RETIRED LIVES MEETING MINUTES ~ SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

RETAIL WHOLESALE UNION RETIRED MEMBERS ASSOCIATION

AT:  Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New Westminster BC


 The meeting was called to order at 10:05 am with Brother Shawn Lakusta in the Chair.

 

 MINUTES of the previous meeting were read by Brother Don Gardner and adopted.

 

 STAFF REPORT:

 

Brother Shawn Lakusta gave the staff report.

  • Thanks to Frank Allison for setting up the room.
  • Viceroy Homes – The new owner re-opened the business, and recalled the employees back to work.  12 employees, including the plant chair, are now working.
  • Produce Terminal – Managed to roll over the collective agreement for 2 years, and bargaining will begin next year.
  • Lucerne Milk Plant – The employees are now Teamsters members, and the Union stays in contact with them.  A complaint has been filed with the Human Rights Tribunal against the Trustees of the Retail Wholesale Union Pension Plan.
  • BC West – Frank Allison is successful in organizing, adding about 20 new members to the Union.

 

 NEW BUSINESS:

  • The golf tournament will be held this coming Friday, September 18.
  •  The Grain Workers Union is now affiliated with the Longshore Union.

 

OLD BUSINESS: none.

 

NEXT MEETING: December 8, 2015

 

ATTENDANCE: 35

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RETIRED LIVES MEETING MINUTES ~ JUNE 9, 2015

RETAIL WHOLESALE UNION RETIRED MEMBERS ASSOCIATION

AT:  Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New Westminster BC


The meeting was called to order at 10:05 am with Brother Shawn Lakusta in the Chair.

 

MINUTES of the previous meeting were read by Brother Don Gardner and adopted.

 

 STAFF REPORT:

Brother Shawn Lakusta gave the staff report.

  • Thanks to Frank Allison for setting up the room.
  • Viceroy Homes – Employees have all left the company without pay.  A new owner is supposed to be coming in and re-opening the company, but skilled workers may have already moved on.
  • Produce Terminal – Bargaining is now deferred to next year.
  • Lucerne Milk Plant – The Labour Relations Board has denied the application made for reconsideration of their decision to cancel the Union’s certification at the Milk Plant.  The employees are now Teamsters members.
  • BC West – Frank Allison was in midst of organizing.  There are about 45 to 50 warehouse workers, and about 27 dependent contractors.  A submission for certification was made to LRB.
  • Pearl Wong Fung will retire at the end of August, 2015.  Ada Leong will be joining the Pension Office effective August 1, 2015.

 

 NEW BUSINESS:

  • Suggestion to post the Retired Members Association minutes as drafted on the RWU website.

 

OLD BUSINESS: none.

 

NEXT MEETING: September 15, 2015

 

ATTENDANCE: 37

 

MAIN DRAW:

  • One toque
  • One golf shirt
  • One long sleeve shirt

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:00 am

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2014 SHOP STEWARD APPRECIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 2014 Retail Wholesale Union Shop Steward Appreciation Golf Tournament began with a shotgun blast at 1:00pm on Friday September 19th at the Fort Langley Golf Course.

 

This third annual event proved to be the biggest and best yet as over 60 shop stewards, committee members, invited guests, and staff teed it up.  As per usual the focus was on fraternity and merriment rather than low scores.

 

The day is an opportunity for RWU members and guests to get together and celebrate the successes that the RWU has had in the past year in helping to improve the lives of working people.

 

Going Green – Sleep Country Canada Shop Steward

Troy TBone Latimer decided to sample the turf rather than wait for a hot dog after the ninth hole.

 

If only there was an award for grooviest twosome Produce Terminal Stewards Jay Moysey and Amelan Goonesekera would have had it locked up.  While Jay and Am pose Local 517 Vice President and Lantic Sugar worker Subhas Chand frantically searches for yet another lost ball.

 

Lantic Sugar Plant Chair Doug Finnamore (left) makes his best play of the day while Local 517 Secretary Treasurer Pat Pollock (right) seems to be approving of the expense.

 

Local 580 Executives and Viceroy Homes Shop Stewards Sukh Kajla (left) and Keith Halovich (right) do an excellent job of pretending to like each other while EV Logisitics Shop Steward Ryan Walsh does an even better job of being a photo bomber.

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UNIONS UNDER ATTACK

It should come as no surprise to any working person that Unions are increasingly being targeted by right wing governments and company sponsored think tanks.

 

In the United States we have seen the emergence of draconian legislation that seeks to further erode hard won bargaining rights.  We have started to hear rumblings that governments in Canada are prepared to follow suit.  Unfortunately for many workers both Union and nonUnion there is a disconnect between politics and work.  We regular hear our members refusing to get involved at any level.  The simple act of ordering a lawn sign is a brdge too far.  Lawn signs can be ordered from a candidate’s office online.  Volunteers put the sign on your front lawn during the election campaign and then come and pick it up after voting day.  How much simpler could it be?

 

Unfortunately many nonUnion workers mistake the attack against Unions as an isolated fight.  There is no doubt that when working conditions decline for organized workers the results will be even worse for those who don’t have any rights at work.  Union members can help the cause by being proud of their Union and telling others that they are proud to be part of the Retail Wholesale Union.

 

There are plenty of interesting and amusing websites that can provide inspiration and amusement for anyone interested in learning more about Unions and what can be done to support them.

 

The best way to fight back against the attack on Unions is to get involved at some level.  Whether it is ordering a lawn sign over the internet or just discussing the benefits of being in a Union with friends and family those who make the effort to get involved will find the process very empowering.

 

Please make an effort to help out where you can.

 

Thanks to Labor411 for the cartoon below.

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