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Local 717T Pin day

On Saturday September 10th IAM Local 717T held a “pin day”, in recognition of the senior members of the IAM at Magellan Aerospace in Toronto. Pizza and refreshments were served, and by all accounts, “a good time was had by all”, said Local Vice-President, Maurizio Romanelli.  

Highlights: 2016 Grand Lodge Convention

Highlights: 2016 Grand Lodge Convention IMAIL September 13, 2016 FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterestInstagram Highlights: 2016 Grand Lodge Convention Miss a speech or panel from the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention? We’ve got you covered. Go to Convention.GoIAM.org for complete coverage—recaps, photos and videos—of the IAM’s historic week in Chicago. Visit our Grand Lodge Convention YouTube Playlist

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… Read More »Union Brother, Charles Carmen Knox, passed away June 24, 2016.

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… Read More »IAM LL 1863 Retirees Club

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… Read More »Our thoughts are with Orlando

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 Sister MARGARET HIRNIAK. 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… Read More »The passing of a Sister from District 78 LL1295

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… Read More »Pagrach, Sarrabezolles Join IAM Canadian Staff

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.