Presidents Message

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Good evening all. 

 I had a conference call with myself, Tom, Luc and Nadia today. 

 As far as the $500.00 per week advance, it will be paid Monday but it was processed today. If your bank corporate offices or the department that handles that is open on weekends, you will receive it Saturday or Sunday but I believe none do that. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Good evening all. 

 Revision to the schedule. 

 As far as the CEWS program, here is a bit of an update. 

 The agreement has not been sent back to us yet That may  cause a delay in the first retroactive payment so more than likely it will be May 28 as they are not able to process this quick enough through the government to be able to pay out for next Thursday May 21, but it’s not totally ruled out yet! 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Some recalls next week and a few more the following week. 

 Over the last 6 weeks we have been asking the company to apply for the CEWS, Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, a Federal Government program. They held off and delayed but they applied for the Quebec plants. Well, finally, they have put us in the mix!! 

 What is CEWS,  how does it work, what are the benefits? 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

The schedule is a bit of a mess but with the recalls for next week, 14 to be exact, base jobs won’t be finalized until those postings are down on Tuesday and all the recalls are put into base jobs. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Great news!! Recalls!! There are 10 people being recalled for next week. The following week, the company expects 25-30 more.  

 Jobs are now posted for those being recalled and those in the plant. As people are recalled, you will have the opportunity to apply for jobs you were previously on, if they crew up. Remember, if you apply for a posting and are awarded, you cannot apply for another posting that has a lower job class for 6 months. You can apply up any time. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

Good evening all. 

 The SUB has been approved! 

 As I mentioned in previous emails, for every FULL week you have worked after 18 months of service, will qualify you for 1 credit of SUB to a maximum of 52 credits. 

 How this will work is, once you receive a payment from EI or CERB, take a screen shot or if you can email that info as well as the exact weeks you were paid for. 

 The email should is sent to HR,

 [email protected] 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

 Good evening all. 

 The schedule is posted.  We tried to keep as many people as possible.  

 I’m sorry to say, this is one of the worse cut backs I have ever seen! We can thanks Covid for this!! We will be left with about 61 people in the plant and 94 laid off. The company feels it should be short lived for the most part. They feel that furnace, bundle and Wiredrawing should ramp up a bit in the next few weeks. That comes from sales to management to union. So let’s hope they are correct. 

Members and Retirees of Local 5328

There is a lot of questions regarding the SUB pay. I have inquired from our USW staff and National office.  

 When applying for EI, after March 15,2020, you are directed to the CERB program automatically.  The CERB disqualifies you from earning the SUB pay.

 Why? The Federal government doesn’t consider the unemployment situation due to economy or a market situation, they consider it due to Covid-19 and apparently that changes the definition.