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BC NDP launches campaign to reform BC’s broken political system

For immediate release

May 17, 2017

BC NDP launches campaign to reform BC’s broken political system

VANCOUVER— The BC NDP launched a petition campaign Wednesday asking British Columbians to show their support for a proportional voting system and getting big money out of politics.

“On May 9, 60 per cent of British Columbians voted for change,” said MLA-elect Lisa Beare. “People voted overwhelmingly to get big money out of politics, to move toward a proportional voting system and to stop funding partisan government ads with taxpayer money.”

Beare notes that the election results present an unprecedented opportunity to work across party lines to make real changes that put people back at the center of politics in BC.

“Now is our chance to fix this broken system and the BC NDP will be working hard to get it done,” said Beare. “We’re asking British Columbians to send a clear message that it’s time to work together and make real changes to make our political system work better for people.”

The petition can be found at: https://www.bcndp.ca/vote-bc

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Media contact:

Jen Holmwood
BC NDP Media Relations Director
604-790-0487
jen.holmwood@bcndp.ca

Be The First To See Our New Ad

BC Federation of Labour
Under the BC Liberal’s watch, dozens of mills have closed and 30,000 jobs have been lost. And Christy Clark has rejected a $15 minimum wage that would lift 500,000 workers out of poverty.Had enough yet? We sure have.

Two weeks ago, we launched an election ad urging British Columbians to tell Premier Clark that it’s game over. Now I want you to be one of the first to see our second ad – released just moments ago.

Watch it here – and share it with your friends and family to help get the word out. 

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In level two of Christy Clark’s game, she’s chasing big money, while good jobs are disappearing and you can’t get a raise. Well, Premier Clark, two can play this game.

Christy Clark works for the rich and powerful. It’s up to us to make sure that we have a government that is working for the rest of us – but we need your help to spread the word.

Watch and share this video – then ask your friends to commit to vote for a new government on May 9th.

If we work together, better will happen here in BC.
BC Federation of Labour
http://wevotebc.nationbuilder.com/

 ” Working for You ” John Horgan

Working For You

So many people helped me get to where I am today; something that makes me want to help others realize their full potential. It's why I want to lead a government that puts the interests of all British Columbians on the table and puts people back at the centre of politics.

Posted by John Horgan on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fed up with Christy Clark’s game?

We’ve had enough.

Enough of school closures. Enough of our seniors not getting the care they need. Enough of Christy Clark’s photo-ops and her relentless cuts to public services.

That’s why we’ve launched this brand new video calling on British Columbians to tell Premier Clark that it’s game over by voting for a new government on May 9th. Watch it here – then add your name to the campaign:

It’s all a game to Christy Clark

For six years she’s been working for people at the top—not for us. On May 9th, tell Christy Clark it’s game over: http://togetherforbc.ca

Posted by BC Federation of Labour on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

https://togetherforbc.ca/

It’s clear that Christy Clark is working for people at the top, not us. Under the B.C. Liberals, the rich keep getting richer, while too many people are struggling to make ends meet.

Good jobs we depend on are disappearing, and wages are flat. If we don’t stand up and say enough is enough, BC will become a place only the rich can afford to live.

Christy Clark has been playing us long enough. On May 9th, let’s tell her it’s game over.

Pledge your vote for a new government: 

https://togetherforbc.ca/

This election, let’s make better happen here in BC.

BC Federation of Labour
http://wevotebc.nationbuilder.com/

CLC – Pay Equity

Throne speech glosses over fundamental social, economic problems for working people in BC

February 14, 2017
Throne speech glosses over fundamental social, economic problems for working people in BC Vancouver – Today’s Speech from the Throne offered few concrete measures to make life better for hard-working British Columbians, nor did it deliver real action to address the growing poverty and inequality crisis that is too prevalent in our province, says the BC Federation of Labour.

“It was the same platitudes, and same old excuses from a tired government that’s run out of gas,” says BCFED President Irene Lanzinger.

“But it did serve to spotlight the magnitude of the social problems and the massive social deficit that 16 years of Liberal government have created, along with the urgent need for a new government that will address these challenges,” she says.

Lanzinger says there was nothing in the speech that spoke to the plight of the 500,000 British Columbians who work for poverty-level wages and the poor in BC.

“We live in an incredibly wealthy province. But when it comes to how that wealth is shared, BC is a deeply unequal place where a small group controls most of the wealth.

“So the abject failure of the Clark government to tackle poverty and inequality are symbolic of what’s wrong with our province.

“The Throne Speech also failed to offer tangible help for the problems for working people and our families,” says Lanzinger. “It’s tougher to get ahead. Wages are flat or going down. Life is less affordable, and Premier Clark and her government are making us pay more for the basics like hydro, car insurance, and health care.”

Lanzinger says that if Premier Clark really cared about good jobs, there’s lots the Liberals could do starting with raising the minimum wage to $15 to lift 500,000 workers out of poverty.

Government repeals anti-union legislation

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On Wednesday, Parliament voted to adopt Bill C-4, a government bill that repeals the previous Conservative government’s controversial anti-union bills C-377 and C-525.

Earlier this year, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk made good on the Liberals’ election promise to repeal the bills.

“We are pleased that the government has done the right thing and overturned bills C-377 and C-525 and we are grateful to Minister Mihychuk for her leadership in repealing this legislation and restoring the balance in Canadian labour relations,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. images

The bills C-377 and C-525 were ideologically-motivated and designed by the former Conservative government to undermine the ability of unions to advocate for workers and to make it more difficult for Canadians in federally regulated workplaces to join a union, respectively.

“Canadian unions work hard to uphold values like fairness by protecting jobs, promoting health and safety in the workplace, and advocating on behalf of all Canadian workers. These bills were designed to interfere with that work,” said Yussuff.

Fight for 15 Video

We love our new campaign video.

As a supporter of the Fight for $15 campaign, we want you to be the first to see it. We hope you love it too.

We want everyone to know that in next year’s provincial election, we will have the chance to make a $15 per hour minimum wage reality. We can vote to make it easier for people to make ends meet.

The video will be launched on social media networks starting tomorrow morning

The Fight for $15 Team

Fight for $15 BC
http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

Loss of 20,000 full-time jobs in BC highlights need for good jobs, good wages strategy

September employment numbers released today by Statistics Canada show BC has the worst record of any province on full-time employment, after the province shed 20,000 full-time jobs in September, says the BC Federation of Labour. bcfed130

“Numbers bounce around month to month, but the downward trend for good-paying, full-time jobs over the last quarter and the rise of lower-paying, part-time work have been a growing concern,” says Federation President Irene Lanzinger.

“And when you look deeper into the statistics, our economy is not creating enough good-paying, full-time positions,” Lanzinger says. “Meanwhile, stable, full-time employment is being replaced with more precarious and lower-paying, part-time jobs.”

And that trend, she says, underlies a growing crisis that labour groups are demanding the provincial government address.

The BCFED recently submitted a nine-point Good Jobs, Good Wages Action Plan to Liberal and NDP politicians on the finance committee of the provincial Legislature.

Among the plan’s recommendations include a call that Victoria implement a good jobs strategy to create more full-time work in all sectors of the economy instead of precarious, part-time positions, and that the BC Government set a goal of making BC first in Canada in the creation of good-paying, full-time jobs.

BC NDP commits to Aboriginal

BC NDP leader John Horgan spoke with First Nations leaders at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs annual meeting in Vancouver. He made two important commitments to address immediate concerns of First Nations Peoples and lay the groundwork for a closer and more meaningful relationship to build a better future for BC.

The Federation commented on these undertakings this afternoon.

Prime Minister’s Youth Council

Yesterday, PM Trudeau officially announced the launch for applications for the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

The Youth Council will be structured to have young individuals participate and advise the PM on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate change, and sustainability. It is our understanding that youth will drive part of the agenda, as well as advise on current priority issues for the government.

The Council will be composed of 30 young people ages 16-24 who will serve 2 year terms. All travel and expenses to participate will be covered by the PMO, who is dedicated to ensuring a diverse cohort of young people that represent all corners of Canada.

It would be amazing to have lots of young labour-minded folks apply – young people who are union members, the children of union members, who are active in community campaigns, and who have attended the union summer camps for teens across the country. images

Please share far and wide with young people in your community, and encourage awesome young activists that you know to apply. The PMO has asked that organizations with reach to youth in remote communities also help support the applications of young people who might not have internet access, by spreading the word and allowing access to any community computers so that young folks can fill out the application.

The application will be launched on July 22nd, 2016, and the first wave of applications are due August 12th, 2016. Applications will only be accepted online – no paper forms are available.

Find more information here: https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/prime-ministers-youth-council.html – you can also sign up to directly receive information on the youth council by hitting the SIGN UP button on the main page.

Get a job. But I already have one!

fightfor15bc

Yes, Christy Clark, working poverty is a real problem in BC. More than 100,000 workers living in Metro Vancouver are poor.

Today, a report titled Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver was released. The results are disturbing, but not surprising for those living in the Lower Mainland. Too many working people are struggling to get by. Telling people to ‘get a job’ doesn’t cut it.

The real solution to poverty wages is to end poverty wages by raising the minimum wage to $15/hr.

Help us end poverty wages in BC by signing the petition.

If you’ve already signed, tell your friends to sign too.

Because if you work, you shouldn’t be poor. 

Thanks for your support,

The Fight for $15
Team

Fight for $15 BC

http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

We are one step closer

fightfor15bc

We have some exciting news. Today we are one step closer to ending poverty wages in BC.

This afternoon in Kamloops, John Horgan, the leader of the BC NDP, has made a commitment to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage!

If the BC NDP is elected in 2017, they will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of their first term.

Join us in sending a message to John Horgan to let him know the BC NDP has made the right decision. 

We need to make sure that John Horgan knows he and the BC NDP are on the right track. We need politicians to take bold economic positions that will make a real difference in the lives of working people. Because the people who work in our province must be able to afford to live here.

This is a huge step forward for our campaign and most importantly for low-wage workers in BC. Your support has built the momentum necessary to ensure that raising the minimum wage will be an important issue in next year’s provincial election.

Together we can build an economy that works for everyone.

Excited for the progress we have made together,

The Fight for $15 Team
Fight for $15 BC
http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Add Your Voice

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The CLC’s “Stop the TPP” campaign video and online petition form to your MP is available at http://canadianlabour.ca/stoptpp.

Our 2 cents is 40 cents makes no sense!

fightfor15bc

Wednesday Premier Clark announced an increase to the minimum wage, but it was just another missed opportunity to do what is right. The Premier chose to leave workers in poverty. In fact, a full-time minimum wage worker will still be living $5500 a year below the poverty line. That is simply unacceptable.

While Clark enjoys salary bonuses amounting to hundreds of thousands, workers will only see fourteen bucks a week added to their pay cheques. That barely covers the cost of lunch.

This announcement doesn’t reflect what British Columbians want for workers. Eight-three percent believe if you work full-time, you shouldn’t live in poverty.

Help us put an end to poverty wages in BC. Send a message to Premier Clark. BC needs a fair minimum wage – a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Click here to email Premier Clark: premier@gov.bc.ca. If you are too angry to come up with a message of your own, below we’ve drafted one you can copy and paste.

In solidarity,

The Fight for Fifteen Team

Dear Premier Clark,

Re: minimum wage 

Your announcement Wednesday was extremely disappointing. It shows that you are out of touch with the needs of workers in BC. In a province this rich there is no reason a full-time worker should be living in poverty, and a forty cent increase is not enough to lift workers above the poverty line.

BC needs a fair minimum wage – a $15 per hour minimum wage. Across North America governments have recognized that a $15 per hour wage is fair and have put a plan in place to get there. Why not BC?

It is time for your government to do right by British Columbians and put an end to poverty wages. Make it $15. 

Sincerely, 

Fight for $15 BC
http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

Canada needs to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

In the last federal election, Canadians voted for “Real Change”. So why is the government considering ratification of the Conservative-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Send a message to the Minister of International Trade and your MP: http://stoptpp.ca

The movement is growing

The call for fair wages is so important here in BC, where we now have the lowest minimum wage in Canada. At $10.45 per hour, full-time workers are living nearly $6000 below the poverty line. That’s got to change.

A week ago thousands of people across Canada stood together for a fair minimum wage as part of our National Day of Action. They collectively called for provincial governments to raise minimum wage to $15/hr. It is amazing to see our movement growing.

And you can help build momentum. Like our Facebook page to be part of calls to action, to hear about upcoming events, and to learn about wins across North America.

Together we have the power to build an economy that works for everyone.

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Rushing Bill C-10 is Just Plain Wrong

Wednesday April 20, 2016
For Immediate Release

Toronto, On – “Canadians voted for change in the last election and we got change, our jobs are flying out of the country, what the hell is going on,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

Ritchie was reacting to news that Liberal MPs have closed debate and are speeding up passage of Bill C-10, the amendments to the Air Canada Public Participation Act. The Commons transport Committee agreed to interrupt ongoing hearings on rail safety to report Bill C-10 by May 16. “What is this government afraid of and why are they talking about limiting hearings on this Bill to only four days,” asked Ritchie. “This is a snow job, plain and simple and I’m disgusted with this action.”

The amendments to the Act will free Air Canada from any obligation to conduct aircraft maintenance in Canada.

“Canadians want to work and we’re talking about the viability of an entire sector of the Canadian economy and the good paying jobs it provides now and in the future,” explained Ritchie. “We want our time in front of the committee and four days just doesn’t cut it, too much is at stake. Rushing this Bill is just plain wrong.”

For further information:
Dave Ritchie – IAM Canadian General Vice President
416-386-1789 Ext #6323
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 Ext #6331/416-735-9765

Adopter le projet de loi C-10 à toute vapeur n’est pas la bonne chose
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Mercredi 20 avril 2016
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Toronto, ON – « Les Canadiens ont voté pour du changement aux dernières élections et nous en avons du changement. Nos emplois quittent le pays! Que le diable se passe-t-il? », s’est demandé Dave Ritchie, vice-président général canadien de l’AIM.

M. Ritchie réagissait ainsi à la nouvelle selon laquelle les députés libéraux avaient clos le débat dans l’optique de faire adopter à toute vapeur le projet de loi C-10 modifiant la Loi sur la participation publique au capital d’Air Canada. Le Comité des transports de la Chambre des communes a accepté de suspendre des audiences en cours sur la sécurité ferroviaire afin de statuer sur le projet de loi C-10 d’ici le 16 mai. « De quoi a peur ce gouvernement et pourquoi cherche-t-il à limiter l’audience sur ce projet de loi à seulement quatre jours?, a renchéri M. Ritchie. Soyons francs. Le gouvernement cherche à noyer le poisson et cette façon de faire me dégoûte. »

Les modifications apportées à la Loi auront pout effet de libérer Air Canada de toute obligation de faire effectuer l’entretien de ses avions au Canada.

« Les Canadiens veulent travailler et il est question ici de la viabilité de tout un pan de
l’économie canadienne et des emplois bien rémunérés qu’il génère et qu’il pourra générer dans le futur, a expliqué M. Ritchie. Nous voulons être entendus par le comité et quatre jours ne suffiront tout simplement pas vu tout ce qui est en jeu. Adopter ce projet de loi à toute vapeur n’est pas la bonne chose à faire. »

Renseignements :
Dave Ritchie, vice-président général canadien de l’AIM
416 386-1789, poste 6323
Bill Trbovich, directeur des communications de l’AIM
416 386-1789, poste 6331 ou 416 735-9765

Keep these Jobs in Canada – Stop Bill C-10

Thursday April 14, 2016
For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON – “We are asking every MP to oppose Bill C – 10 and keep these jobs in Canada,” said IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson Fred Hospes.

Hospes was on Parliament Hill this morning to denounce Bill C-10, which amends the Air Canada Public Participation Act. The amendments allow Air Canada to control the type and the volume of any aircraft maintenance work of its fleet in Canada. “Under these amendments, Air Canada is under no obligation to perform any of its maintenance work in Canada,” said Hospes

Under the Act formed in 1988, Air Canada was obligated to keep aircraft heavy maintenance facilities in Winnipeg, Mississauga and Montréal. But Air Canada sold its heavy maintenance to Aveos Fleet Performance 2007 who continued operations in the three centers until in went bankrupt in 2012 and 2,600 IAM members lost their jobs. Air Canada then moved most of its heavy-maintenance work out of the country. “When we called upon the Harper government to intervene in 2012 to save this important employer and those 2,600 jobs, they refused,” explained Hospes.

“We were pleased when the Québec government, supported by Manitoba, took up our case,” said IAM Québec coordinator David Chartrand. “In November 2015, the Québec Court of Appeal ruled the Act still required Air Canada to perform its heavy maintenance and overhaul work in Montréal, Mississauga and Winnipeg.”

The IAM was shocked on February 17, 2016 when Québec announced it would drop its litigation. “At the same time, the Trudeau Liberals, who in opposition denounced the Harper government for its inaction, were now going even further,” explained Chartrand. “The Government said that it planned to modernize the Act to remove any real requirement for Air Canada to do any of its maintenance work in Canada, in exchange for vague promises of future work at Centre’s of Excellence tied to the Air Canada purchase of 45 C Series airliners.”
“If Air Canada believes that Bombardier’s C-Series aircraft makes operational and financial sense for them, there should be no need to bribe them with a free pass to offshore all of their maintenance work,: explained Chartrand.
“We will be bringing forward a petition and will aggressively lobby all parties to kill Bill C-10,” said Hospes. “We want to meet with the minister. We need to be building industries like aircraft maintenance in Canada, not inviting them to leave.”

