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From the Desk of the President - June 2012
Published: June 27, 2012

Summer is finally here and with it comes heat and possible heat related stressors that need to be taken care of before it takes its tolls on all of us. Please remember to drink plenty of fluids and keep hydrated to ensure your health.

On the Union front, the general election is over and I would like to thank the membership and the retirees for exercising their democratic rights. I would like to welcome all the successful candidates to the next 3 years of commitment and dedication to your membership and it's Union. I would like to thank all of the departing members that were not successful or those who chose not run again. You still make a difference for your members and I know your workplace is a better place because of what you did and your commitment and dedication. Please stay in touch and become those informal leaders that still can help members.

CAMPGROUND NEWS

At the Mine Mill Campgrounds, we have more than doubled our seasonal camper numbers from last year's start, and our bookings have quadrupled from last year.

I would like to thank everyone who is helping to make this possible.

We have hired two students from our membership. The feedback that we are getting from the community has been nothing less than positive praise and that they are very glad that we've re-opened our campgrounds.

UPCOMING NEGOTIATIONS

We are getting ready to begin bargaining later this year with the Elizabeth Centre and Xstrata Nickel. We are optimistic that we can negotiate fair and equitable new contracts.

CAW – CEP MERGER

CAW and CEP, two of the largest Canadian public unions have agreed to join together and create a new Canadian union. This merger would make us 350,000 members strong across every economic section of the country which will give us a voice in each industry and with our government. The new name of the amalgamated union has not yet been determined as we await the CAW and CEP conventions later this year that will give the final approval of this new proposed Canadian house of labour. We will keep the membership updated as it this process develops or you may visit the website for the latest information at www.caw.ca.

CLOSING REMARKS

I personally would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

Please feel free to call me should you have any questions or concerns and remember to take your breaks as required to help you maintain your health. Last, but certainly not least... WORK SAFELY!!!

With respect always,

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

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