Carol Sing:

Fri. Dec. 19 at 7 pm, Charles St. Terminal

Join us for a Traditional Christmas Carol Sing on Fri. Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm at Charles St. Terminal and help keep a Canadian tradition alive. This is also a great way to “give back” to our passengers

Traditional candy canes will also be handed out. Please come in uniform. We meet by the escalator. Refreshments at John A’s place afterwards.


GRT Community Event – Dec 15 @ 630pm

Join us in Reaching Out to our Community on Dec 15 – 630


Once again this year, Management and Union  will roll up their sleeves side by side at the Kitchener-20121217-00004Ray of Hope Community Centre on Dec 15 at 630pm to serve a hot Roast Beef Dinner to the homeless and marginalized in our community.


Join us for an encouraging evening of working together for a common good!

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Join us in Reaching Out to our Community on Dec 16

Join us in Reaching Out to our Community on Dec 16


Once again this year, Management and Union  will roll up their sleeves side by side at the Ray of Hope Community Centre on Dec 16 at 630pm to serve a hot Roast Beef Dinner to the homeless and marginalized in our community.Kitchener-20121217-00004


Join us for an encouraging evening of working together for a common good!

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ARE YOU A Unifor 4304 MEMBER?

To sign into the Members area -

1. Click on ‘Members

2. Enter your 9 digit employee number as your username

3. Enter your password, click ‘Login’

forgot your password? Leave  ‘password’ area blank, click on ‘Login’

on the next screen – click ‘Lost your password’

Enter your email address on the next screen, and a new password will be sent to you.

4. Once you have entered the site, click “CAW Local4304″ in top left corner to go to home page.

If your email has changed, or you have never been registered as a member on our Union website, email

Darlene Wilson, President at

or Recording Secretary at

and include your 9 digit employee number and we will be happy to set you up with a user account.



We encourage you to get involved, learn new skills and make real change. The Local Union in collaboration with the National Union is committed to providing training and the tools you require to be a strong advocate in your Union.

Here are some of the ways you can participate:

Stewards are the Union’s primary workplace volunteer representatives. They are CAW 4304 members who are elected by our co-workers and fellow members to assist in providing information about the Union, collective agreements, and how to resolve workplace problems. Stewards are the front line Union members providing representation at meetings with the employer, and grievances.

Local Union committees are made up of members who are actively interested in the affairs of the Union and are willing to commit some of their time to their respective committees. Union committees include: health & safety, scheduling, operations, community services, women’s, human rights, and many more. Check the Union website under “Committees” or the bulletin Boards in the workplace. If there isn’t a committee already in place, consult with your coworkers and Union Representatives to get it started!

Local Officers are elected by their co-workers to represent the concerns of Union members to the employer, and follow the directives of Union members for governing the assets of the Local. Such positions could include: Local President, Recording Secretary, Financial Treasurer, Local Chair, Vice President, Trustees and Sgt at Arms.

Attend your Local union meetings and events. At Local Union meetings, members are updated about issues that affect their individual workplace and the overall Union. It is at Local Union meetings that you as members exercise your voice and vote as the highest authority of the Local Union. Attending Local Union meetings helps increase communication between different departments, shifts and workplaces, and increases solidarity.



 CAW Supports Catherine Fife for Kitchener -Waterloo

 Kitchener-Waterloo needs a strong representative who will put the needs of the Community first and take our concerns to Queen’s Park. The NDP’s Catherine Fife is that candidate.With a by-election scheduled for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding on September 6, there is an opportunity to make much needed political change in the region.

Catherine Fife is committed to the issues that are most important to working women and men. Sending an NDP member to Queen’s Park would be the best option for addressing these issues of importance to CAW members:

Job creation. Developing plans for creating good jobs, instead of more precarious, temporary, part-time employment.

Protection and expansion of our publicly-funded health care system. Our health care system is a national treasure and it is now up to the provinces to make sure it not only stays intact but is strengthened for now and the future.

Improved minimum care standards in our long-term care homes. The necessary change would mean better care for our elderly family members and better working conditions for home staff.

Enhancing and improving social programs. Austerity programs at every level of government threaten the security of our cherished public services and social programs. We need to defend and build, not cut and undo.

Improving skilled trades issues such as access to apprenticeships. This will generate real employment and invest in existing and future workers.

If you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, please vote for Catherine Fife. Whether or not you do, we urge you to support the campaign in any way that you can. The campaign needs your donations, and could most of all use some volunteer hours from you to help connect with voters in the riding.

