Thursday, 12 September, 2019
San Diego, CA – Canada surprised everyone, except Canadians, at the recent IAM International Staff Conference last week in San Diego, CA by taking top honours for organising. All IAM territories did extremely well, but Canada rose to the top.
The International President’s Excellence in Organising Award, awarded for the first time this year, recognises the work done by staff and members in invigorating the IAM membership. “While the union’s slogan ‘Organising is Priority One’ was created many years ago, the hard work of organisers is finally showing big dividends,” said Ron Fontaine, Canadian Territorial Organising Leader.
Among the Canadians recognised for their work in growing the membership were Ron Fontaine; Ralph Martin, GLR; Sam Jabbar, Organiser for IAM DL 140 Central Region; Kim Valliere, DBR DL78; and Scott Jackson, GLR assigned to Organising. International President Bob Martinez, General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes and Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall presented the awards to the winners.
Along with a specially created individual award, a plaque will list all future winners and will be hung at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Maryland. Names will be added on an on-going basis to recognise the work being in IAM locals, districts and territories across North America.
Stan Pickthall, who has been at the Canadian helm to oversee the dramatic rise in new members, said of the efforts in Canada, “Canada has a great many dedicated organisers who inject their energy and creativity into our campaigns, so it’s really no surprise that Canadians led the field when it comes to adding new members. Our numbers were great this year, but we are looking to repeat in 2020 and keep the title,” he said with a smile.
Also recognized for their organizing efforts as a team were:
Roy Bhansingh, District 78 Organizer
Scott Jackson, GLR/Organizer
Ralph Martin, GLR Organizer
From left to right: Bob Martinez, IAM International President;
Ron Fontaine, Canadian Territorial Organising Leader;
Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice-President;
Dora Cervantes, General Secretary-Treasurer;
Vincent Addeo, IAM Director of Organising.
From right to left: Kim Valliere, Scott Jackson, Ron Fontaine, Ralph Martin, Sam Jabbar, Stan Pickthall
(holding the plaque will list all future winners and will be hung at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Maryland)