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.

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

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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