For further information:

Fred Hospes – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 President and Directing General Chairperson 604-448-0721/778-829-8140

David Chartrand – IAM Québec Coordinator
514-336-3031/514-231-9100

Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 Ext# 6331/416-735-9765

Stoppons le projet de loi C-10 pour garder ces emplois au Canada

Jeudi 14 avril 2016
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Ottawa, ON – « Nous demandons à chaque membre de la députation fédérale de rejeter le projet de loi C-10 pour garder ces emplois au Canada », a déclaré Fred Hospes, président et directeur général du district 140 des transports de l’AIM.

Ce matin, M. Hospes était sur la Colline du Parlement pour dénoncer le projet de loi C-10 modifiant la Loi sur la participation publique au capital d’Air Canada. Les modifications permettent à Air Canada de gérer le type ou le volume des travaux d’entretien effectués sur son parc d’avions au Canada. « En vertu de ces modifications, Air Canada n’a plus aucune obligation de faire effectuer ses travaux d’entretien au Canada, » a ajouté M. Hospes.

Pourtant, la Loi de 1988 obligeait Air Canada de maintenir des centres d’entretien lourd d’avions à Winnipeg, Mississauga et Montréal. Toutefois, Air Canada a vendu sa division d’entretien lourd à Aveos Fleet Performance en 2007, laquelle société a maintenu les trois centres en opération jusqu’à ce qu’elle déclare faillite en 2012. Du coup, 2 600 membres de l’AIM ont perdu leur emploi. Air Canada a par la suite confié la majorité de ses travaux d’entretien lourd à des fournisseurs étrangers. « Lorsque nous avons demandé au gouvernement Harper d’intervenir en 2012 afin de préserver cet important employeur et 2 600 emplois en jeu, nous nous sommes heurtés à une fin de non-recevoir », a expliqué M. Hospes.

« Nous étions satisfaits que le gouvernement du Québec, avec l’appui du Manitoba, décide de prendre les choses en main et obtienne gain de cause, a ajouté David Chartrand, coordonnateur de l’AIM au Québec. En novembre 2015, la Cour d’appel du Québec a statué que la Loi demeurait en vigueur et obligeait Air Canada de faire effectuer ses travaux d’entretien lourd et de révision générale à Montréal, Mississauga et Winnipeg. »

Le 17 février dernier, l’AIM a été choquée d’apprendre que le gouvernement du Québec abandonnait sa cause. « En même temps, les libéraux de Justin Trudeau qui, lorsqu’ils étaient dans l’opposition, avaient dénoncé l’inaction du gouvernement Harper allaient maintenant encore plus loin, a expliqué M. Chartrand. Le gouvernement fédéral a déclaré vouloir moderniser la Loi en y éliminant toute obligation contraignante pour Air Canada de faire effectuer ses travaux d’entretien au Canada, et ce, en échange d’une vague promesse selon laquelle de futurs travaux seraient confiés à des centres d’excellence.

Si Air Canada est d’avis que les appareils CSeries de Bombardier représentent un choix logique sur les plans opérationnel et financier, il ne devrait donc pas être nécessaire de lui graisser la patte en lui offrant un laissez-passer lui permettant de confier la totalité de ses travaux d’entretien à des fournisseurs de services étrangers », a ajouté M. Chartrand.

« Nous comptons lancer une pétition et exercer de fortes pressions sur tous les partis pour tuer le projet de loi C-10 dans l’oeuf, a promis M. Hospes. Nous voulons rencontrer le ministre. Nous devons développer des industries comme celle de l’entretien d’aéronefs ici au Canada. Nous n’avons pas les moyens de les inviter à quitter le pays. »

Renseignements :

Fred Hospes, président et directeur général pour le district 140 des transports de l’AIM
604 448-0721 778 829-8140

David Chartrand, coordonnateur de l’AIM au Québec
514 336-3031 ou 514 231-9100

Bill Trbovich, directeur des communications de l’AIM
416 386-1789, poste 6331 ou 416 735-9765

Political Action – First broken Promise? 

IAMAW Canada • AIMTA Canada

John –Are we ready for liberal breaking promises?

 

OTTAWA — The Liberals may be backing away from an election promise to bring back door-to-door mail delivery.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Commons Monday that the Liberals have imposed a moratorium on the installation of community mailboxes and will work to “ensure that Canadians have the services they need.”

Public Works Minister Judy Foote said that door-to-door delivery will continue for people who have not yet been issued a super mailbox, but she left the door open to the possibility that Canadians who have already lost door-to-door delivery would not get it back.

“We are going to have a complete review of Canada Post and it will determine the next steps,” Foote said during question period.

Her spokeswoman, Annie Trépanier, told The Huffington Post Canada: “All options are on the table.”

During the election, the Liberals promised to “save” home mail delivery.

“By ending door-to-door mail delivery, Stephen Harper is asking Canadians to pay more for less service. That is unacceptable,” the Liberals’ platform stated.

“We will stop Stephen Harper’s plan to end door-to-door mail delivery in Canada and undertake a new review of Canada Post to make sure that it provides high quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians, no matter where they live.”

The NDP and the Greens also campaigned to “restore” door-to-door mail delivery. The NDP and the Liberals asserted during the election that bringing back home delivery would not cost taxpayers any money and could be absorbed by Canada Post. Liberal MP John McCallum and NDP MP Guy Caron noted the Crown corporation had posted a budget surplus in 2014.

“We are going to have a complete review of Canada Post and it will determine the next steps.”

The Crown corporation’s third quarter financial report, however, shows Canada Post reported a loss before tax of $20 million in the first three quarters of the year compared with a profit before tax of $39 million during the same period in 2014.

The postal agency argued in 2013 that its business model was not financially viable. It began to convert one third of the five million households who received door-to-door mail delivery to a community mailbox system. By Oct. 15, approximately 850,000 addresses had been converted to community mailboxes. Canada Post said the move would save $80 million annually.

On Oct. 26, after the election, Canada Post announced it had temporarily suspended its program to convert door-to-door mail delivery into community mailboxes.

The Crown corporation said the move meant that approximately 460,000 households that were expected to get super mailboxes would get to keep their current service. But those Canadians living in neighbourhoods where the conversion process was complete would still have to collect their mail and parcels at the community mailboxes.

Home delivery for the holidays, union urges

Canadian Union of Postal Workers called on the Liberals to bring back home delivery in time for Christmas.

The community mailboxes are freezing shut, just as winter is beginning, union president Mike Palecek said in a press release.

“It’s not too late to bring back our home delivery for the holidays,” Palecek said. “The longer we wait to restore door-to-door, the more difficult it will be.”

 

“We are in the fight of our lives” 
Gord Falconer, IAMAW http://campaign.iamaw.ca/

We are being left in the dust

This fall BC’s minimum wage dropped to the second lowest in Canada, yet we have the highest cost of living. Other jurisdictions, like Seattle, San Francisco and Alberta, have a plan to get to a $15/hr minimum wage in the next couple of years. But Christy Clark’s plan won’t get us there until 2034. Isn’t it time we built an economy that works for everyone? Send a message to your MLA and let them know it is time for BC to step up.

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BCFED
http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

There is something scary happening in BC…

And it is not the zombies, ghosts and witches knocking on your door tonight. Living below the poverty line is scary! And having to work 2 or 3 jobs to pay the rent means that you can’t even take your kids out to trick or treat. It is time to end poverty wages in BC. Let’s raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. Together we can build an economy that works for everyone.

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BCFED
http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

CLC – Election Day



Today is Election Day. It’s time for a Better Choice and a new government that stands for issues that matter to working Canadians: Good Jobs, Retirement Security, Health Care and Childcare.
 
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What matters to Machinists

Only a day before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Social Issues

SOCIAL ISSUES

CONSERVATIVE

• Expand Universal Childcare Benefit now totaling 4.4 billion/yr.

• Family “Income-splitting” tax cut for parents

• Delay eligibility Old Age Security to 67 from 65.

Comment: Reducing pension benefits impacts seniors

GRADE: F

LIBERAL

• Increase access to childcare.

• Re-instate long-form census

• Restore door-to-door mail delivery.

• Restore eligibility of old age security to age 65.

Comment: Long form census supports employment equity, but failed to deliver on childcare

GRADE:  C

NDP

• $15/day national childcare

• Re-instate long-form census

• Restore door-to-door mail

• Return eligibility for Old Age Security to age 65.

Comment: National public child-care long past due and promotes women’s equality

GRADE:  A+

GREEN

• Develop affordable & predictable housing support and reduce homelessness.

• Restore door-to-door mail

• Re-instate long form census

Comment: Housing is a basic human right

GRADE:  B+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 2 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Social Issues

ENJEUX SOCIAUX

CONSERVATEURS

• Ont bonifié la Prestation universelle pour la garde d’enfants (qui représente aujourd’hui une dépense totale de 4,4 G$/an)

• Ont autorisé le « fractionnement des revenus » pour les parents d’enfants d’âge mineur

• Ont augmenté l’âge d’admissibilité à la Sécurité de la vieillesse de 65 à 67 ans

Commentaire : Réduire les prestations de retraite nuit directement aux aînés.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent faciliter l’accès à des services de garde d’enfants

• Veulent rétablir le formulaire long du recensement

• Veulent rétablir la livraison du courrier à domicile

• Veulent rétablir l’âge d’admissibilité à la Sécurité de la vieillesse à 65 ans

Commentaire : Le formulaire long du recensement favorise l’équité en matière d’emploi, mais la mesure n’a rien donné de positif pour les services de garde d’enfants.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  C

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent mettre en place un réseau national de garderies à 15 $ par jour

• Veulent rétablir le formulaire long du recensement

• Veulent rétablir la livraison du courrier à domicile

• Veulent rétablir l’âge d’admissibilité à la Sécurité de la vieillesse à 65 ans

Commentaire : Un système national de garderies publiques se fait attendre depuis des lunes et favoriserait l’égalité des femmes.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  A+

VERTS

• Veulent élaborer une aide au logement abordable et prévisible et lutter contre l’itinérance

• Veulent rétablir la livraison du courrier à domicile

• Veulent rétablir le formulaire long du recensement

Commentaire : Le logement est un droit fondamental de la personne.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

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What matters to Machinists

Only 3 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Education

EDUCATION

CONSERVATIVE

• Doubling the federal grant provided through Registered Education Savings Plans

Comment: Private savings plans benefit the wealthy

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

Repayment of financial assistance according to income earned after graduation.

Comment: Stronger commitment to equal access needed

GRADE:  B

NDP

Have dialogue with provinces to make sure post-secondary education is affordable & accessible.

Comment: Make access to education a right

GRADE:  B+

GREEN

• Debt forgiven over $10,000.

• Abolish tuition fees for post-secondary education by 2020.

Comment: Good steps to reduce tuition fees and

student debt

GRADE:  A+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 3 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Education

ÉDUCATION

CONSERVATEURS

• Veulent doubler la subvention fédérale accordée aux régimes enregistrés d’épargne-études

Commentaire : Les régimes d’épargne privés bénéficient aux mieux nantis.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent établir le remboursement de l’aide financière en fonction du revenu gagné par le diplômé après ses études

Commentaire : L’engagement à l’égard de l’égalité d’accès doit être renforcé.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent s’asseoir avec les provinces et discuter de moyens de rendre l’enseignement postsecondaire abordable et accessible

Commentaire : L’accès à l’éducation doit être un droit.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

VERTS

• Veulent renoncer aux dettes d’études supérieures à 10 000 $

• Veulent abolir les frais de scolarité pour l’enseignement postsecondaire d’ici 2020

Commentaire : Réduire les frais de scolarité et l’endettement étudiant sont de bonnes mesures.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  A+

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What matters to Machinists

Only 5 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Foreign Affairs & Defense

Labour & Human Rights

CONSERVATIVE

• Undermined right to organize, bargain and strike with back-to-work legislation and weakened Canada Labour Code

Comment: Unions are targeted, along with other organizations that question the Conservatives

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

• Oppose conservative push to make it harder to form a union –Bill C-525

Comment: Lack of commitment to federal minimum wage

GRADE:  C

NDP

• Oppose conservative attacks on right to form a union.

• Repeal changes that infringe on federal public service workers’ right to free collective bargaining.

Comment: Strongest labour rights position

GRADE:  A

GREEN

• Fight gender based discrimination.

Comment: Racism and all other forms of discrimination must be challenged. We need a bold labour and human rights vision for Canada

GRADE:  C

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 5 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Foreign Affairs & Defense

Droits des travailleurs et droits de la personne

CONSERVATEURS

• Ont sapé les droits de recrutement, de négociation et de grève en adoptant des lois de retour au travail et en affaiblissant le Code canadien du travail

Commentaire : Les syndicats sont ciblés au même titre que les organismes qui remettent en question les conservateurs.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• S’opposent à l’initiative conservatrice visant à compliquer le recrutement syndical (le projet de loi C-525)

Commentaire : Les libéraux ne s’engagent pas à établir un salaire minimum pour les employés de compétence fédérale.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  C

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• S’opposent aux attaques conservatrices contre le droit d’association

• Veulent abroger des modifications qui entravent le droit des fonctions fédéraux à la libre négociation collective

Commentaire : Le NPD a la position la plus solide lorsqu’il est question des droits des travailleurs.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  A

VERTS

• S’opposent à la discrimination fondée sur le sexe

Commentaire : Le racisme et toutes les autres formes de discrimination doivent être contestés. Le Canada doit se doter d’une vision audacieuse des droits des travailleurs et des droits de la personne.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  C

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What matters to Machinists

Only 6 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Foreign Affairs & Defense

Immigration And Migrant Workers

CONSERVATIVE

• Bill C-24. Increased length for pathway to citizenship

• Temporary foreign workers to be removed after 4 years without permanent status.

• Comment: Migrant workers exploited

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

• Opposes aspects Bill C-24.

• Full review of Temporary Foreign Worker program.

• 400 million to improve immigration system.

GRADE:  B

NDP

• Opposes Bill C-24

• Moratorium of temporary foreign worker’s until blatant abuses of program stopped.

• Comment: We should ensure protection for all workers

GRADE:  B

GREEN

• Opposes Bill C-24. which allows Minister to revoke citizenship

• Temporary Foreign Worker’s Program exploits migrant workers

GRADE:  B

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 6 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Foreign Affairs & Defense

Immigration et travailleurs migrants

CONSERVATEURS

• Projet de loi C-24 : Obtenir la citoyenneté prendrait plus de temps

• Veulent expulser les travailleurs étrangers temporaires qui n’ont pas obtenu le statut de résident permanent après quatre ans

Commentaire : Les travailleurs migrants sont exploités.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• S’opposent à certains aspects du projet de loi C-24

• Veulent revoir en profondeur du Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires

• Veulent injecter 400 M$ pour améliorer le système d’immigration

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• S’opposent au projet de loi C-24

• Veulent imposer un moratoire sur le recours à des travailleurs étrangers temporaires jusqu’à ce que les abus flagrants du programme aient été éliminés

Commentaire : Nous devons protéger tous les travailleurs.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

VERTS

• S’opposent au projet de loi C-24, car il permettrait au ministre de révoquer la citoyenneté

• Soutiennent que le Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires exploite les travailleurs migrants

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

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What matters to Machinists

Only 7 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Foreign Affairs & Defense

Foreign Affairs & Defense

CONSERVATIVE

• Increase national defense budget, $360 million/year for Mid-East military missions

• Closed 9 Veterans Affairs offices

Comment: Closing Veterans Affairs offices was dishonorable

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

• Exert Canadian support for multinational institutions.

• Re-open Veterans Affairs Service offices.

GRADE:  B+

NDP

• Promote peacekeeping

• Only join UN-mandated military operations.

• Re-open Veterans Affairs offices.

Comment: Veterans should be entitled to access public services.

GRADE:  B+

GREEN

• Re-align defense spending with focus on disaster systems and toward UN peacekeeping.

• Re-open Veteran’s Affairs offices

GRADE:  B+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 7 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Affaires étrangères et défense

Affaires étrangères et défense

CONSERVATEURS

• Ont augmenté le budget de la Défense nationale de 360 M$ par année pour financer des missions militaires au Moyen-Orient

• Ont fermé neuf bureaux du ministère des Anciens Combattants

Commentaire : Il n’y avait rien d’honorable à fermer des bureaux du ministère des Anciens Combattants.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent que le Canada prêtent assistance à des institutions multinationales

• S’engagent à rouvrir des bureaux de services du ministère des Anciens Combattants

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent promouvoir le maintien de la paix

• Veulent participer uniquement aux opérations militaires mandatées par l’ONU

• Veulent rouvrir des bureaux du ministère des Anciens Combattants

Commentaire : Les anciens combattants doivent avoir accès aux services publics.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

VERTS

• Veulent recentrer les dépenses militaires sur les systèmes de lutte contre les catastrophes et les missions de maintien de la paix sous l’égide de l’ONU

• Veulent rouvrir des bureaux du ministère des Anciens Combattants

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

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Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syrian Refugee Crisis

CONSERVATIVE

• Bring 10,000 Syrian & Iraqi refugees over four years.

