You retire from your workplace, Not your Union

IAM District 78 Retiree’s held their annual Christmas luncheon in Brampton earlier this week. In addition to an excellent roast beef lunch, attendee’s were treated to music and a trivia contest by DJ Colin Cherry, followed up with a rousing game of bingo. You may retire from the job, but you never retire from the Union!
2016

IAM with CBTU for a better tomorrow for all!

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On Saturday, IAM members from the Toronto area, along with members from many other unions, attended an awards dinner for the CBTU. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is an organization that is working to improve the economic development and employment opportunities for workers of African-Descent within the framework of the trade union movement. The IAM’s own Frank Saptel received the June Veecock award for leadership.    Well done brother!

Knowledge is POWER

On Monday shop stewards from across southern Ontario met for basic stewards training at IAM District 78 offices in Toronto. IAM Representative Heather Kelley, noted that they “all actively participated and were eager to improve their skills to help out in their respective workplaces.”stewards-training-pic

Thanksgiving Basket Winner

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Congratulations to Jerry Jerosz from Local Lodge 1922, he was the winner of the Thanksgiving basket. Thank you to all members who bought tickets, all proceeds will be going to Guide Dogs. For those who wish to try their luck again we will soon have our Christmas Baskets up and ready ……..Good Luck!

Union Brother, Peter Brommer

Union Brother, Peter Brommer, passed away Sept. 29, 2016. Peter was born June, 05, 1938.

Peter was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, and joined the IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975) on Oct. 21, 1965. At that time Peter was a Stock Controller in Fabrication at the plant.

The funeral was held Oct. 03, 2016, at McGlynn Family Funeral Home, Seaforth, ON. His family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

DECENT WORK RALLY – SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st

This Saturday raise your voice for decent jobs, benefits, good pay and respect.
Calling ALL WORKERS + FAMILIES + COMMUNITY – STAND UP, TURN UP & BE HEARD on OCTOBER 1st at 1pm Queens Park. Check with your union and help turn out everyone for the day. Coming from out of town? More info at This Saturday raise your voice for decent jobs, benefits, good pay and respect.
Calling ALL WORKERS + FAMILIEThis Saturday raise your voice for decent jobs, benefits, good pay and respect.
Calling ALL WORKERS + FAMILIES + COMMUNITY – STAND UP, TURN UP & BE HEARD on OCTOBER 1st at 1pm Queens Park. Check with your union and help turn out everyone for the day. Coming from out of town? More info at www.makeitfair.ca
Bring the family, neighbours and friends because Decent Work is about everybody!
Hear our diversity networks members speak about how important it is to update labour & employment laws!
Young workers face great job precarity in Ontario .. read their stories!
This is a once in a generation opportunity to make a difference for workers today and in the future… where will you be on October 1st at 1pm?
S + COMMUNITY – STAND UP, TURN UP & BE HEARD on OCTOBER 1st at 1pm Queens Park. Check with your union and help turn out everyone for the day. Coming from out of town? More info at www.makeitfair.ca
Bring the family, neighbours and friends because Decent Work is about everybody!
Hear our diversity networks members speak about how important it is to update labour & employment laws!
Young workers face great job precarity in Ontario .. read their stories!
This is a once in a generation opportunity to make a difference for workers today and in the future… where will you be on October 1st at 1pm?

Grand Lodge Convention: Remembering two deceased Machinists

Remembering Paul Mitchell

IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson rose on a point of privilege to have delegates to take a moment of silence to remember for DL78 DBR Paul Mitchell who passed away in 2013

Remembering Ian Henrey Perez

IAM LL 2323 Shop Committee Chair, Dave Flowers, rose of a point of privilege to have delegates remember Ian Henrey Perez, 24, an Air Canada ramp employee who was killed on the job in the spring of 2016. Flowers mentioned how Air Canada stations across the country raised over $6,000 to support Ian’s family. With the agreement of the IAM Executive Council, International President Bob Martinez announced the IAM would donate a further $4,000 to the effort which prompted a standing ovation from the delegates.