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From the Desk of the President - December 2011
Published: December 21, 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.

Food banks and other socially responsible community groups are seeing a steady increase of families trying to make ends meet. Several groups have stepped up to the plate to shore-up the misgivings of our country's failed government responsibilities towards child hunger and social well-being.

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, we have bargained successfully 11 different collective agreements that we should all be proud of. It was not easy but because of the support of the bargaining committees, leadership and membership, we were able to avoid labour disputes and still achieve many gains for our members.

I would also like to thank the membership for taking the initiative and courage to agree to re-open our new campground. It has been a success and we are getting many visitors from all over the world. All of this is made possible because we as a Local made the decision to build our new administration complex at our campground at Richard Lake, so we can now manage our own campground site. Please visit your campground and new home office when you have an opportunity. This is a great gift for us all.

Of course, all of these agreements and changes to our Union offers opportunities where things could go wrong but we all have to ensure that we continue to be safe and unhurt at work, home or play especially in this festive season.

From myself personally and this office, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

With respect always,

Yours in Solidarity,
Richard Paquin, President
Mine Mill Local 598/CAW

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