Cookie retires after 30 years of service! Juliette prends sa retraite après 30 ans de service!

After 30 years of dedicated and loyal service to RRC and as a member of LL2468, Juliette aka “Cookie” has taken her much-deserved retirement.  I met Cookie when I first started at RRC in 1993, and I’ll always remember how she was always smiling and always willing to help in any way she could, be that in her RRC position as Technical Librarian or as the LL2468 Recording Secretary.  Cookie started as a Secretary in 1990 and transferred to Document

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Rachpal Lehal retires after 54 years of combined service! Rachpal Lehal prends sa retraite apres 54 ans de service combinée!

After 7 years working for Rolls-Royce in the UK as a fitter, followed by 7 years working as a fitter at RRC (LL869), then 40 years working as a Planner/Repair Technician for RRC and Siemens (LL2468), Rachpal has decided that it was time to retire.  I worked with Rachpal for several years on 2nd shift when I first started at RRC back in the mid-90s, and he helped me learn about the IAMAW! Due to the COVID situation, the retirement

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LL 2468 members ratify Siemens AGT contract offer – Les membres de la SL 2468 ratifient l’offre de Siemens AGT

A journey which began on May 14, 2018, with a different Negotiation Team and which involved three different business representatives, came to a conclusion on April 15, 2020 with the ratification vote by the membership, accepted at 87%. These negotiations were the longest in LL 2468 history, lasting almost two years.  They are also the only negotiations which involved a conciliator from the Quebec Labour Board.  The vote itself was also unique in that in order to satisfy government regulations

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IAMAW Leads the way on CLC Lobby Day in Ottawa – L’AIMTA ouvre la voie lors de la journée de lobbying du CTC à Ottawa

Once again, the IAMAW contributed the most participants from any one union in Canada: 84 of 400 union representatives for the CLC annual lobby day were Machinists!  This marks the third time in as many years that the IAMAW led the way for lobbying efforts on Parliament Hill. Encore une fois, l’AIMTA a contribué le plus de participants d’un syndicat au Canada: 84 des 400 représentants syndicaux pour la journée de lobbying annuelle du CTC étaient des Machinistes! C’est la

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Stan Pickthall and Gordon Falconer visit Siemens AGT! Stan Pickthall et Gordon Falconer rendent visite à Siemens AGT!

For the first time since Siemens AGT was created, IAMAW GVP, Canadian Territory, Stan Pickthall, and Chief of Staff, Gordon Falconer, visited Siemens AGT on October 10, 2019. Stan and Gord were accompanied by myself, Daren Legault and Michel Vincent (Shop Committee, 869) at the Courval site, and with Michael Munn at the 9505 Cote-de-liesse site. We then visited Test Bed 7 in Verdun to conclude the visit.  It was a pleasure to introduce Stan and Gord to several 2468

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Annual Siemens Labour Meeting – Rencontre annuelle des travailleurs Siemens

Union and company representatives from Canada, the US and Germany gathered in May for the annual Siemens Labour Meeting, held this year in San Antonio, TX. One of the most concerning topics discussed was union density within Siemens in North America; Union representation has continued to drop in the US, as Siemens moves work to non-unionized, right-to-work locations such as Charlotte in North Carolina. Unfortunately, it appears that at least one of three GP (or PG) locations in the US

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CLC Lobby Day in Ottawa – 2019 – Journée d’action politique CTC à Ottawa

  REPORT ON THE 2019 ANNUAL CLC LOBBYING DAY IN OTTAWA Myself, Stephane Paré, Neil Giroux and over 300 other union representatives visited our nation’s capital on February 26, 2019, in order to lobby the federal government on several very important issues affecting many Canadians. Once again, the IAMAW represented the most members from any of the participating unions with 72 representatives! Four issues were the focus of this year’s lobbying: PHARMACARE Although Canadians are fortunate to have Medicare, drugs

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Barbara Clancy Retires after 37 years of service! Barbara Clancy prend sa retraite après 37 ans de service!

After having worked for 37 years in many roles, including technical clerk, technical assistant, Technical Assistant – Test and finally as Time Keeping Coordinator, Barbara Clancy has decided to hang up her badge.  Having worked through many challenges, both physical and emotional, Barbara always persevered and delivered.  Barbara was also a Local 2468 Communicator, Recording Secreatary and Rolls-Royce Global Council 2468 representative, having helped in forming the RR Global Council over a decade ago.  As the photos below attest, she

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2018 IAMAW Aerospace Conference – Conférence Aérospatiale AIMTA 2018

Brother George Zoni, President, and Brother Ivan Halar, VP, attended the 2018 IAMAW Aerospace conference in Fort Worth, Texas, from September 10 to 14, 2018.  The conference served to inform members of the current state of the aerospace business as a whole and how our aerospace members were doing within that business.  As stated by International President Bob Martinez Jr., the aerospace industry in North America is booming!  Topics discussed ranged from technological changes (e.g., additive manufacturing), union density within

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Siemens Atlanta Convention

George Zoni and Nathalie Meunier were in Atlanta last week to attend the 3rd annual Siemens Workers’ Convention.  This convention brings together people from Canada, the US and Germany in order to discuss the current issues facing workers at Siemens facilities.  HR representatives from the US were on on-hand to give updates on the current situations in the US.  This event is organized by Randy Middleton of the IBEW, and facilitated by Harald Kern and Dirk Linder from Germany.  Harald is

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