As you probably all know by now, we went through some changes since June.

After 15 years of being the leader of our Local Union, Brother Bourgouin has left his position as President to pursue on a new career as MPP of the Mushkegowuk/James Bay Riding, as he was elected to Queen’s Park on June 7, 2018. Brother Bourgouin has been a big part of our Local’s success for the past 20 years. We wish him all the best in his new career.

With Brother Bourgouin leaving, a few adjustments in our Local’s Executive Board have been made. As I was the 1st Vice-President, I was appointed to the position of President, and Brother Bruce Frost who was the 2nd Vice-President was appointed as 1st Vice-President.

It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve as your President for the next three (3) years, and I'm looking forward to meet and to work with you all in a near future.

As I was appointed as President, the Local had to hire a new representative to service the central region of the Local, which is composed of the Hearst, Calstock, Hornepayne, and White River regions. 

After sending a job posting to all workplaces on June 18, we received many applications from interested members. We thank them all for the interest they showed toward the Local’s Union Representative position.

After all applications were carefully reviewed by the hiring committee, the Local has decided to hire Brother Guy Veilleux to fill the position. 

We feel that with his great experience in the industry, knowledge, and personality, he was the right fit. Brother Veilleux has been a member with our Local since 1989 as he was hired and working at Columbia Forest Products (Plywood) in Hearst since that time. He started to be involved in the Health and Safety Committee at the Plant in 1995, got involved in the grievance committee in 1998 as a committee member and was elected on that same committee as Steward in 2004 and was occupying this position until we hired him on October 29, 2018. Throughout those years, Brother Veilleux has participated in as many as 5 rounds of negotiations. Brother Veilleux was also appointed on the Executive Board of the Local in 2013 as Conductor, was re-elected in 2015, and most recently at our last Triennial Convention last April, in the same position of Conductor. 

As you can see, Brother Veilleux has acquired a lot of experience and knowledge throughout the years and that is why the Local felt that he was the right candidate to fill the Union Representative position and that he will be a great addition to our group of very qualified individuals.

District 6, Wood Council and District 3 Conferences

The Local has sent delegates to the District 6, the Wood Council and District 3 conferences. During these conferences, delegates are receiving trainings on many topics such as public speaking, Health & Safety language in Collective agreement, Violence and harassment, etc…., and listening to some very good keynote speakers. The District 6 conference was held in Blue Mountains, Ontario from September 4 to 8, while the Wood Council and District 3 conferences were held in Kamloops BC, from October 29 to November 1.

I want to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

In Solidarity;

Jacques Jean