On October 24th 2016 we returned to the Unifor Union Hall in Oshawa it was a very good meeting with attendance of about 132 members. On October 27th we returned to the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre in Mississauga where in spite of pouring rain we had 125 members turn out.
At both meetings The Chapter Chair (Titus) reported on the chapter initiatives in the areas of recruiting and noted our concern about the shrinking membership encouraging all in attendance to help us recruit members. He also noted that we were slowly eroding away our chapter financial reserves as expenses including our contribution to the corporate umbrella was exceeding our revenues. It appears inevitable that perhaps by 2018 we’d have to increase our annual dues. He also reported on a partnership with The Personal insurance company to help them recruit members to subscribe to their Home and Auto insurance products. Since the Personal is paying the cost of distributing a brochure we are able to include renewal forms to those not yet renewed. It is our hope that this would help encourage renewals and save chapter volunteers from having to call about 400 members while confirming to those already paid up that we have received their dues. You will receive the appropriate reminders we hope you act accordingly. Click here for a link to the Chapter Chair Powerpoint presentation
Patte Seaton our president reported on the work of the corporate organization on behalf of all members in the areas of advocacy her message is summarized in the president’s report.
Click the link to the actual video of the presentation by Patte https://vimeo.com/190129754
We also had presentations at both locations from Jeremy Bertrand of the Ontario Ministry of Finance on the Estate Administration Tax which helped to clear up many issues about what is included in determination of an estate.
Most of Jeremy’s presentation is summarized at the following link:
Guide to Estate Information Return
Hardcopies of the Guide to the EAT from the Ministry of Finance of Ontario by calling 1-866-668-8297
At Oshawa Mike Nicoloff the UNIFOR PIC representative presented the highlights of the Pensioner Information Committee for the Audited Pension Report for the year ending 2015 PowerPoint Link