Vancouver Island Shop Steward School

 

Shop Stewards from Vancouver Island have concluded a two day training session at the Coast Harbourside Hotel in Victoria. Ten stewards representing the diversity of IAMAW Union shops, hailing from Local Lodges 16, 456, 692 and 1857, were led by National Education Representative Gord Falconer through an intensive course covering everything from the structure of our Union to how to file a grievance. Auto techs, heavy duty mechanics, partsmen, machinists, warehouse men and airport security screeners worked together and shared experiences during the two days.

Also in attendence were Grand Lodge Rep Ron Fountaine and District 250 Business Rep Alastair Haythornthwaite. Newly elected MP, Randal Garrison, stopped by to express his support for Unions. General Vice President for Canada Dave Ritchie made a suprise visit before joining Finning picket lines in Victoria and Nanaimo.

The Steward left armed with knowledge and insights to better represent our Members on a day-to-day basis.

Our Union is only as strong as our stewards and, judging by this year’s class, the Machinists on Vancouver Island are Rock Solid!

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