Secretive cabinet
decision limits
sick days for


Passes away
Nov 28, 2017


How Ford
City helped
create union
laws Canada
has today


Unifor Local 584
Food Drive


Mark Sneider


Local 584
Pink Hair Day


Vol 5 No 17
Sept 16, 2017


Message from
Jerry Dias




Temp work growth
is ‘alarming’ and
changes are coming,
says Ontario
labour minister


Bob DeCoste
Passes Away
Aug 29, 2017


Vol 5 No 16
Aug 25, 2017


of Milton
plant comes
to end
after cease
and desist
order issued


Sharon Godsoe
Passes Away
Aug 9, 2017


Jim McCurdy
Passes Away
August 4, 2017

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Aug 4, 2017


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July 21, 2017


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July 7, 2017


Congratulations to
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Both Retiring
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The Windsor
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Ontario to raise
minimum wage
to $15 an
hour by 2019


Vol 5 No 10
May 25, 2017


Ford to build
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warehouse and
centre south
of Edmonton


To Local 584's
Newest Retirees


May 12, 2017
Vol 5 No 9


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Vol 5 No 6


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Vol 5 No 7


Ford to invest
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Canada, create
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March 30, 2017


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Health & Safety
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Big changes
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Former Canadian
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Feb 19, 2017


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Ford Health
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2017 Government
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Vol 5 No 1
Jan 20, 2017


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Laforet Passes on
Jan 18, 2017


Trump tweets won’t
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Canadian plans,
company’s President
of the Americas says


Play the Trump
cards right, and
Canada's auto
sector will benefit


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Secretive cabinet decision
limits sick days for

Cristina Howorun and
Jessica Bruno
Dec 23, 2017

It’s one of the most important sectors in Ontario’s economy, but thanks to a behind-the-scenes government decision, auto workers aren’t getting the same protections as most other people working in this province.

“We can build a better, fairer Ontario for everyone” was what Labour Minister Kevin Flynn promised as the province passed major changes to the Employment Standards Act in November. Those included a $15 minimum wage, domestic violence leave and ten emergency leave days for everybody who works in a provincially regulated field. Everybody, that is, but the auto sector.

A quietly approved cabinet regulation exempts the auto sector from the 10 days of emergency leave. Instead, those workers only get seven unpaid days for personal illness, the illness of a close family member or an emergency situation.

 “I’m not saying anybody else’s job isn’t just as hard, but for me to have less days than somebody sitting behind a desk is insanity,” says William Murray, a 15-year employee at Toyota’s Woodstock plant.

Katrina Dicks, who works the assembly line at Toyota agrees. “It feels like [the government] honestly doesn’t care what our say is in this, and how it affects us. We feel discriminated against as opposed to everybody else in the province who gets the benefits of the Employment Standards Act.”

While Ontario’s Ministry of Labour enforces employment standards and led the plan to increase worker benefits, the exemption for auto workers comes from the Ministry of Economic Development. Sources familiar with the file say this comes after years of intense lobbying from certain automakers, but previous ministers were reluctant to bend to their demands. But in 2015, Ray Tanguay, former chair of Toyota Canada, was named a special advisor to the federal and provincial governments on the auto sector. Talk to introduce the special rules resumed shortly after he took the job.

“Somebody lobbied them and said ‘we need this’ and they quietly did it,” says Cindy Forster, the provincial NDP’s Labour critic. “They are kowtowing to companies over worker’s rights.”

The government says it’s trying to balance workers’ rights with the needs of the largest manufacturing sector in Ontario.

“In terms of the auto sector, our approach is to balance the rights and needs of workers with ensuring the auto sector in Ontario remains competitive in what’s becoming a fast changing global economy,” writes Daniel Bitonti, spokesperson for the Minister of Economic Development and Trade. “This was the impetus for the exemption. Sometimes, minor adjustments to a regulation like this one will ensure these companies can continue to support good jobs in Ontario for the long term.”

He did not address our question about whether foreign-owned corporations are directly influencing employment standards

Ontario’s automotive manufacturing sector employs over 100,000 people; about 40,000 in the GTA alone.

“The auto industry greatly influences that province’s international trade,” says management company Desjardins in a 2017 report on the sector. “Auto and auto part manufacturing make up 2.5 per cent of Ontario’s GDP.”

While the province introduced this auto worker sick day exemption as a pilot project earlier this year, there is no end date.

“As we designed the pilot project, we worked very closely with workers, union representatives and company leaders from a number of firms,” Bitonti writes. However, Unifor, the union that represents most auto workers, has big concerns with the regulations. It argues that the exemption disadvantages their members compared to other sectors. Employees from two large non-union shops that are impacted, Toyota and Honda, don’t feel like they were consulted at all.

“I don’t know what the government is thinking at this point,” says auto worker Murray.

“I think it’s totally discriminatory, I’m going to have to table a private members’ bill to try to address this,” provincial NDP Labour critic Cindy Forster tells CityNews. “Here we were […] trying to set the bar equally for all workers in the province, and now we have this one group of employees and it’s not addressed for them.”



Passes away
November 28, 2017

Retired Feb 1, 1995
27.6 Years

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Retiree Arnold Van Beurden who passed away November 28, 2017 in his 88th year. He will be sadly missed by his daughter Arlene Rudolph, active local 584 member and his entire family.

On behalf of Local 584 we would like to express our deepest condolences to the Van Beurden Family.

A private family ceremony is to take place and some time in December there will be a celebration of life with details to follow.

Arnold Van Beurden

Nov 28, 2017

Arnold Van Beurden

of Palmerston and formerly of Meaford passed away suddenly at the Palmerston and District Hospital on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in his 88th year.  Beloved husband of Clara (Van Herwynen)  for 64 years.  Dear father of Mary and Henry Post of Palmerston, Jack and Barb Van Beurden of Brampton, John Van Beurden and his fiancé  Cary Ledingham of Markdale and Arlene and Gary Rudolph of Brampton. Cherished grandfather of Peter and Michelle Post, Michael and Lisa Post, Robin Bachelor, Bryan Post; Karen and Colin Dobson, Mark Van Beurden and his fiancé Vanessa Hymans and Amanda Van Beurden; Alyssa and Shawn Dixon,  Sean and Becca Van Beurden; Weston Rudolph and Colton Rudolph. Great grandfather of Elsie, Abigail, Clara, Mila, Braedon, Charley and Brock. Brother of Riekie and Jo Thyssen and Cor and Miet Van Beurden all of the Netherlands. Predeceased by his brother Martin and Riet Van Beurden. Arnold was a retired employee from the Ford Motor Company.

To honour Arnold’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no period of visitation or funeral service. A private family celebration will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.




How Ford City helped create
union laws Canada has today

'Bitter... pivotal strike in the union movement'
that established unions, says historian

Raising funds for Christmas baskets for needy Windsor families Roy England, left, President of the Ford local of the United Automobile Workers Union, and Rhys M. Sale, Ford of Canada President, sell Christmas editions of the Goodfellows Club newspaper outside the factory. The club sponsors the campaign. (The Canadian Press)

CBC News
Nov 29, 2017

Ford City has a rich history of people working to build automobiles, but it's the day that 17,000 employees at the Ford Motor Company plant stopped assembling them that may have had the farthest reaching impact on the industrial landscape in Canada.

