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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A J Forsyth – Prince George – Has a New Four Year Agreement

Business Rep Dale Gentile Reports, “After two days of hard bargaining we came to an agreement which was ratified by 85% of the Membership”.

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The Highlights:

  • 4 year agreement – 2%, 2%, 2.5%, 2.5%
  • New Harassment language
  • Voluntary Overtime for Senior Employees
  • The deletion of the Tuesday to Saturday shift
  • Option to Join Machinists Union Pension Plan
  • Benefits Improvements:
    • STD. from $501.00 to a max of $750.00 (60% of regular earnings)
    • LTD. from $3500.00 per month to a max of $10,000 per month (65% of regular earnings)
    • Direct Pay Drug Card plus % paid was increased to 85% from 80%
    • Orthopedic shoes increased to 1-pair from a max $150.00 reimbursement.
    • New vision care for the entire family – $150.00 per family member plus eye exams at $75.00

 

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Workers at Duncan Ironworks Vote 100% for a New Three Year Agreement

scottSometimes bargaining goes sideways and sometimes it goes well. The new three year Agreement at Duncan Iron Works (DIW) falls into the latter category due to the Solidarity of this long time Union shop and the recognition of our Members skills by the Employer.greg

After a few productive bargaining sessions, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed and at the Contract Ratification meeting the new terms were accepted unanimously.

DIW1DIW has been prospering over the last three years and management decided to share some of the gains with the workforce. An on-going relationship with BC Hydro, combined with successful bidding on fabrication jobs has kept the shop on solid footing. The machine shop has been less busy but has found work for the four in the department.danny

Family Day is included in the new agreement and combined with a 2% first year increase gives a solid 2.4% increase in the first year. The following two years attract a 2.5% increase. Improvements in the Health and Welfare provisions add more value. The Dental plan will now cover 100% of minor and major work to a per person maximum of $2,000 per annum, increasing to $2,500 in 2015. Boot allowance now stands at $225.ryan

The Company agreed to pay a Lead Hand (4% premium) on any shift or a Charge Hand (7% premium) for shifts more than four people.

Both the Company and Union are pleased with the way this round of bargaining went and look forward to more good years.mike

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Stay Rock Solid!

Brother Stan gives the Directing Business Representative report at a DL250 meeting

Brother Stan gives the Directing Business Representative report at a DL250 meeting

Sisters and Brothers:

Many of you may be aware I have accepted the position as the Chief of Staff to IAMAW General Vice President Dave Ritchie in Toronto, replacing the retiring Tommy Lee.

Accordingly, it is, with mixed feelings of anticipation and regret, I announce my leaving District Lodge 250. I am looking forward to many new challenges and opportunities within our great Union, but I leave behind many great friends and allies who have supported me over the past 25 years.

To our officers, staff and membership throughout British Columbia I offer my sincere thanks for your support and solidarity throughout my time with LL692 and DL250. Everything I know about trade unionism and the fight for working families I have learned from you. Each member whom I have had contact with furthered my education and growth as a Business Representative and as your DBR.

As the elected Directing Business Representative of Machinists Union District 250 in British Columbia, I have worked with our members at all levels of the organization.  I am a trade-unionist with a lifelong interest in workplace rights, labour relations, and bringing a balance of power to workers. I have acted on behalf of workers at the bargaining table and as Lead Counsel in legal hearings.

I proudly vote NDP.

From the time when I was first elected to the position of Shop Steward at Finning (Canada) Ltd., to my most recent election as Business Representative and DBR of District 250, I have had the privilege of representing our membership in virtually every corner of the Province of British Columbia.

I received the support of many people along the way, and I continue to enjoy that support in my day-to-day work. And I know I cannot do this job alone, but together we can achieve anything we desire.

Unions are about people. We are about workers sticking together and standing up for what they believe are their rights. I am proud to be part of the Machinists Union and our Canadian Labour movement. I am proud to make our IAMAW workplaces better and to have so many wonderful opportunities every step along the way.

My new position allows me to work with our Canadian IAMAW membership in a broader scope across the country. I will be learning many new things, and meeting new challenges in this work, and am looking forward to working with our membership from coast to coast. I know in this new capacity, many of our paths will continue to cross as we build upon the work our forbearers began.

I will always remember and appreciate the Rock Solid support I have had from District Lodge 250 and our Union membership right here in British Columbia.

Brother Walter Gerlach will replace me as the Directing Business Representative of District 250 and as our IAMAW representative on the BC Fed Executive Council. Walter is a strong and dedicated Union representative. I have every confidence the District is in good hands.

I know the officers, staff and membership across B.C. will give full support to Walter in this new role, and  together you will continue to build our strong Union in this Province.

stan2smOnce again, I offer my thanks to all of you for many years of support, solidarity, and friendship. I could not have enjoyed the success I have without the Strength and Unity of the membership behind me at every step.

Stay Rock Solid! 

Stan Pickthall,
Directing Business Representative

 

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Daughter of LL692 Member Is Awarded 2013 Machinists Scholarship Award

Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite presents Allison Jussilla with the 2103 IAM Scholarship Award at the Dover Bay Secondary School Awards Ceremony

Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite presents Allison Jussilla with the 2103 IAM Scholarship Award at the Dover Bay Secondary School Awards Ceremony

Allison Jussila is graduating from Dover Bay Secondary School this year. Allison, or Ali as she is know by her friends, is the daughter of Rob Jussila, a Partsman at Finning in Tumbler Ridge.
Ali’s outstanding scholarship and her dedication to others helped make her a recipient of a scholarship this year. Ali was the leader of the Me-To-We Club,  raising funds to build a school in Uganda. Her interests include Bikram Yoga, volunteering, tutoring, cooking and traveling.
Ali has been accepted into the Science program at Simon Fraser University. She will major in chemistry before moving on to Medical School to become a surgeon. Anyone who meets Ali knows her plans will be turned into reality.
District Lodge 250 congratulates Ali and Rob and wishes them every success in the future.

 

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