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From the desk of the President - October 2013
Published: October 18, 2013

To all our members,

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 Union National Office at Unifor.

As per our constitution and by-laws, the Union will now be guided by the Vice-President, Anne Marie MacInnis. I know that each and every one of you will afford her the same cooperation and respect that was afforded to me.

In my term as President (since 2009), a lot has happened and great strides have been achieved from the Local – from the moving and building of our new headquarters at our property at Richard Lake to the reopening of our beautiful campground and the successful ratifications of the Collective Agreements of our Units. All of this would not have been possible without the assistance and cooperation of everyone.

As I leave this great organization, I am confident that with everyone’s support and continued commitment, the Local will continue to strive and grow and play an even bigger part within our community.

This Union is in great financial situation and I am confident that our Executive Board will continue its due diligence towards our future endeavours.

I would like to take this time to personally thank all of the Executive Board and the leadership in giving me the confidence to oversee this great Union and to the membership for having the confidence in me allow me to continue for a second term.

It is a hard decision to leave this organization and pursue a new career, but I leave knowing that the right people are in place to continue the goods of all of our past presidents and our past leadership.

Let’s continue to push forward for an even better agenda which everyone will benefit from.

As I leave, I will assist in any way I can to allow for a smooth transition of duties. Be assured that I will miss each and every one of you – it was great working with such a wonderful group.

I thoroughly enjoyed my job, and I will keep in touch. I would like to thank Gord and Shirley for their hard work and dedication in managing the Mine Mill 598 Campground. They worked exceptionally well for the betterment of that campground.

Lastly, I want to personally recognize and thank Natalie and Kristina for their hard work. It made my job so much easier and pleasant over the last five years.

In closing, this new union (Unifor) is recognizing our Local (598), and as such, the National Office is setting up an office in our building. It is a first time the National Office expands its offices in northern Ontario, away from southern Ontario.

With respect always,

Yours in Solidarity,
Richard Paquin

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