shop Steward: Paul Davis
Assistant Chief Shop Steward: Laurie Tamminen
Secretary / Treasurer: Denise Berken
Directors: Duane Purych, Khusru Zaman, Aziz Mollah
Kathy Donnelly, Amber Harder and Danielle Swift.
We have two Director vacancies. If you are interested in being an active voice in your Local please contact me to discuss the roles and responsibilities of a Local Director.
Over the next year local Y010 has an ambitious agenda including:
Signing off all RAND members:
A RAND is a worker in the union environment who has not filled out a union card; presently Y010 has some RANDs. As a RAND your union dues are being deducted, however you do not have all the benefits of full membership. We will be working in the community and workplaces to ensue our members are converted from RAND to fully signed members to protect your rights.
Not sure of your membership status? Call YEU at 667 2331. They’ll send you a card if you haven’t signed yet.
Shop Steward training and recruitment:
Local Y010 has approximately 2500 members and is growing. At present we have 10 active Shop Stewards looking after your representation needs. These dedicated Brothers and Sisters are working to ensure your rights in the workplace. If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward or have questions about the roles and responsibilities please contact the YEU office at 667-2331 or contact me and I will be happy to chat. Moving into 2016 there will be new resources and training initiatives for current and new Stewards.
We’re working hard to ensure social awareness and initiatives in each community. We’re always looking for members’ ideas, input and comments on how to move our local forward. Our Local meets at 5:30pm the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the YEU Hall. Please attend a Local meeting; we need you!
Lastly, this is a bargaining year and our collective agreement is on the table. Your Bargaining Team will be working hard to ensure your rights & make sure you are informed. Ratification meetings will be announced and held after bargaining; be informed and be engaged. Sign up for regular bargaining update emails at https://yeu.ca.
Your local executive is working hard for you, we welcome your comments, concerns, and ideas. Please contact me at [email protected] or call me at 867 334 4331.
Rob Jones, President- Local Y010