IAM Mourns Passing of Val Bourgeois

val_bourgeoisVal Bourgeois, the first IAM Canadian General Vice President to be elected by Canadian members, has passed away at the age of 84.

Bourgeois served two terms as Canadian General Vice President, first elected in 1985 and then again in 1989.

Bourgeois first joined the IAM with Local 594 in Moncton, New Brunswick, his hometown, in 1952 as an apprentice machinist at Canadian National Railways. He was first elected as president of his Local in 1966 and the following year was elected part-time General Chairman for the IAM Railway District in Atlantic Canada. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour for six years. In 1969 he was appointed to the IAM field staff as a Grand Lodge Representative, based in Montreal.

In 1981, Bourgeois was named Administrative Assistant to the then-IAM General Vice President and moved to the union’s headquarters in Ottawa.

“Val’s commitment to our members and working Canadians as a whole was second to none,” said Dave Ritchie, who succeeded Bourgeois in 1995 as Canadian General Vice President. “He was a tireless worker on the international level, establishing global standards for the transportation industry.”

Bourgeois is survived by his wife, Marguerite, and his six children and five grandchildren.

Source: http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/14135-iam-mourns-passing-of-val-bourgeois

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fight for 15

The 15th of the month is fast approaching. Support one of the many Fight for $15 events happening around the province. This month’s theme is minimum wage and poverty reduction.

Please circulate the following list of events.

 

Vancouver

Sunday, March 15th

Noon – Grandview Park at Charles and Commercial Drive

Join us at Grandview Park for music, contests and information about the Minimum Wage Campaign. We will be collecting petition signatures and speaking with park goers about the need for a significant and immediate increase to BC’s minimum wage. Volunteers needed.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1597709420441551/

For more information contact Denise Moffatt at dmoffatt@bcfed.ca.

 

New Westminster

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Minimum Wage Open House

Unifor Hall 326 – 12th Street, New Westminster

Please join us for the Fight for $15 Open House in New Westminster. Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. The Open House will start with a brief introduction on the Fight for $15 Campaign in BC, followed by a panel of three speakers who will share their experiences in low wage work. They’ll also talk about what the Fight for $15 means to them. We’ll then break into small groups to share our stories and ideas and talk about how we can build the Fight for $15 Campaign in BC. Light snacks will be provided.

Sign up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1542926092626300/

For more information contact Nadia Santoro at n_san3@hotmail.com (and see attached).

 

Sechelt

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 pm 700 Park Rd at the Community Centre

Something a little different this time, a leisurely stroll through the upper Gibson’s retail district. We will be collecting signatures, handing out cards and talking about the issues. This time, we are thrilled to announce our very own Premier Christy Clark, who will be on hand to tell us all about the needs of working people. Please come out and join us and Christy for an afternoon of fun and factoids from our leading light in the Provincial Legislature.

Sign up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1559598464322452/

 

Nanaimo

Sunday, March 15th

11:00 am Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

A rally will be held to support the call for a $15 minimum wage. Speakers will include Irene Lanzinger, BCFED President. Come out and support Nanaimo’s first minimum wage event!

For more information contact Lucy Oxman at lucyoxman614@gmail.com.

 

Penticton

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the South Okanagan Labour Council for a Burma Shave supporting the Fight for $15.

Meet up across from the Penticton Museum in the grassy triangle. There is parking across the street in the Shatford Centre or Penticton High School parking lot. Check out the location on Google Maps. https://goo.gl/maps/3uwKM.

For more info contact the South Okanagan Labour Council at info@soblc.ca.

 

Victoria

Please note this event is on Monday, March 16th

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Meet outside the Convention Center behind the Empress Hotel or join leafletters in various locations in the downtown core.

Join BCTF convention delegates as they circulate in the downtown core and hand out wallet cards and collect petition signatures.

For more information contact Jack MacDermot at jmacdermot@bctf.ca (and see attached).

 

Please join us for the Fight for $15 open house in New West! Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. Where

 Unifor Western Region Office

326 12th St, New Westminster

When

 Sunday, March 15th from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Transit Information

 The 112 bus stops at 12th Street and 4th Avenue, in front of the Unifor Western Region Office

 If you’re coming via Skytrain/bus, you can catch the 112 bus at either the New West Station or Edmonds Station

 

Please join us for the Fight for $15 open house in New West! Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. Where

 Unifor Western Region Office

326 12th St, New Westminster

When

 Sunday, March 15th from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Transit Information

 The 112 bus stops at 12th Street and 4th Avenue, in front of the Unifor Western Region Office

 If you’re coming via Skytrain/bus, you can catch the 112 bus at either the New West Station or Edmonds Station

 

 

Please join us for the Fight for $15 open house in New West! Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. Where

 Unifor Western Region Office

326 12th St, New Westminster

When

 Sunday, March 15th from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Transit Information

 The 112 Bus stops at 12th Street and 4th Avenue, in front of the Unifor Western Region Office

 If you’re coming via Skytrain/bus, you can catch the 112 bus at either the New West Station or Edmonds Station

 

 

Teachers Hit the Street to Fight For $15

Place: Downtown Victoria

Time: Monday March 16, 12:30-1:00 PM

Who: BCTF AGM delegates and anyone else who wants to show support for the BC Federation of Labour’s Fight for 15 minimum wage campaign.

Why: It’s time for hard-working people to be lifted out of poverty, not kept there by low wages!fight for 15

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Lochlan, Son of Machinist Member Jason Murray, Makes A Difference For The Poor And Homeless

For the third year, Lochlan has led the “Hungry Tummies” food drive, helping out the poor and homeless in Langley. The first year netted 140 kilos of food. In 2013 that haul increased to 230 kilos.

This December 2014 saw Lochlan collecting 280 kilos of food plus a donation of $750 from LL692 and LL11 to buy more food.

This year, Lochlan upped the ante, hoping to collect 600 pounds by day’s end.
The Langley Advance carried a feature on the Food Drive quoting Lochlan “A few years ago I just got to feeling that I should help people who don’t have much money and need food. The first time, we just got a bunch of food from our house and brought it to a food place, and from then on we were collecting food from people.”

food-driveThe paper continued that Lochlan’s dad Jason, who works for Belterra, said he’s “super proud” of his son, who came up with this plan when he was four years old and hosted his first event when he was five. “Just the fact that he’s thinking of other people beyond himself is pretty awesome,” Jason said. “He came up with the idea and we just got behind him.”

District Lodge 250 salutes this young man for thinking of his community and finding a material way to help.

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Members of District Lodge 250 Executive Are Sworn In

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 District President Bill Macpherson
Swears In Executive Members at January 31st, 2015 District Meeting
l to r: Stan Dzbik, 1st Trustee; Craig Nash, 3rd Trustee; Mark Benoit, Vice President; Dave Betker, Member at Large; Larry Lento, Member at Large;
Amanda Pascuzzi, Auditor

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IAM Band unioNation Looking for Musicians

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The IAM’s popular unioNation band is asking: Do you want to be a part of history?

The band is calling all IAM, TCU and NFFE members who have musical talents to update and write modern labor music. All genres are welcome, from rap and country to rock and hip-hop.

Help share stories through songs about work, walking the picket line, bargaining better contracts, worker and social justice, or motivating a crowd for a rally. Go to www.unionation.com for a look at what the original band has already accomplished.

Click here to watch their music videos on YouTube.

If you are interested in writing, singing or playing an instrument for unioNation, contact Henry Bagwell, William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center Instructor, at 301-373-8815 or hbagwell@iamaw.org

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