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This DVD is presently in french and we need to do the translation in english.
The voice that we need will be place over the main person interview.
2012-02-19 20:58:49 GMT 2012-02-24 23:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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CUPW, Montréal local
• (TDH) My name’s Thanh Dung Huynh. I’ve been with Canada Post for the last 24 years and I became an LR in November 2009. (8 sec)
UNITED STEELWORKERS local 7531
• (MF) I’m Marc Fréchette and I work at Souci Techno, a rubber plant in Rock Forest. I’m a forklift operator and I’ve been an LR for a year and a half now. (8 sec)
TCA section locale 2609
• (MK) My name’s Marie Mukankusi. I work at the coffee bar in the Sheraton Centre Hotel, in the Sheraton Centre. I became an LR in November 2009, so not that long ago. (14 sec)
• (MF) An LR is a go-between, in other words, a link between workers or anyone who wants to buy an RRSP, and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ. (10 sec)
• (TDH) The LR, he’s the guy in the field. The Fonds’ there but the local representative, he’s the one doing most of the work out there in the trenches. (8 sec)
• (MK) The LR’s job is to educate people, to make sure they know about the advantages of investing in the Fonds. It’s also their job to make them aware about what they’re going to need when they retire and explain that they need to take charge and plan for their future. And of course, they also handle enrolments. (20 sec)
• (MF) The advantage of working with an LR instead of a broker is that the LR’s right there in the workplace, which means he knows what it is to be a worker, he understands their needs and more or less how much they can afford to put in. Not like a broker, who’ll push you and say no, no, put in more, yes you can afford it. An LR’s going to be straight with you, he’ll say, go slow, play it safe. You can always put in more later on. (21 sec)
• (TDH) The Fonds’ not here to sell. It’s not a bank either. It’s a labour fund, and that means it’s here for workers. (7 sec)
• (MF) The Fonds’ got 583,000 members who give it money. That’s how it raises capital. Today the Fonds has something like $8 billion in assets. So what it does then is it takes all this money and invests it in small and mid-sized businesses in Québec so that we can all keep our jobs. And by doing this, it also helps to create new jobs. (24 sec)
• (TDH) The idea behind the Fonds is to help the local economy. That’s its number one goal and, ultimately, why it’s here. The second reason is to help workers prepare for retirement because before it came along in 1984, there was no one doing that. (16 sec)
A blitz at Bombardier
• (MF) So whenever there’s going to be a blitz, I go around and put up posters on the bulletin board and other places that tells everyone when and where it’s going to be and inviting them to come see me during their shift. On the blitz day, I set myself up in the cafeteria, and when someone comes up to my table, I talk to them about the Fonds, I show them the pamphlets, I explain everything, and then, if they’re ready, and if they feel like they want to sign up, I help them fill out the enrolment form. (24 sec.)
• (MK) There’s the campaign part, which is very intense, and then there’s the rest of the year, when the recruiting is more laid back. For example, whenever we run across someone who’s not a member – and we know because we know who our members are - we talk to them to try and get them interested, and if they are, we set up a meeting, like with the woman you just saw, and then I explain everything, I help her enrol, and that’s it, we’re done, and we have a new member! (26 sec)
• (MK) So I’m going to show you, here at the hotel we have 26 pays a year, so depending… (5 sec)
• (MF) When I first started, I thought this was way too complicated, but after the training and with the support we get, I realized that it’s much easier to be an LR than I had thought. (10 sec)
• (TDH) This isn’t high finance, it’s not like you have to be an accountant or anything. You just have to understand what it’s about, the logic behind it, and do a few simple calculations. (10 sec)
• (MK) You’re taught all the number crunching you need to know. One plus one is two. Anyone can do that. (4 sec)
• (MF) If you know the basics and you tell the shareholder what you know, they’ll be able to see that you’re being honest. Don’t talk about what you don’t know and don’t say something if you’re not sure. Take the time to go find the answer. If you make it a point to always refer to the prospectus, always look at the Planning Guide and use the tools they give you, you can’t go wrong. (21 sec)
• (MK) But also, you get better at it with time. The more often you do it, the more of a pro you become. All the concepts start to gel and so you explain it better. And when you don’t know something, you go look for the information, and then you know for next time. (16 sec)
• (TDH) Like now we have this thing online, the LR extranet, that has all this information, anything we need to know, we can find there. (7 sec)
• (MK) We really get a lot of support from the coordinator and from LR Services. If there’s anything we don’t understand, all we have to do is call them and they’re there for us. (9 sec)
• (MF) When you have a problem and you call, you don’t get some machine on the other end. You get a real person right away, and you get your answer immediately. So you’re never stressed about doing your work. (11 sec)
Regional LR meetings
• (TDH) So you’re surrounded by supportive people, plus you’re given all these tools. But in my opinion, if you really want to be a good LR, then you need to make sure to attend as many training workshops as possible. (12 sec)
• (MK) You start with your basic training, and then, two or three times a year, they offer refresher courses, where you get to go over things and learn new stuff. (10 sec)
National LR meeting
• (MF) Every year, once a year, we have this national LR meeting in Montréal. I think it’s always at the Queen Elizabeth. They do it on a Friday and Saturday, so you’re there the whole weekend, and you don’t have to go alone, you can bring your wife or your husband or whoever you’re with. Basically, the way it works is, everyone gets together in this big room where they do these special activities for LRs. You go in the morning, then you break for lunch, and you come back again in the afternoon. (24 sec)
• (TDH) What’s the role of an LR in a company? Well, you could say that an LR is like a shop steward who goes to help his co-workers, so there’s this real kinship there. It’s like brothers and sisters in a family, an LR and a shop steward. (20 sec)
• (MK) It can be really useful, for example, like when we’re negotiating the collective agreement and we want to improve, for instance, like here, it would be to improve our group RRSP, we can explain it to our members, but also, we can justify what we’re asking for in the list of union demands, we can explain it clearly, and so the skills we acquire as an LR also come in very handy during the bargaining process. (35 sec)
• (MF) I think this whole LR idea is fantastic. It’s ingenious and it’s one of the things I like the most about the FTQ. (8 sec)
• (TDH) I’m a person who likes to talk, and I really like helping people, especially people I work with. That’s why I volunteered, that’s why I became an LR. (11 sec)
• (MK) We really like having such a product, it’s a good feeling to be able to contribute like this, to do something that helps create and save jobs. I think this is something really important for the Québec economy. (14 sec)
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