District 78 Business Representative, Kim Valliere reports that Local 1295 members at the Staybridge Suites hotel in Mississauga have ratified a first collective agreement. As well as an initial wage adjustment for all employees they will now get annual wage increases. Improvements were made to vacations, bereavement leave and job security. Kim credits the employee negotiations person, Rahila Ahmady with holding the group together during a tough set of bargaining.
Good Jobs. Better Lives. Unions stand up for Fairness!
There will be a District Meeting Thursday, February 13th, 2014.
District 78 Meeting are held on the second Thursday of every Month
Exc. 5:00pm Reg. 6:30pm
557 Dixon Rd. Unit 102, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K1
Bryan Sandy was a union brother that was born January 25, 1952 , and Passed February 3, 2014. He was 62 years old, and started Champion/Volvo on April 30, 1973. He was in LL 1863 until the plant closed and now retired but merged to LL 1975. There was no funeral at this time but will be a family service at the springs burial.
We had a Brother Gregory Montgomery pass away on Jan. 19, 2014 in his 61 St. year. He started Champion /Volvo Motor Grader’s in March ,3, 1986, He was a LL 1863 (now LL 1975 ) member. Our LL 1863 Retiree Club will be giving a Bible to his Family.
There will be a regular meeting Monday, February 10th, 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.
1st Local Lodge Meeting for the New Year to be held Monday, January 13th at the Princess Banquet Hall & Convention Centre (formerly the Labour Centre) in St.Thomas.
Executive meeting @ 7pm with the general membership meeting to follow @ 7:30pm.
The Executive of Local Lodge 1975 would like to wish all our “Brother’s & Sisters” a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.
LL 1975 would like to pass respect on to Harold’s family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Special thanks to John White for keeping the retirees formerly of LL 1863 recognized for all of their solidarity.
Harold “Bud” Sheardown from Goderich On. has passed away on Dec. 8, 2013 . Herold was born May 6, 1926 , He was in his 88th. year. He worked for Champion Motor Graders, Bud worked at the plant earlier, but Seniority date July 8, 1943. with LL 1863 now LL 1975 He was a vet in WW-2 . Clock number was 6 . I think it was 1985 or 1986 he retired (can’t find date) Barry Page and I had an interview with Bud in just over 1 1/2 years ago and that interview is in the Archives in Atlanta Georgia. Brother Heaold (Bud) was one of the brothers to sign up at then Dominion Roads /later Champion/later Volvo to bring in the IAMAW. Union , LL 1863 . in 1943. Up until 2 months ago Bud was coming to our Retiree breakfast and our meetings when he didn’t have to get home to look after his wife. Bud carried our Wreath of “LL 1863 Retiree Club” every Nov. 11. at the Cenotaph here in Goderich Ontario on Veterans day. Bud was one of our long time sincere union members.
Provided by John White – Retiree Volvo
Members of the IAM Local 1863 Retirees Club recently visited Ken McGee’s remarkable collection of automotive memorabilia.
A party of nineteen club members and spouses visited Ken’s enterprise on MacEwan Street, Goderich. Ken introduced his visitors to his business of selling sales and service literature; then he showed us into a room full of quality made scale model vehicles of all kinds. The highlight of the tour was viewing Ken’s classic car collection at close quarters. There was a fascinating story behind every model; including a very rare 1941 four-door convertible Cadillac. Ken entertained his guests with the history of his family’s automobile dealership business and welcomed the many questions from the car enthusiasts in the party.
Ken was delighted to show his collection, and the club members were equally appreciative of the opportunity to see it.
If you ever worked at Champion/Volvo and want to join the club to get in on trips, special guest presentations and fellowship with your old workmates, you are welcome to come to the Goderich Legion the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. where free coffee is available.
For any further information, call John White at 519-524-7527.
Press release and accompanying image are submitted by Barry Page
1-62 Cambria Road North, Goderich, Ont. N7A 2P3. Tel: 519-524-2355
We had Brother Jim Kingsley Pass away on Oct. 27, 2013 He started Champion here in Goderich on 10/25/1968 . He was born 4/10/1942 Retired 1/31/2006 He was a LL 1863 ( now LL 1975 ) member for 40 years and was our Treasurer for over 10 years. Jim and I went to Winpisinger Center together for leadership 2 and 3 , and he also went down for a treasurers class I think. I will be getting a bible to his family today from our Retiree Club and The Celebration of Jim’s Life will take place on Sat. Nov. 9, 2013