New OPCM Executive Board.
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
IAMAW District 78 Executive and Staff would like to extend our Best Wishes for the Holiday Season.
The office will be closed on December 24, 2015 and will reopen on January 4, 2016.
Please remember, If you Drink, Don’t Drive.
On behalf of IAM District 78, DL78 Rep.Brother Jim Snider recognizes the hard work and dedication of Brother Rob North as he Retires. Brother North has worked tirelessly for the members of District 78 over the last number of years.Brother North was instrumental in the organizing of OPT/Spectrum Patient Transfer Group and later served as chairperson for OPT/Spectrum before becoming a District Rep./Organizer.