Obituary – Brother Don Johnston

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.

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GVP Stan Pickthall COS Gord Falconer visit GKN Sinter Metals St.Thomas

!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.

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Condolences Brother Tigert

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.

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LL 1975 April Meeting

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.

Recording Secretary
Brenda Bell

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2017 GKN Negotiation Committee

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!

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Condolences: Brother Peter Brommer

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

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Condolences: IAM LL1863 Volvo (LL 1975) Brother Ed Tonks

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.

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“Make It Fair” campaign

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!

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Condolences: Brother Charles Carmen Knox – LL 1863 Champion/Volvo Graders

We had a IAM LL 1863/1975 Union Brother Charles Carmen Knox pass away June 24, 2016 at 73 years old. Charles was hired at Champion/Volvo and joined the IAM on Feb. 12, 1973. as a Machinist. There will be a grave side service at the Maitland Cemetery June 28, 2016 There will be a bible sent to the family from the LL 1863 Retiree Club.

Charles was on the executive of LL 1863 for many years and on the LL 1863 Hall Board also. Charles took on the presidents job when we started the LL 1863 Retiree Club for a while. Charles took the IAMAW Union very seriously in all the Union positions he held over the years at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich On. Canada

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It’s official: Pickthall appointed successor to Ritchie

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

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