When the strike started on September 12, 1945 the Ford Motor Company in Windsor was the largest employer in Canada following the war.

"Ford City...was very much at the forefront of the union movement," said Herb Colling, an author who is finishing a book on Ford City and wrote 99 Days: The Ford Strike In Windsor, 1945.

Colling said the "pivotal, bitter" strike hinged on two things: union security and better collection of union dues.

"The men had just returned from war and they didn't want to be dictated to when they returned to their jobs," said Colling, sitting inside of his writer's room in Belle River.

Workers at Ford in Windsor created their union in the early 1940's, but by 1944 the company had started to return to pre-war conditions, according to Colling.

Author Herb Colling said that the 99-day strike was a pivotal and bitter step in the union movement for Canada. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

"Ford said 'Well we don't really want this union thing here so maybe what we should do is get rid of the union and if you really want a union - we'll set one up for you,'" said Colling.

After long negotiations, employees decided to go on strike.

"As I said a very bitter strike, but a very pivotal strike in the union movement because it established what we know of unions today," said Colling.

Strike Conditions

Workers parked cars on the street blocking off sections of Ford City as they were on strike — mainly at Riverside Drive and Drouillard Road.

"They just plugged up those intersections and they called it a model T that Ford wouldn't like," laughs Colling.

He said there was a lot of community support, with gifts of food from people in the neighbourhood. The movement even gained support from the city's mayor at the time, Arthur Reaume.

"He basically more or less sided with the union which kept him in power," said Colling

Employees working at the Ford factory in Windsor. (CBC)

But some of the tactics used by striking workers went beyond picket lines and protest signs.

"They shut the plant down," said Colling. "They kicked out management, they kicked out all the non-union workers, they kicked out workers that weren't within their union and they just shut the whole place down."

Rand Formula

In December workers voted to go back on the job while a federally appointed arbitrator reviewed the two sides' positions: Supreme Court judge Ivan Rand.

The 99-day strike in 1945 led to the Rand formula that's used by unions across Canada today. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

That's where the Rand formula was born.

"It established that you didn't have to belong to the union or join the union but you did have to pay dues - and the company would collect those dues," said Colling.

Rand also made a point of condemning both the union and the company for their behaviour during the strike while instituting financial penalties for unions that starts an illegal or 'wildcat' strike.


Unifor Local 584
Food Drive 2017

Picture attached is President of Unifor Local 584 Barb Morrison (Right) and Chris Wilski Unifor Local 584 Retirees Chair congratulating each other on our successful accomplishment.

Unifor Local 584 retirees and actives (Ford Warehouse) partnered together to host our 8th annual Food Drive for the Knights Table of Brampton this past weekend.

Together we raised a whopping 1,973 lbs of food for the needy families in our community during this Thanksgiving festive season.  Last month the challenge went out again to the Ford warehouse from the Retirees to see who could raise the most food and the active members in the plant came through with flying colours raising a total of 1,037 lbs, the most ever collected while the retirees who have come out ahead every year and were able to collect  936 lbs and $200 cash.

Every year Local 584 puts us on the map as an organization that cares about our community. Our involvement in actions like this sends a signal to the public that Unions serve an important role in our communities as do the retirees and actives.  We want to congratulate all the members of Unifor Local 584 on their generosity and for a  job well done.

Also thank you to Local 584 for hosting the Retirees Thanksgiving Luncheon again this year. It not only gives the retirees a chance to rekindle old friendships but also gives us the opportunity to hold our Food Drive. A big thank you goes out to Dwayne Decoste, Barb Morrison, Chris Wilski, Geoff Riddle, Doug Berry (partner Jean Cameron), Pauline Wilski, Tammy Dempsey, Arvin Gangwar, Mark Machado, Yvonne Rodney and Roz Monchamp for making this day a great success.



Mark Sneider Retires

Sneider Retires


Pink Hair Day



September 13, 2017

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

I want to provide an important update on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the work of our union.

Unifor is actively participating in the process in the role of advisor to the Canadian NAFTA negotiation team. During the first two rounds of talks in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City I have remained in constant communication with government negotiators on the ground. I was pleased that Renaud Gagne, the Quebec Director was able to join with me for talks in Mexico to help represent Unifor.

During multiple face-to-face meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, and Steve Verheul, Canada’s lead NAFTA negotiator I have provided Unifor’s prospective on trade and advocated strongly for the inclusion of labour rights

On behalf of Unifor, I have continually stressed that no deal is better than a bad deal and the government should be prepared to walk away if required.

While talks are still in the early stages and it is far too early to predict the ultimate outcome, the fact that our voice is present and being heard is a victory for labour. Our government knows that we will not stand quietly by should it decide to sign a deal that hurts workers.

If NAFTA is going to be renegotiated it is important that any new trade deal address the gross inequalities that have resulted for Mexican workers. As a socially progressive union, our union has a responsibility to raise standards for all workers. The stark reality is that it is simply impossible to have fair trade, or compete on an even playing field, with a country that pays its workers poverty wages.

Conditions in Mexico must change to lift up workers and ensure that fair trade works for all of us. It is the only way to keep good paying manufacturing jobs here in Canada.

Our work as a union will ramp up over the next few weeks as we prepare for the third round of talks in Ottawa and a lobby week that will happen this October. To keep you up to date on this important issue I am sending a few important news clips of media coverage that Unifor received:

CTV NEWS  and a CTV clip on NAFTA and low Mexican wages

Toronto Star

Globe and Mail

National Post

In the coming days more information on planned actions will be circulated.  I hope that I can count on your support as we fight for a truly historic deal for all North American workers.  To learn more please visit our campaign webpage at unifor.org/NAFTA.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias

National President



LOCAL 584 Participates in Toronto
Labour Day Parade 2017

Labour Day 2017
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Retirees At the Port Elgin Labour Day Parade


Temp work growth is ‘alarming’ and changes
are coming, says Ontario
labour minister

Kevin Flynn says time to get companies to hire
full-time workers — like they used to.

Toronto Star
Sept. 13, 2017
Kristin Rushowy
Queen's Park Bureau

Mon., Calling the rise in temporary work “alarming,” Ontario’s labour minister is promising changes to legislation that will encourage companies “to return to the day when they hired people full time.”

“We looked at a number of avenues … to change” the reliance on temporary workers, Kevin Flynn said at Queen’s Park on Monday, following revelations in a Star investigation showing how temporary agencies have proliferated across the province, giving workers no job security and little training. Statistics show temp workers are also more likely to be injured in the workplace.

“People in Ontario expect to have full-time work if they want it … what we are saying is that if you are doing the same job in the province of Ontario, there is no justification for any differential you should be paid by the company.”

The Ontario government’s Bill 148, which has passed first reading and gone out for consultation this summer, addresses some concerns around temporary work, including pay, scheduling and unionization.

One area left unaddressed by the proposed legislation is the fact that if a temp worker is injured on the job, their agency, not the workplace where they were actually injured, is liable to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. This, critics argue, is one of the biggest incentives for companies to use temporary help agencies in the first place.

Flynn said his ministry is looking into the issue.

One option that was considered — but dismissed — was to limit the number of such employees in any one workplace because it “seemed like it would be a bureaucratic nightmare. We figure we’d get right to where the issue is — that we take away the incentive to use temporary help agencies, to stop the flourishing of this business. We believe that is far more effective.”

