Political Action

Don’t Look Now but the BC Election is fast approaching!

Vancouver, BC – There doesn’t appear to be too much excitement about the May 9th BC Provincial election to date but as February winds down and we head into the starting gates for the campaign over the next two months, things will heat up. We are not here to tell our members who to vote for but we do encourage them to exercise their democratic right and vote. If you

Machinists Back on the Hill to lobby for AECL jobs and pensions

Ottawa, ON – Eight members from IAM Local Lodge 1522 will be part of a multi-union contingent lobbying MP’s this week on Parliament Hill to save jobs and the pension plan of workers at the Atomic Energy of Canada facility at Chalk River. In 2014, the federal government announced the Chalk River facility would be managed by a Government-Owned, Contractor –Operated or GoCo model. It created Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as

Reforming Ontario Labour Laws

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces

LIBERAL BROKEN PROMISES #1 Electoral Reform or the Biggest Flip Flop by Prime Minister Trudeau

“2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” That statement was made during the last Federal election campaign by then-candidate Justin Trudeau. It inspired a lot of people to vote for the Liberal Party of Canada because they wanted change. That fundamental promise was reiterated after the Liberals formed government. A Special House of Commons committee, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform – with all

Canada’s unions celebrate federal asbestos ban

  Canada’s unions celebrate federal asbestos ban   Wednesday, December 14, 2016   The Canadian Labour Congress is celebrating today’s announcement that the federal government is banning the manufacture, import, export and use of asbestos.   “We can all breathe easier,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff. “This is good public health policy that will, without question, save lives for generations to come.”   “Canada’s unions, along with survivors and health

Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA - Hassan Yussuff

December 15, 2016 File No.: 10107-01-2016 To: Canadian Council Greetings: RE: Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA   The election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016 has serious ramifications for Canadian trade policy given his promise to tear up NAFTA. Canadian and Mexican officials have responded to this uncertainty by indicating that both governments would be willing to engage a Trump administration in renegotiating NAFTA.   For Canada, topics of

Political Action - Right Reason, Right People = Respect and Recognition!

Machinists have become a household name amongst Canada’s Parliamentarians in Ottawa. We conducted intense lobbying in three sessions: The first occurred in April when the Machinists brought the largest delegation to a Canadian Labour Congress Lobby on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Canada Pension Plan and the health threats posed by asbestos.   The results were significant because the government has recently announced improvements to the Canada Pension Plan, it

Union Drives slowed by Bill Delay

Ottawa, ON – Many Canadian unions have placed their membership drives on hold because a Liberal labour-bill designed to overturn a Conservative law on certification has yet to be passed. Bill C-525, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code enacted last year, abolished the card check system in favour of secret balloting to certify new collective bargaining units in federally-regulated workplaces. Although the Liberal cabinet vowed to repeal Bill

Political Action Right Reason, Right People = Respect and Recognition!

Machinists have become a household name amongst Canada’s Parliamentarians in Ottawa. We conducted intense lobbying in three sessions: The first occurred in April when the Machinists brought the largest delegation to a Canadian Labour Congress Lobby on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Canada Pension Plan and the health threats posed by asbestos. The results were significant because the government has recently announced improvements to the Canada Pension Plan, it wasn’t