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From the Desk of the President - January 2012
Published: January 25, 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.

1. January 2012 – Begin contract negotiations with Nutra 2000
2. February 2012 – Begin contract negotiations with Midas Muffler
3. February 2012 – Skilled Trades Conference
4. March 2012 – Begin contract negotiations with Sudbury Finnish Rest Home Society Inc.
5. March 14, 2012 – General Membership Meeting
6. April 2012 – Begin contract negotiations with Mystic
7. April 2012 – Nominations for all positions within our Union
8. May 1st, 2012 – Season Opening of our Campground to all members and the community
9. May 21st – 25th, 2012 – Election of all Union positions at all sites and at the Administration office.
10. June 9, 2012 – Welcome Union activists and leaders from the Caribbean at our campground.
11. June 20, 2012 – Workers Memorial Day Ceremony at the Caruso Club (Everyone Welcome)
12. June 27, 2012 – Executive Board and Membership Meeting (transfer of duties to all newly elected and acclaimed members for a 3 year term.)
13. July 15, 2012 – R.V. Caravan of 60 trailers stops at campsite for 10 days.
14. September 3, 2012 – Labour Day Picnic at the campground.
15. December 2012 – Begin contract negotiations with Elizabeth Centre.
16. December 2012 - Begin contract preparation for upcoming negotiations with Norcat
17. December 2012 - Begin contract preparation for upcoming negotiations with Xstrata Nickel

As a Union we will also participate with the CAW National Office on multiples of Government Agencies Committees such as Mining Tripartite Committee, the Mining Legislative Review Committee, Health Coalition and many others where rules, training and procedures are developed for the betterment of all workers in Ontario.

Over the summer, we will also be doing some more renovations to our campsite. This initiative is to reach our goal of making our campground the best in the Province.

With respect always,

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

DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all people. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they, too, have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. Whether or not it is clear to you, the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Author unknown
Found in a St. Paul, Minnesota Church in 1692

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