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.

Pagrach, Sarrabezolles Join IAM Canadian Staff

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced that District 140 General Chair Lou Pagrach has been appointed Special Representative for Canadian Political Action and Aurélie Sarrabezolles has been appointed Canadian Research Director. The appointments were effective June 1, 2016.

“Lou has been a very active representative for IAM Transportation District 140 and has a reputation for spending considerable time in face-to-face communications with our members,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “This direct approach in dealing with IAM member issues will be invaluable in his new role for the Canadian office.”

An IAM member since he joined Air Canada as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in 1987, Pagrach served as a shop steward for 11 years, two terms as Vice President of IAM Local 2323, and one term as president. He was elected as District 140 General Chairperson in January 2012 and re-elected in January 2016. As Special Representative in charge of Canadian Political Action, Pagrach replaces Gord Falconer, who was promoted to Canadian Chief of Staff on May 1, 2016.

IAM Grand Lodge Representative-Organizer Scott Jackson and IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson referred Aurélie Sarrabezolles to the IAM Canadian office after her work in the organizing victory of the Thorncliffe Retirement Home in Orleans, outside of Ottawa.

“Aurélie previously worked for the federal New Democratic Party where she was a highly recommended researcher,” said Pickthall. “Being fully bilingual, Aurélie has worked on numerous political campaigns and numerous legislative matters in Ottawa.”

Born in France, Sarrabezolles moved to Canada 12 years ago. She began her political career in 2011 as a Legislative Assistant to NDP Québec MP Pierre Jacob. She joined the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Principal Secretary to leader Tom Mulcair. In 2015, Sarrabezolles became a researcher for the NDP. She replaces Louis Erlichman, who retired after 38 years as Research Director for Canada.

Passing of a Union Brother

Union brother, Reginald Earl Dick, passed away May 31, 2016 in his 72nd year. Reg was hired at Champion/Volvo and joined the IAM&AW LL 1863, now LL 1975 on December 10, 1984, as a fitter.

Reg’s funeral is being held at St. James Catholic Church in Seaforth on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

His family received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

IAM Retirees Club DL78

may 2016 2may 2016

From the LL 1863 Retiree Club there was the president John Stadelmann & wife Sheron and
past president John White & wife Barbara went to a District 78 Retiree club meeting on
May 9,2016 . It was mainly to let District 78 get to meet the LL 1863 Retiree Clubs new
President John Stadelmann. We were given a very nice lunch there and a good meet and great.
It was a District 78 ,club election day ,but it was nice to see the new elected officers. Very nice visit.
By John White

New President of LL 1863 Retirees Club John Stadelmann welcomed

On March 9, 2016, John White passed the LL 1863 Retirees Club President’s position over to John Stadelmann as the new President of LL 1863 Retirees Club. John White got this Retirees Club started about 10 years ago. John is very happy to have been able to have the opportunity to be swearing in John Stadelmann as the new President of the club. John Stadelmann on his first day started the meeting with supplying his own personal draws of four $25 gift certificates. He also said this will not be part of starting every meeting from now on. Thank You John for stepping up to this position and wish you all the best in working with our club in the future.
John White, Past President of LL 1863 Retirees Club


Machinists Organize UFCW Reps and office staff

Monday January 25, 2016

For Immediate Release


Toronto, On – The International Association of Machinists – IAM has organized two groups of employees who work for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

“We have organized 44 UFCW National Representatives and Organizers across the country in one group and six office staff from their Canadian National office in Mississauga in the second group,” explained IAM Special Representative and Organizer Scott Jackson.

“It’s not uncommon for employees of one union to be represented by another,” said Jackson. “In this case, it was the reputation of the IAM in areas of servicing and representation that appealed to this group of workers.”

“Special Representative Michel Richer was a tremendous help in providing translation services for our future Quebec members,” added Jackson.

Martinez Takes Helm as IAM’s 14th International President



Bob Martinez, Jr., officially became the 14th International President in the IAM’s 127-year history after taking his oath of office at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD. Martinez takes over for former International President Tom Buffenbarger, who retires after more than 18 years as the IAM’s top officer.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka looks on as Bob Martinez, Jr. is sworn in as the IAM’s new International President. (Photo by Kaveh Sardari / Page One Photography)

Martinez will serve the remainder of Buffenbarger’s current four-year term, which concludes July 1, 2017. Former Southern Territory Special Representative Rickey Wallace was sworn in to take Martinez’s place as Headquarters General Vice President. Click here for photos of the ceremony.

“I am mindful that I stand on the shoulders of giants,” said Martinez, who was surrounded by Buffenbarger, former IAM International President George Kourpias, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and members of the IAM Executive Council.

Martinez thanked his predecessors, pledged to safeguard the interests of the IAM members and vowed to make the tough decisions necessary to propel the IAM into a future that promises to see a continuation of attacks on working people.

“Our greatness and potential as an organization arises from our membership,” said Martinez, a Texas native and 35-year IAM member who served in the U.S. Navy. “I will never forget that, nor where I came from.”

“We live and work in an incredibly difficult and challenging time,” continued Martinez. “From every corner, we and the work we do are under fire. The challenges we confront and real and they are substantial. However, I am confident about our future and our ability to do good work and make a positive difference in the lives of our members and working people across the United States and Canada.”

Buffenbarger made his mark on the IAM by committing to organizing, financial stability and making the IAM’s leadership team one of the most diverse in the labor movement. He steps down as the longest-serving International President in IAM history.

“I have been humbled to serve this great union,” said Buffenbarger. “The reason we’re here today is because the members of this union enabled us with the gift of leadership. This Executive Council takes that gift very seriously.”

AFL-CIO President Trumka was on hand to welcome Martinez into his new role.

“The leadership of the IAM is more needed now than it has been in decades because of the relentless and well-financed attacks on working people every single day,” said Trumka. “We need your leadership and we look forward to working with you and supporting you.”

1863 Retirees Brother Johnston

Union brother Gordon Elmer Johnston passed away December 30, 2015. Gordon was hired at Champion/Volvo and joined IAM&AW LL 1863, now  LL 1975 on April 27, 1970, and retired July 29, 1988. Gordon worked in the Fabrication Department at the plant.


Cremation has taken place and there will be a Celebration of Life in the spring. His family received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.