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.

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A Machinist Founded Labour Day in the USA

Inspired by Labour Day demonstrations in Toronto, Mathew McGuire brought the concept to the USA.

 

Here a link to a brief article about the first Labour Day parade in 1872:

http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/labour-day/

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US Department of Labor Approves Grand Lodge Executive Election Results

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its official determination on the election of Grand Lodge Officers of the IAM.

According to the DOL, IAM members in 884 Local Lodges cast ballots in April 2014 and properly elected R. Thomas Buffenbarger as International President, Robert Roach, Jr. as General Secretary-Treasurer and the following nine U.S. General Vice Presidents: Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Robert G. Martinez, Jr., Philip J. Gruber, Gary R. Allen, Sito Pantoja, Mark A. Blondin, Diane M. Babineaux and Dora H. Cervantes.

International President Tom Buffenbarger

International President Tom Buffenbarger

“Our members have spoken loud and clear,” said International President Buffenbarger. “The IAM tradition of democracy and accountability is equal to any challenge it faces. Now it’s time to focus all our energy on building an even stronger union for the next generation of IAM members.

“On behalf of the entire Executive Council, I would like to thank the members and their Local Lodges for their support,” said Buffenbarger. “I’m proud to serve with the outstanding individuals on our Executive Council and with the many dedicated representatives and staff at every level of our union.”

Click here for the Report of Grand Lodge Election Tellers.

The Executive Council

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For more information on the Members of the Executive Council click here

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Report of Nominations for Grand Lodge Officers

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IAM members in more than 800 local lodges in the United States and Canada have concluded nominations and runoff votes where necessary to determine lodge endorsements for the IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

Click here for a complete tabulation of local lodge endorsements.

As a result of the local lodge endorsements and in accordance with the IAM Constitution, the election of Grand Lodge officers will be conducted at local lodge meetings in the month of April, 2014.

The members chosen as nominees under the endorsement process are as follows (nominees are listed in order of the number of endorsements received):

For International President

R. Thomas Buffenbarger, Local Lodge 912 Jay Cronk, Local Lodge 1112

For General Secretary-Treasurer

Robert Roach, Jr., Local Lodge 1445 Dale Cancienne, Local Lodge 1905

For 8 General Vice Presidents

Mark Blondin, Local Lodge 751C Gary R. Allen, Local Lodge 794 Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Local Lodge 2312 Robert Martinez, Jr., Local Lodge 776A Dora Cervantes, Local Lodge 2198 Sito Pantoja, Local Lodge 949 Philip J. Gruber, Local Lodge 688 Diane Babineaux, Grand Lodge Patrick E. Maloney, Local Lodge 63 Karen Asuncion, Local Lodge 1759 Tim O’Brien, Local Lodge 851 Jason Redrup, Local Lodge 751A Sande Lien, Local Lodge 2202

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OXFAM Honors IAM for Philippines Relief Contribution

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Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox, third from right, presented IAM Canada with a commemorative plaque in recognition of the union’s contribution towards Oxfam’s relief and reconstruction work in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. Joining IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie, right, in accepting the honour were members of the IAM Canada Philippine community, left to right, Manny Crescencia, Angeles De Guzman, Arlene Danota, Rowena Bicera, Fox and Barrington Barnett.

Oxfam Canada honored Canadian Machinists in recognition of the generous contribution made towards Oxfam’s relief efforts in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.

The IAM Canada donation of $50,000 matched the highest amount donated by any union within the Canadian movement. More than $600,000 was donated to Oxfam’s relief efforts by unions across the country.

“We were very, very pleased at the tremendous generosity and support from the IAM,” said Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox. “The Machinists played a critical role, a leadership role within the Canadian labor movement. They matched the highest donation from any union to this disaster and it reflects a history where the Machinists have been there when there have been major disasters around the world supporting the response.”

IAM Canada answered the call with a $25,000 donation to Oxfam Canada in 2004 to support its relief efforts in the tsunami –shattered regions of Asia.

Also on hand at the presentation ceremonies were members of the IAM Philippine community. Manny Cresencia of IAM Local 717T, a retiree from Magellan Aerospace, was joined by Airport Security Screeners Angelas De Guzman, Arlene Danota and Rowena Bicera, who are members of IAM Local 2921. Also in attendance was IAM District 140 General Chairperson Barrington Barnett, who was responsible for the airport security screeners.

“Our motto is justice on the job and service to the community and I think it’s important that the community needs to know that the union is there for everybody and we’re responding on the basis of need and let me tell you, there is a terrible need in the Philippines right now,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.
 
To date, Oxfam has reached 500,000 of the worst affected people with life-saving supplies. Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads is Oxfam’s immediate priority.

 

 

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