Obituary – Paul Wayne Gross

Union Brother Paul Wayne Gross passed away October 8, 2020 at the age of 67 years.

Paul was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Machine Shop at the main plant on July 9, 1973, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Paul left the plant when it closed in 2009.

Cremation has taken place. A private interment will be held.

Riverside Funeral Home

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Obituary – Bill Ryan

Union Brother William “Bill” Ryan passed away August 1, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

Bill was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, as an Expediter at the main plant on September 10, 1973, and at that time became a member of IAMAW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Bill retired from Volvo Motor Graders in 1992.

Cremation has taken place. A private interment will be held.

Arbor Memorial Website

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Obituary – Ronald “Mitch” Miller

Union Brother Ronald “Mitch” Miller passed away June 11, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Ron was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, on June 15, 1970, and at that time became a member of IAMAW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Ron retired from Volvo Motor Graders as a Parts Distribution Worker.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be arranged in the future.

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COVID 19 News and Information

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Obituary – Ronald “Ron” Wilson

Union Brother Ronald “Ron” Wilson passed away April 25, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

Ron was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, as a Machinist at the main plant and later in the Gearco facility on December 21, 1970, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Ron retired from Volvo Motor Graders as a Processor/Planner.

Cremation has taken place.  At Ron’s request there will be no Funeral or Celebration of Life.

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Obituary – Sister Pat Wilkinson

Union Sister Pat Wilkinson passed away March 23, 2020.

Pat was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, on February 14, 1977 working in several office clerical positions, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Pat retired from the company in April, 2006.

No funeral details are available at this time.

Goderich Signal Star

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Retirees Club Event

On  March 12, 2020, members of the Local 1863 Retirees Club in Goderich toured the maple tree woodlot of former Champion Road Machinery employee, Ron Westlake. Ron gave us an interesting visit where he showed us his latest maple syrup evaporation equipment and explained how the process worked; from tapping the trees to boiling the sap, and grading and bottling the syrup. Afterwards, he gave us some samples; plus he likes giving us a coffee made from syrup, and sweetened with more syrup. This annual early spring visit is always a good tour. A souvenir photo is attached.

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IMPORTANT – Benefits Update

I would like to share as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic the Company is going over and above their contractual obligations and are providing a benefit continuance while on layoff until May 30, 2020. This will provide members a continuation of their current benefits excluding STD.

I appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone. If you require further information please refer to your collective agreement specifically article 16.02 regarding benefits while on layoff.

Thank you and stay safe,

Eric Johnston – IAMAW Business Representative

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Member Information

We recognize many members contact information may have changed or you may not be signed up for regular communications from the Canadian Office. Please fill out the form below to update your contact information with the local lodge.

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IAMAW Canadian Covid 19 Information and Support

If you are looking for support or information regarding covid-19 please refer to the following website.

http://www.iamaw.ca/covid-19-news/

If you are having difficulties finding answers to your questions about how to access EI and what it provides please call Allison Skinner at the District 78 Covid-19 hotline.

416-729-5563

I hope everyone and their family are staying safe through these difficult times.

Eric Johnston – Business Representative

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