OFL Convention

Presentation from the OPCM President

20150919_115148On June 27th the OPCM celebrated 125 years of the IAMAW in Canada. OPCM President Kim Valliere presents Stan Pickthall COS a picture commemorating this event at the OPCM Executive meeting held on Saturday Sept 19, 2015    

How I’m Voting on 19 October, 2015

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Are you registered to vote?

On 19 Oct 2015, Canadians will vote in one of the most important elections in our lifetime. Steven Harper and the conservative have made it harder for Canadians to vote. We want to make sure that all IAM members are registered to vote in these elections.

You can check if you are registered  by clicking HERE

IAM Political Action Symposium


The IAM in Canada just finished their 2nd Political Action Symposium. More than 90 members attended this invigorating gathering to prepare for the upcoming federal elections on 19 October, 2015. We are all agreed that Canada NEEDS CHANGE and we will do our part to make it happen for all workers!

To see photos from the Symposium, please click on the link to visit the IAM’s Flickr page.

Happy Spring!!

Hello All , Happy Spring!!!!!!!!!

I want to THANK YOU all for attending the Political Action meeting held on February 14, 2015, we appreciate the time and effort you have all contributed. We are indeed in the “fight of our lives” and now more than ever need to continue to educate ourselves, our families and our IAM members.

We planned to meet on April 25th, however due to a scheduling conflict the meeting has been changed to April 18th, 2015 9:00 AM- 12:00 NOON.

I apologize for inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
Hope to see you all on April 18th at 9:00 am at 557 Dixon Rd.

In Solidarity Always,

Kim Valliere
Business Representative IAM DL 78


Political Action meeting for April 18th 2015 9 am-12 noon
At district 78 office, open to Political Action committee chairs and members

Political Action – Childcare

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care is conducting a survey. The results of the survey will be used to produce a report on the state of child care in Ontario. We may quote you, but we will not use your name, just your city. There are a total of 25 questions. The survey should take 5 minutes.The survey can be taken online at:


The IAMAW has been an affiliate of the OCBCC for some time and we have been actively involved in trying to ensure that child care is affordable.

Are you a parent?
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the OCBCC wants to hear about your experiences with child care in Ontario.

Licensed child care in Ontario costs upward of $40-$60 per day, per child. There are only licensed spaces for 1 in 5 of Ontario’s children. In many municipalities, subsidy wait lists are incredibly long.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  Be part of a movement of parents.  Decision makers need to hear your stories about child care in Ontario

Get Involved
Take the survey online at:

This parent survey is being conducted by the Canadian Federation of Students and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

For more information, contact at 1-800-594-7514, or info@childcareontario.org

Web site training for new communicator

Ernie on websiteErnie Giroux, the new communicator for the OPCM,  received web site training as part of his new responsibility.

Frank Saptel  and Manny Cresencia attend this session to train Ernie to be able to communicate with machinists in Ontario.

The training took place at District 78. We started at 10 am and went all day. Frank is a tough boss.

OPCM announces new communicator

We are pleased to announce a new Communicator for the Ontario Provincial  Council of Machinists (OPCM). Ernie Giroux, Vice-President of Local 2412, was acclaimed into the position at the  OPCM executive meeting on 11 May 2013.

Ernie was nominated by Manny Cresencia, outgoing communicator for the OPCM. The OPCM executive and membership would like to thank Manny for more then ten  years of being the communicator for the OPCM. Manny helped to put the OPCM on the world wide web.

Manny has been retired since 2006 but remains active with the IAM.

Manny Cresencia

Ernie on website

Ernie Giroux