To volunteer or donate, please call the Catherine Fife NDP campaign office at 519-725-4888 or see

 In solidarity,

Darlene Wilson        Tim Mitchell         Bill McLachlan              Roger Lee President                President            President                      President                           CAW Local 4304    CAW Local 1524    CAW Local 1106     Retirees Chapter Local 1451

CAW Group Insurance

A message from Ken Lewenza – National President.


We are pleased to announce that the CAW Group Insurance Program is now available to all CAW members nationwide. As a CAW member, you are entitled to a wide range of benefits including a Group Auto and Home Insurance Program.

Our insurance partners are Breckles Insurance Brokers* and Aviva. Breckles has been our insurance broker partner for over 25 years and Aviva has been providing automobile insurance to groups, including many union groups, for over 50 years in Canada. Both of these companies are among the leaders in the insurance business in Canada and we are pleased to be partnering with them to deliver market leading insurance products to our membership.

All of the information you will need to participate in this program can be found at You can also call 1-877-CAW-INSR (1-877-229-4677) if you would prefer to speak to a live representative.

The CAW is pleased to be able to announce this new and exciting program for the benefit of you and your family.

In Solidarity,
Ken Lewenza 
National President

Ontario Day of Action – Get Involved!

The Ontario Federation of Labour has organized a Day of Action to highlight the devastating effects that will be realized upon implementation of the Drummond Report recommendations to SLASH PUBLIC SERVICES in  Ontario.

Please join with fellow Union members across Ontario on April 21 for this massive rally aimed against proposed public service cuts.

CAW Buses will leave our Union Hall at 600 Wabanaki Drive April 21at 9:15 am, return at 5pm.

 Come out and experience the solidarity among all workers across Ontario. This will be a great day! Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can arrange enough buses.

Canadian Labour Congress Free Workshop

Waterloo Regional Labour Council & Canadian Labour Congress

are hosting a free workshop entitled:


Effective Lobbying Strategies and Tactics

When: Thursday April 26, 2012
Where: CAW Union Hall, 600 Wabanaki Drive

Free Registration in advance, light dinner will be provided

To register, please contact:
Darlene Wilson

New Canadian Union!

A Moment of Truth

The CAW and CEP are currently exploring the idea of forming a brand new Canadian union, to revitalize the trade union movement and provide an even stronger voice for working people and social justice issues. The two unions have launched a joint website for to provide current and relevant information to our members about the discussion currently taking place. For more information, please visit

Ski-a-thon Raises $6043.35

Congratulations everyone!

On behalf of the ski-a-thon organizing committee, I want to thank everyone for your excellent effort this year. SPECIAL THANKS to PETER AND CATHY HILL for providing the opportunity to win their Florida vacation home accommodation prize. IT HELPED US RAISE MORE MONEY THIS YEAR!!

This past Monday, the draw was held for this prize at the Strasburg garage at 1pm. The lucky winner was our very own, Bob “Homer” Simpson!

And the head of the union charity committee, Lori Miller, along with committee member, Linda Paluveer, had the joy of presenting Anne Boehm, the director of the Kitchener and Area Sub-chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation, with our donation of $6,043.35!

Special thanks also to Lori, and Kathleen Hogue for helping at the ski-a-thon as non-skiing volunteers. Thanks to Petra who is assuming more of the leadership of this yearly event (and who is looking for someone in the North to take over from me for next year!). THANKS TO ALL THE SKIERS who raised donations by getting people to sponsor them, and I was thrilled to see some new faces this year: Jim Brubacher and family, Bernard Breton, Ellis Huebner, Paul and Samantha Wagler, and the friends of our teens too.

The top 4 fundraisers this year were: Paul Eckmier @ $1,145.00, Dave Meyer @ $800.00, Bernie Schubert @ $540.00, and John A McDonald @ $531.35!

May God bless you all, as together we work to bring some joy into the lives of brave children coping with life-threatening illnesses. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!

Paul Eckmier

Union Meeting: Wed. Feb. 15, 2012

Our monthly Union meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please plan on attending. Doors open at 10:00 for the morning meeting.

New at this meeting will be the use of a projector to facilitate reports and the making of motions. Thanks to Leon for volunteering to set this up.

More details can be found under the Events menu:

Union Meeting – Feb. 15, 2012


600 Wabanaki Dr., Kitchener


General Business