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… Read More »New President of LL 1863 Retirees Club John Stadelmann welcomed

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… Read More »Machinists Organize UFCW Reps and office staff

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… Read More »Martinez Takes Helm as IAM’s 14th International President

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.

Happy Holidays

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.

District 78 Business Rep. Brother Rob North Retires

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.  

Canadians Must Respond to Humanitarian Crises

Canadians Must Respond to Humanitarian Crises
December 10 is celebrated around the world as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This historic document is heralded for setting out fundamental human rights that would be universally protected and which set a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.
This year, international Human Rights celebrations are set against the backdrop of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Middle East. This catastrophe has blurred the boundaries of every international border; challenged every nation; and summoned the compassion of every citizen to re-evaluate our collective role in promoting peace and human rights around the globe. However, it impossible for Canada to examine its international humanitarian obligations without critical self-reflection about ongoing humanitarian crisis in Aboriginal communities within its borders.Read More »Canadians Must Respond to Humanitarian Crises

Retirees Christmas Dinner 2015

District 78 Retirees club held their annual Christmas dinner, guests included retirees from the GTA and surrounding areas, Goderich and Kingston. A great time was had by all. The event, as always, was put together through the hard work of Pauline Pegnam. Music and games were provided courtesy of Colin Cherry.

New team announces candidacy for Ontario Federation of Labour

November 5, 2015
(Toronto) Ontario unions and local union activists have put forward a team of three principled, determined and experienced trade unionists to run for the election at the upcoming convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour. The team is running under the banner of FedForward, with the goal of uniting the labour movement in Ontario and advocating for progressive labour law reform.
The Ontario Federation of Labour Convention will be held November 22-27 at the Sheraton Centre, downtown Toronto.
Chris Buckley is a long-time trade unionist, social justice advocate and former President of Unifor Local 222 in Oshawa, a large amalgamated local union. During his time as a rank and file leader, Chris was also the chair of the General Motors master bargaining committee and led negotiations with GM in four rounds of talks. Chris is running to be the president of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
“I believe we owe it to working people, whether they belong to a union or not, to have strong representation at the provincial level,” said Chris Buckley. “I know what it is to take on challenges and to win – I will bring this determination to the job.”
Patty Coates is an educational assistant, a passionate activist and the President of the Educational Assistant Bargaining Unit of OSSTF District 17 Simcoe, representing educational assistants and early childhood educators. Patty is also the President of the Barrie and District Labour Council. Patty is running for the position of Secretary-Treasurer.
“With Prime Minister Harper now gone, I believe we have tremendous opportunities to make changes that will improve the lives of working people and their families. We can only do this by working together,” said Patty Coates.

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