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.

Union Brother, Edward (Ed) Tonks

Union Brother, Edward (Ed) Tonks, passed away Sept. 12, 2016. Ed was 91 years old.

Ed started at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders Ltd. in Goderich ON, Canada, and joined the IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975) on April 5, 1970. Ed worked in the machine shop.

There was a cremation. The private family service took place at Gilchrist Chapel in Guelph, ON.

Local 717T Pin day

On Saturday September 10th IAM Local 717T held a “pin day”, in recognition of the senior members of the IAM at Magellan Aerospace in Toronto. Pizza and refreshments were served, and by all accounts, “a good time was had by all”, said Local Vice-President, Maurizio Romanelli.



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Russ Gittlen to Succeed Dale Hartford at Guide Dogs of America

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced this week that IAM District 15 New England Area Director and Local 447 Assistant Business Manager Russ Gittlen has been appointed Director of Guide Dogs of America (GDA) effective January 1, 2017. Gittlen will replace retiring GDA Director Dale Hartford.
“The IAM has been extremely fortunate to have Dale Hartford at the helm of GDA,” said Martinez. “We owe him and his entire family a debt of gratitude for his years of dedicated service. The IAM has always been fortunate to draw from a deep pool of talent to ensure GDA remains the world-class organization it is today. As director, Dale consistently increased the school’s fundraising totals and, more importantly, grew the number of guide dog teams graduating each year. His loyalty and his leadership will not soon be forgotten.”

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Union Brother, Charles Carmen Knox, passed away June 24, 2016.


Union Brother, Charles Carmen Knox, passed away June 24, 2016.Charles was 73 years old.

Charles was hired at Champion/Volvo and joined the IAM&AW on Feb. 12, 1973, as a machinist. There will be a graveside service at the Maitland Cemetery, June 28, 2016.

Charles was on the executive of LL 1863 for many years and also on the LL 1863 Hall Board. Charles took on the president’s job for a while when we started the LL 1863 Retirees Club. Charles took the IAM&AW Union very seriously in all the Union positions he held over the years at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders Ltd. in Goderich, ON, Canada.

His family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

IAM LL 1863 Retirees Club

Local 1863 Retirees Visit St. Thomas Attractions


Members of the IAM Local 1863 Retirees Club recently visited the Elgin County Railway Museum and Tru-die Limited, a tool and die company, in St. Thomas, Ontario.


The party of ten first visited the CASO Station. This downtown landmark is a restored red brick building documenting the history of the railway companies that converged on St. Thomas, which became an important commercial hub. Nearby are the old workshops and the Elgin County Railway Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of rolling stock and railway memorabilia.


The group’s final destination was Tru-die Limited, tool and die manufacturers to the automotive industry. Company representative, Allen Annett, showed the group around the facility where precision machinery is used to make the tooling used by car manufacturers. 


Our thoughts are with Orlando

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Like you, I woke on Sunday morning to learn of the horrific violence that took the lives of 50 innocent people at a nightclub in Orlando. Like you, I learned that a single gunman triggered a bloodbath that only ended when members of the law enforcement community risked their own lives to end the carnage. It is gratitude and respect I feel for their bravery, but it is profound grief and sadness I feel for the victims, their families and friends. No words can describe the heartbreak, anger and despair they will confront in the days, weeks and months to come. I can only ask that we add our prayers, our voices and our efforts to those around the world who believe that hate must be answered not with more hate, but with compassion, tolerance and love for one another. This was an attack not just on the LGBT community, but on all of us. I would ask that we make a special effort in the days to come to ease the fears of our children, whose thoughts and dreams will no doubt be haunted by this brutal and senseless tragedy.
In solidarity,
Bob Martinez
International President

The passing of a Sister from District 78 LL1295

It is with greatest sadness that I deliver to you the heartbreaking news of the death of our

I have been informed that Margaret passed away suddenly and unexpectedly when she flew to Poland to visit her sick mom.

Margaret will be deeply missed, leaving behind now only those fond memories we have of her. Her positive outlook on life was most admirable and she was highly regarded by all who had the opportunity to work with her for the last 17 years. Those who had the privilege of working with her, always found Margaret a special pleasure to work with.

Sister MARGARET HIRNIAK was a member of Local 1295 employed by the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre.