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HIGHLIGHTS 

Duration

2 years from November 29th, 2023 to November 28th, 2025

General Wage Increases

3% raise effective November 29th, 2023

3% raise effective November 29th, 2024

In Lieu Increase

In lieu to be increased to 3.5% of regular hourly rate effective 2 full months after ratification

Premium Increases

The dates and times for the ratification meetings are listed below.  Please plan to attend one of the meetings.

 Billings Court Manor Chapel – Wednesday, January 31st @ 1PM and 3:30PM

 Millennium Trail Manor Chapel – Thursday, February 1st @ 1PM and 3:30PM

 Maple Park Lodge Chapel – Friday, February 2nd @ 1PM and 3PM. Note – Members from Crescent Park Lodge should attend this meeting also.

 On behalf of your Negotiating Committee,

 Brenda Gagnon

THE UNION AND THE EMPLOYER HAVE REACHED A TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT FOR A NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WHICH WILL BE UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDED BY YOUR NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE.

 ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR RATIFICATION MEETINGS TO TAKE PLACE WHERE THE MEMBERSHIP WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT.

 ALL OF THE INFORMATION REGARDING THE TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE MEMBERSHIP AT THE RATIFICATION MEETINGS.

 INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEETINGS WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS WE ARE ABLE TO CONFIRM THE DATES AND TIMES.

On Monday, December 11th, the USW Hamilton Area Council held its annual Christmas meeting.

At this meeting our local, USW 9563, made donations to the following charities:

  • Hamilton Food Share
  • Wesley Urban Ministries
  • Challenger Baseball
  • Simcoe Food Bank
  • Erich's Cupboard
  • The United Way

These donations were approved by our members at the latest membership meetings and will certainly make a difference for a lot of people at this time of year. Community Matters to the United Steelworkers!

Hi Everyone,

We are aware that CLAC has started a campaign to try and get Conmed employees to leave the United Steelworkers and rejoin CLAC. Here is a brief history recap of the last two years for those who lived through it and for those who don’t know.

In 2021, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) was contacted by workers from Conmed as they were upset with the representation that they had received from their Union – CLAC. In response, the USW conducted an organizing campaign and the workers from Conmed voted to oust CLAC and bring in the USW as the bargaining agent.

Why become a Union Steward?

  • You will receive paid training including expenses for travel if necessary
  • You will have support from the United Steelworkers and the resources that we can provide
  • You will learn about employment legislation, and how to enforce the collective agreement 
  • Participation by our members makes our Union stronger

If you like to help people, are organized and a good communicator, this might be for you!

We've had some members question how the retroactive lump sum was calculated that was received after our HLDAA award. The Employer provided the document attached below as an explanation.

We have our finalized our Bargaining Committee.  Here are the people that will be representing all of our members at the bargaining table, alongside our USW staff representatives:

Brenda Gagnon                           Janice Gilbert

Tina Glendinning                         Terry Marck

Doreen Mayer-Korten                  Tracy Plato

Patti Terreberry

Here is a link to the Bargaining Survey - usw.to/usw9563-survey