Welcome to Local Lodge 905!

Monthly general meeting starts at 4:15pm every second Monday, or Tuesday if Monday falls on a public holiday at the Ajax Legion Hall, 111 Hunt Street, Ajax, Ontario.  

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Congratulations to Brother Frank Krasavec for receiving the 35th Year Veteran Award!

Congratulating Brother Frank Krasavec for receiving the Thirty-Five Year Veteran Award is IAM Local Lodge 905 Trustee Rasheed Houssain.

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Message from David Chartrand, IAM Canadian General Vice-President

 

 

Sisters and Brothers,

Today marks the beginning of my term as IAM Canadian General Vice-President. I am honoured and privileged to be able to count on your confidence and to work alongside you for the benefit of workers, our communities and our Union.

The 15 months of the global pandemic that we have just experienced have spared no one and I want to show solidarity with all those who have suffered or are still suffering from the consequences of this crisis. There are encouraging signs on the horizon and together we have the strength, courage and resilience to rise above this ordeal and build for the future.

With the health restrictions easing, we can soon begin to work together again in our workplaces, in our executives and in our union gatherings, for the greater good of our union and ourselves.

We all have a role to play in repositioning our union in a post-COVID-19 reality and in pursuing our mission to improve the working and living conditions for all of us. As Canadian General Vice-President, I will listen, coordinate, advise, mobilize and support my IAM sisters and brothers and as we fight together for a better future for all.

The success of a union depends on unity and the development of a strong sense of belonging. To strengthen our ties, we must be aware of the realities and needs of our members across Canada.

To make the IAM an even stronger union capable of leading the fight for justice in the workplace and in society at large, we must use our energy wisely. We need to see our different ways of thinking and acting as our most valuable assets, not as potential dividers. This is how we will build a strategy that respects the particularities and capabilities of each of us.

Before I conclude this message, I would like to thank outgoing GVP Stan Pickthall for all that he has done for us. Stan has always had the well-being of the IAM and its members at heart. Despite the sacrifices and difficult choices he had to make during his life as a trade unionist, his involvement and dedication to his sisters and brothers and to his organization remained exemplary. He was an important part of our union as well as a great activist who always gave his best. I wish him a well-deserved retirement, rest, pleasure, health and serenity, filled with good times surrounded by his wife Donna, his family and his friends.

Finally, I look forward to meeting you and working with you to strengthen our union in a sustainable way and to promote and defend the interests of our Machinist sisters and brothers, their families and their community.

David Chartrand
Canadian General Vice-President

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Farewell from GVP Stan Pickthall

 

Sisters and Brothers of the Machinists Union:

Today marks the end of my career as a full time Representative for the IAM. Considering that this constitutes some 27.5 years of my life, I rise on a point of personal privilege, and I ask your indulgence through a few moments of solidarity and sentimentality. I wish we could celebrate one another in person, but circumstances prevent an in-person gathering at this time.

I started in my role as a Business Representative for the membership of Northwest District 250 in Vancouver, Canada on January 1, 1994. I later became Directing Business Representative and then Canadian Chief of Staff. I conclude my career as the General Vice-President for the Canadian Territory based here in Toronto.

Those 27 years have been a truly remarkable opportunity, and one for which I owe so much to the officers and members of the IAM – most especially the Canadian membership that I was blessed to serve. Along the path, I have had opportunity to meet in person with many of you across both of our nations; we have become solid colleagues and true friends in our efforts to advocate for the benefit of working people across North America.

In the latter part of the 80’s (yes kids, some of us started back before the internet!) I was invited by one of my mentors to become a shop steward and executive board officer in Local Lodge 692. I could never have imagined the journey from there. Or the truly remarkable gifts that Union advocacy would bestow upon me. I learned so much, about the law of Collective Agreements and Labour, about dealing with people on both sides of a bargaining table, and about the organization I have come to love.

My Union gave me training, so that I would be better able to represent and fight for our members. My Union gave me resources, and enabled me to undertake positions that I could not undertake alone. My Union allowed me to serve on the IAM Committee on Law for two terms, where I learned so much about our Constitution and process.

But mostly, my Union gave me the Solidarity and backing of the most amazing team of Representatives and Advocates and Members who walked alongside me through this journey.

