RESULTS OF THE VOTING, FOR THE DELEGATES ELECTED, TO GO TO THE GRAND LODGE CONVENTION THIS YEAR.

We would like to congratulate those union members who were elected today, to go for the Grand Lodge Convention, to be held in New York this year.

The names of the elected delegates are : Rootisha Rampat Sukhu, Ben Osakue, Heather Johnston, Marcia Stone, Sabiha Khan, Lystra Mohammed, Marene Robinson, Merry St. Bernard, Theresa Bukoroh and Rai Sagar.

Thank you to all those who participated in the Voting.

MAY 19TH, IS PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER DAY IN ONTARIO!

Thank you to our Personal Support Workers for their hard work, dedication, compassion and commitment, that they have shown in the care of the most vulnerable segment of our society. We honour, felicitate and commend you.

Personal Support Workers have helped maintain the dignity and independence of their clients, taking care of the daily needs, mobility, comfort and safety. They are therefore considered to be playing a vital role in the Health Care System.

The recent COVID 19 Pandemic, demonstrated the importance of their work and how much our society needs and depends on them.

You are our everyday heroes!

Picture credits : Ontario PSW Association

THANK YOU NURSES! YOU ARE OUR EVERYDAY HEROES!

National Nursing Week is May 6-12, 2024, and this year’s theme is Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.

This theme has especially been chosen to acknowledge and celebrate the integral role that our nurses play in changing the lives of their patients and in turn society, shaping for us all, a better tomorrow.

We commemorate and celebrate these pillars of our society, who through their care, compassion, expertise, sacrifices, dedication and hard work have changed the face of Healthcare, in hospitals, Institutions, nursing homes, community care and care facilities.

Our special thanks to our Spectrum Healthcare Nurses, who go above and beyond the call of duty to care for their patients, and make us all so proud.

Kudos to you!

Picture Credits : Canadian Nurses Association

CONGRATULATIONS BEN OSAKUE, FOR MAKING HISTORY!!

IAM District 78 | May 8,2024

Ben Erhuns Osakue has been appointed to the position of Business Representative at District Lodge 78, marking history as the first African Canadian male to hold any servicing position in the IAM in Canada.

Born in Nigeria, he moved to West Germany and then to Canada. With 34 years of experience in the healthcare industry, he has worked in various positions such as healthcare aid (PSW), RPN, and RN in different healthcare facilities.

In 1999 Osakue joined the Spectrum Health Care team and held several different positions there- leading him to his union involvement, at a local level on the negotiation committee, as a steward for the nurses and at the district lodge as Central Chairperson. He also served as Conductor Sentinel and Educator.

Appointed by Directing Business Representative of DL78, Eric Johnston, Osakue is completing the remainder of retired representative Jim Snider’s term. “Osakue was appointed to the position after years of loyalty, dedication, and hard work as central chairperson. Osakue’s steadfast commitment to the membership’s needs has more than prepared him for the position.” Eric Johnston commented.

For more information:

Eric Johnston,

IAM District 78

Directing Business Representative

Post Credit : Machinist News

COME AND JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL PICNIC AT WEST DEANE PARK.

The Social Committee is organizing an outdoor picnic and a day of fun and games on the 13th of July, 2024 at West Deane Park.

Please join us with your family and let’s get to know each other better. As parking is limited, we suggest you take public transport or car pool to the picnic location.

PLEASE MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!

CANADIAN POLITICAL ACTION SYMPOSIUM, CELEBRATES IT’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

By all accounts it was the best symposium ever. The symposium which was held at the the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland was graced by the IAM International President Brian Bryant in a surprise visit. He thanked the Canadian IAM activists who were present and congratulated them for the amazing work they were doing for Canadian Politics.

CANADIAN IAM ACTIVISTS AT THE WINPISINGER EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER, THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE 10TH CANADIAN POLITICAL ACTION SYMPOSIUM.

IAMAW International President Brian Bryant addressing participants

“Engaging our members is crucial because it affects our working lives. This means it affects our families and our home lives.” these are the words of the Canadian General Vice President David Chartrand who was also present at the symposium. He stressed on the importance of political activism, in light of the upcoming federal elections in 2025.

IAMAW Canadian General Vice President David Chartrand talking to the Canadian Activists.

Derek Ferguson, IAM Canadian GLR for Political Action, said, “80 IAM political activists from all over Canada gathered at the W3 where we developed and improved our communication strategies and member mobilization plans in the lead up to the 2025 federal election. Together we will make a difference!” Ferguson has held the Canadian Political Action portfolio for five years and has attend every single Symposium.

There were interactive break-out sessions, where participants learned how to create Political plans and implementation strategies, gaining valuable knowledge and insights which they will take back to their local lodges. Our Local Lodge 1231 Vice President Kirendeep Grewal, Trustee Dorine Agendia and Peel Chief Steward Marene Robinson, made presentations to the larger groups after these sessions.

