15 Nov 2018 - Rob D'Amico

Over the past year OMERS Sponsorship Corporation (SC) has been conducting a comprehensive plan review.  On November 15 the SC voted in favour to:

Eliminate the current 35 year cap on credited service, Allow paramedics to negotiate NRA 60, the same as firefighters and police.

The SC voted down of the following changes to the plan:

replace inflation protection with conditional indexing. integrate the pension formula with the year's additional maximum pensionable earnings. change normal [ ... ]

17 Sep 2018 - Rob D'Amico
2018 IAFF Memorial

The 2018 IAFF Fallen Firefighter memorial was held in Colorado Springs on Saturday September 15, 2018.  Included with the 271 names of IAFF members who have passed away in the Line-Of-Duty, we were honoured to be present as the names of six retired Hamilton firefighters had their names etched on the memorial wall.  This year we honoured Ron Bowman, Lloyd Michor, Gary Burgess, Bill Knowles, William Smith and Robert Kerr.  

03 Sep 2018 - Rob D'Amico
2018 Labour Day Parade



 The 2018 Hamilton Labour Day Parade took place on September 3.  This years parade coincided with the 130 anniversary of the Hamilton District Labour Council.  This year close to 100 members, families and friends participated in the parade during very hot summer weather.  It was a wonderful day of camaradie and unionism capped off with a BBQ at the Pier 4 Park for all the participants.  Thanks to all who attended.

31 May 2018 - Rob D'Amico
Fred Engelbrecht



Fred Engelbrecht was a 35-year member of the Hamilton Fire department and a WW 2 veteran.  He was one of 582 Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) soldiers who landed on the Beach of Dieppe on August 19, 1942.  Fred was captured by the Germans and was a prisoner of war for the next three years until he and other soldiers were freed by the Allies.  When Fred returned from Europe he joined the Hamilton Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant before his retirement.  [ ... ]

29 Mar 2018 - Rob D'Amico
2017-2018 Hockey Championship

The 2017-2018 Hockey season is in the books.  Crongratulations to this years winner, the Jets, who defeated a very competative team in the Leafs 6-4 in front of a well attended game.  Congratulations also to the rest of the teams in the league on a very fun year. Special thanks to Ron Nordoff and all the Captains and everyone else who helped to make this season a very enjoyable one.  

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