Provincial Representative Shawn Lakusta and Representative Frank Allison visited the Lucerne Milk Plant in Burnaby on May 2nd.  They were able to review parts of the plant and have healthy discussions with Plant Chair Owen Rideout and current Shop Steward and former RWU Recording Secretary Shawn London.  A variety of issues were discussed including the state of the RWU Pension Plan and the future of the Milk Plant heading into the last round of collective bargaining.  As a mature shop in the RWU, the Milk Plant is in many ways a model of how a certified Union shop should work.  Over the years management and the Union have established protocols that allow for the parties to get together and address the main points of issues without sweating the smaller points.  This type of relationship is only possible when the Union and our members are lucky to have a committee of hard working Shop Stewards.  The RWU is well aware how lucky we are to be in just that type of situation at the Milk Plant.

Provincial Representative Shawn Lakusta and Assistant Provincial Representative Chris McCuaig recently vistied EV Logisitics.  While at the Ambient site they were ushered around by Local 580 President Rick Janzen and Vice-President Mike Molag.  Shawn and Chris had the opportunity to visit with and hear from several 580 members who discussed a wide variety of issues relating to productivity initiatives and health and safety.  Shawn was very impressed by the amount of people wearing Retail Wholesale hats and hoodies.  As Shawn said, "We are proud of the work done by our members and it is nice to see that they are proud of their Union.  Shawn and Chris also toured the EV Perishables building and were ably guided around by Local 580 Outside Guard Sterling Stocel and Plant Chair John Brackett.   

Last year long time RWU member and Shop Steward Victor Jang visited China.  Amongst his travels, Victor visited the Great Wall and snapped some great pictures of the the Union's logo resting comfortably on the Wall.

Victor will be celebrating his 38th year at the Produce Terminal on Malkin Avenue in June.  He has served as a Shop Steward since the warehouse members joined the RWU in 1991 joining the truck drivers who had joined previously.  During his career as a Shop Steward Victor has assisted many members and was a strong leader during the lockout in 2004.  Provincial Representative Shawn Lakusta has had the pleasure of working alongside Victor since 1998 and says that Victor can always be counted on to provide some historical perspective when an issue needs clarification.

Victor challenges all other members to provide an RWU picture from a more exotic location than the Great Wall of China. 

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