Council 4000 Executive meets in Montreal -
Takes time out to honour Past President Rick Johnston
March 18, 2005
The National Council 4000 Executive Board concluded two days of meetings on March 16th and 17th at
the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.  New Council 4000 President Bob Fitzgerald, Secretary-
Treasurer Bill Coolen, and Presidents of Locals 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004 and 4005 form the executive.

A wide range of topics were discussed aimed at improving servicing of the Council and its five Regional
Locals.  Reports will be forthcoming by all Council 4000 Executive officers.

While in Montreal, a social evening was held in honour of Past Council 4000 President Rick Johnston,
who held the position of President since the formation of Council 4000 in 1997.

A similar social function is being planned for Toronto during the CAW's 7th Collective Bargaining and Political
Action Convention July 12th to 14th, when all the Council's Regional Representatives, who Johnston worked
closely with, will be in attendance.
Past Council 4000
Rick Johnston

On behalf of the entire membership of Council 4000, we wish Brother Johnston all the best in his future years of retirement; wishing him
good health, long life and prosperity.  

Johnston worked very hard on behalf of the membership in a job that is constantly required to make tough decisions.  As the case with
most positions within the union, so too is the Council President's position a thankless job - where you are "damned-if-you-do,

The Council President's job is a job that takes you away from family; family that requires just as much of your time, if not more, than you
give to the Union.  Rick Johnston travelled the country and worked countless hours seeing that Council 4000 and its five Regional Local's
achieved the goals they set out for the organizations and the membership.  Yes, change and new challenges are always welcomed,
however, leadership is not easy to replace.  We won't forget the many years experience, dedication and professionalism Rick Johnston
showed this Council as it's President and first leader.  
Rick decided to take his pension from CN, where he was employed for almost 40-years.  Rick will now have full time to dedicate to his
other passions in life, besides his family, this being coaching minor hockey and running the Dollard Minor Hockey Association in
Montreal - and once the snow melts - golfing!  Thanks for your many years of union service Rick!
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