On May 1st, 2018, a party of members and spouses of Local 1863 Retirees Club visited the newly opened craft brewery, Cowbell Brewing Company, in the village of Blyth, ON. Following an extensive tour of the brewery and lunch, the party continued to the workshop of Mr. Everett Hessel, who is an enthusiast and restorer of Model A Ford cars.
Attached images of the brewery building’s exterior and interior, together with a group picture. Also an image of some of Mr. Hessel’s restored Model A Ford cars.
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The Ontario Federation of Labour joins with our affiliates, the working people of Ontario, and all Canadians in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of those that perished in the Toronto van attack of April 23, 2018. Our hearts go out to the survivors, colleagues, friends, and families and all those who are affected. Continue reading →
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This National Day of Mourning, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to do more to address workplace violence and harassment.
Every April 28, Canada’s unions join workers and their families to mourn those who have been injured or killed on the job. Workplace violence and harassment have also led to worker deaths, as well as significant mental and physical injuries. Yet they are often less frequently talked about. Continue reading →
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I attended website training to increase OUR members’ engagement with social media and the Union.
Brothers Terry Rennette from (LL 2922 in North Bay), Rick Moriarty (LL 103, Cambridge), Bobby Manevaski (LL 2113 in Markham), and I attended a website workshop held by Frank Saptel of the Canadian office at IAM District Lodge 78 on Friday, April 27, 2018.
The group learned how to use WordPress and explored new ways of adding content to Local Lodge web pages to keep YOU the members current with local lodge information. If you wish to contribute content please forward any information to:
Local 1863 Retirees Club organized an outing for its members. This was a visit to Westlake Maple Products, Bayfield, Ontario, and a tour of the sugar bush and maple syrup evaporator owned and operated by Ron Westlake, who is a retired IAM&AW LL 1863 union brother.
Union brothers, Marris Bos, Brian Pollock, Randy Kerr, Ken Young, Kelso Fitzsimmons, Paul Moss, Larry Wilson and John White taking picture were shown how the maple syrup operation worked. From the tapping of sap from the maple trees and collecting it in large vats, to the evaporation process and end product being bottled and marketed. Ron Westlake has operated this enterprise for many years, and the business goes back several generations in the Westlake family. Some of the end products are: pure maple syrup, pure maple sugar, and gift baskets are made to order.
Attached are two photos showing the visitors in the sugar bush, and at the sugar shack with the latest equipment that Ron has invested in to produce the end products.
Other tours and events are being planned by the Local 1863 Retirees Club for this year.
Union Brother Donald R. Watson passed away March 02, 2018 at the age of 69 years.
Don was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in the Fabrication Sheet Metal Department on Jan. 29, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Donald retired in June 2009.
Donald’s funeral was held at the Needham Funeral Service, 520 Dundas St., London, Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2018.
Union Brother David Clifford Marks passed away February 14, 2018, in his 78th year.
Dave was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, as a Machinist Fabricator on April 08, 1974, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Dave retired on August 01, 2001.
Dave’s funeral is on February 19, 2018. Interment at Brussels Cemetery in the spring.