IAM District 78 News

IAM District 78 President Mike Edwards Thanks NDP MPP Wayne Gates For Support of Niagara Region Workers

On July 23, 2019, IAM District 78 President Mike Edwards thanked Ontario NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) for his work in protecting Niagara region jobs. The two met at the Prince of Wales Stakes at the Fort Erie Race Track. Gates has been steadfast in his advocacy for continued government support of the track to protect not only the union jobs there, but the more than 1,000 jobs the… Read More »IAM District 78 President Mike Edwards Thanks NDP MPP Wayne Gates For Support of Niagara Region Workers
Local Lodge 1863 Retirees

IAM Local Lodge 1863 Retirees Club Honours Legacy of Goderich, Ontario Workers

More than 200 former IAM members, family, and friends were in attendance at Lions Harbour Park in Goderich, Ontario, on Sunday, July 21, 2019, as the IAM Local Lodge 1863 Retirees Club hosted a 10-year anniversary to honour past employees of the Volvo motor graders plant. The Volvo plant, which was previously the largest employer in Goderich, closed in 2009, displacing 500 loyal, veteran employees and IAM members, sending shock… Read More »IAM Local Lodge 1863 Retirees Club Honours Legacy of Goderich, Ontario Workers

General Meeting, BBQ, and Celebration

District 78 fired up the grill on Thursday, June 13, 2019, capping off its last General Meeting before the summer with a barbecue. As always, union business goes better with food. The focus of the meeting was the reading of potential changes to the District 78 bylaws. The meeting also afforded the opportunity to honour and celebrate member Betty Williams (Local Lodge 1295) for her 50 years of service to… Read More »General Meeting, BBQ, and Celebration

Local 1975 (formally local 1863) Union Brother remembered

Union Brother Keith Good passed away March 18, 2019 in his 81st year. Keith was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario, Canada in the Warehouse/Shipping Dept. as a stock Controller on November 13, 1972, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Keith retired December 1, 2003. There will be a celebration of Keith’s life on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 2:00… Read More »Local 1975 (formally local 1863) Union Brother remembered

Valliere is the new DBR of IAM District Lodge 78

Toronto, ON – Effective January 1, 2019, the new Directing Business Representative of IAM District Lodge 78, is Sister Kim Valliere. She replaces Derek Ferguson who was appointed as Grand Lodge Special Representative for Political Action. Kim became a member of IAM Local Lodge 2230 in 1990, when she was hired as production worker at Long Manufacturing (Dana Canada) in Cambridge, Ontario. She became a steward in 1991, then served… Read More »Valliere is the new DBR of IAM District Lodge 78

Ferguson appointed as Special Representative for political action -IAMAW Canada

Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall is pleased to announce that Derek Ferguson has been appointed Special Representative assigned to Political Action, effective January 1, 2019. “Derek is being acknowledged for his hard work on behalf of his members, and his dedication to the New Democratic Party on both the Provincial and Federal levels,” said Pickthall. He replaces Grand Lodge Representative Lou Pagrach who has been… Read More »Ferguson appointed as Special Representative for political action -IAMAW Canada

Members of Local 1975 (formally 1863 in Goderich) says goodbye to a Brother.

Union Brother Jeff Bissett passed away November 21, 2018 at the age of 50 years. Jeff was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario, Canada, May 20, 1986 in the Welding Dept. at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Jeff was there until the plant closed in 2009. Jeff’s Funeral is November 26, 2018 at the McCallum & Palla Funeral Home in Goderich.… Read More »Members of Local 1975 (formally 1863 in Goderich) says goodbye to a Brother.

City of Mississauga Local 1922

Last week there was a celebration at the City of Mississauga for IAM District 78 member Mertol Sezer. Mertol has been employed by the City in the custodial department for 19 years. IAM Rep. Kim Valliere, attended the celebration along with his co-workers and management. Mertol was presented with an IAM watch from Local 1922. Pizza, snacks, desserts, and cake were enjoyed by all who attended. Mertol is looking forward… Read More »City of Mississauga Local 1922

Local 1863 Retirees

A small group of Local 1863 Retiree Club members and spouses visited the Canadian Trailer Company for a tour of the assembly line in the old Champion/Volvo building.

Retirees club gathering (former Local 1863)

IAM District 78 representatives attended a retirees breakfast in Goderich on July 11for members of , (now Local 1975, St. Thomas). The group enjoyed breakfast at a nearby restaurant, followed by their regular monthly meeting at the Canadian Legion. At the meeting, members shared their condolences for past members Howie Gottschalk, and Brian Brindley. In addition, the group listened to an audio recording describing member’s recollections of their time at… Read More »Retirees club gathering (former Local 1863)