Union Brother, Donald Johnston, passed away April 12, 2017, in his 67th year.
Don was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, and joined IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). in the 1960s. Don held the Union President’s position of LL 1863. He later went into management as Human Resources Manager.
His family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.
!AMAW LL 1975 members had a visit from the Canadian Office to the GKN Sinter Metals facility in St.Thomas, Ontario. GVP Stan Pickthall, COS Gord Falconer and DBR Derek Ferguson met with some of the membership on April 19th during the dayshift operations.
Plant Manager Kristina Schmitt presented the Canadian Office staff a tour with an overview of the operations that our members perform day to day. The GKN facility produces powder metal transmission carriers for the automotive sector. The IAMAW would again thank Kristina for taking the time out of her busy schedule to accommodate the tour and strengthen the relationship between labour and management.
Union Brother John (“Jack”) Tigert passed away April 12, 2017, in his 90th year.
Jack was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Stock Controller, May 22, 1962, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Goderich ON, April 18, 2017. His Family will be receiving a Bible from LL 1863 Retirees Club.
LL 1975 Union Meeting
The will be a regular meeting Monday, April 10th, 2017 at the Back Alley Bar & Grill (formerly the Labour Center).
Executive meeting starts at 7:00pm with the general membership meeting at 7:30pm.
Nominations will be held for the 56th Annual OPCM Convention to be held in Etobicoke on June 2nd to 4th of 2017. Elections if needed will be held at the May local lodge meeting.
IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative, Derek Ferguson reports that IAM Local 1975 members employed at GKN Sinter Metals in St. Thomas ratified a new three year agreement last week in both the Hourly and Salary Bargaining Units. In addition to annual wage increases, improvements were made in benefits, pension, and job posting language. This was a tough round of bargaining but the committees had a clear mandate from their members of what was needed to secure a new agreement, and they remained firm throughout the process.
IAM members employed at GKN produce metal powder precision components for the automotive industry.
Good Jobs. Better Lives. Unions stand up for Fairness!
Union Brother Peter Brommer passed away Sept. 29, 2016.
The Funeral is Oct, 03, 2016 at McGlynn Family Funeral Home in Seaforth ON
Peter was born June ,05, 1938 and was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario Canada Oct. 21, 1965. He joined IAM LL 1863 now LL 1975 at that time. Peter was a Stock Controller in Fabrication at the plant.
The family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retiree Club
We had a Union Brother, Ed Tonks passed away Sept. 12, 2016.
Ed started Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario and joined the IAM LL 1863 (now LL 1975) in April ,5, 1970.
He worked in the Machine Shop. Ed was born in Nov. 29, 1924 and was 91 years old. There was a Cremation. The private family service took place at Gilchrist Chapel in Guelph Ontario.
Eric Johnston, member of IAM Local 1975 has been busy in the London, Ontario area working with the Ontario Federation of Labour on the “Make it Fair” campaign. The OFL and other community groups are working together and demanding sweeping changes to Ontario’s labour laws and a $15 minimum wage. Eric has been actively representing the IAM on that campaign.
Well done brother!
Vancouver, BC – IAM International President Robert Martinez announced today that Stan Pickthall has been appointed to succeed Dave Ritchie as Canadian General Vice President, to become the senior IAM officer in Canada, effective May 1, 2016. The announcement was made at the general meeting of IAM District Lodge 250.
From left to right: IAM HQ GVP Ricky Wallace, International President Robert Martinez, DL 250 Secretary Treasurer Cordell Draayers , IAM Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie, IAM DL 250 President Bill McPherson, incoming IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall, DL 250 DBR Walter Gerlach. In the foreground is a clock presented to Dave Ritchie by IAM District Lodge 250 on his retirement after 20 years as the senior IAM official in Canada.
Ritchie, who served the IAM for 38 years, the last 20 as Canadian General Vice President, is a 42-year member of the IAM.
“Dave Ritchie is what trade unionism is all about,” said Martinez. “You always knew where you stood with Dave.” Continue reading