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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LL1975 – Doug Gellatly Retirement

20141031_120821The Local Lodge of IAMAW 1975 would like to thank Doug for his 15 years of being a dedicated union member. We wish him well in his retirement. You deserve it Doug!

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Volvo Retirees visit GKN and support United Way Poor Boy Lunch

PoorBoy Volvo1We had an interesting visit to GKN Sinter Metals in St. Thomas. A small party of retirees were shown how powdered metal technology was applied to the manufacture of automotive transmission components. Processes such as mixing the raw ingredients (powders), forming parts into shape under extreme pressure, heat-treating (sintering); together with robotic handling and quality control checks, took place in the state-of-the-art factory. The tour was a very interesting insight into repetitive manufacturing in the automotive industry.

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Condolences – Terry Rose 35yr member to local lodge 1975

Condolences on the passing of past brother, Terry Rose. Terry was a member of local lodge 1975 for 35 years until his retirement. He will be missed.

ROSE, Terry, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. He is survived by his sister, Carol Hall (Tony), nephews, Chris and Justin, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Terry was the son of the late William “Jake” and Violet “Pat” (nee Taylor) Rose, and lived his entire life in St. Thomas. In 2006, he retired from GKN Sinter Metals, where he had been employed for 35 years. Terry enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and travelling throughout the area to watch hockey games. Relatives and friends will be received on Friday, September 19th from 7-9 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m. Private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes
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Tribute to Paul Mitchell


District 78 Directing Business Representative, Ralph Martin presented the IAM Education Centre with a hand- made card table in memory of the late Paul Mitchell.
When “Mitch” had free time after hours at the Centre, he could often be found playing cards at the Feedback Inn.
Many Ontario Local Lodges contributed to have the table, along with a plaque permanently installed at the Centre. So if you have the opportunity, make sure you stop by and check it out. And offer a nod to Brother Paul Mitchell.

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The fifty employees of L-3 MAS at the Trenton Airforce base, members of Local 717T, recently reached a first collective agreement. The IAM’s chief negotiator GLR Bill Shipman explained, that “the contract was the most complex first agreement he had ever negotiated but it also contained great improvements for the members.”

The members are aircraft technicians, aircraft groomers, and stores personnel and perform maintenance and repair of five CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A310) Air Transport Aircraft used by the Canadian Air Force for VIP Transport, emergency disaster relief, troop rotations, military family Christmas flights and Aerial Refueling.

The negotiations committee included SR Scott Jackson but could not have completed the agreement without the skills and knowledge of Jason Simpson and Gary Kegerbauer.

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LL 1863 Update/News

100_4542 100_4543Our LL 1863 Retiree Club gave out new hats to all paid up members of our club. This is what our hats look like. Hoping our paid up members will be wearing them at our Champion/Volvo reunion  July 20,2014.  This will be our 5th. year from when Volvo closed the plant here in Goderich.
It should be a good time to meet ,reunite and see what each other has been doing over the last five years.
We had our LL 1863 Retiree Club annual  golf  tournament Sat. June 21, 2014 . There was 36 turned up for the 18 hole golf and a roast Beef Dinner. Everyone had a good time and the weather was perfect . We had it at the Maitland Golf Course here in Goderich.
So we have been busy this year with our LL 1863 Retiree Club and anyone from our LL 1975 IAMAW union , District 78  or any local is welcome to come to our meetings the second Wed. of each month. Breakfast at the Goderich Grill at 9 am. and meeting at the Goderich 109 Legion on at 10 am.
John White
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June LL Meeting


 There will be a regular meeting Monday, June 9th, 2014 at the Labour Center.

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

A 2nd reading of the proposed bylaw changes will be conducted at this meeting as per the IAMAW Constitution and LL 1975 bylaws. There will then be a vote on each submission.

Each proposal must be considered and voted upon separately. A majority affirmative vote by those present and voting is needed for adoption. Every member has a voice. Exercise your rights. It is “OUR UNION!”



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LL 1863 Retiree Club News

We had 2 Union Brothers pass away on May 15, 2014  and one, April 29, 2014
Charles (Chuck) Horton     ,   Born  Dec. 14, 1961  ,  Passed away May 15, 2014  ,   Charles was hired May, 1, 1985 , at Champion / Volvo in Goderich On. as a welder,  He was an IAMAW member of LL 1863 now LL. 1975.   A Celebration of life will be held on Sat. May 31, 2014 at the Goderich Legion from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.   His family has received a Bible  from our LL. 1863 Retiree Club.  
James A Hayes    , Born March 16, 1929,   Passed away May 15, 2014    James was Hired Feb. 16, 1965 , at Champion / Volvo  in Goderich On. in the machine shop,   He was an IAMAW member of LL 1863 now LL. 1975,  His funeral was May 20, 2014, at the McCallum & Palla Funeral Home .  His Family has received a Bible from our LL. 1863 Retiree Club. 
  Melvin F. (Rick) Passmore   (The Singing DJ )    Passed away April 29, 2014         Hired March 19, 1973 , machine shop,  at Champion / Volvo  in Goderich On.   Born  Jan. 1, 1954,   He was a member of IAMAW  LL. 1863 now LL 1975 .   His funeral was May, 2, 2014 in Alvinston  On.  His family will get a Bible from our LL 1863 Retiree Club. 
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