Comment: Bombs will not resolve Syrian Refugee Crisis

GRADE:  D

LIBERAL

• Bring 25,000 government sponsored Syrian refugees to Canada.

GRADE:  B

NDP

• Bring 10,000 government-sponsored Syrian refugees, while removing cap on private sponsorship.

• Will end military mission in Syria and Iraq

Comment: Ending war in Syria essential to peaceful recovery.

GRADE: B

GREEN

• Bring 25,000 refugees to Canada.

• Overhaul refugee protection system to ensure Canada is seen as a welcoming and compassionate home for people fleeing violence

GRADE:  B

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 9 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Crise des réfugiés Syriens

Crise des réfugiés Syriens

CONSERVATEURS

• Veulent accueillir 10 000 réfugiés syriens et iraquiens sur quatre ans

Commentaire : Ce n’est pas en larguant des bombes que nous trouverons une solution à la crise des réfugiés syriens.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  D

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent accueillir 25 000 réfugiés syriens parrainés par le gouvernement au Canada

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent accueillir 10 000 réfugiés syriens parrainés par le gouvernement et éliminer le plafond imposé aux parrainages privés

• S’engagent à mettre fin à la mission militaire en Syrie et en Iraq

Commentaire : Mettre fin à la guerre contre la Syrie est essentiel au rétablissement de la paix.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B

VERTS

• Veulent accueillir 25 000 réfugiés au Canada

• Veulent procéder à une refonte complète du système de protection des réfugiés pour veiller à ce que le Canada soit perçu comme une terre accueillante et compassionnelle par les personnes fuyant la violence

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

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What matters to Machinists

Only 10 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Governance

GOVERNANCE

CONSERVATIVE

• Favours elected Senate or scrapping it.

• Adopted Fair Elections Act

Comment: Duffy trial exposes Conservative corruption. “Fair Elections Act” restricts voter participation

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

• Overhaul electoral process by changing first-past-the-post system.

• Strengthen Access to Information Act.

Comment: Racialized MPS under-represented in first past the post electoral system

GRADE:  B+

NDP

• Abolish the Senate.

• Bring in proportional representation.

Comment: Proportional representation will increase the number of MPs who are of African descent. Senate should be abolished.

GRADE:  A

GREEN

• Create Council of Canadian Governance with federal government, First Nations, provinces, and cities.

• Consult the public on proportional representation.

GRADE:  B+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 10 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Governance

GOUVERNANCE

CONSERVATEURS

• Prônent un Sénat élu ou l’abolition du Sénat

• Ont adopté la Loi sur l’intégrité des élections

Commentaire : Le procès Duffy expose la corruption des conservateurs. La Loi sur l’intégrité des élections limite la participation des électeurs.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent procéder à une refonte du processus électoral et remplacer le système majoritaire uninominal

• Veulent renforcer la Loi sur l’accès à l’information

Commentaire : Le système majoritaire uninominal fait en sorte que les membres de groupes raciaux sont sous-représentés à la Chambre des communes.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent abolir le Sénat

• Veulent adopter la représentation proportionnelle

Commentaire : La représentation proportionnelle aurait pour effet d’augmenter le nombre de députés de descendance africaine. Le Sénat devrait être aboli.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  A

VERTS

• Veulent créer un Conseil de la gouvernance canadienne réunissant le gouvernement fédéral, les Premières Nations, les provinces et les municipalités

• Veulent consulter la population sur la question de la représentation proportionnelle

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B+

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What matters to Machinists

Only 11 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Security

SECURITY AND ANTI-TERRORISM

CONSERVATIVE

• Bill C-51 increases power of CSIS and RCMP to conduct surveillance

Comment: Bill C-51 infringes upon our human rights and promotes Islamophobia.

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

• Oppose sending fighter jets to fight ISIS.

• Support Bill C-51.

Comment: Voting for Bill C-51 undermined our privacy and human rights

GRADE:  F

NDP

• Oppose Canadian involvement in fight against Islamic state

• Will repeal Bill C-51.

Comment: Voting against Bill C-51 was a principled position

GRADE:  A+

GREEN

• Repeal Bill C-51.

• More oversight of anti-terrorist agencies.

• Oppose purchasing F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Comment: Will repeal Bill C-51

GRADE:  A+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 11 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Security

SECURITÉ ET LUTTE AU TERRORISME

CONSERVATEURS

• Le projet de loi C-51 accordent plus de pouvoirs de surveillance au SCRS et à la GRC

Commentaire : Le projet de loi C-51 viole nos droits de la personne et encourage l’islamophobie.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• S’opposent à l’envoi de chasseurs à réaction pour combattre l’État islamique

• Appuient le projet de loi C-51

Commentaire : Le fait de voter en faveur du projet de loi C-51 a miné notre droit à la vie privée et nos droits de la personne.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• S’opposent à la participation canadienne à la guerre contre l’État islamique

• S’engagent à abroger le projet de loi C-51.

Commentaire : Le NPD a voté contre le projet de loi C-51 par principe.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  A+

VERTS

• S’engagent à abroger le projet de loi C-51

• Veuillent resserrer la surveillance des organismes de lutte au terrorisme

• S’opposent à l’achat des chasseurs à réaction F-35

Commentaire : Les verts abrogeront le projet de loi C-51.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  A+

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What matters to Machinists

Only 12 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

Justice

JUSTICE

CONSERVATIVE

• Increased penalties for minor crimes

• “Life means life” for crimes of a “brutal nature.”

Comment: So-called “tough on crime” agenda resulted in mass incarceration of peoples of African descent and of Indigenous peoples.

GRADE:  F

LIBERAL

• Legalize marijuana.

• Restrict mandatory minimum sentences to serious and violent offences.

Comment: Bill Blair as a Liberal candidate reflects lack of concern over “carding” and mass incarceration

GRADE:  C

NDP

• De-criminalize marijuana.

• Hire an additional 2,500 front-line police officers.

Comment: More police officers does not respond to the demands of Black Lives Matter Movement for community development

GRADE:  C

GREEN

• Legalize/regulate marijuana.

• Repeal mandatory minimum sentences.

• Oppose attempts to privatize prisons in Canada.

Comment: Good position to oppose for-profit prisons

GRADE:  B

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 12 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Justice

JUSTICE

CONSERVATEURS

• Ont alourdi les peines en cas de délits mineurs

• « À vie, c’est à vie » dans le cas de crimes d’une « nature brutale »

Commentaire : La prétendue « lutte contre la criminalité » s’est soldée par l’incarcération massive de personnes de descendance africaine et d’Autochtones.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent légaliser la marijuana

• Veulent limiter les peines minimales aux crimes graves et violents

Commentaire : Le candidat libéral Bill Blair démontre un manque de souci pour le « cardage » et l’incarcération de masse.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  C

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent décriminaliser la marijuana

• Veulent embaucher 2 500 policiers de première ligne de plus

Commentaire : Augmenter le nombre de policiers ne permettrait pas de répondre aux demandes formulées par le mouvement Black Lives Matter pour le développement communautaire.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  C

VERTS

• Veulent légaliser/réglementer la marijuana

• Veulent abroger les peines minimales obligatoires

• S’opposent à la privatisation des prisons canadiennes

Commentaire : Il est judicieux de s’opposer à la privatisation des prisons.

NOTE ACCORDÉE :  B

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What matters to Machinists

Only 13 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers. I hope you will share with others.

First Nations

ABORIGINAL PEOPLES & FIRST NATIONS

CONSERVATIVE

• $567 million over 5 years for Aboriginal people for community development.

Comment: Failure to initiate inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women promotes racism.

GRADE: F

LIBERAL

• Establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

• Work on “nation-to-nation” basis with First Nations.

Comment: Nation-to-Nation Kelowna process promotes mutual respect

GRADE: B+

NDP

• Adopt a “nation-to-nation” approach.

• Call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Comment: Makes strides to end violence against Indigenous women/girls

GRADE: B+

GREEN

• Establish a national inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women

• Act on recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Comment: National Inquiry a First Nations priority

GRADE: B+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 13 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs. J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Autochtones et Premières Nations

PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES & PREMIÈRES NATIONS

CONSERVATEURS

• Investissement de 567 M$ sur cinq ans dans le développement communautaire des peuples autochtones

Commentaire : Le refus de faire enquête sur la disparition et l’assassinat de femmes autochtones incite au racisme.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent lancer une enquête nationale sur les femmes autochtones disparues ou assassinées

• Veulent travailler sur le base de « nation à nation » avec les Premières Nations

Commentaire : Le processus de nation à nation adopté pour négocier l’Accord de Kelowna favorise le respect mutuel.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent adopter une approche « nation à nation »

• Veulent lancer une enquête publique sur les femmes autochtones disparues ou assassinées

Commentaire : Il faut progresser pour éliminer la violence faite aux femmes et aux filles autochtones.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

VERTS

• Veulent lancer une enquête nationale sur les femmes autochtones disparues ou assassinées

• Veulent donner suite aux recommandations formulées par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation

Commentaire : Une enquête nationale est un priorité des Premières Nations.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

IAMAW Canada • AIMTA Canada
http://campaign.iamaw.ca/

What matters to Machinists

Only 14 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers.

I hope you will share with others.

Finances

GOVERNMENT FINANCES

CONSERVATIVE

• Return to a surplus in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Comment: Harper government cut thousands of public sector jobs resulting in massive layoffs and weak economy

GRADE: F

LIBERAL

• Balance the budget by the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Comment: The Liberal government, under Paul Martin, cut public services like Harper has done to reduce deficits.

GRADE: C

NDP

• Balance the budget by the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Comment: Priority should be on job creation and public services rather than balanced budgets.

GRADE: C

GREEN

• Gradually pay down the debt while maintaining public services for social and environmental needs.

Comment: We need to maintain and expand public services

GRADE: C

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 14 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs.

J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Finances

FINANCES PUBLIQUES

CONSERVATEURS

• Renouement avec les surplus à compter de l’exercice 2015-2016

Commentaire : Le gouvernement Harper a éliminé des milliers d’emplois dans le secteur public, menant à des mises à pied massives et à un affaiblissement de l’économie.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : F

LIBÉRAUX

• Promettent de déposer un budget équilibré d’ici l’exercice 2019-2020

Commentaire : Le gouvernement libéral dirigé par Paul Martin a sabré dans les services publics tout comme Harper afin de réduire les déficits.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : C

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Promettent de déposer un budget équilibré dès l’exercice 2016-2017

Commentaire : La priorité doit être accordée à la création d’emploi et au maintien des services publics plutôt qu’à l’atteinte de l’équilibre budgétaire à tout prix.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : C

VERTS

• Veulent progressivement réduire le montant de la dette tout en maintenant les services publics qui répondent aux besoins sociaux et environnementaux.

Commentaire : Nous devons maintenir et bonifier les services publics.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : C

IAMAW Canada • AIMTA Canada
http://campaign.iamaw.ca/

What IF Canadians made a better choice?

Better Choice Campaign is in full swing.

This election we can make a Better Choice on issues that matter to working Canadians:

  • Good Jobs: Workers fuel our economy, so let’s choose a new government that will provide Canadians with high-quality and secure jobs.
  • Retirement Security: Let’s choose a new government that will fight seniors’ poverty.
  • Health Care: Let’s choose a new government that will invest in recruitment, training and in long-term care.
  • Childcare: Let’s choose a new government that will set up a national childcare system that works for everyone.

For more information on these issues, visit the Better Choice website.

Get involved: order a Better Choice Activist Kit or join the Edu-Action online platform.

On October 19th, we CAN make a Better Choice.

Better Choice Team

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What matters to Machinists

Only 16 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers.

I hope you will share with others.

Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE

CONSERVATIVE

• $5 billion/year in funding for infrastructure programs.

Comment: Canada remains the only major industrial country with no national transit strategy –one of the reasons for GTA gridlock.

GRADE: F

LIBERAL

• Expand infrastructure by encouraging pension funds to invest in domestic urban renewal projects.

Comment: We need to invest more in our decaying public infrastructure

GRADE: B

NDP

• Develop a public transit strategy with the provinces.

• Give cities an extra cent of the federal gas tax ($420 million/year).

Comment: Infrastructure projects create jobs and promote clean energy

GRADE: B+

GREEN

• Provide $6.4 billion/year for municipal infrastructure projects.

• Invest in public transit and rail

Comment: Public transit sustains a clean energy economy

GRADE: B+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 16 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs.

J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE

CONSERVATEURS

• 5 G$ par année en financement de programmes d’infrastructure

Commentaire : Le Canada demeure à ce jour le seul grand pays industrialisé à ne pas s’être doté d’une stratégie nationale de transports en commun. C’est une des raisons qui expliquent la saturation du réseau routier dans la région du Grand Toronto.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent développer l’infrastructure en incitant les caisses de retraite à investir dans des projets de rénovation urbaine pour nos villes

Commentaire : Nous devons investir davantage dans notre infrastructure publique vétuste.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent élaborer une stratégie de transports en commun de concert avec les provinces

• Veulent consentir aux municipalités un cent de plus sur la taxe fédérale sur l’essence fédérale (420 M$ par année)

Commentaire : Les projets d’infrastructure sont créateurs d’emplois et font la promotion de l’énergie propre.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

VERTS

• Veulent financer des projets d’infrastructure municipale à hauteur de 6,4 G$ par année

• Veulent investir dans le transport en commun et le transport ferroviaire

Commentaire : Le transport en commun soutient une économie de l’énergie propre.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

IAMAW Canada • AIMTA Canada
http://campaign.iamaw.ca/

What matters to Machinists

Only 17 days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers.

I hope you will share with others.

Environment

ENVIRONMENT

CONSERVATIVE

• Favour sector-by-sector regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Comment: Canada is the only country to withdraw from Kyoto, taking no action on climate change

GRADE: F

LIBERAL

• Work with provinces to fight climate change by setting a price on carbon emissions.

• $200 million/yr. to develop green technologies

Comment: A bolder vision is needed

GRADE: B-

NDP

• Cap-and-trade emissions reduction plan.

Comment: Make polluters like oil producers pay through progressive carbon tax

GRADE: B+

GREEN

• Carbon fee with proceeds recycled to the public.

• Cut emissions by 40% from 2005 levels by 2025.

Comment: Proceeds of Carbon tax should support communities

GRADE: B+

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que 17 jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs.

J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

Enviro

L’ENVIRONNEMENT

CONSERVATEURS

• Favorisent une réglementation sectorielle pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre

Commentaire : Le Canada est le seul pays qui s’est retiré du Protocole de Kyoto et ne fait rien pour lutter contre les changements climatiques.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : F

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent travailler avec les provinces pour lutter contre les changements climatiques en fixant un prix pour les émissions carboniques

• Veulent investir 200 M$ par année dans le développement de technologies vertes

Commentaire : Nous avons besoin d’une vision plus audacieuse.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B-

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent mettre en place un programme de plafonnement et d’échange pour réduire les émissions

Commentaire : Les pollueurs comme les producteurs de pétrole doivent être mis en contribution en payant une taxe carbone progressive.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

VERTS

• Veulent imposer une taxe carbone dont les profits seraient investis dans la population

• Veulent réduire les émissions de 40 % par rapport aux niveaux de 2005 d’ici 2025

Commentaire : Les profits dérivés d’une taxe carbone devraient être investis dans les collectivités.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : B+

IAMAW Canada • AIMTA Canada
http://campaign.iamaw.ca/

What matters to Machinists

Only nineteen (19) days before the most important election in Canada. We will contact you regularly to address the important issues and give you a report on the position of the parties for workers.

I hope you will share with others.

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ECONOMY & POCKETBOOK

CONSERVATIVE

• Reduced corporate taxes to 15% now costing $14 billion/yr.

• Increased limit on TFSA contributions to $10,000.

Comment: Corporate Tax cuts and increases to TFSA limits widen racial income inequalities.

GRADE: F

 

LIBERAL

• Raise income taxes for those making over $200,000 annually.

• Increase CPP benefits.

Comment: Lack of commitment to $15/hour minimum wage furthers racialization of poverty.

GRADE: C

 

NDP

• Re-instate $15/hour federal minimum wage.

• Increase corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

• Increase Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits.

Comment: Fair $15/hour minimum wage rate then index for inflation.

GRADE: A

 

GREEN

• Create jobs plan through investment in renewable energy and infrastructure

• Will establish $15/hour federal minimum wage.

• Expansion of CPP.

• Increase corporate tax rate to 19% from 15%

GRADE: A

Ce qui compte pour les Machinistes

Il ne reste plus que dix-neuf (19) jours avant la plus importante élection au Canada. Nous communiquerons avec vous à intervalles réguliers dans l’optique d’aborder les enjeux importants et vous faire rapport sur les prises de position des partis en ce qui concerne les travailleuses et travailleurs.

J’espère que vous ferez circuler cette information.