If workers hired by a company or brought in temporarily are making the same hourly rate, “there is no incentive … to go through an agency.”

“Right now, you’ll have somebody that is making $20 an hour standing next to somebody who is making $12 an hour, doing essentially the same work. We just say that’s not on in the province of Ontario, and the way we plan to address that is by the equal pay provisions.”

Research commissioned by the Ontario government found that temp workers are vulnerable and among the most “precariously employed of all workers.”

The Star’s Sara Mojtehedzadeh went undercover at Fiera Foods, an industrial bakery in North York that has racked up numerous health and safety infractions and where a worker died last year.

She and investigative reporter Brendan Kennedy found that temporary agencies have increased by 20 per cent in Ontario in just the past 10 years — with 1,700 now in Greater Toronto. Companies use them to lower costs and reduce their responsibilities for employees. Firms also avoid full liability — and cut their insurance premiums — at the workers’ compensation board for accidents that occur on the job because the responsibility is transferred to the temp agency.

It is unclear how equal pay provisions would change things at Fiera Foods, where Mojtehedzadeh found almost every worker she met on an assembly line was temporary and had been brought in through an agency.

Temporary agencies themselves are not the problem, Flynn said, as “they’ve existed for years and some of them do an incredible job and some people make an awful lot of money working for temp agencies. What we are concerned about is the proliferation of temporary help agencies taking the place of what is essentially full-time employment.”

He said the Star’s investigation “was a clear indication that there’s a problem out there that needs to be solved.”

“We’ve known that for some time in the Ministry of Labour, these are the problems we go out an investigate on a daily basis, so I think (the stories) injected a bit of reality in the situation in a way we couldn’t do at the Ministry of Labour. Reading it on the front page of a large newspaper I think really did help.”

The province’s ultimate goal is to “take any financial incentive to use a temporary help agency unless it’s a legitimate need,” he said.

“We’re going to make it equal for somebody to hire somebody either through an agency or as a full-time employee.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Liberal government has twice tried to improve the lives of temporary workers over the past 14 years “and they’ve failed miserably. So then we see the horror stories that we’ve heard about, the loss of life … this has been the regime in Ontario for 14 years now. It’s not acceptable and the New Democrats made commitments before the Liberals even brought Bill 148 forward around making sure that every worker in the province is paid the same.

“So if temp agencies still exist, they’re going to have to exist in a different way than to utilize low wages as a way to incent employers to use their services.”

Ontario PC finance critic Vic Fedeli said, “Everybody in Ontario wants to know that there are full-time opportunities available and that you can work in a safe environment,” he said. “I think everybody strives towards that.”


Bob DeCoste Passes Away

Bob DeCoste

August 29, 2017
Retired: Oct 1, 1997
28.4 years at Ford Bramalea

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the
passing of Retiree Bob DeCoste on August 29, 2017.

Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Joyce and son
Dwayne a Local 584 member and the entire DeCoste family.


Bob DeCoste  passed away very peacefully with his  family by his side  on Aug.29, 2017 at Tabor Manor in St. Catharines.

Six days shy of his 81st. birthday. Bob is survived by Joyce, his wife of 57 years, son Dwayne, cherished grandsons Kyle (Cass Lloyd) and Tyler of Georgetown and daughter Sandra of Toronto as well as 4 siblings in Nova Scotia.

Bob & Joyce were fortunate to have enjoyed 20 years of retirement during which time they did extensive travelling, wintered in Florida & played many rounds of golf together.

Cremation will take place. No visitation. His burial Mass will take place on Sat. Sept.16th. at 11 a.m. at St.Julia's Church on Glenridge Ave. in St. Catharines.

Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Society or The Cdn. Diabetes Assoc.


Unifor occupation of Milton
plant comes to end after
cease and desist order issued

Halton Regional Police say the occupation ended
'peacefully' early Saturday, no one arrested

Northstar Protest

By Muriel Draaisma
CBC News
August 13, 2017

Halton Regional Police say an occupation by Unifor members of the Northstar Aerospace plant in Milton has ended peacefully.

Staff Sgt. Richard Dodds, of the Halton Regional Police's Halton Hills and Milton division, said Saturday that members of Unifor have left the building without incident. No one was arrested.

Northstar Protest

"My understanding is that they cleared out peacefully," Dodds said. "Our officers were on the scene."

Unifor members took over the plant early Thursday, halting production in a protest over a pension shortfall. The company is preparing to close within two months.

In a news release, the union said a cease-and-desist order brought an end to the occupation, which began at about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.

"Unifor will continue the fight for fair pensions for Local 112 members and for all workers," the union said Saturday.

The plant currently produces gears and transmissions for Boeing. 

Sgt. Paul Rudall, a labour dispute officer for the Halton Hills and Milton district of the Halton Regional Police, said he helped to mediate between Unifor and the company. He said Northstar representatives were allowed to enter the plant at 10 p.m. on Friday and the representatives then took control of the plant.

Northstar Pretest - Doug Berry, Arvin gangwar and Chris Wilski from Unifor Local 584

"Everyone was calm," he said. "All sides were talking it out." 

Rudall said police officers left at that time. Dodds said, shortly after 3 a.m., Halton police returned to the scene and determined that the building was empty. 

Occupation followed shortfall dispute

The union said it took control of the plant to demand that Northstar and its parent company, Wynnchurch Capital, fund a 24 per cent pension deficit for workers facing job loss. 

Unifor said the company has refused to commit itself to funding the pension shortfall after announcing that the Milton plant's equipment would relocate to Chicago and Windsor.

The union said the shortfall, believed to be about $6 million, would affect future and current retirees.

In the news release, the union said it has been trying to negotiate a closure agreement to protect current pension provisions and benefits. It is not known whether that agreement has been negotiated. 

Don Barker, Bob Such, Chris Wilski, Jean Simpson, Doug Berry and Arvin Gangwar

Northstar Aerospace and Wynnchurch Capital has yet to return a request for comment. 

In an earlier statement, Heligear Canada Acquisition Co., which purchased select assets of Northstar Aerospace in 2012, said it is not to blame for pension cuts and Unifor is responsible for the state of the pension.

Heligear had called the occupation an "illegal action." 


Sharon Godsoe Passes Away

Sharon Godsoe

March 24, 1948 - August 9, 2017

Wife of deceased past Local 584 President
Steve Godsoe passed away on
August 9, 2017

Our Deepest Condolences go out to Carrie
and family and to the entire Godsoe family

21 James St., Milton
Sunday August 13, 2017
2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. 

Funeral service:
Monday August 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
170 Main Street, Milton 
Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

More Information

Obituary of Sharon Godsoe

GODSOE, Sharon

Suddenly at home, on Wednesday August 9, 2017 at the age of 69.  Predeceased by her husband Steven and by her son David.  She will be deeply missed by her daughter Carrie, son-in-law Tom, daughter-in-law Tamara and by her beloved granddaughters, Jessica, Holly, Haylie and Kylie.  She is survived by her brother Ken (wife Sheila), sisters Cathy (husband Don), and Debbie (husband Rick) and their families and will be lovingly remembered by her many friends. 

