Unifor Local 191

Unit 1A - 675 Berry St., Winnipeg, MB   R3H 1A7   |   p. 1-204-949-2770 or 1-844-2255-191   f. 1-204-949-2778   e. unifor191@mymts.net   tw. @unifor191


Local 191 Is Moving

After 20-plus years at our Border Street office, Local 191 is moving.

Effective March 1, our new offices are at 675 Berry St., Unit 1A, between Sargent and Ellice.

Here is the link for directions and a map.

Ours is the first office, closest to Berry and the sidewalk.

We are keeping the same phone numbers and email addresses.

There is plenty of parking.




Closed for the Holidays

The Local 191 office will be closed for the Christmas break, effective the end of the business day Friday, Dec. 22. The office will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 2. If you need immediate assistance during that time, contact your chapel chair/shop steward.


Local 191 Post-Secondary Scholarship 2017 Winners

The board of Unifor Local 191 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Post-Secondary Scholarship Essay Competition.

Zachary Slusky, son of Jeff Slusky (Winnipeg Free Press newsroom).

Hannah Kahler, daughter of Ben Kahler (Winnipeg Free Press newsroom).

Bryan Biancospino, son of Susan Biancospino (Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal finance).

Each winner will receive a cheque in the amount of $1,800 to help offset the cost of their post-secondary education studies.

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New Executive Board for Local 191

December 3, 2017

All positions on the Local 191 Executive Board have been filled by acclamation.

Nominations for the board closed at the Dec. 3 general membership meeting.

New members on the board are: Bernice Pontanilla (Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals), John Ridd (Winnipeg Fress Press) and Rick Lamontagne (Winnipeg Free Press/Carriers).

There are four vacancies on the 21-member board, including the executive positions of Assistant Secretary-Treasurer and 2nd Vice President. Any member interested in joining the board should contact the Local office to express their interest and make a formal application, providing details of their place of work, history of union involvement if applicable, and any other background information believed relevant. All applications will be considered by the board.

The returning members are:

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Call For Nominations for Local 191 Board Positions

The three-year term of the current board expires at the end of December.

Nominations are being accepted for all positions on the 21-member board, including: president, secretary-treasurer, 1st VP, 2nd VP, Assistant Sect-Treasurer, and up to 16 additional positions on the board.

Nominations close at the General Membership Meeting, Dec. 3. Nominations will be considered closed at the board meeting of the same day if there is no quorum for the GM meeting.

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Local 191’s Scholarship Essay Competition Is Back

Three $1,800 Post-Secondary Scholarships To Be Awarded

UNIFOR-local191-RGBLocal 191 is pleased to once again hold its annual Scholarship Essay Competition.

The competition is open to any member of 191 or their children enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institituion, who submit an essay judged to be the best by the scholarship committee. The deadline for submissions is 5 pm Friday, Nov. 10.

This year's question: "The Pallister government in Manitoba has introduced legislation that will impose collective agreements on unionized public sector workers, including wage freezes, on the grounds that it is necessary to curtail government costs. Explain why, or why not, government should be able to pass legislation to impose wage freezes on unionized workers without negotiations." 

Attached are pdf copies of the 2017 SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY BULLETIN and the 2017 SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY APPLICATION.

This competition is open to all Local 191 members and their children — in Alberta, Manitoba and Thunder Bay.

Application forms will also be available soon from the Local office and your CC or shop steward.


Join Us In Steinbach

Steinbach Pride Parade, Saturday, July 15

Last year Unifor Members took part in the first ever Pride march in Steinbach and it was a huge success. This year they are having another march on July 15th 2017, and we want to make it even more successful than last year.

We are putting together a walking group for this day and want as many of you as possible to join us. If you can make it and bring a few folks with you, let me know and I’ll compile a list and communicate with a meeting spot so we are all together. Thank you in advance

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Unifor joins court challenge of Manitoba’s anti-union law

Kevin Rebeck, MFL President; Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU president; Bob Moroz, MAHCP president; Paul McKie, Manitoba/Saskatchewan Area Director, Unifor; Marianne Hluden, Prairies Region Executive Vice-President, PSAC; Norm Gould, Manitoba Teachers Society President

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Winnipeg—Unifor is proud to be part of the Partnership to Defend Public Services, the coalition of Manitoba workers’ organizations that are challenging the province’s anti-union legislation.

“Workers with good jobs are the first people that right-wing governments want to blame for fiscal problems of their own making,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Collective bargaining rights are not the problem—legal contracts are a solution to create good jobs, a living wage and fairness to ensure the provincial workers are treated with respect while providing the key services that Manitobans’ depend upon.”

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2017 Local 191 (LSSD Bus Drivers) Bursary Winner

Congratulations to Sydney Carlson, the recipient of the 2017 Local 191 (LSSD bus drivers) Bursary Scholarship award.

Sydney (pictured at right with Art Crane, LSSD bus driver and Local 191 board member) is a student at the Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk. The scholarship is a $200 award.

The annual award was started in 1978 by the former LSSD school bus drivers association (now members of Local 191) and is given to a bus student involved in the arts or extra curricular activities, graduating with a high average and planning to continue with post-secondary education.


Winnipeg Free Press Hourly & Salary Workers Update/May 13

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Salary and hourly workers at the Winnipeg Free Press ratified a tentative agreement on Saturday, May 13, that incorporates the ‘Made In Manitoba Solution’ as an addendum to the collective agreement.

Terms of the deal extend the collective agreement to June 30, 2019, provide a trigger for a potential wage reduction in April 2018 in the event free cash flow falls below a specified target, a no-layoff guarantee for the duration of the extended contract (unless the paper eliminates a daily edition), and provides the Union with a representative on the FPLP board of directors.

“This was a strong endorsement by the members for an arrangement that saves jobs and gives the paper some financial breathing room,” said Local 191 president Aldo Santin. “Given how other newspapers across the country are dealing with the turmoil in the industry, the vote is a reflection that our members recognize this as a good deal.”

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