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L’ÉCONOMIE & VOTRE PORTEFEUILLE

CONSERVATEURS

• Ont réduit l’impôt des sociétés à 15 % (une mesure qui nous coûte maintenant 14 G$ par année)

• Ont majoré le plafond annuel de cotisations à un CELI à 10 000 $

Commentaire : La réduction de l’impôt des sociétés et la bonification du plafond de cotisation à un CELI ne font que creuser les inégalités des revenus entre les groupes raciaux.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : F

 

LIBÉRAUX

• Veulent hausser l’impôt sur le revenu des contribuables qui gagnent plus de 200 000 $ par année

• Veulent bonifier les prestations versées par le RPC

Commentaire : L’absence d’engagement d’adopter un salaire minimum de 15 $ l’heure ne fera rien pour mettre fin à la racialisation de la pauvreté.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : C

 

NÉO-DÉMOCRATES

• Veulent établir un salaire minimum de 15 $ l’heure pour les employés de compétence fédérale

• Veulent augmenter le taux d’impôt des sociétés de 15 % à 17 %

• Veulent bonifier les prestations versées par le Régime de pension du Canada (RPC)

Commentaire : Un salaire minimum de 15 $ l’heure est une mesure équitable et ce taux serait indexé selon l’inflation.

NOTE ACCORDÉE : A

VERTS

• Veulent créer un plan de création d’emploi axé sur des investissements dans l’énergie renouvelable et l’infrastructure

• Veulent établir un salaire minimum de 15 $ l’heure pour les employés de compétence fédérale

• Veulent bonifier le RPC

• Veulent augmenter le taux d’impôt des sociétés de 15 % à 19 %

NOTE ACCORDÉE : A

IAMAW Canada • AIMTA Canada
http://campaign.iamaw.ca/

The 2015 Canadian PAC Symposium:

This is Our Time

GVP Ritchie at the Political Action Symposium: “Shameful” that only 50% of unionized households voted.

“There’s nothing magical about political action,” said Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie. “You have to be persistent and repeat your message over and over until the voters think of it as their own.”

Ritchie was speaking to over 90 delegates to the 2nd annual Canadian Political Action Symposium being held this week at the William W Winpisinger Education Center in Hollywood, Maryland.

“We’re building upon the foundation of our first symposium held last year,” explained GLR in charge of Political Action, Gord Falconer. “We started from scratch last year and we have built up Local Lodge Political Action Committee across Canada. We’re motivating our membership to get involved politically and we’re hammering home the fact that their jobs are tied to politics.”

Gord Falconer
Gord Falconer addresses the Political Action Symposium

Reports from committees across Canada reveal that politics has indeed entered into the conversations on the shop floor like never before. Canadians go to the polls on October 19th to elect a new government. Midway through the longest election campaign in Canadian history, there are indications that the New Democratic Party, currently the official opposition, could form the first majority socialist government.”In the last federal election, 50% of unionized households in Canada did not exercise their right to vote,” explained Ritchie. “I find that shameful and if we want to end a decade of repressive Conservative rule, our members and other Canadian trade unionists must get out to vote. I have been a card carrying member of the NDP for fifty years and we have never been this close before.”

“We’re concentrating on four key issues in this election,” explained Falconer. “Jobs, Healthcare, Childcare and Retirement Security are the concerns expressed most often in this election and the NDP has the answers Canadians are looking for.”

“I know people will be hearing this slogan a lot in the coming weeks,” said Ritchie. “Our time has come!”

IAMAW – Canadian PAC Symposium – 2015 – Baltimore 

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Decision / Décision 2015

FEDERAL ELECTION

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Make the Pledge to Vote. It is imperative that we make an informed decision, when it comes to our future in Canada.

Political Action Committee currently consists of 7 members:

Brother Rick Singh                                         Brother John Vincent

Brother Neil Chia                                           Brother Lester Lavers

Brother Yovan Ramyead                                Brother Jorge Morales

Brother Leonidas Kokkinis

Over the next several months we will be out talking to members in the workplace. With the Federal Election coming in October it is imperative that we educate ourselves with the issues that affect us all as Federally Regulated workers.  We need to make an informed decision when it comes time to vote.

There is a better choice!

We need your help! The PAC is reaching out to the members of Local Lodge 16 for volunteers who would like to help in getting important messages across to the membership and making a pledge to vote. Our livelihood depends on the outcome of this Federal Election.

For more information please feel free to talk to any of the PAC members, email the PAC at ll16pac@iamaw16.ca

In Solidarity,

Your Local Lodge PAC

Fightback #? 

Make History on October 19

Who: IAM members, their families and friends

What:

  1.  Make sure that you are registered (http://www.elections.ca/)
  2. Participate in the campaign * volunteer/get engaged  – take a sign, canvass, make phone calls, contribute.
  3. * tell your family and friends about the issues and urge them to ensure they are registered, get involved and vote
  1. Vote on October 19 or at an advance poll.

Where:  In your own constituency or a nearby constituency where you can make a difference (contact Gord Falconer for advice)

When:  Between now and October 19

Why:  Because Canada needs a change after 10 years of Harper Conservative rule that has given us the worse economic record since the 1930s depression.

Because we need a progressive government that will work for all Canadians – for good jobs, decent pensions for all, affordable universal childcare, and a rebuilt national health care system.

Because we need a government that respects and supports collective bargaining and unions – that will fight for fairness and equality.

Because this is the fight of our lives – and our chance to make history.

Contre-attaque no ?

Écrivons l’histoire le 19 octobre

Qui : Membres de l’AIM ainsi que leurs proches et amis

Quoi :

  1. Assurez-vous d’être inscrits à la liste électorale (http://www.elections.ca/)
  2. Participez activement à la campagne* Faites du bénévolat, militez activement : Prenez une affiche, informez les électeurs, faites des appels téléphoniques, contribuez activement
  3. * Sensibilisez vos proches et amis aux enjeux et incitez-les à s’inscrire, à militer et à voter
  1. Votez le 19 octobre ou encore par anticipation

Où : Dans votre propre circonscription ou dans une circonscription voisine où vous pouvez faire une différence (communiquez avec Gord Falconer pour vous faire conseiller)

Quand : Entre maintenant et le 19 octobre

Pourquoi : Parce que le Canada a besoin de changements après près de dix ans de règne des conservateurs de Harper, qui affichent le pire dossier en matière économique depuis la dépression des années 1930.

Parce que nous avons besoin d’un gouvernement progressiste qui travaillera pour tous les Canadiens : de bons emplois, des pensions décentes pour tous, des services de garde à l’enfance universels et abordables, une refonte du système national de soins de santé.

Parce que nous avons besoin d’un gouvernement qui respecte et appuie la négociation collective et le mouvement syndical, d’un gouvernement qui défendra l’équité et l’égalité.

Parce que nous sommes engagés dans la bataille de notre vie et avons l’occasion d’écrire une page d’histoire.

Online Resources

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http://www.pressprogress.ca/

http://rankandfile.ca/

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/

http://rabble.ca/

http://www.columbiainstitute.ca/

Rally For Change

 Tom Mulcair will be making his first stop in Vancouver as part of the most important election campaign in a generation.

After a decade of this Conservative government, you’ve been clear that it’s time for change. More and more Canadians are turning to Tom Mulcair to defeat Stephen Harper and bring that change to Ottawa.

Come out and join Tom in Vancouver this week:

Rally for Change in Vancouver
Sunday, August 9th at 12:30 pm
Westin Bayshore Hotel Ballroom
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
www.ndp.ca/ready-for-change-Vancouver

RSVP

A clear choice on childcare

The choice on childcare is clear. Ten years ago, Stephen Harper promised 125,000 new spaces for our kids – but he’s failed to create a single one.

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This afternoon, Tom Mulcair is in Oshawa sharing his concrete plan to create a million high-quality childcare spaces – at a cost of no more than $15 a day.

The choice on childcare is clear. Ten years ago, Stephen Harper promised 125,000 new spaces for our kids – but he’s failed to create a single one.

Stephen Harper promised to create 125,000 childcare spaces — but failed to deliver a single one. Tom Mulcair has a concrete plan to create a million childcare spaces — at no more than $15 a day.

The Fight for $15 takes flight

Join members of IAMAW for a BBQ and leafleting event

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Templeton Skytrain Station, Richmond, BC

Meet at Templeton Skytrain Station at 10:30 am to leaflet

Then join members of IAMAW for a BBQ lunch*

Post-lunch leaflet at the McArthur Glen Outlet Mall

* For IAMAW members—the BBQ will go from 11:00 am –7:00 pm

 

 

UNION LEADER JAILED

Today’s appeal will be short, sharp and to the point: A life may be at stake and we need you to take just a few seconds out of your day to do something about it..

Almost 10,000 of you have sent a protest message to the government of Iran over the imprisonment of Esmail Abdi, a teachers union leader.  Which is wonderful: thank-you!

But that means that many of you have not.  You need to and soon.  Just 5 years ago another teachers union leader, Farzad Kamangar, was jailed and then executed by the government of Iran.  By sending messages we’re telling Iran, as well as Esmail and his family, that the world is watching.

Sending your message will take just a few seconds.  Just click HERE. fsdrf

More information on Esmail’s case and the situation faced by Iranian trade unionists generally can be heard in a RadioLabour segment from last week which you can listen to HERE.

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account you can also support Esmail by joining the Thunderclap event that the Canadian Teachers Federation has created.  Thunderclap allows the social media accounts of hundreds or thousands of users to post and tweet the same solidarity message at the same time, magnifying the effect of the campaign.  The Thunderclap is scheduled to take place on 17 July, so you have only a few days to sign on.

As with everything else we ask you to do, this takes only a few seconds.  The Thunderclap sign-on page for this campaign is HERE.

Thanks.  Please act now.


Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada

Help families find answers with an inquiry, take a minute to sign the petition today.

Dear Walter,You have a right to know – Premier Christy Clark is still refusing to hold a public, accountable inquest into the explosions that resulted in the death of four of our members and injured 44 workers.The coroner’s inquest into the Babine Forest Products mill explosion began on Monday‎. Our Union is represented by legal counsel and we are participating in the inquest to press for changes to government regulatory practices to ensure the health and safety of workers.But we know that an inquest is not enough. The victims and families need answers. An inquest will not find fault or provide justice. That’s why we’re joining the families and nearly 11,000 British Columbians who agree –  Premier Christy Clark must keep her promise of justice and closure for victims, families and forest workers through a public inquiry into the Babine and Lakeland sawmill explosions. Our records show that you haven’t signed the petition yet. This is a crucial moment for workers’ safety in British Columbia.
Walter : The 24 Hours newspaper in Vancouver is polling its readers on how they feel about the call for a public inquiry. Show your support for justice by clicking here and filling out the poll. Select NO and help us show that a coroner’s inquest is not enough to provide the victims and families with the answers they need.
Please also take a moment to share the online petition on Twitter and Facebook.Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=inquiry-usw.nationbuilder.comTwitter : Workers & families need answers–Sign the petition for a public inquiry into the sawmill explosions. @steelworkersca http://usw.ca/inquiryThank you. I know that the families of the victims appreciate all of your support.
In Solidarity,
Steve Hunt United Steelworkers District 3 Director

Rally for the Living Wage – July 8

Wednesday, July 8th from 9:0010:00amfsdrf Vancouver City Hall, 12th @ Cambie

PMO uses majority to rig Senate rules and force through Bill C-377

Conservative-Sentate-Reform The Prime Minister has used his Conservative Senate majority to rig Senate rules, shut down debate and force through Bill C-377.Senate-Reform2-EN- “Several senators tried to do their job and demonstrate that the Senate really is a chamber of second sober thought, but Prime Minister Harper appears to have thrown a temper tantrum, stepping in to rig the rules, shut down debate, and make things go his way,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff. “It’s a corrupt, cynical move that once more demonstrates that unions are far more democratic, transparent and accountable to their members than this prime minister and his government are to taxpayers,” he added. The Conservatives have tried to spin Bill C-377 as being about union transparency, but experts from across the spectrum agree that it’s really about red tape, that will force unions, their suppliers and other businesses they work with to spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and processing expense reports to be reviewed and filed at taxpayer expense. The bill has been opposed by everyone from the NHL Players Association to Conservative and Liberal senators, constitutional experts, Canada’s privacy commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association, the insurance and mutual fund industry, seven provinces, and a long and diverse list of others in the business, financial, professional, legal, labour, and academic communities, private and public, federal and provincial. Yussuff thanked the minority of Senators who listened to the experts, stood their ground and opposed the legislation. “What’s happened in the Senate is just one more reason that we’ll be working hard to win a new government this fall, one that prioritizes the economy, jobs and health care over political manoeuvring,” said Yussuff. “The CLC and its affiliates will be going to court to challenge the legality and the constitutionality of this legislation,” he added. http://bit.ly/1JtmWAy   SENATE-3-EN

Le CPM se sert de sa majorité pour manipuler le Règlement du Sénat et imposer le projet de loi C-377

Conservative-Sentate-Reform-FR Le Premier ministre a utilisé sa majorité conservatrice au Sénat pour manipuler le Règlement du Sénat, clore le débat et imposer le projet de loi C‑377.Senate-Reform2-FR « Plusieurs sénateurs ont tenté de faire leur travail et démontrer que le Sénat joue réellement un rôle de Chambre de réflexion, mais le Premier ministre semble avoir piqué une crise, s’immisçant pour manipuler le Règlement, afin de clore le débat dans le but de parvenir à ses fins », a déclaré Hassan Yussuff, président du CTC. « Cette manœuvre cynique et corrompue démontre une fois encore que les syndicats sont beaucoup plus démocratiques, transparents et responsables envers leurs membres que le sont le Premier ministre et son gouvernement envers les contribuables », a-t-il ajouté. Les conservateurs ont essayé de maquiller le projet de loi C‑377 en mesure sur la transparence syndicale, mais des experts de tous les domaines sont d’avis qu’il s’agit réellement d’une question de bureaucratie visant à forcer les syndicats, leurs fournisseurs et d’autres entreprises avec lesquelles ils travaillent à dépenser des millions de dollars et à consacrer des milliers d’heures à produire et traiter des rapports de dépenses qui seront vérifiés et classés aux frais des contribuables. Se sont opposés au projet de loi C‑377 l’Association des joueurs de la LNH, des sénateurs conservateurs et libéraux, des constitutionnalistes, la commissaire à la protection de la vie privée, l’Association du Barreau canadien, le secteur de l’assurance et des fonds communs de placement, sept des provinces et de nombreux et divers autres intervenants du monde des affaires, du milieu des finances et des communautés des professionnels, des universitaires, des juristes et des syndicalistes, du secteur privé et du secteur public fédéral et provincial.

  1. Yussuff a remercié la minorité de sénateurs qui ont écouté les experts, ont maintenu leur position et se sont opposés au projet de loi.

« Ce qui s’est produit au Sénat nous donne une raison supplémentaire de travailler encore plus fort pour faire élire un nouveau gouvernement cet automne, qui privilégie l’économie, l’emploi et la santé au lieu des manœuvres politiques », a indiqué M. Yussuff. http://bit.ly/1LEdMBM SENATE-3-FR

CLC – Bill C-377

Greetings: Today, the Prime Minister used his Conservative Senate majority to re-writeSenate rules, shut down debate and force through Bill C-377. I want to thank all of you for your dedication and hard work over the last four years to try and defeat this fatally flawed Bill. Of course, the labour movement was not alone in our criticisms. We worked with many other individuals and organizations to coordinate our messages and opposition toC-377, including: seven provincial governments;Canada’s Privacy Commissioner;constitutional and labour lawyers; the Canadian Bar Association;the insurance and mutual fund industries;benefits and pension plan managers;medical associations; and academic experts. We also worked closely with legislators in both the House of Commons and theSenate to highlight the Bill’s flaws and ensure it had a rocky ridethrough Parliament from the start.In particular, the NDP in the House of Commons, and the Liberals in the Senate, did all they could to oppose, delay and defeat this flawed Bill. Although the Conservative majority rigged the game and forced Bill C-377 through the Senate, this is not the end of our fight. Bill C-377 isunconstitutional, undemocratic, discriminatory,and an invasion of personal privacy.The Billwill be subject to a constitutional challengein the courts in the future. In the meantime, we must not forget why this fatally flawed Private Member’s Bill was ultimately able to getthroughParliament: From the start, C-377 was orchestrated directly by the heavy hand of the Prime Minister. Bill C-377 is Stephen Harper’s partisan political attack on unions. He ordered Conservatives in the House of Commons and the Senate to ignore the evidence, ignore the experts, ignore the critics, break the rules and pass the Bill. – 2 – It is clear what we are up against. Stephen Harper is prepared to do whatever it takes to silence the voice of our labour movement. As we head towards the federal election on October 19, 2015, it is critical that we remind our members, and others, about Harper’s partisan political attack on our labour movement. The best way we can ensure this Bill is repealed is to defeat Stephen Harper and elect a new federal government this October. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Harper broke the rules to force C-377 through the Senate. What is he prepared to do to win the next election? In solidarity, Hassan Yussuff President

Bill C-377

Please take the time to read this article from the Vancouver Sun. https://shar.es/1qc30V It would be helpful if we all took a few minutes to contact the Senators in our area to express our displeasure of how the Conservatives are handling Bill C-377 in the Senate.

