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New and Noteworthy

To:         TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From:     TEAM Office
Date:      May 10, 2018
Re:        New and Noteworthy

  • Take A Break: Save the date for TEAM‘s 2018 Take-a-Break hot dog lunch-time events.  As in previous years, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle in support of the United Way.  Prizes include an extra paid day off work (always the most popular item), a movie gift certificate (donated by the IFPTE), and various tickets to local sporting events (donated by Cochrane Saxberg LLP).

    June 7      -     Downtown Winnipeg - Goldeyes Ballpark
    June 8      -     365 Osborne St - picnic table area
    June 12    -     Corydon - Hugo Piazza
We are working on a date for the Brandon event.  Members departing the Company just prior to the above dates are welcome to attend and join their friends for lunch.

  • BCE AGM: The BCE 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders took place last week in Toronto.  Dave Sauer, our local IFPTE Rep, attended the meeting and raised concerns about BCE’s publicly stated commitment that MTS would be their “Western Canada headquarters”, and asked the Board to look again at their policy for employment opportunities in Manitoba.  You can read the question and answer here and with commentary here.
  • It’s Mental Health Week:  According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), your mental health is affected by numerous factors, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships, and that 58% of us in Canada report feeling “overload” associated with our many roles.  Check if you’re in balance with this work/life balance quiz.  The CMHA provides some helpful tips for staying in balance.
  • Leaving Gifts:  TEAM has a longstanding practice of presenting members who are leaving the Company with a departure gift.  If you or a colleague meet the below Board Policy criteria, email the office so a gift can be prepared, and presentation or delivery arranged.

Board Policy #11: Gifts - Retirement or for Departing Members

On notification of a retirement or departure by the TEAM member concerned or a colleague, TEAM will present a gift to members in good standing who leave the Company at retirement after one years membership in TEAM, or after five years membership if not commencing retirement (excluding members terminated for just cause).

For members who are retiring, TEAM also covers the first year’s membership fee of the Telephone Retirees Association of Manitoba (TRAM).  This organization provides support for the Retiree Pension Committee Representative and advocates on a number of issues on behalf of retirees.

TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
204-984-9470 or 1-877-984-9470