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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

LL99 executive is currently making updates to our web page. While we encourage members to communicate through their stewards, we’d also like to ensure that they can come to the IAM website for information. It is important to everyone that we all do our best to stay up to date with each other in times when we are driven apart.

Our local is widespread and has multiple Collective Agreements, including Kal Tire, Leavitt, Weldco and Finning. Collective bargaining is dependent on all of us standing together in a united front to face our employers and communicating is one of our best assets, but it isn’t a one-way street. If anyone has information they want to pass on, please contact LL99 executive at LL99Executive@iamaw99.ca