A Special Tribute to Libby

Special tribute event to celebrate the outstanding political career of our friend Libby Davies and help to ensure her legacy continues. WHEN: 6 PM, Sunday, July 26th WHERE: Pink Pearl, 1132 East Hastings Limited VIP Tickets: $200 (To be seated at Libby, Joy’s or my table); $500 (To be seated at Stephen’s table) Regular Tickets: $100 fsdrf As you know, after more than 40 years in elected office, and almost 20 years as Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, Libby Davies will not be seeking re-election in October.  Vancouver East is unique riding and plays an important role in the national stage and I am very honoured to be chosen as  the NDP Vancouver East Candidate. East Van residents and all Canadians owe Libby a huge debt of gratitude. Libby has worked relentlessly for our community and gave voice to thousands of people in our community over the last 40 years.  She has never feared controversy when lives were at stake, whether it be taking tough positions in supporting marginalized Canadians or taking up the cause of oppressed peoples around the world. There is no question that her dedicated service and hard work has touched the lives of many. To honour Libby and help me become the next MP for Van East, we will be joined by Joy MacPhail, former Leader of the BC NDP and Stephen Lewis, the former Ontario NDP leader, United Nations ambassador and life long human rights advocate on this unforgettable evening. Please come and help me thank Libby for her remarkable 40 years of service and help elect Tom Mulcair as the next Prime Minister of Canada.

MAKE THE PLEDGE!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Your Political Action Committee has met and had its first Strategy Session. The Committee currently consists of 7 members: Brother Rick Singh                                         Brother John Vincent Brother Neil Chia                                           Brother Lester Lavers Brother Yovan Ramyead                               Brother Jorge Morales Brother Leonidas Kokkinis images (1) Over the next several months we will be out talking to members in the workplace. With the Federal Election coming in October it is imperative that we educate ourselves with the issues that affect us all as Federally Regulated workers.  We need to make an informed decision when it comes time to vote. There is a better choice! We need your help! The PAC is reaching out to the members of Local Lodge 16 for volunteers who would like to help in getting important messages across to the membership and making a pledge to vote. Our livelihood depends on the outcome of this Federal Election. For more information please feel free to talk to any of the PAC members, email the PAC at ll16pac@iamaw16.ca or visit www.betterchoice.ca. In Solidarity,   Your Local Lodge PAC

Peggy’s Question On Air Industry Job Losses

Clip of Peggy speaking in the House of Commons on the airline industry job losses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XwmbTXDbok

MP Pat Martin Statement on Labour Movement

C-377 came up for its first third reading debate today. Somewhat unexpectedly, Senator Bellemare (C – Quebec) raised a point of order on several items including the need for a royal recommendation (as any bill that incurs costs requires) and some issues with regard to the true nature of the bill (Labour rights vs. Income tax). Opposition Senators supported her request for a Speaker’s ruling and the speaker adjourned debate on the bill while he looks into the issues. The bill is now expected back in the Senate on Tuesday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFpmlD67ps0&sns=em Le projet de loi C-377 est retourné pour son premier débat en troisième lecture aujourd’hui. De manière inattendue, la sénatrice Bellemare (C – Québec) a soulevé un point d’ordre sur plusieurs points, y compris la nécessité d’une recommandation royale (comme pour tout projet de loi qui engage des coûts) et différentes questions quant à la véritable nature du projet de loi (droits du travail vs . impôt sur le revenu). Les sénateurs et sénatrices de l’opposition ont appuyé sa demande d’une décision du président. Le président a ajourné le débat le temps d’examiner ces questions. Le projet de loi devraitde nouveau retourner au Sénat mardi prochain.

Tell the Feds to Help Save Air Transport Jobs!

In partnership with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Stop IAM members from losing their pensions and benefits and having their wages reduced by as much as $8.00 an hour

300 workers in Montreal and Toronto are facing the loss of decent jobs with benefits and pensions. If together we can’t help they will be ‘lucky’ to have jobs that pay a bit more than minimum wage with few benefits and no pension. Aircraft refueling workers at Toronto Pearson and Montreal Trudeau are represented by the IAM. Their union has unfair labour practice complaints at the Canada Industrial Relations Board regarding the behaviour of the employers and has applied to have Air Canada deemed the employer. As the IAM was waiting for a hearing, the employers announced that they would be shutting down. In response the Union has applied for an interim order from the CIRB. The IAM is demanding that the shutdown not be allowed to take place until the Industrial Relations Board has determined who the real employer of these workers is. Please join us in demanding that the Minister of Labour instruct the CIRB to act on the interim order request that the IAM has filed. Together we can save these jobs. Send the Minister a message: let the CIRB decide! http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=2737 Your message will be sent to the following email addresses: kellie.leitch@parl.gc.ca, lisa.raitt@parl.gc.ca, peggy.nash@parl.gc.ca, mike.sullivan@parl.gc.ca, mayor@mississauga.ca, mayor_tory@toronto.ca, jsingh-qp@ndp.on.ca, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca, ahorwath-co@np.on.ca, sryan@ofl.ca, nhutchison@ofl.ca, inanda@ofl.ca, fuellers@iamaw.ca

TIME FOR CHANGE TOUR 

Region Town Date Venue Time
Atlantic Halifax 13-May Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1P2 7:00pm-9:00pm
Atlantic St. John’s 14-May Comfort Inn Airport, 106 Airport Road, St. John’s, NL A1A 4Y3 7:00pm-9:00pm
Ontario Peel 19-May Leo Gerard Union Centre, 1158 Aerowood Drive, Mississauga, ON 6:30pm-8:30pm
Prairies Saskatoon 19-May Delta Bessborough, Battleford Ballroom, 601 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G8 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prairies Regina 19-May Ramada Plaza, Canadian Ballroom, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 0R1 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prairies Edmonton 20-May Holiday Inn Express, Penthouse Room, 10010- 104 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z1 7:00pm-9:00pm
Ontario Hamilton 21-May Hamilton Convention Centre 1 Summers Ln, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2 7:00pm-9:00pm
Ontario Waterloo 25-May 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8 7:00pm-8:00pm
Ontario Oshawa 28-May Unifor 222, 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa, ON L1J 8L4 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ontario Ottawa 01-Jun Travelodge West, 1376 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L5 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ontario Windsor 02-Jun University of Windsor, CAW Student Centre, Embassador Ballroom, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor, ON N9B 3P4 6:30pm-8:30pm

Fight For 15 – May 15th Event at Walmart

fightfor15bc Let’s send the message to Walmart that low pay is not ok! We will be at the Walmart at 3585 Grandview Hwy at noon on May 15th to distribute leaflets and petitions Please find attached flyer for a May 15th event on our Campaign for “Fight for $15”. There will be leafletting and petition signing at WalMart on 3585 Grandview Hwy., Vancouver, BC – noon – 1:00 pm.

WHEN

May 15, 2015 at 12pm – 1pm

WHERE

Walmart 3585 Grandview Hwy Vancouver, BC V5M 2G7 Canada

NDP ONLINE AD: “Affordable childcare” 

BC Fed – Fight for 15 – May Day Rally And March

its_only_fair_tagline_500_fixels_trans_for_black_background On April 15th, we joined thousands of workers around the world protesting for a fair minimum wage. In BC, there were events at six McDonald’s locations in the Lower Mainland as well as events in Victoria, New Westminster and Penticton. From Vancouver to Tokyo workers sent the message that low pay is not ok. The energy is growing, and public support is high. People get it – if you work full-time you shouldn’t be left in poverty. We are excited to announce that our next Fight for $15 event will be on May 1st in Vancouver. This year’s May Day March and Rally will have a Fight for $15 theme. The event is co-sponsored by the BCFED and the Vancouver and District Labour Council. After the rally join us at Wise Hall for music and refreshments. The first 50 low-wage workers will get in for free. Others who bring a sticker from the rally will get $2 off at the door. For more information and to RSVP visit our Facebook Event. Also, if you are in the South Okanagan, there will be a minimum wage panel discussion in Penticton on May 1st, featuring Aaron Ekman, Secretary Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour. The event is hosted by the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council. For more information visit their website. Let’s build an economy that works for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events. BCFED_minimum_wage_Fight_for_15_logo_web_500_pixels BCFED http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/ On May 1st workers around the world will be celebrating the struggle for workers’ rights. This year, the Vancouver May Day Rally will have a focus on the Fight for $15 and call on the BC Liberal Government to make a real increase to the minimum wage. Meet up at Clark Park between 5 and 5:30pm. We will march together to Grandview Park for a rally. Make it an evening. After the rally head over to the Wise Hall for music and refreshments. A food cart will be available for dinner. Upstairs join us for live music starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 with a sticker from the rally and the first 50 low wage workers get in free! This event is co-sponsored by the Vancouver District Labour Council and the BC Federation of Labour. See you there!

CLC – Bill C-525 Passed/Adoption du projet de loi C-525

Greetings:Bill C-525 PassedCLCDemocracy in Canada was put to shame yesterday with the Senate’s passing of Bill C-525, the Employees’ Voting Rights Act. Bill C-525 is critically flawed, as the Conservative dominated Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee discovered last week. Ignoring Liberal amendments to fix the mistakes, the committee passed it on the grounds that amending the Bill would kill it. The Bill then returned to the Chamber for Third Reading on Monday evening, only to be passed, mistakes and all.This Bill, which will make it harder for workers to certify a union and easier to decertify unions in federally-regulated industries, was introduced by the Conservatives through the back door. MP Blaine Calkins’ introduced this private members bill to amend the Canada Labour rather than following the decades old and proven process of amending the Canada Labour Code through tripartite consultation with employers, labour and government.Neither employers nor unions sought these changes; neither employers nor unions identified a single problem in current industrial relations that required these legislative amendments. Virtually all industrial relations authorities in Canada have warned against Bill C-525 and the process through which the government is upsetting the balance in federal labour relations.Even the Canada Industrial Relations Board presented a study to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities earlier this year that revealed the mandatory voting called for in Bill C-525 will result in a 500% increase in costs.This legislation is really about denying Canadian workers the right to collective bargaining with their employer. It is an invitation to employers to interfere with workers’ democratic right to choose representation, and it will destabilize federal labour relations.The Canadian Senate has abdicated its responsibility of sober second thought by allowing a technically flawed and badly drafted bill to pass into law.In Solidarity,Hassan Yussuff President_________________________________________________________________Bonjour,Adoption du projet de loi C-525 La démocratie au Canada s’est couverte de honte hier suite à l’adoption par le Sénat du projet de loi C-525, Loi sur le droit de vote des employés. Ainsi qu’a pu le constater le Comité sénatorial des affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles la semaine dernière, le projet de loi C-525 contient de graves lacunes. Sans tenir compte des propositions d’amendement du Parti libéral visant à en redresser les erreurs, le Comité a adopté le projet de loi au motif qu’y apporter des modifications aurait pour effet de l’enterrer. Le projet de loi a ensuite été renvoyé à la Chambre pour troisième lecture lundi soir où il a été adopté, erreurs comprises.Ce projet de loi, qui rendra le processus d’accréditation syndicale beaucoup plus difficile et facilitera la désaccréditation d’un syndicat dans le secteur sous compétence fédérale, a été présenté par les conservateurs à la dérobée. Le député Blaine Calkins a présenté ce projet de loi d’initiative parlementaire pour modifier le Code canadien du travail au lieu de suivre le processus éprouvé depuis des dizaines d’années consistant à organiser des consultations tripartites entre employeurs, syndicats et gouvernement.Ni les employeurs ni les syndicats n’ont réclamé ces modifications; ni les employeurs ni les syndicats n’ont identifié de problème dans les relations employeurs-travailleurs actuelles justifiant ces modifications législatives. La vaste majorité des spécialistes canadiens en relations employeurs-travailleurs ont lancé des mises en garde contre les risques inhérents à l’adoption du projet de loi C-525 et le processus entrepris par le gouvernement pour déséquilibrer les relations de travail dans le secteur sous compétence fédérale.Le Conseil canadien des relations industrielles a même présenté une étude au Comité permanent des ressources humaines, du développement des compétences, du développement social et de la condition des personnes handicapées de la Chambre des communes montrant que le vote obligatoire proposé dans le projet de loi C-525 se traduirait par une augmentation de 500 % des coûts d’administration.Ce projet de loi vise en réalité à dépouiller les travailleuses et travailleurs canadiens de leur droit à la négociation collective avec l’employeur. C’est inviter les employeurs à faire obstruction au droit démocratique des travailleurs et travailleuses à se syndiquer et cela déstabilisera les relations de travail dans le secteur sous compétence fédérale.Le Sénat canadien a manqué à sa responsabilité de procéder à un examen réfléchi en permettant l’adoption d’un projet de loi techniquement boiteux et mal rédigé.En toute solidarité,Hassan Yussuff Président

CLC – International Women’s Day 2015

Time for a New Normal: Women in Canada Need Child Care It’s International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate women’s achievements and also to reflect on the barriers to equality that remain in place. Removing one of those barriers—the struggle to access quality child care—could be just one election away. Everyone benefits when parents can go to work knowing that their children are safe and well cared for. Parents benefit because they can take on better jobs and balance work and family responsibilities. Kids benefit because they have a safe place to learn, grow and play. The economic benefits of child care are well-established, or as the TD Bank stated, images“Unquestionable”. According to their report, “Ultimately, investment in early education can help to address core economic and social challenges facing Canada. It can help reduce poverty, address skills shortages, and improve productivity and innovation, and a host of other national priorities”. Child care is a necessary ingredient to helping make women available for work, education and training. We have seen the success of Quebec’s child care system, which saw substantial increases in women’s participation in paid work as well as a reduction in poverty rates. And Quebec has also shown us that money spent on child care pays for itself in increased tax revenue and other socio-economic benefits. But even though it’s normal for moms to work outside the home (70% of mothers with kids under 6 do), good child care in Canada is hard to find, and even harder to afford. Over the last two years, Canada’s labour movement has been talking to our members about their experiences finding, juggling and paying for child care. We have heard some incredible stories, ranging from the absurd to the tragic. Like the postal worker, a new Canadian who couldn’t find child care she could afford and had to send her children back to Nigeria to be cared for by her parents until they were old enough to go to school. Or the lone-parenting mom who relies on the school bus commute as after-school care because she can’t afford the fees, and races at the end of the day to meet the bus. Often when people talk about child care, they use words like “luck”, as in “I was lucky to get in” or “I feel like I won the lottery, getting this space”. Surviving the child care years has become a normal part of family life. It’s something parents are all expected to endure. We need a new normal. Getting safe, affordable, quality child care should not be a matter of luck. It should be a matter of course. In 1984, the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, headed by the current Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella, said that, “child care is the ramp that provides equal access to the workforce for mothers”. Why hasn’t government policy and support for child care kept pace with working women? During the second world war, the federal government showed leadership by striking agreements with the provinces to establish day nurseries in areas where mothers “live, not where they work”. The facilities provided healthy meals, qualified staff and aimed to “inculcate ideals such as independence, cooperation and responsibility [using the] latest methods in child psychology to achieve this end”. Unfortunately this support ended once the war was over. The Royal Commission on the Status of Women (1970) was the first to propose a national child care program. Since then there have been three major attempts by federal governments to develop a national child care strategy, countless studies, reports, several national conferences over three decades (most recently this past November), all devoted to examining child care as a public good and recommending federal leadership to work with the provinces to make it happen. That’s a lot of time. Generations of children, generations of parents, all kept waiting for real options that would help working parents balance work and family life. Women’s careers have changed over the decades. Workplaces have changed. But our child care system has not kept pace. It’s time for change. We need a government that will commit to financing and to working with the provinces and territories to establish a real, universal child care system. One that will ensure new spaces really do open up, and one that addresses sky high fees. What we don’t need is more of the same plan that keeps taking us back in time, rewarding high-income families where one parent stays at home with tax breaks, while offering taxable handouts to everyone else (money that does not even remotely approach the cost of child care… if you can find it). Canada’s labour movement has made many gains for working women—gains we celebrate on International Women’s Day. From maternity and parental leave to public pensions, from equal pay to workplace safety legislation, unions have led the way for better, fairer workplaces for all women in Canada. Now the labour movement is calling for a national child care system so all parents can count on quality child care when they return to work. And, that national child care system could be just one election away. Help us get there. Together with child care advocates, Canada’s labour movement will be part of a week of action from May 10 to 17, 2015; a week when we will celebrate child care as a public good and call for a system that will provide all families with high quality care at a fee every family can afford. Join us. Because a new normal for working women and their families could be just one election away.

