Pharmacare: A Plan For Everyone
Now that the federal government has committed to studying the implementation of national pharmacare, it’s up to all of us to make sure the government gets it right.
Every Member of Parliament needs to know that millions of Canadians want a pharmacare plan that is universal, accessible, affordable, portable, and national.
That’s where you come in.
Send a message to your Member of Parliament right now. Make sure they know exactly where you stand.
We’ve made a lot of headway since we launched our pharmacare campaign last fall. It’s time to ramp up the pressure. No one should ever have to worry about their medications; we need to fight for this basic human right.
Thanks for doing this.
Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada’s unions
Canadian Labour Congress
2841 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1V 8X7
ELECTION NOTICE DELEGATES
ELECTION – APRIL 17, 2018
ELECTIONS for the Transportation District Lodge 140 Convention will take place April 17, 2018 at Local 764, 7980 River Rd Richmond B.C.
Members will be ELECTING SIX (6) of the following nominees:
- Brother Neil Chia
- Brother Vic Grecco
- Brother Gurjinder Grewal
- Sister Gwenna Humphreys
- Sister Paula March
- Brother Clement Nunes
- Brother Yovan Ramyead
- Brother James Reed
- Brother Rick Singh
- Sister Darlene Stewart
- Brother John Vincent
- Brother Daniel Zamorano
POLLS WILL BE OPEN: April 17, 2018 From 07:00-19:00
LOCATION: 7980 River Road, Richmond BC
IAMAW CONSTITUTION – ARTICLE II – SECTION 3 – ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Members who reside in outlying Districts more than 25 miles from the designated balloting place, members who are either confined because of a verified illness or on leave qualifying under U.S. and Canadian family leave laws, or on vacation, or on official I.A.M. business approved by the Local Lodge or District Lodge or Grand Lodge, or on an employer travel assignment, or reserve military leave, as the case may be, shall be furnished absentee ballots. Members applying for an absentee ballot on the basis of residing in an outlying district more than 25 miles from the designated balloting place, shall have their eligibility to vote by absentee ballot determined by the Recording Secretary and the Secretary Treasurer before the ballot is mailed. Members found not to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot will be so notified within 10 days of the receipt of their application.
Please fill out the attached Absentee Ballot Request Form and mail by Canada Post or hand deliver to the Recording Secretary of Local Lodge 16 no later than MARCH.18, 2018. More forms may be obtained from your Chief Steward (s) or the Local Lodge office.
Recording Secretary, Local Lodge 16
NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE – MARCH 5, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Formal Notice to Bargain was served upon the Company on December 14, 2017 in accordance with the provisions of Clause 27.02, to commence negotiations for the renewal of the Collective Agreement.
The parties confirmed meeting dates throughout February, March, April and May 2018 and were scheduled to commence Collective Bargaining on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
We met on February 27, 2018 to exchange non-monetary agendas and reconvened on Friday, March 2, 2018 to begin the exchange of proposals.
The parties are scheduled to meet again March 13 – 16, 2018 and we will continue to keep you apprised of any developments in the process.
Thank you for your patience and support. Remember to always work safe.
Tania Canniff, General Chairperson Todd Haverstock, General Chairperson
Transportation District 140, IAMAW Transportation District 140, IAMAW
IAM PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The IAM is having a Photography Contest open to all members in good standing. Winning entries will win cash prizes and be featured in the 2019 IAM Calendar. Entries should catch IAM members at work in un-posed photos. The photos may be in film or digital format. Complete contest entry packages are available at the Level 4 YVR Local Lodge 16 Office or at https://www.goiam.org/departments/headquarters/communications/photo-contest/
The Deadline to submit photos will be June. 1st, 2018.
Good luck to all.
Daniel Zamorano Recording Secretary
Local Lodge 16 IAM & AW
End wage exemptions
Minimum wage is going up in BC, but some workers are left out. Liquor servers, farmworkers and live-in home support workers are among the groups of workers who can be paid less than the minimum wage under the current rules. That’s just not fair.
I think there should be no exemptions to the minimum wage. It should be just that – the minimum a person can be paid for any kind of work in the province of BC. They should be paid for each hour worked and be eligible for overtime when working in excess of 40 hours per week.
Further, these exemptions are discriminatory – women and workers of colour are over-represented in these exempt jobs. The existence of exemptions also makes the rules harder to follow and opens the door to other types of exploitation and abuse of low-wage workers.
Exemptions to the minimum wage should end immediately, and workers should receive the same pay and increases as other minimum wage workers in BC.
BC’s minimum wage is going up, but some workers are still exempted from the minimum wage. For example, liquor servers, farm workers and live-in home support workers can all be paid at rates lower than minimum wage. These lower wage rates are discriminatory because women and workers of colour are over represented in these occupations. Exemptions to the rules are also confusing to workers, and can lead to additional forms of exploitation by bad bosses.
The Fair Wages Commission will be submitting a report on minimum wage exemptions in the next few weeks and our government will have the chance to end these unfair rules. Let’s make sure they hear our voices. Tell them it’s time that BC had one fair wage for all workers – no exceptions!
Send a message to the Minister of Labour, Harry Bains, right now!
PHARMACARE: A PLAN FOR EVERYONE
Canada’s unions are throwing their might behind this issue because far too many Canadians are struggling to pay for even basic medicines. But big pharma is fighting back in a big way.
They’re flooding social media and the country’s newspapers claiming that changes to drug pricing would mean less research, development, and cutting-edge drugs.
It’s simply not true, but their attacks prove that we’ve successfully made this into a national, urgent issue. While we have the pressure on, I need you to send a quick email to your MP telling them you support universal pharmacare.
Canadians pay some of the highest rates in the world for medications that can be purchased for far, far less in other countries.
Universal pharmacare would allow for bulk purchasing—allowing everyone with a health care plan to access the medications they need, while saving all of us, governments included, billions of dollars.
You can join them by sending your MP an email today with this simple tool:
Let’s put big pharma formally on notice: We’re going to win this.
Hassan Yussuff, President
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Labour Congress // Congrès du travail du Canada
2841 promenade Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1V 8X7
PSAC Payroll Protest Rallies
On February 28, the second anniversary of the rollout of the disastrous Phoenix pay system, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and allies are taking action across the country to send a message to the government: your workers are tired of not being paid properly and on time.
On February 28th, please join PSAC members and show your solidarity at one of these events.
Other events are taking place across the province and more are being scheduled, for more information please contact Patrick Bragg at BraggP@psac-afpc.com
Almost two hundred thousand federal public service workers have suffered, and continue to suffer financial and emotional consequences as a result of the government’s implementation of the Phoenix pay system. Let’s join PSAC members in saying enough is enough!
IAMAW 2018 Photo Contest
This is the official announcement of the 2018 IAM Photography Contest. It is open to all IAM members in good standing.
Entries should catch IAM members at work in unposed photos. Winning entries will win a cash prize and will appear in the 2019 IAM Calendar. Two dollars from each calendar sale is donated to Guide Dogs of America.
Official Call and Entry (ENG) | Official Call and Entry (FR)