The family will receive visitors at J. SCOTT EARLY FUNERAL HOME, 21 James St., Milton (905) 878-2669 on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Monday August 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. from KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 170 Main Street, Milton.  Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.  Messages of condolence may be left online at www.earlyfuneralhome.com


Jim McCurdy
Passes Away
August 4, 2017

James McCurdy
Jim McCurdy
1941 - 2017
Oct 1, 1997
32.6 years

The union was not notified of Jim's passing but there were some extenuating circumstances that could be attributed to this. Unfortunately we were not able to notify anyone of the funeral on time. Our Deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.


McCurdy, Jim - Survived by his children Jill (Steve) Thompson and Crystal McCurdy, Karen McCurdy and Vicki Sandford. Dear brother of Anne Johnston (Stan). Will be missed by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home 11582 Trafalgar Rd., north of Maple Ave., Georgetown, 905-877-3631 on Friday August 11, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. Cremation. In memory contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com





Congratulations to
Pat Riley &
Mohammed Zakaria
both Retiring
July 1, 2017

Pat Riley

Mohammed Zakaria


28.2 Years
Mohammed Zakaria
28.8 years


Pat Riley retires July 1, 2017

Pat Riley retires July 1, 2017

Pat Riley retires July 1, 2017


Ontario to raise minimum
wage to $15 an hour by 2019

Justin Giovannetti
The Globe and Mail
May 31, 2017

Sweeping changes to Ontario’s labour legislation have workers and lower-income families cheering over a huge boost to minimum wage and benefits, but the province’s business community warns that the moves will make the province less competitive and drastically raise costs in ways that would be passed on to all Ontarians.

After two years of independent review, the government unveiled proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act Tuesday, including a rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.

Part-time, contract and temporary workers would also make the same wage as full-time workers for equal work; vacation and personal-leave benefits would be increased across the board; and scheduling rules would become more rigid, ensuring workers get paid for at least three hours if a shift is cancelled.

The proposed legislation – which should be introduced this week to be made law by 2018 – is a victory for low- and moderate-income families, whom Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday should have a fairer share of Ontario’s prosperity.

Voices from across Ontario industry warn, however, that the changes would threaten not just individual businesses but the very prosperity the government wants to spread around – forcing companies into the awkward position of slashing jobs, raising prices or shutting down altogether.

After two years of consultation and analysis, the province introduced its Changing Workplaces Review report last week. Authored by labour-law experts C. Michael Mitchell and John Murray, it suggested neither a minimum-wage hike nor outright shift-scheduling regulations, insisting the latter be addressed by sector-specific committees – a divergence from expectations that’s left business advocates frustrated.

Despite being involved for the full two-year process, Ryan Mallough, policy analyst with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said that “at no time did they ask us or consult on minimum wage…. So I think the initial reaction here is we’re feeling pretty blindsided.”

He said in an interview that the proposed legislation, when combined with other additional costs – such as rising employment-insurance premiums and cap-and-trade programs – will make it “very difficult for a business owner in Ontario to manage all these cost pressures.”

Citing Ms. Wynne’s own 2014 minimum-wage advisory panel as an example – which found that a 10-per-cent increase in the minimum would lead to a 1-to-3-per-cent reduction in teenagers’ employment – Ontario Chamber of Commerce vice-president Karl Baldauf said he hoped the government spends the summer examining evidence-based impacts of its proposals to help transition both employers and workers into the new labour ecosystem.

“Employers understand more needs to be done, but if that needs to take place, you have to help them transition,” Mr. Baldauf said.

The increase to the minimum wage will be phased in over the next 18 months, rising to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018. Workers who have held a job for five years will now be entitled to three weeks of paid vacation. They will also have the right to 10 emergency days annually, two of which must be paid; reasons for leave will be expanded, meanwhile, to include the experience or threat of domestic or sexual violence.

The proposals are “a step in the right direction,” said Chris Buckley, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, which plans to push for further rights improvements for workers. Kemba Robinson, spokeswoman for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, an advocacy group for low- and moderate-income families, called the wage-boost crucial.

“People on low income will be rejoicing,” she said. “There are families that have to choose between buying food and paying rent, and we don’t think that is a fair choice. This is a significant improvement in their quality of life.”

Employers will now be required to pay an employee three hours’ wages if their shift is cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice – including if they’re on call and not called into work. “Workers deserve a degree of certainty, especially when you need these shifts in order to make it through the month,” Ms. Wynne said Tuesday.

Service-focused businesses, however, say they will have to make tough decisions over the ensuing cost increases. “It’s going to have the opposite effect of what [the Ontario government is] hoping to have,” says Mike Ziola, partner and general manager with Biagio’s Italian Kitchen in Ottawa. He and other restaurateurs regularly have to make staffing changes to accommodate cancelled reservations or weather changes, making the proposed scheduling regulations prohibitively costly.

Mr. Ziola says his staff will suffer. “It’s going to cost hostesses, cost dishwashers.” Tony Elenis, chief executive of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, said the changes “seem totally out of touch with the practices of running an operation.”

Job-loss rhetoric, however, does tend to come up whenever minimum wages rise; Miana Plesca, an associate professor studying labour economics at the University of Guelph, says it can be overblown. “It’s not as big as business owners would like us to think,” she said. “I don’t think it’s going to have a huge impact.”

Carleton University economics professor Frances Woolley said that customers of some businesses – particularly those that hire more vulnerable populations but service the more affluent – should be prepared to embrace higher costs. “If I pay more for my brunch so somebody gets a decent wage, I’m not convinced that’s a bad thing at all,” she said.

The plan didn’t go as far as some of the government’s advisers would have liked, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn acknowledged on Tuesday. There was broad advice to remove a lower wage for young workers and liquor servers, as well as to require seven days of paid leave, he said. The government chose to go with more modest changes. “These are a new set of minimums but we already know that most Ontario businesses already exceed these minimums and treat their employees well,” he told reporters.

Students and liquor servers will still have separate, lower minimum wages than the standard under the proposed legislation, but they’ll both still rise: to $14.10 and $13.05, respectively, in 2019.

The plan also changes union rules, making it easier for temporary workers, building-services workers as well as home and community-care workers, to unionize.

The plan will allow unions to access employee lists and contact information if they’ve proved that 20 per cent already support organizing. This has Jocelyn Williams Bamford, founder of Ontario’s Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, and vice-president of Toronto’s Automatic Coating Ltd., worried about invasion of privacy on top of all the additional costs the proposed legislation would bring.

She said the increased costs to Ontario’s small and medium businesses are putting significant pressure on them to move operations elsewhere, or potentially even shut down. “We’re going to see the loss of family businesses, because they’re just on unfair footing now,” Ms. Williams Bamford said. Combined with rising future energy costs and cap-and-trade legislation, “it’s death by 1,000 cuts.… While we’re getting less competitive in terms of our legislation, the U.S. is getting more competitive to draw and attract business.”

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown wouldn’t say whether he would cancel the increase in the minimum wage to $15 if he defeats Ms. Wynne’s Liberals next year. The opposition leader was muted in his criticism and said he needed to see the government’s cost-benefit analysis of the increased costs first.

