STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH EDUCATION WORKERS REPRESENTED BY CUPE – A HISTORIC WIN!

Local Lodge 1231 brothers and sisters, showed up in SOLIDARITY at the emergency rally at Queens Park, in support of the Ontario Education Workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

This was in response to the ‘Keep Children in School Act’, preventing a planned strike by Ontario Education Workers represented by CUPE.

In a historic win for Unions, Bill 28 was repealed and the Ontario Education Workers got their demands met and a fair deal.

From Left to Right Heather Johnston – Chief Steward York Region, Rootisha Rampath Sukhu- Organizer District 78, Merry St.Barnard- President LL1231 and Ben Osakue Central Chair and Healthcare Representative District 78 at the Emergency rally at Queens Park

MEMBER OF THE MONTH!

In an attempt to show our appreciation of the hard work of our brothers and sisters of Local Lodge 1231, District 78, working at Spectrum, we are introducing the MEMBER OF THE MONTH.

If you know of an individual working at Spectrum who is worthy of recognition for their outstanding work or abilities, please message me, Sabiha Khan, (Communicator for LL1231) at skhan@iamaw1231.ca with your entry. Please include the individuals full name, phone number or email and the reason why you think they should be showcased.

Entries should be sent in by the 20th of each month. The process of selection will be fair and impartial through drawing of lots. Those employees who have not been selected for the present month will be entered into a draw for the following month.

Looking forward to an enthusiastic and overwhelming response.

LET US LIFT EACH OTHER UP!

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THE IAM SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

September 19, 2022

To All Grand Lodge Representatives, Special Representatives, Grand Lodge Auditors, Organizers, Business Representatives, Airline and Railroad General Chairmen, District Lodge Secretary-Treasurers, Local Lodge Recording Secretaries, State and Provincial Councils and Territorial Education and Communications Representatives, TCU/IAM Executive Council, Carmen Division Officers, National Representatives, Assistant National Representatives and Local Lodge Officers

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

It is with renewed enthusiasm that we are beginning another year for the 1AM Scholarship Competition. Enclosed you will find the 2023 Scholarship Competition Announcement that covers the rules and regulations for IAM members and children of 1AM members. In order to be able to inform members of the opportunities for themselves and their children, lodge officers are urged to read and discuss the announcement thoroughly. Please note that we now have a vocational-technical two-year scholarship available to both children of members as well as members. Also, at the 2004 Grand Lodge convention, the delegates voted unanimously to name one of the scholarships after Roman A. Mayfield, a 55-year member of D.L. 751, now deceased. This will be given to one scholarship recipient who best represents the spirit of volunteerism and the strong sense of service to their community that was a hallmark of Brother Mayfield.

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Special Message from Kim Valliere DL 78, DBR

GOOD OF THE IAM OCTOBER 2022

The 40th Grand lodge Convention held in Las Vegas was a huge success, the delegates passed resolutions and made changes to the constitution to set the course for the future.

There were approximately 153 Canadian delegates who participated, out of 1,053 delegates
A resolution was passed to form a committee on the future, this committee will evaluate where we are today and make recommendations for our future.

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IAM STANDING STRONG – THE 40TH IAM GRAND LODGE CONVENTION WAS KICKED OFF TO A ROUSING START BY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ROBERT MARTINEZ JR.

International President Robert Martinez Jr’s opening speech at the 40th Grand Lodge Convention in Las Vegas, aroused great enthusiasm and vigour amongst first time delegates of Local Lodge 1231, District 78. As one of the delegates said, “it was a transformative and groundbreaking educational and growth experience.”

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE 2022 HOST COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDING THE WESTERN TERRITORIES FOR MAKING AN EVENT OF THIS MAGNITUDE HAPPEN

The tireless work of the host committee members and the Western Territories members was commendable.

“THE MIDDLE CLASS BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND UNIONS BUILT THE MIDDLE CLASS” said President Joe Biden of the USA in his address to IAM delegates.

The President of the United States joined the 2022 Grand Lodge Convention via video. He expressed his sincere gratitude for IAM members and their pivotal role in the U.S economy.

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – JOE BIDEN

U.S LABOR SECRETARY MARTY WALSH ADDRESSED THE 40TH IAM INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

U.S Secretary of Labor was effusive in his praise of the IAM and their critical role in advancing worker rights. He reminded members of President Joe Biden’s policies which have directly been responsible for improving the lives of working Americans and union members.

