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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Brother Herman Giele Retires After More Than 30 Year With The Machinists

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Herman Giele is a Journeyman Fabricator and former Shop Steward for Machinists at Port Machine Works in Port Alberni. He is a long time Member of the Machinist Pension Plan which will provide a reasonable retirement for Herman and his spouse.

Herman put in the majority of his time for Port Machine, coming to Duncan Iron Works after the closing of his former employer. Herman has always stood solidly behind the Machinists. His Brother and Sister at Local Lodge 692 recognized his service with a jacket, presented at Duncan Iron Works by Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite.

We all wish Herman the best in this new phase of his life.

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Local Lodge 1857 Comes to Vancouver Island for a Special Meeting for Members

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Business Representative Walter Gerlach, President Bill Macpherson,
Recording Secretary Rob Kidson and Secretary-Treasurer Dave Betker

 

On May 3, 2013, the Executive of LL1857 and Walter Gerlach, Business Rep traveled by ferry to Nanaimo to hold a special meeting for Members of the Local Lodge on Vancouver Island. President Bill Macpherson, Secretary-Treasurer Dave Betker and Recording Secretary Rob Kidson and Walter arrived in the morning and visited both LL1857 shops in Nanaimo at lunchtime, Inland Kenworth and Berks Intertruck.

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Inland Kenworth lunchroom

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Berks Intertruck lunchroom

Time did not allow a trip to Pacific Chevrolet in Port Alberni this time, but the Executive hope to visit in the future. The delegation also visited the newly built Mercedes and Subaru dealerships in Nanaimo which are LL456 shops.

The meeting was held at the City owned Bowen Park Recreational Centre. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of Inland Kenworth Chief Steward John Humphrey, 15 Members for Berks and Inland Kenworth attended, a truly amazing turnout for a Friday night. Pizza was supplied and the participants had no trouble doing justice to nine large pizzas. During the food break, lively conversations were held about Unions and Politics. Really a great event!

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In the meeting, the Members where brought up to date regarding Local Lodge business. The highlight of the meeting was the guest speaker, Barry Avis, NDP Provincial candidate for Parksville-Qualicum. Barry was a City Councillor in Qualicum Beach for nine years and has extensive experience directing large scale industrial facilities.  This man would be a great asset to any government. John Humphrey presented Barry with a donation of from LL1857 towards his election campaign.

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Barry Avis, NDP candidate for Parksville-Qualicum

After the meeting, the Executive joined Members at a local pub for beer, discussion and to watch what turned out to be the ill-fated Canucks.

 

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Members at Pacific Chevrolet in Port Alberni Have New Three Year Agreement

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The store is remodelled after the name change

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Technician Horst Krupek works on a pickup truck

Jack Schut, Partsman and Shop Steward

Pacific Chevrolet (formerly Dennis Jonsson Motor Products) in Port Alberni has a signed agreement. A three year deal, there are yearly increase of 1%, 1% and 1.5%. With inflation currently around ½%, this represents a real increase in income. The Members are splitting the increase between wages and pension. They are in the IAM national pension plan.

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Technician John Ryper works on another vehicle in this truck orientated community of Port Alberni

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Painter Brent Maxwell makes everything shiny.

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Technician Larry Hovind refurbishes the brakes on another pickup truck

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Partsman Chris Norris handles the customer side of the Parts business

Trade school pay was brought in line with the Supplementary Unemployment Benefits programme, allowing the topping up of wages to 95% without any EI clawback.

Family Day was added to statutory holidays bring the total to 11.

A few language adjustment round out this package. For Port Alberni, where the Pulp Mill workers agreed to a 10% rollback and the local economy is devastated, this is a solid agreement.

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Spring 2013 Edition of Our Newsletter Northwest News

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12 page NWN

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