“We’re going to make sure that where there are aspects that are worthy of support, like emergency leave, that we will voice that. Where there are concerns, where there is not substantial analysis to back up the government’s assertions, we will point that out,” he said at Queen’s Park.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath dismissed the plan as a last-minute ploy by the Liberals to convince labour-minded voters a year before the next general election that Ms. Wynne is a friend of workers. “For 14 years they’ve done nothing to address the erosion of people’s standard of living,” she said, referring to the length of the Liberals’ time in power.



Ford to build new auto parts
warehouse and distribution
centre south of Edmonton

By Phil Heidenreich
 Global News
May 19, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally said the new Ford facility would bring 200 jobs to Leduc based on information the City of Leduc provided in a news release. Ford said the number is incorrect and the move will not create any jobs but rather just see employees work in Leduc instead of Edmonton. This article also originally said the facility’s opening is planned for the fall of 2018 based on information from the City of Leduc. Ford said it actually plans to open in the spring of 2018. The story has been updated to reflect the new information from Ford.

One of the world’s auto-manufacturing giants is planning to build a new automotive parts warehouse and distribution centre south of Edmonton.

The Ford Motor Company told Global News it plans to move from its current facility in Edmonton in order to open the new 400,000 square-foot facility in the Leduc Business Park in the spring of 2018.

“We are elated with this announcement, as it speaks to the work and dedication of city administration in working with our local developer over the last 18 months to bring this vision to reality,” Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke said in a statement on Tuesday. “This brings a much-needed boost to our local and regional economy from groundbreaking to when they open their doors.”

Ford’s plan for the Leduc facility isn’t the company’s only recent Canadian investment.

Last fall, the company said it would inject $700 million into its Canadian operations as part of a labour deal reached with Unifor, which represents about 6,700 workers at the company’s facilities in Ontario.



Congratulations to
Local 584's Newest Retirees

Craig McComb
April 1, 2017
Sean Sands
May 1, 2017
Mike Authier
May 1, 2017



Ford to invest
$1.2-billion in Canada, create Ottawa R&D centre

Ford will create a new research centre in Ottawa and will hire 295 engineers, who will work on developing autonomous and connected vehicles.

Greg Keenan
The Globe and Mail
March 30, 2017

Ford Motor Co. will establish a research and development centre in Ottawa as part of a $1.2-billion investment it will make in its Canadian operations over the next four years.

The auto maker made the announcement Thursday in Windsor, Ont., where its Essex Engine Plant will begin building a new V8 engine, preserving 500 jobs.

The new research centre in Ottawa will hire 295 engineers, who will work on developing autonomous and connected vehicles. Ford will establish satellite engineering centres in Waterloo, Ont., and Oakville, Ont., site of a Ford assembly plant and Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. headquarters.

The Ontario and federal governments will contribute $102.4-million each to help finance the projects.

“This is in a sense where our traditional auto sector meets our new economy auto sector in a really sweet spot for where you can see Ontario’s auto sector heading,” said Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development.

“Ford is preserving its traditional manufacturing base here [in Windsor], which is great news considering it’s a plant that a number of years ago was seen by many as dead and gone,” Mr. Duguid said.

The establishment of the centre in Ottawa is another major boost for automotive research in Ontario, which has traditionally been a location for vehicle and parts production by the Canadian units of the Detroit Three auto makers while research and development for North America was performed almost entirely in Michigan.

The Ford research announcement follows the General Motors of Canada Ltd. plan announced last year to hire about 750 engineeers and open a new research facility in Markham, Ont., that is also focusing on autonomous and connected vehicles.

Many of the engineers will come from BlackBerry Inc., whose QNX system is the operating system for much of the infotainment apparatus in Ford vehicles.

“We were able to leverage the opportunity for a lot of experienced and highly capable BlackBerry employees to come join Ford with all their QNX operating experience,” Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas for Ford, said in a telephone interview from Windsor.

The focus of the research will be on connectivity, Mr. Hinrichs said.

“Having an engineering centre working on connectivity is really one of the prime areas of growth in the auto industry,” he said.

Connectivity also plays a key role in autonomous driving, because vehicles need to be connected to everything around them so the so-called brains behind self-driving systems have the correct data and information, he said.

He said Ford is not confirming what engine will be allocated to Windsor or when, but said the announcement reinforced the commitment Ford made to Unifor during the contract negotiations last fall.

"The investments in Windsor [are] further evidence of the integrated nature of our industry," said Brendan Sweeney, who heads the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton.

"Things that are good for Michigan tend to be good for Ontario and vice-versa."

Global auto makers and their parts suppliers are spending billions of dollars developing autonomous and connected vehicles – in part to pre-empt potential challenges by tech giants Apple Inc. and the Google division of Alphabet Inc.

Ford agreed during contract negotiations with Unifor last fall to invest $700-million in its Canadian operations, which include two engine plants in Windsor and the assembly plant in Oakville.

The Essex engine plant will assemble Ford’s new 7X engine, a 6.9-litre V8 engine that will eventually replace the 6.8-litre V10 engine that is now offered as an option on Ford’s best-selling vehicles, its full-sized pickup trucks.


Local 584
Health & Safety Rep
Election Results

Jeff Hillier: 91

Chris Beson: 15

Ballots cast: 106

Election Held March 12, 2017


Big changes considered
for Ontario workplaces

Report could trigger the most sweeping reforms
to employment and labour laws since the 1990s

By Mike Crawley
CBC News
Feb 27, 2017

Premier Kathleen Wynne's government is about to get advice that could lead to a significant shakeup of the laws governing work in Ontario. 

The Changing Workplaces Review is examining just about everything related to labour law in this province, including sick pay, overtime, how workers can join unions and employers' responsibilities to contract workers. 

It could trigger the most significant reforms to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act since Mike Harris was premier. 

"The world of work that I went into as a young man is not the world of work that young people are going into today," Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said in an interview with CBC News. "We need to make sure that the regulations are protecting the most vulnerable."

The review is focusing on the new realities of the millennial workforce, including the spread of part-time and contract work. Noting that the province's current employment laws were drawn up in the 1990s, Flynn said they "need to be updated for the world of 2017." 

'Once-in-a-generation opportunity'

The review has been in the works for nearly two years, since the government appointed a pair of special advisers to recommend changes to Ontario's workplace laws.

Last July, the advisers laid out more than 200 options for reforms to protect vulnerable workers in precarious jobs. They include such ideas as requiring employers to give workers a minimum number of paid sick days, and to give workers advance notice of their shift schedules. 

Their final recommendations are due to be handed to Flynn in the coming days. 

The scope of the possible changes has the business community worried and the labor movement excited.  

"It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Ontario Federation of Labour president Chris Buckley. 

"When you look at the change in the employment landscape across the province, it's well overdue," Buckley said in an interview with CBC News. "Doing nothing is not an option."

The recommendations "could fundamentally change the relationship between every employer and employee in the province," said Karl Baldauf, vice-president of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "We're challenging whether such sweeping reforms are necessary."  

Flynn promises that any changes will strike a balance.  

"What we need to achieve in this is to make sure that precarious and vulnerable workers have the protections they should have, at the same time ensure that Ontario still has a very competitive economy," Flynn said.  

Here are some of the options that the government's special advisers are considering:  

Sick pay, overtime, vacation pay, minimum wage

Making paid sick days mandatory.  

Boosting the minimum required paid vacation to three weeks per year from the current two weeks. 

Lowering the threshold at which overtime pay must kick in to 40 hours, down from the current 44 hours.  