Political Action – Protect Your Privacy ! Stop Bill C-51

We are calling on Canadians to protest Bill C-51 on March 14, 2015 in cities across the country.The proposed legislation Bill C-51 should be of concern to all Canadians. It would clearly allow for the violation of Charter Rights, and creates a secret police force with little oversight or accountability.We are demanding the government withdraw the legislation.
pacbannerWe are further demanding that any subsequent legislation meet with rigorous public dialogue prior to being tabled.National event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1576309639319839Media Inquiries: BCGEU Communications 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 3W3 Tel: (604) 291-9611 Email: communications@bcgeu.ca OpenMedia.ca campaign: https://openmedia.org/spyonus Leadnow.ca – À l’Action campaign: https://leadnow.netdonor.net/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1694&ea.campaign.id=35868 News release on impact of Bill C-51 by the BCCLA: https://bccla.org/news/2015/02/release-canadian-rights-groups-decry-limited-parliamentary-committee-hearings-for-bill-c-51-proposed-major-national-security-reforms/

BC FED – Supreme Court Affirms Workers’ Right To Strike In Collective Bargaining

February’s Fight for $15 events to support the minimum wage campaign

fightfor15bc Vancouver: Broken Heart Rally Groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Business have denounced the benefits of raising BC’s minimum wage to $15, but a fair wage is what is really needed! Join us at noon at the CFIB office to leave a day after Valentine’s message. Bring a home-made broken heart valentine and let the CFIB know what it is really like for those living on minimum wage in BC. There will be speakers including low-wage workers and campaign endorsers. After the short rally participants will disperse downtown to distribute flyers and collect petition signatures. Thank you to BC Acorn for hosting this event. When: Sunday, February 15th                                                                                         Time: noon Where: Canadian Federation of Independent Business office 625 Howe Street, Vancouver What to bring: bring a broken heart to leave for the CFIB and your union flags RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/785259788232460/ Victoria: Heartless Employer Blitz Workers can’t survive on $10.25. Join Fight for Fifteen campaigners as we ask Uptown shoppers to name heartless employers – who pays poverty wages? Help us build the movement for a $15/hr minimum wage. Thank you to the Fight for Fifteen Victoria Organizing Committee for hosting this event. When: Sunday, February 15th Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Where: Meet at the fountain at the Uptown mall, 3440 Saanich Road, Victoria What to bring: Rally sign and pens RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/362461907258850/ Sechelt: We’re not loving it! Rally and petition signing event 1:00pm followed by a 2:00pm march and protest at McDonald’s on the highway. Thank you to the Sunshine Coast Labour Council and Fraser Shortt for hosting this event. When: Sunday, February 15th Time: 1:00pm Where: 5693 Cowrie St. Sechelt B.C.(in front of St.Marys Thrift Store) What to bring: Rally sign and pens to get petition signatures RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/334990766704853/

Join the Broken Heart Rally Feb 15th!

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Join us at this month’s Fight for $15 event in Vancouver!
Groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Business have denounced the benefits of raising BC’s minimum wage to $15, but a fair wage is what’s really needed!Meet up at noon at the CFIB office to leave a day after Valentine’s message. Bring a home-made broken heart Valentine and let the CFIB know what it is really like for those living on minimum wage in BC.There will be speakers including low-wage workers and campaign endorsers. After the short rally, participants will disperse downtown to distribute flyers and collect petition signatures.
This event is being hosted by BC Acorn.

When: Sunday, February 15th

Time: noon

Where: Canadian Federation of Independent Business office

              625 Howe Street, Vancouver

What to bring: a broken heart to leave for the CFIB and a Fight for $15 sign

BCFED http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE TO VOTE

Here is why we must do everything in our power to mobilize our members to actively vote the Harper Conservatives out of power this year. Coming soon to a Country near you if we don’t. From the latest iMail –> First Salvos of New GOP Congress: Social Security, Disability Benefits Thu. January 08, 2015vote The GOP-controlled House of Representatives have their sights set on Social Security and disability benefits as their first order of business. Soon after this week’s convening of the 114th Congress, members approved a rule that would force both programs into insolvency. Since 1968, Congress has allowed the periodic reallocation of Social Security payroll tax income to cover the cost of benefits from the disability trust fund and vice versa. The reallocations were projected to keep both programs solvent until 2033. But, this week’s procedural rule prevents the routine reallocation unless it’s accompanied by benefit cuts or tax increases. Without the reallocation, the disability trust fund could run dry as early as next year and benefits for 11 million beneficiaries would have to be cut 20 percent, say some economists. “It is hard to believe that there is any purpose to this unprecedented change to House rules other than to cut benefits for Americans who have worked hard all their lives,” said Max Richtman from the Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Harper has set his sights on Medicare in this country in addition to pensions and disability benefits. He set the defunding of Medicare in place in December 2011 with a mundane procedural process. He simply is refusing to renegotiate the Medicare funding with the provinces which serves to freeze funding at those established levels. The end result? Provinces will be faced with making significant reductions in Medicare coverage or raising provincial taxes to cover the shortfall starting in 2017. The Conservatives’ ideological reason for this is to force provinces and citizens to accept for profit health care providers who will swoop in and offer to offload this unfunded demand from the provinces. While the fact that he is Evil is beyond dispute, Harper’s real genius is his ability to enact his agenda to reshape Canadian society and values through mundane “routine” procedures that go unnoticed by citizens and largely ignored by the media. Can you say “Omnibus budget Bills and Fair Election Act boys and girls?”

JIM SINCLAIR CELEBRATION OF 15 YEARS OF SERVICE

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End Violence Against Women 4th Annual Candle-light Vigil

25th Anniversary of the 1989 Montreal massacre and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 04:30 to 06:00
PSAC; West Fraser Valley Area Council; BCFED

Holland Park 13428 Old Yale Road Surrey BC

15now.org – SOLIDARITY APPEAL: 15 Now Leader Fired by Delta For Speaking out Against Low Pay

Delta Airlines fired Kip Hedges, a baggage handler for 26 years, simply for supporting a $15/hour minimum wage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Airport. Delta targeted Kip because he leads 15 Now’s workplace campaign at MSP to win $15/hour. Please show your solidarity in three simple ways:      15-Now-logo 1. Sign the Petition to Demand Delta Re-hire Kip Hedges 2. Donate to 15 Now today to help fund the fight to defend Kip Hedges and his struggle for $15/hour and union rights at MSP 3. Help spread the word by sharing this meme on the 15 Now Minnesota Facebook page. Background: Delta management told Kip he was being fired for “disparaging remarks” made in a video posted on the 15 Now Minnesota Facebook page. Anyone who watches the video, linked below, will be outraged. All Kip said was: “A lot of Delta workers make under $15/hour… a lot of the better paid workers also understand that the bottom has to be raised otherwise the top is going to fall as well.” Watch the video, originally posted on Workday Minnesota. (Kip speaks at 1:38) Kip Hedges Kip was fired Tuesday, December 2nd, and on the following Friday over 250 workers and community supporters rallied to demand Delta re-hire Kip and to demand “$15 and a Union.” Organized by 15 Now, SEIU, IAM and other unions, protesters blocked traffic into MSP after hearing rousing speeches from workers and community supporters, including Congressman Keith Ellison who ended his speech saying “Shame on Delta” and leading a chant for “15 Now, 15 Now.” The airport action was a top new story in all major TV and print media. Check out the media round-up here. The timing of Kip’s termination on December 2nd is no accident. It came in the midst of a national week of action for “$15 and a Union,” and just as three different union drives at Delta, and their subcontractor AirServ, kick into high gear with a demonstration at MSP Airport on December 5th. Delta thinks firing Kip, a leading 15 Now and union activist, will silence other airport workers from standing up for their rights. They couldn’t be more wrong. With your support, and the mobilization of the wider labor movement, Delta’s blatantly illegal and unjust actions will only deepen workers’ resolve to fight for $15/hour and union rights. We call on Delta and the Metropolitan Airport Commission, which governs operations at MSP Airport, to immediately reinstate Kip Hedges and to make clear that these intimidation tactics will not continue. We stand in solidarity with Kip and with all workers fighting for $15 and a union! Show your solidarity. Sign the petitionmake a donation, and help spread the word on social media!

http://15now.org/front-page/kip-hedges/

Fight For $15 – METROTOWN BLITZ

fightfor15bc Metrotown Blitz

Join us at Metrotown where we will be handing out campaign information to holiday shoppers. Metrotown is full of workers who earn only the minimum wage. Let’s encourage holiday shoppers to join our campaign and help get these workers a raise. Meet at the entrance to the Cineplex Odeon theatres on the Kingsway side of the mall. BCFED_minimum_wage_Fight_for_15_logo_web_500_pixels

WHEN

December 15, 2014 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm

WHERE
Metrotown Mall 4700 Kingsway Burnaby, , BC V5H 4M1 Canada Google map and directions

CONTACT

Denise Moffatt · dmoffatt@bcfed.ca · 604-430-1421

 Metrotown Blitz :

http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/metrotown_blitz

Events :

http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/calendar

Fight for $15

BCFED_minimum_wage_Fight_for_15_logo_web_500_pixels It is time to increase the minimum wage and address income inequality in BC. At $10.25/hr BC’s minimum wage is one of the lowest in Canada. As the cost of living continues to go up, workers earning minimum wage cannot make ends meet. BC’s minimum wage leaves full-time workers living below the poverty line. The BC Federation of Labour believes that work should lift you out of poverty. It’s time for the BC government to increase the minimum wage so that nobody is left behind. fightfor15bc Help us fight for $15/hr. It’s only fair!

Sign Petition –

http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/sign_the_petition

Information and More –

http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

 

POLITICAL ACTION – CLC – FAIRNESS WORKS

 
Together Fairness works

If you’ve watched television at all over the past week, you have likely seen the latest FAIRNESS WORKS ads. We are already hearing good things about them.teddy bear

But television isn’t the only place Canadians will have a chance to see how the labour movement is working for a fairer future. By now, the FAIRNESS WORKS message is on full display in transit shelters and stations in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. Here’s a list of where you can see the ads (they’re beautiful – Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal) – search them out, take a picture of them and share them with your friends while you can. They will start to come down after December 21. In those same cities, we’ve already appeared in a feature edition of Metro on November 24, focused on how the labour movement is working to create and protect good jobs. Future editions of Metro will focus on child care (December 3), health care (December 10) and retirement security (December 17). Watch for them. Share the online version with your social networks. We’re not stopping there – ads are also popping up online on YouTube, Buzzfeed, WeTransfer, Yahoo, Today’s Parent and Chatelaine. And we’re topping off the promotion with a series of articles across the Post Media network from November 27 through December 22). Over the coming weeks, FAIRNESS WORKS will be hard to miss. Let’s work together to share this great message with as many people as possible.

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POLITICAL ACTION – Le Congrès du travail du Canada – C’est bon être juste!

Together Fairness works

Si vous avez le moindrement regardé la télévision au cours de la dernière semaine, vous avez probablement vu les dernières publicités C’EST BON D’ÊTRE JUSTE. Nous avons déjà eu de bons échos à leur sujet.Mais la télévision n’est pas le seul endroit où les Canadiens auront la chance de voir de quelle façon le mouvement water ad

syndical s’efforce d’assurer un avenir plus juste à tous les Canadiens et les Canadiennes. Le message C’EST BON D’ÊTRE JUSTE est maintenant bien en vue dans les abribus et les stations de métro de Vancouver, Montréal et Toronto. Voici la liste des endroits où vous pouvez voir les annonces (Vancouver, TorontoMontréal) (elles sont magnifiques) – recherchez-les, prenez-les en photo et partagez-les avec vos amis autant que vous le pouvez. Elles disparaîtront ensuite progressivement à partir du 21 décembre. Une édition spéciale de Métro parue le 24 novembre dans ces villes a été consacrée au mouvement syndical qui œuvre afin de créer de bons emplois et les protéger. Les prochaines éditions du journal Métro seront consacrées à la garde d’enfants (3 décembre), aux soins de santé (10 décembre) et à la sécurité des retraites (17 décembre). Surveillez leur sortie. Partagez la version en ligne avec vos réseaux sociaux. Mais ce n’est pas tout – les annonces sont également diffusées en ligne sur YouTube, Buzzfeed, WeTransfer, Yahoo, Today’s Parent et Chatelaine. Et nous couronnons la promotion avec une série d’articles publiés dans les quotidiens du réseau PostMedia du 27 novembre au 22 décembre. Il sera difficile de ne pas remarquer C’EST BON D’ÊTRE JUSTE au cours des prochaines semaines. Travaillons ensemble pour partager ce formidable message avec le plus grand nombre possible de personnes.

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POLITICAL ACTION – CLC – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT THE WORKPLACE – SURVEY RESULTS

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On December 6, 2013, the Canadian Labour Congress with Western University launched a groundbreaking national survey on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. The response was overwhelming – 8429 workers participated, from all regions of the country. We asked them who had experienced domestic violence, how it impacted their work and their co-workers, whether they had discussed it with anyone at work and what types of support they may have received. The survey results are a wake-up call and we can’t wait to share what we have learned. It’s time to talk. This survey is the start of a conversation, one that needs to involve youtubeunions, employers and governments, about how we can make sure that people who experience domestic violence can feel safe on the job, and feel supported by their union and employer. Watch our video and learn more about the powerful results of this important study.
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POLITICAL ACTION – CLC –

FAIRNESS WORKS

Together Fairness works

Over the next four weeks, the next round of FAIRNESS WORKS ads will go to air in every region of the country, hit the streets of four major urban centres and pop-up on people’s computer screens and devices. Watch for them!fairness works video clipYou can watch the new television ads on our youtube channel.These new ads focus on issues the labour movement is working to advance for the benefit of all Canadians – good jobs, child care, health care, retirement security and equality.The television ads will run on major networks from November 24 through December 22. Transit advertising at train and subway stations and bus stops will start to appear in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver starting November 24.We know you’ll want to share these ads with your members. The pride in union membership and solidarity with the labour movement we experienced over our previous two campaigns was more than we bargained for. So help us spread the word – that the labour movement is working for a fairer future for all Canadians.

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POLITICAL ACTION – IAM VOTING – BC MUNICIPAL ELECTION

elections3 For Mayor, Councils, School and Parks Boards on November 15. It’s election time for municipalities in BC, and your vote will make a difference. Now more than ever, strong, progressive leadership is needed in local governments, and IAM members need to make their voices heard on what matters to working families. Why does this election matter? Local governments are being asked to do more with less. Cities aren’t just for garbage collection and sewer lines anymore. Strong local leaders are needed to hold the provincial and federal governments accountable for everything from Healthcare cuts that impact policing to environmental concerns and cuts to education that impact our families. I’d like to vote but there are too many choices—and no parties I recognize. How do I choose? While it is good to research and get to know candidates in your city, there is a short cut. Some candidates have been endorsed by your local Labour Council. What is a Labour Endorsed Candidate? And why should I vote for them? Labour Councils work with Unions and community groups to identify priorities in our communities on key issues like Infrastructure, Fair Wages, Purchasing and Procurement, Taxes, Sustainability and Public Education. A Labour endorsed candidate is one who shares our priorities and will work to make our communities better places to work and live. elections2 Ok, so I’m going to vote. How do I find out who the Labour Endorsed Candidates are? It’s easy! For: Vancouver North Vancouver District of North Vancouver Richmond,     click here http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/Vancouver-EN.pdf For:  Burnaby                                    New Westminster Coquitlam                                         Pitt Meadows Delta                                                  Port Coquitlam Langley                                              Port Moody Township of Langley                       Surrey Maple Ridge   click here:  http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/NewWest-EN.pdf For:  Abbotsford Chilliwack Hope Mission          click here:  http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/FraserValley-EN.pdf elections1 Hey, there are more council seats than there are endorsed candidates!  Now what do I do? That’s correct.  For some cities there only a few endorsed candidates.  You do not have to vote for every position on a ballot, or you can fill in with your own local knowledge and research.  The important thing is to get out and vote, so you can say: I AM VOTING! advancepolls1 Authorized by IAM&AW, registered sponsor under LECFA, western@iam140.ca

A National Program for Affordable Child Care: It’s About Time 

Fightback #10

A National Program for Affordable Child Care: It’s About Time

Who: Canadian families

What: Tom Mulcair and Canada’s New Democrats have proposed a national program to provide all Canadian parents with quality child care at a cost of no more than $15 a day.

Why:

Almost 70% of Canadian mothers with children under 5 are working, but there are only regulated, quality spaces for about 20% of those children.

 Even when spaces are available, families are forced to pay $40-$60 per day or more – making the cost of good care a problem for low and middle-income families.

 The Harper Government’s “Universal Child Care Benefit” has cost over $2 billion a year without making child care more accessible or affordable.

 Available, affordable and high quality child care is essential to our children’s future. It provides major economic benefits, particularly helping low and middle-income families. It will pay for itself, in both the short and the long-run, by boosting to employment and incomes.

 Quebec has shown that it can be done, with its $7 a day child care program.

Where: In our workplaces and our communities, telling our co-workers, our friends and neighbours why we need to elect an NDP government that will bring affordable, quality child care to all Canadians.

When: Between now and the 2015 federal election.

Contre-attaque no 10

Il est grand temps pour un programme national de garderies subventionnées

Qui : Les familles canadiennes

Quoi : Thomas Mulcair et le NPD fédéral ont proposé un programme national pour fournir aux parents canadiens des services de garde d’enfants de qualité à un coût plafonné à 15 $ par journée.

Pourquoi :

Près de 70 % des mères canadiennes d’enfants de moins de 5 ans travaillent, mais à peine environ 20 % de ces enfants ont une place en milieu de garde règlementé.

 Même lorsque des places sont disponibles, certaines familles sont forcées de payer de 40 $ à 60 $ par jour ou plus encore – ce qui rend le coût de bons services de garde problématique pour les familles à faible revenu et à revenu moyen.

