Local 1975 is sad to announce the passing of another Union Brother. Howie Gottschalk, passed away July 2, 2018 at the age of 68, after a short but courageous fight with cancer.
Howie was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Machine Shop on February 4, 1974, at that time he became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975) and retired in June 2009, when the plant closed.
There will be no funeral home visitation or service. Arrangements through McCallum & Palla Funeral Home.
In a demonstration of solidarity IAMAW LL 1863 Retirees Club, stood beside UNIFOR Local 16-O on the picket line with striking workers at the Goderich Salt Mine. These union Brothers and Sisters have been on strike against Compass Minerals since April 27, 2018.
On the afternoon of June 28, 2018, UNIFOR Local 16-O held a rally and appreciation event where the LL 1863 Retirees Club stood on the picket line while the Union Brothers and Sisters were at the rally.
The UNIFOR members have been battling replacement workers and fighting against a long list of concessions. For more information click on the link below.
The Brothers and Sisters of Local Lodge 1975 would like to send their condolences to the family of Union Brother Brian James Brindley. Brian passed away this past July 1, 2018, in his 68th year of life. Brian was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Burning Department on June 13, 1974. At the time of hire, he became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975) and retired in 2009 when the plant closed.
There was no visitation or Celebration of Life and cremation has taken place.
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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.