Union Brother George Elwin Sillib passed away

Union Brother George Elwin Sillib passed away November 30, 2017 in his 90th year.

George was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Maintenance Department, December 2, 1968, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

A Celebration of Life will take place on December 28, 2017, at McCallum & Palla Funeral Home. Interment Colborne Cemetery.

IAM Brother Stan Raper awarded the Bob Borch award at the 2017 OFL’s biennial convention

The late Stan Raper was awarded the Bob Borch award for his work advocating for the rights of migrant workers.

The award recognizes individuals who promote the human rights of workers.

Raper dedicated his life to the goals and aspirations of the Ontario labour movement, and the human rights of Ontario’s agricultural workforce in particular.

In the 1990s, Raper led the charge for basic respect, dignity and equal rights for agriculture workers in Ontario and across Canada.

In 2000, with the help of UFCW Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress, Raper launched the Global Justice Caravan Program, traveling throughout Ontario’s farm country in a mobile RV documenting the plight of migrant agriculture workers labouring in the province.

He went on to help build the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) into the largest agriculture workers’ organization in North America, with more than 14,000 members across Canada.

In a tearful tribute to Raper, UFCW national representative Pablo L. Godoy said, “You will always be a human rights champion.” The award was accepted by Raper’s life partner and wife Terry who, in a read statement, thanked the OFL and said her late husband would hope that others will pick up where he left off.

Passing of our IAM Brother

Union Brother Don Edwin Cartwright passed away November 15, 2017 at the age of 84.
Don was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Finished Products Department as a fitter, May 1, 1962, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Don retired June 1, 1998.
Don’s Funeral is November 20, 2017, and interment is at Blyth Union Cemetery.

Knowledge is Power!!!

IAM District 78 Union Stewards from across southern Ontario are taking part in a basic stewards training session today
in Toronto. Retired representative Colin Cherry, is once again presenting the materials, and through his years of experience
providing insight into acting as a workplace Union representative.

Private Member’s Bill introduced to save Workers’ pensions!

Ottawa, ON – It was somewhat fitting on the 150th anniversary of Canada’s first Parliament, NDP Finance Critic Scott Duvall introduced a Private Member’s Bill to save workers’ pensions. “This bill is designed to amend the Company’s Creditors Arrangement Act which currently permits legalized theft of workers’ pensions when an employer files for bankruptcy,” Duvall told a crowd of protestors on the steps of Parliament Hill.

Union Brother Leroy J. Ryan passed away

Union Brother Leroy J. Ryan passed away October 26, 2017 in his 78th year.

Leroy was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, as a machinist, October 30, 1974, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (Now LL 1975). Leroy retired December 1, 2004.

Leroy’s funeral is October 30, 2017, and interment is at Maitland Cemetery.

IAM DL 78 Union Sister passes away

NAGELS, Eileen Regan In her 100th year, Eileen of King Gardens in Mississauga, passed on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 following a massive stroke. She was born in London, England to Samuel Lawrence Brown and Annie (Regan) on January 11, 1918