Retail Wholesale Union
On Friday July 8th, the Retail Wholesale Union participated in the first annual “Takin’ It to the Streets” fundraiser for the Surrey Food Bank. The event was organized by the ILWU Local 502 Youth Committee and was held in the parking lot at Local 502’s Surrey hall on Tannery Road.
The RWU Local 517 Black Knights, captained by Damco Steward Colin Bonner, and the Local 580 Selects, captained by EV Logistics Steward and Local 580 Vice President Mike Molag both displayed a finesse game that clearly wasn’t reflected in the final scores. RWU Provincial Representative Shawn Lakusta commented that “either one of our teams could have won the award for most sportsmanlike team if such an award was handed out at this event. Going forward we will do some recruiting looking to add size and a truculent attitude to our teams.”
Local 517 President Jared Zazubek suited up for the Black Knights and Vice President Subhas Chand served in a dual General Manager/Coach’s role. He was particularly hard on Lakusta and Representative Frank Allison but all was forgiven by the end of the day. Hard to say where the team would have been without the exceptional talents of rookie goaltender Jillian Sask.
Director of Scouting Gurdeep Mangat deserves a special pat on the back for the talent assembled for the 580 Selects. RWU President Rick Janzen was very proud of his coworkers from EV Logistics and everyone else from the RWU who attended this great event.
Fortunately for all involved the day was overcast and not scorching hot like it could have been for a July day. A good time was had by all participants and competitive sportsmanship was the order of the day. In the end through the efforts of the ILWU Local 502 Youth Committee close to $10,000 was raised for the Surrey Food Bank. Another shining example of what can be accomplished with a good dose of solidarity.
Thanks to the 502 Youth Committee for organizing and we look forward to next year.
The Proud RWU Contingent in Front of the Rink Board Advertising.
RETAIL WHOLESALE UNION
RETIRED MEMBERS ASSOCIATION
HELD: March 8, 2016
The meeting was called to order at 10:10 am with Brother Shawn Lakusta in the Chair.
MINUTES of the previous meeting were read by Brother Shawn Lakusta and adopted.
Brother Shawn Lakusta gave the staff report.
- The position as the President of the Retired Members Association is open since Mr. Al Cumiford had passed away. Please contact the Union Office if any member is interested.
- Busy year for bargaining – about 6 Collective Agreements to be done this year.
- BC West – in the process of negotiating the first collective agreement.
- Lucerne Milk Plant – Complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal has been dismissed. The distribution of assets will be delayed as FICOM has not approved the retirement age 62 issue. A Notice of Objection has been filed and we are waiting for their response. Considerable discussion followed.
- BC Forum – Ray Haynes was congratulated for being the Sunshine Coast representative for the FORUM (Federation of Retired Union Members).
- With the Milk Plant windup, Jim O’Neill will be stepping down as the retiree representative to attend the Board of Trustees’ meetings of the Pension Plan, and another representative will need to be appointed.
- Lantic – visitors need to sign in and be escorted by a superintendent as there are safety and sanitary measures that the Company has to follow.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: none.
NEXT MEETING: June 14, 2016
MAIN DRAW: a black golf shirt
Meeting adjourned at 10:55 am.
“Big Bob” McEllrath, centre in plaid shirt; Willie Adams, below Bob in gray toque; Colin Bonner, above Bob in cap; Steve Nasby, lower left in gray shirt; Jeannie Magenta, lower right in black shirt; me, in glasses beside pillar and myself.
By far the greatest benefit of being in a union is that there is no shortage of fellow union members willing to accept and support you from the first moment you meet them. We understand that we’re in this together, no matter where we come from or how we earn our living. The Canadian Labour Congress Winter School experience held every year in Harrison, BC, is a perfect example of this spirit of solidarity.
This year we sent Local 517 Steward Colin Bonner, and three Local 580 table officers: President Rick Janzen, VP Mike Molag, and myself (freshly-minted Inside Guard). Rick and Mike, after taking Bargaining Level 2 can now say in all modesty that their employers had better step up their game.
Colin and I joined a class packed with ILWU brothers and sisters, and took part in their awe-inspiring solidarity and dedication to improvement in the lives of all working people. The embodiment of “an injury to one is an injury to all” is a man named Steve Nasby, 2nd VP of ILWU Canada, and co-facilitator of the ILWU Leadership Course we attended. Steve and co-facilitator Jeannie Magenta go out of their way to ensure that affiliates like the RWU feel welcome and included in all things Longshore. Thank you, Steve and Jeannie.
And thanks to International ILWU President Robert “Big Bob” McEllrath and Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams who came all the way from San Francisco just to talk to our class and send home the message that if workers don’t have each other, we don’t have anything at all.
The CLC Winter School has perhaps the most respected curriculum in the Canadian labour movement. Just as valuable, though, is meeting sisters and brothers from all over, learning their stories, swapping advice, and toasting recent victories. I met nurses from Whitehorse, railway workers from Smithers, steel fabricators from New Westminster, and, remarkably, a union biologist from Victoria (who knew that even scientists can benefit from unions?).
So if someone asks you to go to Winter School, say yes.
Steward and Inside Guard