Abolishing the lower minimum wage for students under 18 and people who serve alcohol.

Requiring employers to pay their part-time workers the same as full-time workers doing similar jobs. 

Casual and contract workers 

Forcing employers to post employees' schedules in advance. 

Compensating workers for last-minute schedule changes.

Limiting the proportion of an employer's workforce that can be from temp agencies.  


Banning or limiting the use of replacement workers during a strike.

Making it easier for the employees of franchises to form unions.   

Allowing domestic workers employed in private homes to form unions.

Employment Standards Act exemptions 

Under Ontario's employment laws, some rules, including those governing overtime, don't apply to certain types of jobs. The advisers are considering whether to lift any of these exemptions that currently apply to managers, janitors, IT professionals and residential care workers. They're also considering whether interns and trainees should be covered by the Employment Standards Act. 


Former Canadian union
leader Bob White dies

Bob White, seen here on CBC's The Journal in 1984, led the Canadian split from the U.S.-based United Auto Workers union to form the Canadian Auto Workers. (CBC)

White led Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress

CBC News
Feb 21, 2017

Bob White, the Canadian union leader who founded the Canadian Auto Workers after splitting off from its American counterpart, has died at the age of 81.

Unifor, the union which now encompasses the Canadian Auto Workers, tweeted that White was "a great union leader."

"We are here thanks to his work and vision," said the tweet.

White was born in Northern Ireland in 1935 and came to Canada in 1949 with his family, settling in Woodstock, Ont. He left school at 15 to work in a wood-working plant, and joined the United Auto Workers union in 1951.

In December 1984, with White at the helm, Canadian UAW members split from their U.S.-based parent union and formed the Canadian Auto Workers.

Later in life, White served as president of the the trade union umbrella group the Canadian Labour Congress.

White became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.

White was born in Northern Ireland in 1935 and came to Canada in 1949 with his family, settling in Woodstock, Ont. He left school at 15 to work in a wood-working plant, and joined the United Auto Workers union in 1951.

In December 1984, with White at the helm, Canadian UAW members split from their U.S.-based parent union and formed the Canadian Auto Workers.

Later in life, White served as president of the the trade union umbrella group the Canadian Labour Congress.

White became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.

Robert "Bob" White, (April 28, 1935 — February 19, 2017) was a prominent leader in the Canadian trade union and labour movement who was the founding president of the Canadian Auto Workers (now Unifor) after leading its separation from its American parent, the United Auto Workers, and then president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Born in Northern Ireland, he emigrated with his family to Canada at age 13, settling in Woodstock, Ontario.

He worked for Hay and Co in Woodstock, Ont, and by 1959 had become president of the UNITED AUTOMOBILE WORKERS Local 636. He was appointed UAW international representative, and in 1964 coordinator of organizing staff. In 1972 he became assistant to UAW director Dennis MCDERMOTT

Bob was 4th Canadian Director of the UAW from 1978-1985 and then the 1st president of the newly formed CAW from 1985 to 1992.From 1992 to 1999 he served as the 6th President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Bob White was one of the best union leaders who fought hard and was an advocate for not only the UAW/CAW members and retirees but for all workers.

Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.

Bob White with gary Rumboldt and Dave Champagne

In Memory Of
Harold Robert "Bob"
1935 - 2017

Bob White

“Bob was a true maverick in the Canadian labour movement. He will be deeply missed and I extend my condolences to his family on behalf of all of Unifor,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The CAW was born as a result of his determination and leadership, it is thanks to Bob that we have grown into the strong national union that we are today.”

In December 1984, White and the Canadian branch of the United Auto Workers made the historic decision to split from the American organization and establish a new union, renamed the Canadian Auto Workers. White was elected CAW President three times—at the CAW’s founding convention in in 1985, and again in 1988 and 1991.

White’s legacy includes groundbreaking negotiations with the Detroit Three, in addition to being a central leader in the fight against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During his tenure the CAW expanded in influence and size to include members outside of the auto sector. In 2013, the Canadian Auto Workers merged with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada to create Unifor.

“Bob White's legacy is a stronger and more equitable Canada, and a labour movement that stands up for Canadian workers,” said Dias. “Bob was a trailblazer, who fought not just for the union but also for social justice. He believed in using our collective strength to make both our workplaces and our world better places. His vision lives on and we will continue the fight in his honour.”

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Obituary for Harold
Robert "Bob" White

Harold Robert 'Bob' White

Robert (“Bob”) White, O.C. passed away peacefully in Kincardine, Ontario on February 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife Marilyne, his children Todd, Shawn and Robyn (Michael), his sister Rachel, his three grandchildren, Jordan, Taylor and Landon, three nephews David (Karen), Stephen (Trish), Andrew and niece Sharon (Dwayne) and the many friends he made during his full and fascinating life.

Bob was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland in 1935, immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 14 and settled in Woodstock, Ontario. By 15 he had quit school and was working at Hay and Company in Woodstock, a woodworking factory, where his father was employed. When he started working his father advised him not to become involved in the union. Shortly thereafter Bob decided to attend his first union meeting, became a shop steward and then participated in his first strike. From that point he immersed himself in the labour movement, and in particular with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW). Bob fell in love with trade union life. He believed deeply that trade unions could better the lives of working people, and he committed himself to this cause for almost 50 years. He rose to become Canadian Director of the UAW, a position he held from 1978 to 1984, and then became the founding President of the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW). Bob was President of the CAW from 1984 to 1992, and then went on to be President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for seven years. As President of the CLC he was active internationally, becoming the first Canadian President of the Trade Union Advisory Committee of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he met and made presentations to many world leaders. In Canada and around the world he led opposition to international trade agreements and laws that failed to protect human and labour rights, and he was passionate about equality rights for women.

As a leader Bob managed to achieve the delicate balance of principled and practical in a way that few others can or ever could. His common sense and authentic approach to difficult problems, and his natural connection with both workers and management allowed him to successfully resolve some of the most challenging workplace issues in Canada over a period of decades. His optimism and refusal to give up were infectious.

Bob took great joy in the simple but beautiful aspects of life. He loved sunsets in Port Elgin, walks along the beach, playing a round of golf, and listening to Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen and Louis Armstrong (or almost any other music with a beat). He thrived on meeting new people yet maintained close friendships with many others that lasted for decades, such as his relationship with his good buddy, Al Seymour and his wife Barb. He loved to dance, sing, whistle, laugh and endlessly watch and read the news. He was always up for almost anything, as long as it didn’t involve standing in line (unless it was for ice cream).

Bob achieved many honours, such as becoming an Officer of the Order of Canada, and five honourary doctorates from Canadian universities (for a man who did not finish high school). He was featured in the Oscar nominated documentary Final Offer, which was produced by the National Film Board. When he turned 64 he insisted on retiring in order to make way for “the next generation”. Despite his many personal achievements Bob always maintained that he had been so very lucky in life and he never failed to appreciate his good fortune.

Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His family would like to thank the staff at Trillium Court in Kincardine, the staff at the Kincardine Hospital, and Dr. David Tang-Wai at The Memory Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital.

As he wished, a celebration of Bob’s life is being planned. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honour of Bob’s life is encouraged to donate to your local women’s shelter or food bank.

