On March 12, 2020, members of the Local 1863 Retirees Club in Goderich toured the maple tree woodlot of former Champion Road Machinery employee, Ron Westlake. Ron gave us an interesting visit where he showed us his latest maple syrup evaporation equipment and explained how the process worked; from tapping the trees to boiling the sap, and grading and bottling the syrup. Afterwards, he gave us some samples; plus he likes giving us a coffee made from syrup, and sweetened with more syrup. This annual early spring visit is always a good tour. A souvenir photo is attached.
I would like to share as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic the Company is going over and above their contractual obligations and are providing a benefit continuance while on layoff until May 30, 2020. This will provide members a continuation of their current benefits excluding STD.
I appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone. If you require further information please refer to your collective agreement specifically article 16.02 regarding benefits while on layoff.
Thank you and stay safe,
Eric Johnston – IAMAW Business Representative
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If you are looking for support or information regarding covid-19 please refer to the following website.
If you are having difficulties finding answers to your questions about how to access EI and what it provides please call Allison Skinner at the District 78 Covid-19 hotline.
I hope everyone and their family are staying safe through these difficult times.
Eric Johnston – Business Representative
On February 19, 2018, 16 union brothers of the Local 1863 Retirees Club visited the Toronto Auto Show.
Seen in the photo are: IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975) brothers Brian Pollock and John White looking over a Toyota 2021 model RAV4 Prime concept car.
This was our first trip for 2020, and hope to have some more later. The visitors really enjoyed their trip, which will be described at the Local 1863 Retirees Club meeting in the Goderich Legion, Branch 109, Kingston Street, Goderich, on March 11th.
Union Brother Gary Prouse passed away January 18, 2020 at the age of 67 years.
Gary was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, as a Machinist in the Gearco facility on May 14, 1973, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Gary left the plant when it closed in 2009.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 56 Kingston Street, Goderich, on Saturday, April 25th, 2020, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
On, September 11, 2019, brother Barry Page was installed as the new Vice President for Local Lodge 1863 Retirees Club, Goderich, Ontario, Canada. Barry took over the position from brother John White, who stepped down for health reasons. John has been both Vice President and President since the club’s formation and still remains active. John was recognized for his significant contributions to the club by current President, brother John Stadelmann.
Attached is an image of brother Barry Page (right) and brother John Stadelmann during the swearing-in procedure.
Union Brother William “Bill” Patterson passed away August 08, 2019, in his 88th year.
Bill was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in the Finished Products Dept. as a Fitter on April 14, 1969, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a Celebration of Life at the Lions Park Pavilion, Blyth, Ontario, August 18, 2019.
Link to the obituary at Falconer Funeral Homes
Union Brother James E. Fielder passed away August 02, 2019 in his 73rd year.
James was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada as a Fitter in Fabrication on February 03, 1969, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
Union Brother Warren F. Wylds passed away July 28, 2019, at age 96.
Warren was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada as a Machinist on January 06, 1970, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
The funeral was at MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow, July 26, 2019.