Champion/Volvo – Jim Ryan

Union Brother James Harold (Jim) Ryan passed away Suddenly at his residence, on Sunday November 1, 2015, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of 45 years to Diane (Fraser) Ryan.

He worked at Champion/Volvo and was a member of IAM&AW LL 1863,  now LL 1975.

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LL 1863 (Volvo Goderich Retirees) visit Ojibwa Sub in Port Burwell

Goderich Seniors 2015There was 17 from LL 1863 Retiree Club went on a Ojibwa Submarine  tour Sept. 17, 2015 . in Port Burwell. It was to be a 3 Hr. of the greater Depth tour . It turned out to be a 4 Hr. tour and we had every bit of the ship explained to us and we could spend as much time in each area as what  took to have questions asked and answered . We got a lot of story’s of what went on when the ship was in service. Our guides all had served time on this ship. Everyone was quit enthused with this tour.
John White 
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IAM Business Representative, Kim Valliere reports that two members of Local 901 at Protectolite in Toronto are happy union members. Their grievances were settled just prior to arbitration. As per their collective agreement, the members were moved up one wage level and received retroactive pay for all lost wages.

Protectolite is a manufacturer of composite materials for a variety of industries.

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Condolences – 1863 Retiree Club (LL 1975)

Larry Littlechild   Passed away March 9, 2015.   Age 64,    Larry joined the IAM  LL. 1863 now LL 1975   Dec. 8 ,1969.  He was a member working
at Champion/Volvo in Goderich On.  There will be a Celebration of Life at the Royal Canadian Legion 109 ,in Goderich On. March 21, 2015
from 1 – 4  pm. His Wife Glenda  and Family has been given a Bible from the LL 1863 Retiree Club. 
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LL. 1863 Union Brothers Passing  (Merged now to LL. 1975 )

Norris Sampson   Born April 20, 1944  Passed away Feb. 15, 2015 ,  He started Champion/Volvo  and  joined IAM. LL 1863  now LL. 1975 in April ,02, 1970  .

William  Dutton  Born Nov. 06, 1952.     Passed away Feb. 21, 2015 , He started at Champion/Volvo  and joined the IAM.   LL 1863 now LL 1975 in June 19, 2000   .

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Condolences to Brothers Michael Miller and Gorden Schultz

LL. 1863 Union Brothers Passing  (Merged now to LL. 1975 )

Michael  Miller  51 years old ,  Passed away Feb. 3, 2015,  Born Jan. 30, 1964 .  Started Volvo Motor Graders , and Joined  IAM  LL. 1863,  Oct. 12, 1999.

Gordon  Schultz  86 years old,  Passed away Feb. 12,  2015.   Born Aug. 3,  1928.   Started Champion Motor Graders/ Volvo , and Joined  IAM  LL. 1863  July ,19,  1946

The Family’s  of these 2 Union Brothers  have received a Bible on behalf of our “ Local Lodge 1863 Retiree Club “ here in Goderich Ontario.

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 There will be a regular meeting Monday, February 9th, 2015 at the Labour Center.

The Ontario Provincial Council of Machinists (OPCM) has put the call out for the 54th Annual Convention. This convention is hosted by LL 103 which is Canada’s oldest local lodge in Stratford. The lodge is celebrating its anniversary of 125 years.

Executive meeting starts at 7:00pm with the general membership meeting at 7:30pm. We invite all members to come out.

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Condolences to Brother John Boven

Brother  John Boven    Passed away  Dec. 29, 2014.   John was 79.  He was born  May 11, 1935 .   John started Champion Roads Machinery Co. and joined IAMAW. Union ,  LL 1963   Feb. 17, 1986  as Fab. welder.  He Retired June 1, 2000 
 A Memorial Service , to be held in the Spring  .   
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Ralph Martin appointed to Special Representative for Canada

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 78 Directing Business Representative Ralph Martin to Special Representative for Canada.

Martin joined IAM Local 863 in January 1990 while working at Ball Packaging Products in Burlington, Ontario, just west of Toronto. He immediately became involved with his union being elected Shop Steward that same year. He subsequently held various positions within the local including negotiating committee member, plant committee chairperson, and health and safety representative. Martin was elected Local 863 President in January 1996 and continued to hold that position until 2008 when Ball Packaging closed its Burlington plant. Martin was instrumental in forming a job action center, which ultimately found employment for every member employed at that plant. He was elected Business Representative for District 78 in Toronto in 2010, and in April 2013 Martin became Directing Business Representative of District 78, a position he held until his recent promotion.

“Martin brings an energy, commitment and strong ethics to his new assignment,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

Martin’s new post became effective November 1, 2014

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