As everyone is well aware by now on March 31st Finning's D18 facility had a major incident
where two members were seriously injured resulting in one fatality. Out of respect for the families involved, LL99 Executive has done our best to remained silent on the incident.
As we understand; Dustin Berry and Ryan Coughlan were the members injured on March 31st,
Dustin is currently recovering from his injuries and Ryan passed away early the next morning.
On Thursday, April 15th the family held services for Ryan Coughlan and all employees of D17 and D18 attended virtually. This week at both the Executive Meeting and the Chief Shop Stewards meeting we also shared a moment of silence for Ryan. There are NO words to express the solace needed to assist the Coughlan Family as they deal with this tragedy. Local 99 Executive wishes to express our condolences to the Coughlan Family and to All employees of D18.
Local 99 Executive would also like to wish Dustin Berry well as he recovers from his injuries,
from what we understand he is in good spirits and doing well under the circumstances.
Out of respect for both families, we would like to kindly remind the membership
to do their best not to speculate on the incident that happened on March 31st. We know that
everyone wants answers, however in times like this we should all respect the family's right
to privacy and give them as much time as they see fit to process what has happened.
Finally, we'd like to relay a special thanks to our Treasurer, Jeremy Brydges for setting up Gofundme accounts for both Ryan's Family and Dustin. If members wish to contribute (no matter how small) please feel free to click on the links below, if you haven't already. No one should suffer a loss or injury due to a workplace accident and no amount of money can ever take place of a loved one. Donating is one small thing the LL99 membership can do to ease the stress on both families and show that we ALL feel the loss of Ryan in one way or another.
Ryan Coughlan: https://gofund.me/cc281721
Dustin Berry: https://gofund.me/d1575b60
To all LL99 Members:
Please be advised that there was a serious incident at our West Edmonton Facility today involving 2 members, both of which are in the hospital. From the whole Executive: we're wishing them the best and hoping for a quick recovery. Due to the nature of the situation we cannot release any other information at this time however one thing that was brought to our attention is that the membership in the shop performed admirably as they helped emergency crews deal with the situation.
Thank you to ALL who helped the emergency crews and made sure that our injured members were taken care of as swiftly as possible!!
If Members feel the need for EFAP assistance please contact 1-844-880-9142
Grand Lodge Elections are under way and the District office will be open for members to vote on the 24th of April. Members are encouraged to vote in person or by absentee ballot. If voting by absentee ballot members can request a ballot at the GoIAM.org webpage. Absentee ballots requests must be received by April 12th. Members can also find more information about the candidates on the Goiam.org webpage. click here
LL99 Executive will be picking the winners of 2 x $999.00 2021 Spring Scholarships at the April Executive meeting, deadline for this will be April 13th. Scholarships will be awarded to one graduating high school student and one post secondary student. Applicants must be members in good standing or immediate family and will need to provide a cover letter, most recent transcripts and proof of enrollment in further education. Applicants will be judged on the highest overall grade point average and can email their information to: LL99executive@iamaw99.ca
We apologize for any miscommunication concerning the timelines as access to our webpage was limited. All those who sent their information in earlier this year will be accounted for.
We are continuing with our commitment to all members of communication about Bargaining!
The union served a response to an estoppel concerning overtime that was served at the beginning of bargaining by the company. This notice clearly stated we DO NOT agree or accept Kal Tire’s interpretation or proposed enforcement. It is the Unions view that any hours or days worked outside or in excess of a normally scheduled workday or shift shall be paid at overtime rates.
Round two of bargaining was fruitful as it produced a complete package from Kal Tire. This package came at the end of a four-day round and leaving no time for review or counter proposals. Your Union committee is meeting soon to work through the package we received from your employer. We are also awaiting information we have requested from Kal Tire to bargain intelligently. ...continue reading