LOCAL LODGE 1231 VICE PRESIDENT KIRENDEEP GREWAL MAKING HER PRESENTATION

LOCAL LODGE 1231 TRUSTEE, DORINE AGENDIA IN ACTION

LOCAL LODGE 1231 CHIEF STEWARD OF PEEL, MARENE ROBINSON ADDRESSING PARTICIPANTS

“It was a fantastic symposium that taught us how to break down a campaign and get started.” said IAM DL 78 communicator Heather Johnston. ” We were energized to engage our Local Lodge members into getting involved in politics in our area, because without using your voice, you are just an echo.” She also made a special mention about Facilitators, Laurie Antonin and Brent Farrington from the CLC(Canadian Labour Congress), who were amazing and made the learning fun and easy to understand.

OATH TAKING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW OFFICERS OF THE LL1231 EXECUTIVE BOARD

At the last Union meeting held on Thursday March 21st, 2024, the New Officers of the LL1231 Executive Board were sworn in by Kim Valliere, IAM’s Special Representative for Canada

The executive board members sworn in were :

Vice President – Kirendeep Grewal

Secretary Treasurer – Lystra Mohammed

Educator – Melissa McRonney-Apaw

Trustees – Valencia Whint, Dorine Agendia

Secretary Treasurer Lystra Mohammed and Vice President Kirendeep Grewal taking the oath of office

In the picture, Trustees Valencia Whint, Educator Melissa McRonney-Apaw and Dorine Agendia, Recording Secretary Lystra Mohammed and Vice President Kirendeep Grewal taking the oath of office with IAM’s Special Representative for Canada Kim Valliere

LL1231 MEMBERS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB IN SUPPORT OF THE PEEL REGION LABOUR COUNCIL FUNDRAISING EFFORTS!

In a show of solidarity and unity, 38 sisters from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, representing their Local Lodges and the IAMAW, attended the fundraiser organized by the Peel Region Labour Council.

IAMAW is becoming a force to reckon with, as it’s numbers are increasing and it’s influence extending to all areas of labour and government.

The first time attendees were inspired and deeply impacted by their peers, many of whom have broken the glass ceiling. They were ‘fired and wired’ and as Ivana Soula, Research Director and Women and Human Rights Representative. eloquently articulated ““It was great to see members quickly jump into action and lend their support. They will take back what they’ve learned here and will share with members of their locals. That is how we all learn and we all grow.”

The fundraiser raised funds for Hope 24/7, Embrace, Courage Peel and United Way, all providing essential services for women.

The event takes place yearly and is organized by the Peel Region Labour Council, OFL and the CLC.

ATTENTION MEMBERS! IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION REGARDING MEASLES.

Canada is seeing an increase in measles activity compared to 2023. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus which can cause serious health risks and challenges.

Symptoms can appear 7 to 21 days after being infected with the measles virus. People infected with measles can spread it to others before they have symptoms.

Initial symptoms include:

fever
cough
runny nose
red, watery eyes
Small, white spots may appear inside the mouth and throat 2 to 3 days after symptoms begin.

About 3 to 7 days after symptoms begin, a rash that looks like small red spots:

develops on the face
spreads down the body, arms and legs
The rash can last 4 to 7 days.

Most people recover from measles within 2 or 3 weeks.

Common complications from measles include:

ear infection
pneumonia
diarrhea

Severe complications, while rare, can result from a measles infection, such as:

respiratory failure
inflammation and swelling of the brain (encephalitis)
death

Long-term complications of encephalitis can include:

blindness
deafness
intellectual disability

Measles can easily be spread to individuals who have not been previously infected or immunized against measles.

The virus is spread through the air and by contact with respiratory secretions from the nose and mouth. It can be prevented with vaccination.

It’s very important to diagnose measles early to help prevent it from spreading to other people.

Health care providers may suspect measles based on your symptoms and your possible exposure to the virus. For example, they may ask you if:

you’re aware of an outbreak in your community
you’ve had exposure to someone with measles
you’ve recently travelled to a place where measles is present

A health care provider will likely collect a sample to confirm the diagnosis with a lab test, which may include:

a blood test
a urine test
swabs from the back of your nose or throat

Your employer Spectrum Healthcare has asked you to follow the guidelines mentioned below :

If you suspect a patient may be infected, please follow these steps:

Wear PPE – mask, gloves, gown, and eye protection
Perform hand hygiene
Notify the Spectrum office
Notify Public Health

Also they have asked you to complete the Point of Care Risk assessment with the patient prior to beginning care.

Thank you for your attention and your continued dedication and following of “best practises” related to your work.

BE SAFE!!!

Credits : Government of Canada Website