Fallen IAM Members Mourned on Workers’ Memorial Day

The labor movement recognizes April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day to honor the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year. It’s a day to mourn deeply personal loses, and also a day to strengthen our resolve to ensure workers everywhere are given the safest workplace possible.

The IAM observed Workers’ Memorial Day at its Workers’ Memorial on the grounds of the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland. IAM Safety and Health Director Jim Reid presided over the ceremony.

International President Bob Martinez spoke about the importance of honoring the fallen and fighting to protect the living.
“Today we come together as a family, to draw strength from each other,” said Martinez. “And while we are here to remember the lives of these good men and women, we are also here to recommit to our obligation to create safer workplaces.”
The first Workers’ Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada.

Falconer Appointed IAM Canadian Chief of Staff

04_26_2016_afalconer_gordGord Falconer will be the new IAM Canadian Chief of Staff, effective May 1, 2016.“Gord has the ability to get things done and his accomplishments as head of our political action efforts is just one example,” said newly-appointed IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “He was the right man for the job.”Falconer was appointed Grand Lodge Representative in charge of political action in June 2013. He was also responsible for overseeing apprenticeship programs, job planning and skills training. In 2002, Falconer was appointed Canadian Education Representative. He began working with the Machinists in Fall 2009 as Director of Special Projects. He has sat on various Canadian Labour Congress and Ontario Federation of Labour training and technology committees. Falconer has been a union activist since the 1970s, holding positions of president, vice president, treasurer and member of the grievance committee. He also served as an instructor for steward training, leadership development, job evaluation, pay equity, worker empowerment and train-the-trainer.