 La « Prestation universelle pour la garde d’enfants » du gouvernement Harper coûte plus de 2 milliards de dollars par année sans pour autant rendre la garde d’enfance plus accessible ou abordable.

 L’avenir de nos enfants passe par des services de garde accessibles, abordables et de grande qualité. De tels services ont d’importantes retombées économiques, particulièrement pour les familles à faible revenu et à revenu moyen. Les coûts seront vite récupérés, à court et à long termes, par une augmentation de l’emploi et des revenus.

 Le Québec, qui offre un programme de garderies à 7 $ par jour, a démontré que c’est possible de le faire.

Où : Dans nos milieux de travail et nos collectivités, nous devons sensibiliser nos collègues de travail, nos amis et nos voisins aux raisons pour lesquelles nous devons élire un gouvernement néo-démocrate qui permettra à tous les Canadiens de bénéficier de services de garde d’enfants abordables et de qualité.

Quand : Entre maintenant et l’élection fédérale en 2015.

 

JIM SINCLAIR

bcfed130 Dear Sisters and Brothers: For the past 35 years I have been a part of the most wonderful movement in the world – the labour movement. For the last 15 of those years, I have had the honour and privilege to be the President of the B.C. Federation of Labour, a position that allowed me to play a unique and important role in fighting for the rights of working people. After much reflection, today I am announcing that I will not be running for re-election as President at the November Convention. This was not an easy decision nor was it taken lightly – but it is the right decision at the right time. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished and have a deep appreciation for the level of commitment our activists have to this movement. The Federation today is known across the province and the country as a progressive voice for the rights of all working people, whether they are fortunate enough to have a union card or not. Our campaigns for late-night workers, for farm worker safety, for minimum wage increases and proper employment standards have been constant reminders that we in the labour movement practice what we preach – what we desire for ourselves, we wish for all. Our Federation has a proud tradition of being there whenever an affiliate needs help. Whether it’s on the picket line, at the bargaining table, fighting contracting out, or stopping plant closures, we understand our job is building solidarity. Because together we are stronger. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the support of Officers, affiliates, rank and file union members and the staff of the Federation. To all of you, a huge thank you. I know there is much left to be accomplished and many more battles to be fought and I want to assure you I will continue to fight for a progressive and principled trade union movement that is not afraid of taking risks and fighting back. A final thanks to my family who put up with my long hours and crazy life for all those years. Without their solidarity and love, I would never have survived the past 15 years. See you on the line, wherever that may be. In solidarity, JIM SINCLAIR

 

December 6th, 2014, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique murders, when fourteen young women lost their lives. Every year, we take this day to reflect on the prevalence of violence against women in our society, and to commit to taking concrete action in order to end violence against women and girls.

In addition to highlighting the 25th anniversary of these murders, the Canadian Labour Congress is encouraging affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to join us in affirming the labour movement’s commitment to ending violence against women by profiling the results of our Domestic Violence in the Workplace survey and by reinforcing calls for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and a National Action Plan on Violence against Women.

Further details on our plans to release the results of our groundbreaking national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces will be forthcoming. With over 7000 responses, we are confident the survey results will help us win real results at the bargaining table and in legislatures.

Today, we are encouraging you to support the YWCA’s Rose Campaign as part of your December 6 activities this year, and in particular, to participate in their Light the Night Against Violence action on December 6. On this night, they are encouraging organizations and communities to light buildings, monuments and landmarks to help support the call for an end to violence against women. So far, the campaign has secured the lighting of the CN Tower in Toronto and the Langevin Bridge in Calgary in red, the Rose campaign colour. Ottawa’s Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) plans to light up its city in purple. Any light against violence is welcome.

The CLC will be lighting our national headquarters in Ottawa, and we challenge affiliates, federations of labour, labour councils and local unions to do the same. We also encourage you to work with your local YWCA and allies in the women’s and anti-violence movements to light up any local landmarks. If you are participating, please let our Women’s and Human Rights Department know at rcollins@clc-ctc.ca. Post pictures of your offices using the hashtag #shinethelight

Further details about the Rose Campaign and order forms for their postcards, buttons and other material are available on the website by clicking here.

We would also like to let you know about a youth-oriented social media campaign by our partners the Coalition for Gun Control, called Generation Action. Young people can use the hashtag #DemandControl to send out messages for better gun control and to end violence against women and girls.Please encourage your members to visit http://www.generation-action.com/ to upload pictures or messages.

For more information on the CLC’s plans for December 6, the National Survey on the Impact of Domestic Violence at Work, or to register your participation in the Light the Night challenge, please contact Rashida Collins at rcollins@clc-ctc.ca.

In Solidarity,

Hassan Yussuff

President

CLCJustice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Sisters In Spirit (SIS) Vigils, October 4, 2014

Greetings,

This year marks the 9th annual Sisters In Spirit (SIS) vigils, which are held to raise awareness and demand action for missing and murdered First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and girls. The Canadian Labour Congress, affiliates and federations of labour have been longtime supporters of the campaign. Vigils are being organized throughout communities across the country on October 4th, 2014, including one on Parliament Hill.

Vigils, rallies and social media events are held to raise awareness and demand action for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The vigils also commemorate the women, girls, communities and families affected by this crisis by honouring their lives.

In 2013, there were 216 vigils held across the country and internationally. We encourage affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to contact the Native Women’s Association of Canada in order to participate in local vigils and to support the ongoing campaign for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Sisters In Spirit documented almost 600 deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls before their funding was cut by the Harper government in 2010. Since the current Conservative government has failed to address or acknowledge the disproportionate number of deaths and disappearances, a coalition of community members called No More Silence has begun compiling data on a new database. This new database documents violent deaths of Indigenous women/ Two-Spirit and Trans in collaboration with Families of Sisters In Spirit, The Native Youth Sexual Health Network and the Well Living House at the Keenan Research Centre.

Canada’s labour movement has long supported the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s demand that the federal government hold a National Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada and to do so by involving Aboriginal women in the design, decision-making, process and implementation of this inquiry. The CLC has recently started a petition to demand justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls based on the research of the RCMP’s report that documented close to 1,200 cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls between 1980 and 2012. Please continue to circulate the petition link to your members and promote it on your websites and social media pages:

http://www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/justice-canadas-aboriginalwomen-and-girls.Member of Parliament Niki Ashton, New Democratic Party (NDP), is tabling M-444, a Private Member’s Motion, which calls on the government to urgently establish a National Action Plan to address Violence against Women that includes the issues documented by NWAC, the RCMP and the various civil society groups. To read more about the motion and sign the NDP’s petition visit: http://nikiashton.ndp.ca/m-444.

We encourage you to participate in any or all of the events planned for October 4th. To find out how please see the following links:

To register: http://nwac.ca/programs/2014-vigil-registration

To light a virtual candle for a loved one visit: http://www.october4th.ca

To sign on to the joint statement contact NWAC at: reception@nwac.ca

To learn more about No More Silence and/ or to add an Indigenous trans, twospirited, woman from your community or workplace who has died a violent death to their community-run database visit: http://www.itstartswithusmmiw.com

The CLC looks forward to hearing about your support!

In solidarity,

Hassan Yussuff,

President

 

 

The Opposition prepares to join the fray

NDP leader John Horgan has reassigned many of his critics to new portfolios By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun columnist July 23, 2014 VICTORIA — For the past eight years, John Horgan has been the New Democratic Party’s go-to guy on the energy file, taking on successive B.C. Liberal government ministers over BC Hydro rate hikes, private power deals and myriad cost overruns. Though the NDP critic on liquefied natural gas development has lately been MLA Robin Austin, from long experience and force of personality Horgan was still doing most of the talking on that file even as he assumed the party leadership. The closing days of the recent legislature session saw the newly selected Opposition leader do a farewell turn as energy critic, drawing a rare compliment from the government side. “There’s nobody over there who’s going to be able to fill his shoes in terms of being the energy critic and I look forward to that,” said Energy Minister Bill Bennett. Right you were minister. This week saw Horgan shuffling the lineup of critics he inherited on assuming the party leadership, and he’s determined that no one person will be taking over the energy portfolio. Norm Macdonald is the new critic for energy and mines. Bruce Ralston takes on natural gas from the aforementioned Austin. The new critic for BC Hydro is Horgan’s predecessor in the leadership, Adrian Dix. The latter appointment should generate at least a ripple of trepidation on the government side. Dix is readily one of the hardest working, most intensely focused members in the house. On the rebound from stinging defeat in the election and given exclusive responsibility for that one target-rich domain, I have to think he’ll soon be making life miserable at the giant electrical utility. While Horgan was splitting up the energy assignments, he loaded up MLA David Eby with eight specified critic responsibilities: Tourism, housing and liquor policy, B.C. Housing, B.C. Lottery Corporation, B.C. Pavilion Corporation, Destination B.C. and the Liquor Distribution Branch. Some overlap there on the twin vices of booze and gambling. Still, the top-heavy list of assignments acknowledged the rapid rise in NDP ranks of Eby, who defeated Premier Christy Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey last year. The rookie MLA scored a major hit earlier this year when he exposed how cabinet minister Amrik Virk had flouted compensation disclosure guidelines during an earlier stint on the board of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. It probably didn’t hurt Eby’s stock with the leader that he started the year by abandoning his own bid for the party leadership and instead co-chaired the Horgan campaign. The other noteworthy move Wednesday saw Horgan split the shadow cabinet into two teams. One, dubbed “stronger communities,” combines the major social portfolios that have long been the mainstays of NDP policy-making and its base of electoral support. Seeing little need for change in that traditional territory, Horgan for the most part stuck with the lineup of critics he inherited: Judy Darcy on health, Spencer Chandra Herbert on environment, Rob Fleming on education, Leonard Krog on justice, Michelle Mungall on social development. The other team, “economic sectors,” figured more prominently in his thinking, notwithstanding the uninspiring choice of names. For as Horgan himself says, his No. 1 priority is to wrest the economic initiative away from the Liberals and identify the New Democrats more closely with growth and job creation. Apart from the aforementioned trio on the energy file, the key appointment to the A-team was former leader Carole James as finance critic. She replaces Mike Farnworth, who never really found his footing in the portfolio. The well-liked MLA (on both sides of the house) becomes critic for public safety, police and corrections. He remains Opposition house leader, the post to which Horgan restored him earlier this summer. Other members of the economic team include forests critic Harry Bains and Shane Simpson on jobs and development. George Heyman retains responsibility for the green economy and TransLink — another gift that keeps on giving to Opposition critics. The new occupant in the agriculture portfolio, Lana Popham, should also be fishing where the fish are to be found. It’ll be her job to suss out the consequences of the government’s recent tampering with the agricultural land reserve. Horgan took a leaf from Premier Christy Clark, issuing mandate letters to his critics as she has done for her ministers. “I expect you to spend the period leading to the fall legislative session reaching out to and meeting with individuals, businesses and organizations in your portfolio area,” he wrote to all of them. “Please ensure you have an early meeting with your team, develop a work plan for the period leading up to the (session) and implement that work plan. During the coming months, you will be scheduled to report to (your) team on your work.” After a year of mostly leaderless drift, it would appear that Horgan intends to bring the Opposition back to a focused footing by fall. This just in from the Ministry of Health, in response to my questions earlier in the week about that two-year-old ministry-sought RCMP investigation of various drug researchers and staffers. “It would not be appropriate for the ministry to comment on personnel matters … Questions about RCMP investigations should be directed to them.” The stonewall remains intact.

BC NDP – JOHN HORGAN – UPCOMING SUMMER OUTREACH

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you well. Our leader John Horgan is undertaking a driving tour from the northern interior down through the Thompson-Okanagan. Local constituencies enroute are hosting outreach events where members and the general public are invited to meet our new leader in a relaxed atmosphere. Please see the list below for the details. BC-NDP I am hoping that you will take a few minutes and pass this information on to your network in the below communities and encourage them to take this opportunity to get to know John. For those of you more active on Facebook, it would be great if you could take an additional few minutes and also invite your Facebook friends in these communities. The events can be found on the party’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bcndp Thanks so much for your assistance in spreading the word, it is much appreciated. Friday July 11 Williams Lake 6:30 PM 124 Second Avenue North (USW-1-425 Hall) Williams Lake https://www.facebook.com/events/1417851221837543/ Saturday July 12 Kamloops 6:30 PM Rockin Firken Pub 726 Syndey Avenue, North Kamloops https://www.facebook.com/events/675196745906783/ Sunday July 13 Vernon 6:00 PM Temptasian Restaurant, 5600 Anderson Way https://www.facebook.com/events/1449903115269205/ Monday July 14 Penticton 7:00 PM Barking Parrot at the Penticton Lakeside Resort 21 Lakeshore Drive West, Penticton https://www.facebook.com/events/237006649843724/ Raj Sihota Interim Director of Organisation BC New Democratic Party 5367 Kingsway, Burnaby BC, V5H 2G1 O: 604.430.8600 x 254 | M: 604.219.8477 bcndp.ca | @engageBC

Labour Day 2014

Planning is well underway for Labour Day festivities taking place in Vancouver on Monday, September 1, 2014, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The Labour Day Picnic last year was a success with over 2,000 people attending throughout the day, and there was something for everyone to enjoy. CUPE and USW provided live music, which drew in a large crowd and CUPE Metro provided a large games station for children, which included a bouncy castle and races with prizes. This year, the Labour Day Picnic will take place at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, and activities will be much like last year with games and activities for children, live performances and union information tables with give-away items, displays and literature. Attached are the booth space request form and the volunteer sign-up sheet. We would like to encourage affiliates to set up a booth and bring lots of small “swag” items to give away to the public. Hap La We are asking for a donation to cover the costs involved in providing a great event for union members. Please make cheques payable to “B.C. Federation of Labour” with Labour Day in the subject line. This event is sponsored by the B.C. Federation of Labour, the Vancouver & District Labour Council, the New Westminster District Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Congress. In solidarity, IRENE LANZINGER Secretary-Treasurer Download Forms Below : Volunteer Sign Up and Donation Form

Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom

Regarding today’s announcement on the Temporary Foreign Worker program

Today’s announcement regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker program is the latest rescue missionfor a program that is deeply flawed and needs to be replaced, not saved.

It’s time to put the focus on long-term solutions for meeting Canada’s skilled labour needs and phase out the parts of this program that are being abused – in particular the low-skills, low-wage part of the program. images

What Minister Kenney did today was save the low-skills TFW program for employers who’ve become addicted to the low-wage temporary workers. Rationing the number of applications and raising fees is no deterrent for employers hooked on cheap labour – some of which are among the country’s largest and most profitable businesses including Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s.

Patching over the program again and again with more red tape, as the Minister has done a number of times in recent years, isn’t the answer either. Replacing it with a program that invests in homegrown skills to permanently deal with labour shortages and one that offers fairness to skilled workers from abroad by welcoming them into Canada with an opportunity to stay is the solution that works best.

Telling Canadians they come first in the job market (repeatedly) is the height of Orwellian sloganeering when Canada’s expenditures on workplace training are among the lowest in the industrialized world and employer investment in training has fallen by 40% over a generation.

Add to this the sad fact that only 19% of skilled trades employers train apprentices, and only half of all apprentices currently complete their training and the problem is laid bare.

Building a highly skilled workforce is central to our country to confront the economic challenges it faces today and will face in the years ahead. The time for cheap, temporary fixes to accommodate employers unwilling to train and invest in homegrown skills is over.