Bob White Memorial

Bob White Celebration of Life May 5 2017

Bob White Celebration of Life May 5 2017

It was standing room only at a memorial for former CLC President Bob White at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday. More than 600 union and community activists and leaders joined his family to celebrate his life.

CLC President Hassan Yussuff thanked White’s family for sharing him with the labour movement.

“Bob was unique, tough as nails, articulate, loved by the media, compassionate, loving and was a visionary. His mark on our movement and our country will be felt for a long time,” he said.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias said that, for Bob, the rank and file meant everything.

“He knew you couldn't have success unless the members were engaged. The grassroots had to be involved and had to lead,” he said. “He was smart, tough, articulate, challenging and determined. He always called it the way he saw it. He was a pioneer.”

“We are a better nation because of you. Thank you brother,” he added.

CLC Secretary-Treasurer Barb Byers emceed the memorial. “He didn’t feel that he was diminished if someone else was better at something. He wasn’t afraid to lead and he wasn't afraid to learn,” she said. “He was not afraid of challenge or change.”

Bob’s son Shawn White talked about life as the labour leader’s son. His father was away during the week, “but when the weekends came, it was Dad 2.0.”

“He strongly believed that if you can help someone, you should,” he said.

Basil “Buzz” Hargrove, former president of the CAW, talked about how Bob embraced life and all of the challenges he faced in both his union and personal life.

“He loved the camaraderie and working with local unions. He had the greatest respect for people who stood for union office, especially in the smaller shops. He loved working with coalitions. He was one of the greatest trade unionists in the world,” said Hargrove.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, sent a message to the memorial by video. She remembered White as an extraordinary man who had devoted himself to improving the lives of all working people.  

“Your spirit, your teachings, your challenges will live on in our hearts and in the work we all do to build social justice every day,” said Burrow.

White’s daughter, Robyn, talked about how lucky she had been to be her dad’s daughter, and about all the ways he had been such a caring and devoted father.

“He was supportive and encouraging every step of the way. All of the charisma and charm that he exuded as a labour leader was there for his family as well,” she said.

The memorial ended with a band called “the SPECIAL INTEREST group” playing White’s favourite song: Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

Bob White Celebration of Life May 5 2017


Retiree Norm Collins
Passes Away Feb 8, 2017

Norm Collins

Norm Collins
Nov 1, 1996
26.9 years

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Retiree Norm Collins passed away yesterday. Norm was a great supporter of our Local 584 Retirees Chapter, he attended most meetings and was a past executive member, he also helped out in running our monthly 50-50 draws, he will be sadly missed.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the entire Collins family and to his son Gary Collins who attended many of our retiree luncheons and other union functions with his Dad.

Date of Birth
Tuesday, April 12th, 1932
Date of Death
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ward Funeral Home, "Brampton Chapel"
52 Main Street South
Brampton, ON
L6W 2C5

Friday, February 17th, 2017, 11:00am
Ward Funeral Home, "Brampton Chapel"
52 Main Street South
Brampton, ON
L6W 2C5

Reception Information:
Rangers Supporters Club
185 Advance Blvd.
Brampton, ON

Collins: W. Norm
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 8, 2017 as the result of a massive stroke on January 19. Norm Collins beloved husband of the late Elizabeth. Loving father of Gary and his wife Sheila. Dear grandfather of Katrina and Brittnie. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland on April 12, 1932 the youngest son of Steve and Rebecca Collins, predeceased by his siblings Bertie, Gladys, Noel, Stanley and Cecil. Sadly missed be many nieces and nephews and his friends at Ford Motor Co, the Rangers Supporters Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #609, and the Flower City Lodge No. 689. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home “Brampton Chapel” 52 Main Street S., Brampton on Thursday February 16, 2017 from 7 – 9pm. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held on Friday February 17, 2017 in the chapel at 11am to be followed by a reception at the Rangers Supporters Club (185 Advance Blvd., Brampton) from 12-3pm. If desired donations made to the William Osler Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Dr. Garay, Dr. Taher, Dr. Mistry and the staff at the Trillium Health Centre and the Brampton Civic Hospital. Please visit the book of memories at www.wardfuneralhome.com.

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Congratulations to Our
Newest Retirees
Feb 1, 2017

Brenda Watters
Dave Willson
Jozef Grzywacz
Brenda Watters
Dave Willson
Jozef Grzywacz
32.7 years
19.6 years
33.0 years



Ford to launch Omnicraft
parts brand for all vehicles

Omnicraft parts are reportedly to start arriving at Ford’s 3,200 Ford and Lincoln dealerships in the U.S. later this month.(Photo: Ford Motor Co.)

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News
Jan 25, 2017

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is launching a new Omnicraft parts brand that will allow its dealers to provide parts and service to vehicles made by other automakers.

The first new Ford Customer Service Division brand in 50 years, Omnicraft aims to help Ford and Lincoln dealers grow sales, Ford says. The Dearborn automaker said it will give owners of other makes to buy competitively priced and quality parts and have their vehicles serviced at Ford dealerships.

Other automakers also offer their own brands of parts to sell for vehicles that are not their own, such as General Motors Co.’s ACDelco brand.

Ford initially is offering about 1,500 Omnicraft parts such as oil filters, brake pads and rotors, struts, starters and alternators. That figure will grow to 10,000 globally within three years, said Frederiek Toney, president of Global Ford Customer Service Division.

Omnicraft parts will start arriving at Ford’s 3,200 Ford and Lincoln dealerships in the U.S. later this month, Toney said. Omnicraft joins Ford’s long-established Motorcraft brand of replacement parts for Ford vehicles.

“We want to be a bigger player in the overall industry,” Toney said. “We recognize that there’s a tremendous opportunity for us to do two things: one is grow our business, but more importantly retain our customers longer and also increase the touch points that we have (with) automobile owners ... that ultimately make decisions to buy new cars.”

Toney said Ford wants to grow its parts business 30 percent to 40 percent over the next five years. He declined to disclose how much money Ford makes now from its parts business.

Ford won’t build the Omnicraft parts themselves. Instead, it will work with suppliers to produce the parts for the automaker, Toney said.

Omnicraft parts and labor of those parts at Ford dealerships will include a 24-month warranty, the same warranty that is offered by Ford’s Motorcraft brand, Toney said


Retiree Jim Thornhill
Passes January 12, 2017

Jim Thornhill

Retired Jan 1, 2000
30.6 Years’ Service

Our condolences go out to the entire Thornhill Family
Jim passed away suddenly while in Florida


Royal Canadian Legion Acton
15 Wright Ave.
Acton, ON. L7J 2J7

Saturday February 4, 2017
Visitation: 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Celebration: 1:00 pm with refreshments to follow



Armand Laforet
Passes Away
January 18, 2017

Armand Laforet

1921 - 2017
Retired October 1, 1986
43 Years Service

It is with great sadness that we inform you of
the passing of Retiree Armand Laforet

Our condolences go out to the entire family

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ward Funeral Home, "Brampton Chapel"
52 Main Street South
Brampton, ON
L6W 2C5

Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 3:00pm
Ward Funeral Home, "Brampton Chapel"
52 Main Street South
Brampton, ON


Laforet, Armand Ernest - Obituary

Passed away peacefully at Brampton Civic Hospital on Wednesday January 18th, 2017 with his family by his side In his 96th year. Armand served in the Second World War. After his service he worked at Ford for 43 years. Predeceased by his loving wife Rita Bonnar. Beloved father of Wayne(Helen), Judy(Daniel), Gary,(Deb) . Grandpa of Lisa (Jason), Cheryl(Rob), Andrew( Rhonda) and John. Great-grandmother of Keira, Aidan, Aaron, Riley and Mason. The family would like to thank all the staff at Woodhall Park Nursing Home for their amazing care over the past twelve years.

Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home “Brampton Chapel”, 52 Main Street South (Hwy 10), Brampton on Sunday January 22nd, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.A Funeral Service will be held on Monday January 23rd at 3:00 p.m.in the Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Woodhall Park Care Community would be appreciated.

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Trump tweets won’t change Ford's Canadian plans, company’s President of the Americas says

Shane McNeil
BNN.ca Staff
Jan 10, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump should not have any effect on Ford’s Canadian plans, according to the company’s President of the Americas.

Speaking to BNN from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, Joe Hinrichs said he didn’t foresee a change to Canada’s auto manufacturing industry, despite a spate of recent Twitter attacks the president-elect launched on carmakers doing business outside American borders.

“Our investment in Canada continues,” he said. “Our plans continue as they are and I don’t see any changes happening to that anytime soon.”

“We have an investment in a new engine (plant) in Windsor, we’re very excited about. We worked very hard with UNIFOR and we’re working with the governments in Ontario and up in Ottawa to make that happen. Of course, we’re continuing to invest in Oakville where we produce a number of products that are very important to us, not only in North America, but we sell other places in the world.”

Hinrichs’ comments come five days after Ford announced plans to scrap a proposed new US$1.6-billion plant in Mexico and the same day rival Fiat Chrysler admitted it may have to withdraw from Mexican production. Last week targeted Ford, GM and Toyota in critical tweets and threatened to impose a border tax on cars produced in Mexico.

Hinrichs believes Ford will be able to strike a balance between a “Made in America” approach and the continuing integration of North America’s automotive and manufacturing industries. “At the end of the day we have to stay competitive with our competitors around the world in this market in the U.S. and, of course, up in Canada as well. We watch that very carefully.”

Last week Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa told BNN that targeting the Canadian auto sector could cost “hundreds of thousands” of jobs and would ultimately backfire and hurt the U.S. sector.


Play the Trump cards
right, and Canada's
auto sector will benefit


Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jan. 05, 2017 1:07PM EST

Jim Stanford worked as economist for the Canadian Auto Workers, and then Unifor, for more than 20 years. He is now Harold Innis Industry Professor of Economics at McMaster University, and lives in Sydney, Australia.

He hasn’t even taken office yet, but Donald Trump is already changing the rules of globalization. This week’s remarkable announcement by Ford Motor Co. is the most dramatic sign yet of a coming reboot of world trade policy. Ford cancelled a brand-new, $1.6-billion (U.S.) car assembly factory it was planning for Mexico, and instead will allocate $700-million to a Michigan plant, adding more than 700 jobs there.

The company was responding to Mr. Trump’s threats to impose new barriers against imports (especially from Mexico and China). Ford’s new factory – like the eight other auto plants built in Mexico since 2009 – was predicated on exporting finished product back to the U.S. (with smaller volumes headed for Canada, Europe, and elsewhere). Suddenly, that entire business case looks precarious. Ford’s action both reduces its exposure if Mr. Trump follows through on promised tariffs, and cultivates political goodwill with a president-elect who clearly won’t hesitate to meddle in the decisions of private companies.

The repercussions of Ford’s decision, and Mr. Trump’s continuing hostility to the North American free-trade agreement, will be enormous. The southward rush of capital to Mexico, exploiting cheap production costs, will now screech to a sudden halt. No new assembly plants will be announced in Mexico so long as Mr. Trump is president. And Mr. Trump is already taking aim at other auto makers: for example, lambasting GM’s car imports from Mexico. While Mr. Trump focused on the wrong vehicle in his Twitter tirade against GM (the Cruze that Mr. Trump highlighted is mostly made in the U.S.), his general complaint that auto makers use Mexico solely as a low-wage export platform for the U.S. market is entirely valid.

All this sparks an obvious and important concern for Canada’s auto industry. Might the soon-to-be President Trump also turn his guns northward, once his protectionist bandwagon gets rolling? Automotive products are Canada’s most important export, and our industry depends crucially on the U.S. market – which takes 85 per cent of our vehicle output and around two-thirds of parts production. Any significant disruption in U.S.-bound trade would have enormous repercussions for Canadian production, investment, and jobs.

Given Mr. Trump’s shoot-first-ask-later approach to policy making, of course, anything can happen. And it’s clear his policies will be driven by symbolism more than hard facts. But there are huge and fundamental differences between Canada and Mexico, and their respective trade relationships with the U.S. These make it unlikely that Mr. Trump’s anti-Mexico strategy will be mirrored in similar hostility to Canadian products. Here are the hard numbers that should help defend Canada’s position as Mr. Trump takes office:

U.S. auto trade with Canada is balanced, unlike Mexico. Two-way auto trade between Canada and the U.S. is huge: around $135-billion last year. We sell more vehicles to the U.S. than we import from them, but we buy a lot more parts from the U.S. The resulting imbalance (in Canada’s favour) is small, relative to a very large two-way flow. If we include Canadian purchases of auto-related services (such as engineering, marketing, and management payments to U.S. parent firms), and repatriation of profits on Canadian operations, it’s a wash. This is one case where trade is actually balanced and mutually beneficial (like the economics textbooks say it should be). This is thanks to the Canada-U.S. Auto Pact, implemented in 1965, which required auto trade to go both ways.

With Mexico, on the other hand, auto trade (under NAFTA’s laissez faire rules) is precariously unbalanced. The U.S. imports more than 10 times as many vehicles from Mexico (2.3 million units in 2015) as it sells there. After all, despite 20 years of free trade, Mexican workers are still impoverished, and few can afford U.S. – or Canadian-made – products. Including parts, the U.S. incurs a $70-billion annual auto deficit with Mexico.

Similarly, Canada is far-and-away the largest U.S. automotive export market. Around one million U.S.-made vehicles were sold in Canada last year – likely a new record. That’s four times more than U.S. exports to Mexico (which have been falling). And thanks to our large parts purchases from the U.S., each Canadian-made vehicle contains 50 per cent more U.S.-made components than do Mexican-made vehicles. Any disruption in cross-border auto trade with Canada would hurt the U.S. as much as us.

By stopping the migration of industrial capital toward Mexico, Mr. Trump will actually help Canada’s auto industry – and other manufacturing sectors equally damaged by NAFTA. To be sure, we must be careful not to get caught in his protectionist crossfire. But the evidence is clear that the U.S. benefits as much from trade with Canada, as we do. And instead of trying to defend a flawed deal that has hurt working people in all three countries, Canada should enthusiastically endorse the principle that trade must go both ways – and take advantage of this opportunity to imagine a different way of managing globalization.

Nimpha Ilagan

Nimpha Ilagan
1/5/1963 - 12/31/2016

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you
of the passing of Niampha Ilagan On December 31, 2016

Nimpha has been a member of Local 584 for the past 20 years.

She will be sadly missed by all.

Our Deepest condolences go out to her family.

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