US SECRETARY OF LABOR MARTY WALSH ADDRESSES THE 40TH IAM CONVENTION

DELEGATES OF LOCAL LODGE 1231 WITH GENERAL SECRETARY TREASURER DORA CERVANTES

For the first time delegates to the IAM 40th Grand Lodge Convention held in Las Vegas, it was an unforgettable experience. As Secretary-Treasurer of Local Lodge 1231, Liza Thambaiah articulated, “we have learned so much and are excited to take this knowledge back to our members.”

DELEGATES OF LL1231 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT – CHIEF STEWARD YORK REGION HEATHER JOHNSTON, PRESIDENT MERRY ST, BERNARD, SECRETARY TREASURER LIZA THAMBAIAH, RECORDING SECRETARY MARCIA STONE, STEWARD PEEL REGION LYSTRA MOHAMMED, COMMUNICATOR SABIHA KHAN WITH GENERAL SECRETARY TREASURER OF IAMAW DORA CERVANTES

PHOTO GALLERY OF EVENTS

DELEGATES AT THE 40TH IAMAW GRAND LODGE CONVENTION
THE DELEGATES WERE WOWED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS DUO!

The Local Lodge 1231 delegates would like to thank its members, Business Representative Ralph Martin, District 78, organizers, executive board of the IAMAW and all those who made their presence at the 40th Grand Lodge Convention a possibility. They have come back “fired and wired” to share their knowledge with their union family. Together we will improve the lives of our members.

#IAM STANDING STRONG.

*Upcoming Local Lodge Executive Elections*

REVISED/CORRECTED DATE

September 12, 2022

All IAM Health Care Members

LOCAL LODGE EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS

The IAMAW constitution and your Local Lodge bylaws mandate that the Local Lodge holds nominations and elections for the Executive officers of the Local Lodge.

As per the Local Lodge bylaws there will be nominations for the following positions at the November 17th regular meeting being held at 557 Dixon Rd, unit 102 starting at 7:00 p.m.

President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Conductor Sentinel, and 3 Trustees.

Please note the Local lodge bylaws state, in order to qualify for any position on the Executive you must have attended at least 50% of the regular monthly meetings in the 12 month period up to the date of nominations.

If more than one individual is nominated for any position elections will be held at the regular monthly meeting in December

Sincerely,

IAMAW District 78

Labour Day and Unions in Canada

Labour Day and Unions in Canada

Labour day is considered a federal statutory holiday. The holiday celebrates workers and the labour union movement. Labour Day parades and picnics are often organized by unions. On that note, Local Lodge 1231 will be hosting their first Annual BBQ on Saturday, September 17th, 2022

First row from Left to right : Tessa Williams, Rootisha Rampat-Sukhu, Lisa Thambiah, Ben Osakue Second row from left to right: Nesha Ramdeen, Marcia Stone, Heather Johnston

The first Monday in September has been an official holiday in Canada since 1894, and in the United States since 1892. But the origin of Labour Day came 20 years before that, when unions started holding parades and rallies in Toronto and Ottawa to celebrate the successful 1872 Toronto printers’ strike – the original “fight for fairness” that won major changes including the decriminalization of unions in Canada.

Members having fun

Today, Labour Day marks the unofficial end to summer and the start of a new school year for children in Canada and the United States. It is a day of rest and, for unions and labour activists, a day to celebrate the accomplishments of the labour movement and the benefits of having a union at work.

Strength in numbers

But, as is the case with most holidays, the origins of Labour Day come from the struggles of working people and the demand for fairness. In this case, it was the movement to establish a nine-hour work day (the standard was a 12-hour work day and a six-day work week) and a strike by printers in Toronto in the spring of 1872 got that special day for all workers!!

Memorable moments

HAPPY LABOUR DAY!!!

The crowd having fun
Labour day festivities

Ben and Vivian doing a shimmy on the parade route

Monthly meetings

Members please note that the Monthly meeting of the Local Lodge 1231, will be held on the third Thursday of every month. This month’s meeting will be on

September 15, 2022 at 7pm at
IAM District 78,
557 Dixon Road, Etobicoke
(416) 225-9003

Please bring your colleagues along and get involved in your union and it’s activities. We welcome your questions, ideas and suggestions to make our Union stronger. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!