• Members of LL 692 at Monashee Manufacturing Ratifies new deal by 89%
    17 May, 2022 Kelowna, BC – The membership ratified a new 3-year Collective Agreement. The deal sees a wage increase of 4% each year. Other improvements included an enhanced severance package in the event of plant closure from 17 weeks to 24 weeks. The members had concerns regarding the possibility of plant closure since the […]
  • New members at LL2413 ratify first contract with immediate gains
    13 May, 2022 Toronto, ON – The new IAM members at Local Lodge 2413 ratified a first collective agreement with Menzies Cargo at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The agreement ratified by a whopping 95.2% acceptance. The organizing campaign started in November 2021 with the workers eagerly seeking meaningful wage increases, instead of those the employer […]
  • Members of LL692 at Leavitt Machinery Ratify a new 2-year Agreement
    Vancouver, B.C. – The membership overwhelming ratified a new two-year Collective Agreement. The deal sees a significant wage increase of 8% in the first year followed by a 4% wage increase in the second year. In addition, the Bargaining Committee was able to achieve double-time pay for work on a scheduled day off as well […]

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    Colin Adams

    I started work at Rolls-Royce in Derby England as a Sheet metal worker and Coppersmith apprentice at only 16. I graduated early to full tradesman at 19 on three shifts in the Maintenance and Manufacturing area of Sinfin C site as a Coppersmith. I continued at my studies and went on to take an advanced level welding course, which helped me in my later career.

    I stayed with Rolls-Royce Derby for 10 years, before I accepted to take a voluntary redundancy package. Next employer was Defabs Ltd. Where my welding skills came in very handy, in the brewing and food industry.

    GTR Engineering was a small company who I worked for. They performed small tasks with local firms around the Derby and Nottingham area.

    Rotadata Ltd was the employer I really wanted to work for. While completing my 9 years at that wonderful company I learned the skills in instrumentation I have today.

    In early 1999 I sent out my CV for a new career, and was asked if I wanted to be a contractor in Canada. I said I would prefer a full time position and Rolls-Royce Canada approached me with an offer of employment and citizenship. I accepted and started in the summer of 1999.

    I have been employed as a specialist in Instrumentation ever since.

    I became an active member of the union LL2468 in 2005 as a grievance committee member. Since then I have been on the negotiating committee (RRC) and am now the Financial Secretary. I am also a member of the Grievance Committee (Siemens).

    I enjoy fishing and watching NASCAR racing.

    CAdams

    Colin Adams – Financial Secretary