Long-time union stalwarts (from left)
Donavan Hatori, Gary James, Bonnie James, Bruce Morgan and
Bryce Albrecht were presented pins and certificates at a
special luncheon held in their honour.
30 November 2009
Long-time union members
saluted for commitment,
Media and Communications Workers of Alberta | CWA Canada
Five long-time members of the union that
represents workers at the Red Deer Advocate have been recognized
for their commitment to organized labour and for being an
inspiration to a new generation of activists.
"These people were members of the union long before
the Advocate became a wall-to-wall bargaining unit more than
18 years ago," said Jack Wilson, president of the Local. "They
often made sacrifices to serve in various union capacities
and help their fellow workers. These sharing and caring attitudes
were instilled in them as they, too, learned their craft
from older union members."
Two of the five, all of whom
toiled as either journeymen pressmen or compositors, continue
to work at the Advocate. Almost all of them served on the
Local's executive board or in various union capacities
during their illustrious careers in the industry.
Being proud members of the oldest
trade organization in Canada (formerly the International
Typographical Union), "we
owe these members our debt of gratitude today," Wilson
said during a luncheon held in their honour on Nov. 21.
Wilson and the Local's secretary-treasurer, Luis Rufo, presented
25- and 40-year pins and certificates. Recipients included
Bruce Morgan, journeyman ad compositor for 46 years; Bonnie
James, journeyman ad compositor for 40 years; Gary James,
journeyman pressman for 35 years; Donavan Hatori, journeyman
ad compositor for 36 years; and Bryce Albrecht, journeyman
ad compositor and pressman for 36 years.
In addition to pins and certificates, the five were also
presented with metal water bottles featuring the new CWA|SCA
Also present at the luncheon were Red Deer Advocate Lodge
Representative Harry Numrich and Lodge Vice-President Janice