All that’s missing is strong leadership and serious investment from the federal government. We didn’t see that today.

untitled Last week, John Horgan demonstrated strong leadership in his first speech as BC NDP Leader. He knows that a balanced approach is what makes BC work. He’s going to fight to stop the BC Liberals’ reckless agenda, and he’s going to work every single day to win the next election. Take a moment to watch part of John’s message. Please share with others.   Thank you, -Craig CRAIG KEATING BC NDP PRESIDENT

CLC Domestic Violence Survey

Greetings, please see the below regarding the Domestic Violence Survey. We have a little less than a month left in our Domestic Violence survey. We’d like your help in doing a final push to get the surveys filled out especially outside of Ontario and among francophones. Below is email text you can distribute among your networks. Don’t forget that both men and women can and should fill the survey out. Feel free to contact Chantel O’Neill at 604-430-6766 or via email at coneill@clc-ctc.ca if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance. – – – – – Can work be safe when home isn’t? We need your help! On December 6, 2013, the Canadian Labour Congress and the University of Western Ontario launched the first-ever national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. All workers in Canada over the age of 15 are invited to fill out a 10–30 minute online survey to help us learn more about this important issue. The survey closes on June 6, 2014. We need your help to make sure that we have good participation from all regions of Canada, from women and men, and from different perspectives and experiences. Your voice is important, whether or not you have personally experienced or witnessed violence. The survey does not take long. It is voluntary and anonymous. Neither your union representatives nor your employer will know whether or not you participated. In appreciation for your time, upon completion of the survey, you have the option to enter a draw for a tablet computer. How can you help? Fill out the survey at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork/ Send the link to others. Talk to your co-workers, friends and family and ask them to take part. Let’s work together to make workplaces safer for everyone. CLCsurvey Peut-on être en sécurité au travail quand on ne l’est pas à la maison? Nous avons besoin de vous! Le 6 décembre 2013, le Congrès du travail du Canada et l’Université Western de l’Ontario ont lancé la première enquête nationale sur les retombées de la violence conjugale sur les travailleuses, les travailleurs et le milieu de travail. Les travailleuses et travailleurs du Canada âgés de plus de 15 ans sont invités à répondre à une enquête électronique (10 à 30 minutes) pour nous permettre d’en savoir plus sur ce grave problème. L’enquête se termine le 6 juin 2014. Nous avons besoin de vos réponses pour assurer une participation équilibrée et représentative de toutes les régions du Canada, des femmes et des hommes, ainsi que des différents points de vue et expériences. Votre participation compte, que vous ayez été ou non victime ou témoin d’actes de violence. L’enquête n’est pas longue à remplir. La participation est volontaire et anonyme. Ni vos représentants syndicaux ni votre employeur ne sauront que vous avez participé. À l’issue de l’enquête, et pour vous remercier d’avoir pris le temps d’y répondre, vous pourrez participer à un tirage au sort pour gagner une tablette électronique. Comment pouvez-vous aider? Répondez à l’enquête en suivant le lien : fluidsurveys.com/s/violence_conjugale Envoyez le lien à d’autres personnes. Parlez-en à vos collègues, amis et familles et demandez-leur d’y répondre. Travaillons ensemble pour rendre le milieu de travail plus sûr pour tous.   In solidarity, Amber Hockin Regional Director Canadian Labour Congress – Pacific Region

Harper Conservatives Attack Workplace Health and Safety

Who:The Harper Conservative federal government What:Have introduced changes to the federal labour code to reduce health and safety protection for workers in the federal jurisdiction, including federal crown corporations. For our union this means mainly airline and airport workers. These changes were introduced as part of an “omnibus” bill (C-4) with hundreds of unrelated provisions to other Acts, so that it would pass with little or no public scrutiny. untitleddcd C-4 narrows the definition of “danger” in the Canada Labour Code to make it harder for workers to refuse to work in proximity to toxic chemicals or radiation, particularly when it will cause chronic conditions or damage the reproductive system. It gets rid of government health and safety officers, and gives the federal Labour Minister final say on whether to even investigate an unsafe workplace. Why:Even though no credible stakeholders called for these changes, the Harper Conservatives are doing favours for the bosses who they represent, by weakening workers’ right to refuse unsafe working conditions. Where: At the ballot box. When: In 2015, at the next federal election, we need to elect a Canadian government that will reverse these unfair changes, and work to make our workplaces safer.

 

Stop the Unfair Elections Act

Over 100,000 Canadians have joined forces with the Canadian Federation of Students, Leadnow, and the Council of Canadians to raise the alarm about voter suppression in Canada.

The Conservative Party’s “Fair Elections Act”, Bill C-23, will threaten our democratic rights and muzzle Elections Canada. If the Unfair Elections Act is passed, over one-hundred thousand Canadians could be denied their vote. For more information- http://www.letpeoplevote.ca/

ACTION : POLITICAL ACTION SERVICE TO ALL WORKERS

IAM Face-to-Face Member Survey

Who: IAM Members across Canada What: Nine out of ten (89%) IAM members in every part of the country said that strong unions are a good thing for Canada. They also believe (91%) that members who receive the benefits of a union contract and get union protection should be required to pay dues (the Rand Formula). 69% of members said that unions should go beyond collective bargaining to be active in their communities. Even higher proportions said that unions need to be active in the following areas:

  • Pensions (80%)
  • Labour Law and Labour Standards (78%)
  • Health and Safety (75%)
  • Medicare (54%)

as well as other areas of public policy. imagesCACA16hPH Why: Unions are the strongest voices for Canadian workers and their families. The IAM and other unions need to stand up against the power of corporate greed and its captive politicians. When: We need to continue to engage our members and their families now. Canadian union members are facing the fight of their lives in provincial and federal elections over the next eighteen months. Working people need to be informed, involved and active.

IAM Members Want Their Union to be Active

The results of the IAM’s first national face-to-face survey indicate that, no matter where they live in Canada, IAM members share the same views about their union. Over two-thirds of the members surveyed said that they wanted the IAM to go beyond the basics of collective bargaining and membership protection and be active in their communities. Nine out of ten IAM members believe that strong unions are good for Canada. 91% said that members who receive the benefits and protections of a union contract should be required to pay dues (known as the “Rand Formula”).imagesCAY0L0NQ This survey followed the IAM Canadian Political Action Conference in March, 2013, which called for a return to face-to-face engagement with our members. IAM Canadian Vice President Dave Ritchie welcomed the response to the survey. “Our members understand that unions are the only force in Canada capable of facing up to corporate greed. That is why unions are under attack by the corporate bosses and their captive politicians.” Ritchie added, “We need to strengthen unions to reverse the growing unfairness and inequality in our society.” IAM members endorsed the active role taken by the union in a number of public policy proposals that will help IAM members and their families, including: Pensions:

  • A doubling of the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan retirement benefits
  • A national insurance scheme to protect earned pensions from employer bankruptcies
  • A reversal of the federal Conservatives’ plan to move the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits from age 65 to 67

Labour Law and Labour Standards

  • The freedom for workers to organize unions without employer bullying and intimidation, with “card-check” certifications and severe penalties for employer anti-union actions
  • An end to one-sided government intervention in collective bargaining on the side of management, through phony “essential services”, strike-busting and the imposition of biased arbitration settlements
  • Preservation of the Rand Formula, so that everyone with union benefits and protections pay their fair share
  • An end to the attack on union capacities through costly and wasteful reporting requirements, as in the Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-377
  • A minimum wage that provides a decent standard of living for all Canadian working families

Health and Safety

  • A joint workplace health and safety system, based on the precautionary principle, with a right to refuse unsafe work
  • An end to deregulation and privatization of workplace health and safety

Employment Insurance

  • A system that offers all workers across Canada real income security in the face of job loss, after past federal governments have stolen $56 billion of worker and employer contributions the unemployment insurance fund

Medicare

  • A reversal of the unfair and wasteful growth of for-profit medicine
  • A national universal public pharmacare program

Other Areas of Direct Concern to IAM Members and their Families: jobs and the economy, air transport and aerospace, public services, the environment GVP Ritchie said: “In the next 18 months, Canadians will be participating in federal and provincial elections that will be crucial for the futures of Canadian working families, said GVP Ritchie. “In unions, we are facing the fight of our lives. I am greatly encouraged by our members’ support. We will continue our program of active member engagement.”

IAM Challenges Government Attack on Workers Rights

IAM gains intervenor status to argue for Constitutional Protection for Free Collective Bargaining at Supreme Court of Canada

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been granted the right to intervene in the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada hearing into Saskatchewan’s Bills 5 and 6. These Bills, passed by the Saskatchewan Party (formerly the Conservative Party) provincial government in 2008, which gave the government the unilateral right to declare any or all of its employees essential and take away their right freely collective bargain and to strike. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and over 20 other Saskatchewan unions have appealed these Bills to the Supreme Court of Canada, which should hear the case this year. As an intervenor, the IAM will be able to present arguments against unfair government interference in collective bargaining.untitleddcd The IAM is currently challenging in the Federal Court the Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-33 of March, 2012, which took away the IAM members’ right to strike at Air Canada, and imposed a settlement based on the employer’s last offer. The Supreme Court ruling on the Saskatchewan Bills will undoubtedly affect the outcome of the IAM’s case on Bill C-33. The Saskatchewan Bills are part of a trend across Canada of governments legislating against free collective bargaining, and will likely serve as a “test case” for the Supreme Court to clearly lay out how the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights protect workers’ right to freely collectively bargain and strike if necessary. Bill C-33 and the Saskatchewan legislation have already been condemned by the International Labour Organization as breaches of ILO Conventions and Canada’s international legal obligations.

TOGETHER FAIRNESS WORKS

  The Canadian Labour Congress is offering a series of training events for labour leaders and members.Saturday, March 29, 2014 NOTE: to attend both sessions, you must register for each event separately.

HILTON VANCOUVER METROTOWN 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Leaders Seminar 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Leaders Seminar will introduce the goals and strategies for building greater  member engagement, provide information and approaches for initiating  activities related to this project or other campaigns and activities.

Member Engager Workshop 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Member Engager session will provide a brief overview of together FAIRNESS WORKS, and focus on the importance of listening  and building long-term connections between members and their unions.

Register onlineHERE or go to the Sign In page at https://sms.clc-ctc.ca/imis15_prod/wcm For more information ontogether FAIRNESS WORKS, please CLICK HERE to visit the CLC website. Contact: Canadian Labour Congress – Pacific Region at pacific@clc-ctc.ca or 604-430-6766 There is no charge for registering for the event and lunch will be provided. Participants must register in advance. Please feel free to send multiple members from your local union, representing a variety of workplaces, to get the most out of the campaign planning segments of the training.

OUR UNION ! YOUR UNION ! MY UNION !

CLC – Changes To The Canadian Labour Code

Changes to the Canadian Labour CodeThe lives of almost one million Canadian workers will be placed in danger as a result of cynical amendments that the Conservative government is making to the Canada Labour Code. Buried deep in the government’s latest budget bill tabled on October 22 are amendments to the health and safety provisions of the Code that have nothing to do with balancing the budget, and everything to do with putting workers’ lives at risk.The government wants to water down the right to refuse dangerous work, end the role of federal Health and Safety Officers in the investigation process and give employers the power to discipline workers when they invoke the right to refuse dangerous work. All together, these changes would make the Canada Labour Code provisions on the right to refuse dangerous work the weakest in the country, and put workers’ lives at risk. These proposals have no business being put in a budget bill.Recently, some of you answered the call to action by sending an email to your MP and Ministers Leitchyoutube videoand Kellie, thank you.  Help us to put a stop to these proposed dangerous changes by sending this action to a friend.We’ve also made an educational video to share that explains the changes simply and effectively, you can see this on youtube and share it with as many people as you can.

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RE-ENGAGE MEMBERSHIP SURVEYS DEADLINE

Dear brothers and sisters, All members who haven’t yet participated in a membership survey please do so by December 11 2013. Participants who have provided their contact information will automatically be entered into a prize raffle. Draw to be held on December 17 2013 at the General Meeting. First Prize: $ 100 prepaid visa gift card Second Prize: $ 50 prepaid visa gift card Third Prize: $ 25 prepaid visa gift card giftcard Survey to be completed with a member from Political Action Committee

  • Andrea Currie
  • Leonidas Kokkinis
  • Yovan Ramyead
  • Jorge Morales
  • John Vincent
  • Rick Singh

 Or Chief Steward of your bargaining unit. In Solidarity, PAC COMMITTEE

 

2014 IAMAW YOUNG WORKERS AND EMERGING LEADERS CONFERENCE

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2014 IAM YOUNG WORKERS AND EMERGING LEADERS CONFERENCE AND 2014 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

2014 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

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Canadian Labour Congress – Bill C-4 Stop !!!

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new budget implementation bill puts workers’ lives at risk and we need your help now to stop it.Buried deep in the 308 pages his finance minister just tabled are amendments to the Canada Labour Code that would make the federal health and safety law on the right to refuse dangerous work the weakest in the country and endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers.Bill C-4 will weaken the existing right of workers to refuse dangerous work. Exposure to hazardous substances likely to result in a chronic illness, disease, or damage to the reproductive system will no longer be a valid reason for a worker to invoke the right to refuse dangerous work.Imagine, knowing what we know about asbestos exposure, that a federal worker would now be unable to refuse dangerous work if his employer told him to remove asbestos from a workplace without proper safety gear?Imagine, knowing what we know today about the impact of certain chemicals on women’s reproductive health, that a worker would no longer have the right to refuse dangerous if her employer gave her work that exposed her to those chemicals?Conservative proposals would make the Canada Labour Code the only health and safety laws in the country that would make it legal for an employer to discipline a worker who refuses dangerous work. It’s a dangerous precedent that must be stopped now!You can help stop this now! Let your MP know what you think about the Harper government’s move to endanger the lives of workers. Email your MP now

Le nouveau projet de loi d’exécution du budget du Premier ministre Stephen Harper met en danger la vie des travailleuses et travailleurs et nous avons besoin de votre aide maintenant pour le bloquer. Les modifications au Code canadien du travail, profondément enfouies dans le document de 308 pages que son ministre des Finances vient tout juste de déposer, signifient que cetteloi fédérale sur la santé et sécurité deviendrait la plus faible législation canadienneen matière de droit de refuser un travail dangereux et mettrait en danger la vie de centaines de milliers de travailleuses et travailleurs. Le projet de loi C-4 va affaiblir l’actuel droit des travailleuses et travailleurs de refuser un travail dangereux. L’exposition à des substances toxiques susceptibles d’entraîner des maladies parfois chroniques ou des effets à long terme sur le système reproducteur ne sera plus une raison valable pour une travailleuse ou un travailleur d’invoquer son droit de refuser un travail dangereux. Imaginez, sachant ce que nous savons de l’amiante, qu’il serait désormais impossible pour un travailleur de refuser un travail dangereux si son employeur lui demande d’enlever de l’amiante sur un lieu de travail sans le matériel de sécurité adéquat? Pouvez-vous imaginer, sachant ce que nous savons aujourd’hui des effets de certaines substances chimiques sur la santé génésique des femmes, qu’une travailleuse n’aurait plus le droit de refuser d’effectuer un travail dangereux si le travail que lui donne l’employeur l’expose à ces substances? Les propositions des conservateurs feraient en sorte que le Code canadien du travail serait la seule législation en matière de santé et sécurité au pays qui permettrait à un employeur de prendre des mesures disciplinaires en toute légalité contre une travailleuse ou un travailleur qui refuse d’effectuer un travail dangereux. C’est un précédent dangereux qui doit être arrêté dès maintenant! Vous pouvez aider à y mettre fin dès maintenant! Faites-savoir à votre député ou députée ce que vous pensez de la décision du gouvernement Harper de mettre en danger la vie des travailleuses et travailleurs. Envoyez un courriel à votre député ou députée maintenant.

YVR IAMAW MEMBERS – SECURE AVIATION TRANSPORT LOCAL LODGE 16

RE-ENGAGE MEMBERSHIP SURVEYS

Dear brothers and sisters,

Secure Aviation Transport Local Lodge 16 would like to welcome the all the following bargaining units to participate in the re-engage membership surveys.

  • Air Transat (Maintenance)
  • Airport Terminal Services (ATS)           
  • British Airways
  • Contemporary Security Canada
  • G4S Secure Solutions (Aviation)
  • Securiguard (Airside & Perimeter)
  • Servisair
  • Swissport

giftcard Open to all members of the above bargaining units of Secure Aviation Transport Local Lodge 16. Participants will automatically be entered into a prize raffle.   First Prize: $ 100 prepaid visa gift card Second Prize: $ 50 prepaid visa gift card Third Prize: $ 25 prepaid visa gift card In Solidarity, Rick Singh, President                                           John Vincent, Communicator Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW                               Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW

SECURE AVIATION TRANSPORT LOCAL LODGE 16 – POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

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Dear brothers and sisters, Local Lodge 16 would like to welcome the following members who have volunteered to join the Political Action Committee.

  • Andrea Currie
  • Leonidas Kokkinis
  • Yovan Ramyead
  • Jorge Morales
  • John Vincent
  • Rick Singh

Members who are interested in participating and to be part of the Political Action Committee. Please email application Subject: Political Committee to president@iamaw16.ca or jvincent@iamaw16.ca  or get more information from the following members listed. In Solidarity, Rick Singh, President                                     John Vincent, Communicator Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW                               Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW

SECURE AVIATION TRANSPORT LOCAL LODGE 16 – POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

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Dear brothers and sisters, Local Lodge 16 would like to welcome the following members who have volunteered to join the Political Action Committee.

  • Andrea Currie
  • Leonidas Kokkinis
  • Yovan Ramyead

Members who are interested in participating and to be part of the Political Action Committee. Please email application Subject: Political Committee to president@iamaw16.ca or jvincent@iamaw16.ca In Solidarity,   Rick Singh, President                                   John Vincent, Communicator Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW                               Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW

SECURE AVIATION TRANSPORT LOCAL LODGE 16 – POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

SECURE AVIATION TRANSPORT LOCAL LODGE 16

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Dear brothers and sisters, Secure Aviation Transport Local Lodge 16 would like create a Political Action Committee. Maximum of 5 members in good standing. Job Duties:

  • Fundraising, solicitation or money-raising techniques and familiarity with federal election laws.
  • Ability to coordinate tasks, assign priority and ensure completion of desired outcomes.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and achieve objectives with minimal supervision.
  • Have good communication and listening skills.
  • Enjoy working closely with people.

Members who are interested in participating and to be part of the Political Action Committee. Please email application Subject: Political Committee to president@iamaw16.ca or jvincent@iamaw16.ca by June 14.   In Solidarity,   Rick Singh, President                                           John Vincent, Communicator Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW                               Local Lodge 16, IAM & AW

                                                                          Politics governs every aspect of our lives. If we remain uninvolved, the world will change around us without any input from us. To change the world – the one we live in and the one we work in – we must be involved politically. The laws made in Parliament affect our workplace, our working conditions as our very lives. Get Involved!

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