I will not put forward names, as it would be a longer list than this page will allow; our solid Union Team knows who they are, and I hope they know I am forever grateful for their work and their devotion to the membership. Let me simply say that all the great things we have accomplished are achieved through those Representatives, Advocates, and Members. I cannot thank them enough, for although I have often been the recipient of high praise and accolades, they did the work:

Two years ago, I had the privilege of standing on a stage to receive the International President’s Organizing Awards. Let me clearly state that the work was done by Canadian IAM Organizers in the Field; without them, there was no stage, and there was no award. They did the work.
When I report to the Executive Council on the results of successful negotiations, or high-powered legislative lobbying sessions, or a precedent-setting arbitration ruling, I am reporting on the great work of IAM Representatives in the field. They did the work.
It has been my absolute privilege and opportunity to lead the Canadian Territory over the past 5 years, and I will be forever grateful to the Canadian membership for providing me with that opportunity. I have worked on the Executive Council of the IAM for these past 5 years, and I am forever grateful for their solidarity, their support, their wisdom, and their guidance. Another privilege that was accorded to me.

As I move out of this office, I remind you all that the Canadian membership have elected a new leader to replace me. They have elected a leader who will take the IAM to greater heights and successes over the coming term and beyond; he will lead us out of the pandemic experience, and I know he will build the IAM in Canada into a stronger and more successful Union than ever before.

I ask you all to accord to David Chartrand every assistance and support that you gave to me. I am certain he will be a stronger and more effective leader for the Solidarity you all put behind him. Keep on doing the work.

Finally, and most importantly, I must thank my wife, Donna Marina Pickthall, for the love and support she has shown me throughout this career. Donna gave up her own career when she joined me in Toronto, and I am forever grateful. She has been my confidant, my partner, my lover, and my very best friend.

I also thank my two daughters, Amanda and Vanessa, for their understanding and graciousness when I left Vancouver and moved to Toronto for these past eight years. And I must not forget Donna’s two sons, Danny and Tyler, who supported her when she joined me here over this phase of our lives.

Donna and I had two grandchildren (1.5 and 3 years old) when we departed in 2013. Today those two are aged 9 and 11, and we now have three more grandchildren to enjoy. We are moving back to our home in Vancouver at the end of this week, where we will get to know them better than ever. Life is good!

This transition is bittersweet, and I depart with a mixture of regret and anticipation. I will be forever grateful to the IAM and to the hundreds and thousands of activists and members I had the opportunity to meet. I will remain a forever friend and spokesperson of the Great Machinists Union, and I will always be no more than a phone call or a video chat away. I know that those who follow me and those who continue on will grow our great Union and build back better than ever before. Stay Rock Solid, always!

In Solidarity and Friendship,

Stan Pickthall
General Vice-President
IAMAW Canada

sjpickthall@gmail.com

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Happy Lunch gathering on a Friday afternoon!

 

 

A nice gathering of some retirees and friends for a lunch!

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Happy Retirement to Brother Raymond!

 

 

Brother Raymond Yu is retiring after 29 years of service at the Ajax plant. Brother Raymond is shown here holding a  Local Lodge 905 retirement cheque. Happy Retirement Brother Raymond!

 

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Celebrating The First Virtual May Day Worldwide!

On Friday May 1, 2020 at 07:00 UTC, the world’s first global virtual May Day celebration will begin.  (That’s 08:00 in London and to see what time that is in your country, use this tool.)

This may be the most ambitious thing LabourStart has ever attempted.
Working together with the International Trade Union Confederation and all the global union federations, LabourStart is hosting a 12 hour long broadcast of videos and live events from trade unions around the globe.

All collected videos made especially for May Day from unions on every continent.
The event can be viewed at https://www.labourstart.org/mayday.

Over the next few days, we need your help to raise awareness of this incredible event.

• Please note the start time in your diaries and join us when you can, throughout the day.
• Please spread the word in your unions by email and on social media.
• If you have contacts in your local media (television, radio, newspapers, etc) please alert them to our press release and encourage them to cover the event.
• In some places, our event will be shown on local television stations — we encourage you to find many ways to share the event to the widest possible audience.

May Day is our international workers’ holiday — it will not be shut-down or locked-down.

Long live international workers’ solidarity!  Long live May Day!

LabourStart

 

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Day of Mourning events

 

On Tuesday April 28th, Labour Councils across Canada will be holding their own virtual Day of Mourning events.

Please see link below to find a virtual Day of Mourning event near you.

Canadian Labour Congress

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Happy Retirement to Brother Leonard!

 

Brother Leonard Yeung is retiring after 25 years of service at the Ajax plant. Brother Leonard is shown here accepting a retirement cheque from Local Lodge 905 President Dave Thompson. Happy Retirement Brother Leonard!

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Happy Retirement to Brother Paul!

 

Brother Paul Turnbull is retiring after 25 years of service at the Ajax plant. Brother Paul is shown here accepting a retirement cheque from Local Lodge 905 President Dave Thompson. Happy Retirement Brother Paul!

 

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Happy Retirement to Brother Mike!

 

Brother Mike Fung is retiring after 25 years of service at the Ajax plant. Brother Mike is shown here accepting a retirement cheque from Local Lodge 905 President Dave Thompson. Happy Retirement Brother Mike!

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