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Gerlach honoured by BC Labour Movement
Burnaby, BC – The 27th Annual United Way of the Lower Mainland Labour Appreciation Night awards were presented in a virtual event on Thursday, December 3. Walter Gerlach, a 40-year member of the Machinists’ Union and Directing Business Representative at IAM Northwest District 250 was honoured together with four other local leaders. A highlight of the labour movement calendar, the event was moved to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and featured video clips and a panel discussion with the recipients moderated by UWLM CLC Labour Participation Director Neal Adolph.
“The New Westminster & District Labour Council Labour Community Service Award is presented to an extraordinary leader with both deep ties to the labour movement and a dedication to making life better for everyone in our society,” said NWDLC Secretary-Treasurer Janet Andrews, “This year we recognize Walter Gerlach, an activist whose staunch labour values, inclusive and supportive leadership style, political activism and deep connection to family and community truly epitomize the Machinists’ motto Justice on the Job and Service to the Community.”
Joining Walter this year were UWLM Joe Morris Labour Community ServiceAward co-recipients Sussanne Skidmore, Secretary-Treasurer at BC Federation of Labour and Nikki Hill, Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group; Vancouver & District Labour Council Syd Thompson Community Service Award recipient Adrienne Smith a Social Justice Lawyer at Adrienne Smith Law and Fraser Valley Labour Council Brian Harder Labour Leadership Award recipient Bruce Temple, Union Representative at UFCW 1518.
“It is an absolute honour to be nominated by my peers for this recognition,” said Gerlach. “I acknowledge in being recognized there are many activists that influence and contribute to our collective successes. Without the support of my family and friends, as well as the sacrifice of family time, for which I am grateful and thankful, I would not have been able to devote time to the work of the Labour movement and Community service.”
Gerlach is a long-time delegate and former Executive Board member of the NWDLC. He also currently sits on the Executive Council of the BC Federation of Labour and as one of the Labour representatives on the United Way of the Lower Mainland Board of Directors.
Article Credit: Janet Andrews, Secretary-Treasurer, NWDLC
BC Voters and the IAM Show Confidence in NDP
For immediate release
28 October, 2020
Burnaby, BC – “British Columbians deserve a stable government that has its eye on the welfare of British Columbians,” said Walter Gerlach, Directing Business Representative of IAM District 250, representing workers across the province. “We congratulate Premier Horgan on his historic victory.”
“Even though it could take some time before the nearly half million mail-in ballots are counted, we look forward to a majority NDP government for the first time since 1996,” he said.
Machinists in BC have a long and strong relationship with the BCNDP and many of our members helped on the election campaign. Political action is a strong force within the IAM, and members saw the importance of a government geared to workers and the common good. The NDP platform connected.
Premier-elect John Horgan and the NDP are projected to win in 55 of B.C.’s 87 ridings, compared to 29 for the Liberals and three for the Green Party.
If the NDP goes off-course, we will hold them to account, but for now, we look forward to the next four years of stability and good government,” said Gerlach. “British Columbians deserve it, and our communities deserve it,” he concluded.
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Directing Business Representative
IAM District 250
The IAM was founded in 1888 by railroad machinists in Atlanta, Georgia.
The first Canadian Local Lodge 103 was established at Grand Trunk Railways in Stratford, Ontario in 1890.
The IAM today represents some 600,000 working men and women across North America who are employed in a vast array of occupations, including among others, machinists, technicians, office personnel & production workers.
The IAM has been representing members across North America since 1888 and in Canada since 1890.
Today more than ever as working Canadian women & men look around their workplace and their community they realize there is a need for an organization that can, and will, provide the BEST possible protection in an ever-changing work environment.
That organization is the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS – the IAM!
Fighting together for JUSTICE ON THE JOB while providing SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY!