MILL LOCAL 598/CAW
The Summer Camp at Richard Lake was put up for sale.
The Union is keeping about five acres on the lake as
well as 110 acres across the road.
Dalron Construction intends to build some condos and
semi-detached apartments, mainly for seniors.
The Union intends to build a building where eventually the offices, as we
know them, will be re-located.
The Pensioners Chapter will be involved, be it with
our own offices or whatever is suitable for our needs.
We have some new Executive Members who are fitting in very nicely – Ray
Portelance, Bill Moore and George Markic.
All of these Brothers are very knowledgeable on union
affairs and our goals.
Members of our Chapter have been involved and have attended a number of
events this past year.
We attended a health care conference in Ottawa
earlier last year, where organizations from all over Canada,
including the North West Territories, gathered for three
days to continue the fight against privatisation of our
health care. This
is sacred and we will do whatever is necessary to discourage
our governments going in that direction.
We also sent representatives to the C.A.W. Council meetings to hear and
stay informed on what the C.A.W. agenda is.
Our Chapter was represented at the Annual Pensioners
Conference in Port Elgin..
Leonard “Sarge” Hamilton once again organized a very successful golf
tournament for 2004. He
intends to hold it again this year.
The date is not known yet, but you can call the Union
Offices this spring for more information.
On March 23rd at 5:00 p.m., the Union, in partnership with
Laurentian University, will be launching the book on the
2000 strike with Falconbridge.
The Retirees Chapter played a very significant role
in the strike and we, the retirees, are recognized in the
book. There are
a limited amount of tickets at no charge.
Call the Union Office to reserve yours.
We hope a number of our members’ purchase a copy, as it is most
important our children and grandchildren be able to educate
themselves on the role we had in that seven-month strike
HELLO TO ALL:
On behalf of the Executive of the Retired
Workers Chapter of Mine Mill Local 598/CAW, we wish you and
your families a very good year in 2005.
As for our membership meetings, we will be
trying something new. We will be alternating the monthly
meetings between different locations.
The schedule is as follows:
January 25 – Mine Mill Hall
– NO MEETING
February 22 – Onaping Legion
August 30 – NO MEETING
March 29 – Mine Mill Hall
September 27 – Mine Mill Camp
April 26 – Chelmsford Legion Hall
October 25 – Chelmsford Legion
May 31 – Mine Mill Campgrounds
November 29 – Mine Mill Hall
June 28 – Mine Mill Campgrounds
27 – NO MEETING
All membership meetings begin at 10:00 a.m.
We hope to see you at one of the meetings.
We have an on-going programme that we put on for
our pensioners, wives and spouses.
It is called “The Wise Use of Medication”, M.A.P.
Medication Awareness Programme.
We invite you to attend the next M.A.P. session on:
Monday, February 21st, and March 21st, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sudbury Legion Hall Branch 76,
1553 Weller Street, Sudbury
There will be other dates and places that we will be holding our M.A.P. sessions.
We are now doing the Sudbury Area, and when we have a location arranged for sessions after this one, we will be sending
out invitations to our retirees and widows. We hope to see you at one of the
Members of the M.A.P. are:
Albert and Marg Bossey - 969-4217
Moe Brisebois - 566-8974
Ron Michaud - 693-3624
If you have any questions, please call any of the above.
STATE OF THE UNION
last five years have been as trying a time as any in our Local’s 62-year
history of representing workers.
In 2000/2001 we came through a bitter seven-month strike. Since that time we have grown through the addition of
Health Care Workers from the Finlandia and St Joseph’s Nursing homes, and the
service and office workers at the University of Sudbury. The latest group to
join us will be the new workforce at Lockerby Mine, who will be organized under
our successor rights resulting from the proposed sale of the Lockerby Mine to
First Nickel. Mine Mill Local 598/CAW now represents nine workplaces in the
Midas Care Service (certified 1994) representing the Midas shops on
Barrydowne Road and on Long Lake Road at the Four Corners has just renewed
their three-year contract. This small business has three workers laid off over
the last couple of years due to a declining customer base. They are no longer
just a muffler and shock supplier, but have evolved into a full service garage.
They will offer a discount to all CAW members who show them their CAW
membership card. I am asking you if you do not take your vehicle to a steady
garage for repairs, try our Brothers at Midas, and if you like their service,
remain a customer. Hopefully we can get the workers on lay-off back on the job.
Bargaining Unit at Mansour Mining (certified 1987) is preparing for
their March 30th deadline for contract renewal. With the growth of
the Chinese economy, steel prices have escalated and they are having trouble
finding enough steel to meet their orders.
Regional Recovery Continuum aka Lakeside Centre/Robin’s Hill (certified
1992) will start preparing later this year for their September deadline. This
workplace is tightly controlled by Government funding and we are working
through our National to get Health Care spending increased to help provide more
service in the addiction field.
Finlandia Nursing Home (certified 2003) and Finlandia Care Services
(certified 2004) have new contracts that will carry them over to 2006 and 2007
University of Sudbury (certified June 2004) service and office workers
are in bargaining for their first contract with National Rep Tom Dattilo are
preparing to apply for conciliation as they go into the final stages of talks.
These brothers and sisters voted overwhelmingly to join the CAW.
Bargaining Committee for our unit at St Joseph’s Villa nursing homes
have recently started preparing their contract proposals and hope to be at the
table starting in March to begin negotiations for their first contract. The
workers voted to join the CAW on October 6th, 2004.
Mill Local 598/CAW will carry the successor rights to bargain a contract if
Lockerby Mine is sold to First Nickel on February 1st 2005. We have
reached a tentative agreement on an 18-month contract. The final document is
with the National and will it will retain the full scope of the 2004
Falconbridge contract as amended to pertain to a one-site operation. Full
details will be given at the February membership meeting.
Rick Grylls, President
Mine Mill Local 598/CAW.