Groundbreaking for New Environmentally Friendly Hall at Local 598

June 2, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

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CAW Mine/Mill Local 598 recently celebrated the groundbreaking for a new energy efficient hall at Richard Lake near Sudbury, Ontario.

In addition to construction of the new building, the local is committed to upgrading 35 acres at Richard Lake, said Local 598 President Richard Paquin. The local is working with a coalition made up of the Local 598 retirees chapter, the Metis Nation of Ontario, the Ontario Freedom Riders, the Richard Lake Stewardship Committee and local First Nations to ensure improvements, he said.

"We are a union that is not afraid to look towards the future and because of that this building will have new state of the art training rooms and offices, will be green and will have the features of totally geothermal heating and cooling systems," Paquin said at the May 20 event.

"The inside of the building will have enhanced insulation values such as double outside walls, triple glaze and gold plated windows, energy efficient lighting and more," he said. The local is also looking at reopening 125 campsites on the property for the community and CAW members to use, he added. 
Besides the 37 acres, the local also has 105 acres that over look Richard Lake and as part of another project, the local plans to open, in partnership with local businesses, a nursing and retirement home that would service CAW members in need.

In an act of solidarity with USW Local 6500 members on strike at Vale Inco in Sudbury, Paquin presented a strike assistance cheque of $5000 on behalf of the CAW to USW 6500 President John Fera during the event. The CAW national union and Local 598 have so far donated more than $37,000 to help striking USW Local 6500 members.


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