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From the Desk of the President

September 2018
On September 26th, 27th & 28th, 2018, we brought in 2 Discussion Leaders from our National Office to deliver a 3 Day Grievance Handling Course at our Union Office on Richard Lake.

August 2018
The Leadership transition is now complete with the recent General Election of the Members at Large to the Executive Board.

June 2018
I would like to thank everyone who supported me for the position of President. I would also like to thank everyone who ran for various positions weather you were elected or not. There have been some new people elected at various sites and I welcome them. It's nice to see new faces in leadership roles. To the ones that weren't successful, please don't be discouraged, you can always be involved as informal leaders.

March 16, 2018
Six minutes. That's all the care some nursing home residents in Sudbury are getting in the morning, critics say.

December 1, 2017
This year has been extremely busy negotiating renewal agreements. The following contracts have been ratified by our members working at Glencore, Mansour Mining Technologies Inc., Lafarge Holcim, Brinks Sudbury Branch and recently Gateway Casino.

November 5th, 2014
A recent trend has seen employers citing privacy grounds to deny the union contact information about its members.

October 18th, 2013
It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will be resigning from my position as President of Sudbury Mine Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 598/Unifor effective October 19th, 2013. I have accepted a position within our National Union Office with Unifor Canada.

August 7th, 2013
May 30th, 2013 will be a date to remember. It was the day thousands tuned in – some in person, many online – to find out the long-awaited name of our new union. The word "Unifor" appeared on screen mid-way through a spectacular public event in Toronto.

March 12th, 2013
What a year it has been to date. Let me recap… First, we had to bargain with our employer past the deadline again in order to achieve an agreement that was fair and good enough for our members.

December 17th, 2012
We are nearing the end of a very hectic year and as this Local gets more and more involved within the community and keeps growing, it really makes this office extremely occupied and busy. Unfortunately, this year, we had a record of grievances that were sent to arbitration taking its toll on the committees and this office because of the time needed to get ready for them. The good news is most have been settled and our workers are happy with the results.

June 27th, 2012
News from around the union, including the CAW Campground, upcoming negotiations and the merger between CAW and CEP.

January 25th, 2012
Hope everyone had a happy and safe festive season. Described below is an overview of the events that this Local will be involved with during this coming year, although these may change, this is what we are aware of as of the time of the writing of this newsletter.

December 21st, 2011
The long dark winter months are upon us and most of us are preparing for the festive season of Christmas and New Years with its abundance of food, cheers, families and friends.

September 9th, 2011
This summer has been hectic. As a Union, we have been busy opening our Campgrounds to the public and our members and it is going very well. The comments from some of our seasonal campers are good and we will grow as demand will be exceeding the number of lots we have available.

June 1st, 2011
Good morning everyone and welcome to the reopening of our campground on this glorious day. This day signifies the resumption of our social tradition as an organization. We are all gathered here finally after several years of hard work.

May 5th, 2011
The Company and Union met early today to discuss the Company's latest internal announcement that they have reached a deal with Vale Inco to mine an extended ore body at Fraser Copper, which will extend the Fraser Copper mine life from three years to 10 years therefore giving an improved future outlook for our employees.

December 16th, 2010
This year has been a year which has seen its share of assorted issues that has put everyone on edge at one time or another. This year has been a year of changes and adjustments. This year has been a year where the world suffered losses and where some employers have been trying to take advantage of the situation to force employees to make certain concessions.

March 15th, 2010
The people have been lulled into a false sense of safety under the ruse of a perceived "economic recovery." Unfortunately, what the majority of people think does not make it so, especially when the people making the key decisions think and act to the contrary.

February 17th, 2010
The months of December/January was a very hectic time with a lot of things happening all at one – the bargaining sessions with Xstrata Nickel, First Nickel, Mystik Services and continuing the process of acquiring building permits to put a shovel in the ground to start building our new home before the lease expires on our current agreement with the Navy League of Canada.

December 20th, 2009
The long dark winter months are upon us and most of us are preparing for the festive season of Christmas and New Year with its abundance of food, cheers, families and friends.

September 2nd, 2009
Harassment - There have been many issues lately around the perception of harassment. Here is an overview of the differences that you may encounter.

June 2009
I would like to thank the membership and leadership for the vote of confidence that you have given me to lead this Union through one of the most difficult periods of our history and of our Union.

May 2009
This will be my last newsletter, from the President’s desk! And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all those who supported me in the elections and congratulate all those who ran whether they were successful in assuming a union position, or not. The rank and file has chosen whom they want to lead this Local for the next three years and I respect their decision.

Day of Mourning
A 58 year old city bus driver strikes out on his last run of the night, carrying a hand full of passengers. An impaired driver blows a stop sign and impacts the bus with such force that the driver is ripped out of his seatbelt and thrown thru the windshield. Despite heroic efforts by the passengers, the driver dies at the scene. He leaves behind a wife & twelve kids.

March 2009
Since 1986, Investment Canada has allowed more than 1500 foreign takeovers of Canadian companies. Of all of those acquisitions ONLY ONE has ever been disallowed. The proverbial flood gates have been opened a crack, by the lack of enforcement and the tidal wave is quickly gaining strength, first was lay-offs at Xstrata Nickel and now the announced closure of Stelco / US Steel operations (Hamilton & Nanticoke) and the pending lay-offs at Vale Inco.

February 2009
I wish to extend a sincere welcome to the newly elected members to the Local executive board: Terry McCormick (in his new role as Vice-President), Gord Lamothe & Roy Furlani Jr, (as new Trustee’s) I am confident that each will be an asset to the board and I look forward to working with all three.

January 2009
I want to say it has been an honor and a privilege to have been elected and to serve three terms as President of the Mine Mill Union, Local 598 of the Canadian Auto Workers.

Regulations needed to check corporate greed
Prime Minister Stephen Harper promises to cut government taxes on diesel fuel by two cents a litre over four years.

New National President for CAW
With the retirement of Buzz Hargrove, the National Union held a special convention September 6th in Toronto to install a new president until our three year elections, to be held August 2009 in Quebec City.