Political Action

Pension Theft road show stops in Toronto

Toronto, ON – The message has been simple since the inception of Scott Duvall’s Stop Pension Theft travelling road show, change the bankruptcy laws in Canada so that pensioners are first in line, not last. When it came to Toronto Wednesday night, the audience at the Steelworkers Hall were all ears.             The author of private member’s Bill C-384, NDP Finance Critic Scott Duvall, MP

Ontario Election 2018

OFL Town Hall meetings generating interest Hamilton, ON – There were no empty seats at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Pre-Election Town Hall meeting in Hamilton April 5th. “There’s a lot at stake in this upcoming election,” said IAM Grand Lodge Political Action Representative Lou Pagrach. “We have a chance to reverse years of cuts to our public services and bring real change in Ontario.” There are just over

23 Days of Action to Stop Gender-Based Violence

35% of women – 818 million women globally – over the age of 15 have experienced sexual or physical violence at home, in their communities or in the workplace. (Source: World Health Organisation) THE CAMPAIGN There can be no decent work with violence at work. Yet there is still no law at the international level that sets a baseline for taking action to eradicate violence and harassment. Gender-based violence remains

The NDP Policy Convention

Ottawa, ON – “My friends, this is not as good as it gets,” said federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and more than 1,700 delegates at the NDP policy Convention rose to their feet. This was Singh’s first major party speech since being elected leader last October and the thirty plus minute oratory was interrupted several times by standing ovations.    Why were these people standing – well for starters he

It’s back to Parliament Hill for another CLC lobby!

Ottawa, ON – Once again the IAM delegation will form the largest contingent involved in the Canadian Labour Congress lobby next week on Parliament Hill. “We have more than 65 delegates from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia coming to meet with parliamentarians February 5-6-7,” explained IAM Political Action Grand Lodge Representative Lou Pagrach. “We’re back to urge MP’s to support Bill C-384, introduced last fall by NDP

The race to the bottom is not where we want to be in this country!

Montréal, QC – “The race to the bottom is not where we want to be in this country,” stated Employment Minister Patty Hajdu at the end of a round table consultation with representatives of the IAM, CLC and other unions concerning changes to the federal Labour Code. The Minister spoke of how the Code needed updating to reflect current economics and work place environments. “Our biggest concern is the issue

Recommendations of the IAM regarding the NAFTA Renegotiation

Recommendations of the IAM regarding the NAFTA Renegotiation Preamble In this document, we provide you with four recommendations which can potentially increase the fairness and the balance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ensure it can create a better environment for all citizens living in North America. Goals of recommendations #1 and #2: • Establish basic labour standards for the entire territory; • Improve the defence of

Gerlach acclaimed again to BC NDP Provincial Executive

Victoria, BC – IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach will once again serve as Labour’s member at large on the Provincial Executive of the B.C. New Democratic Party. Gerlach was acclaimed for the second consecutive time at the BC NDP 45th convention held recently in Victoria. Provincial Executive members are elected for two year terms and help guide the efforts of the party. This is Gerlach’s third

Screener Unions request meetings with Transport and Labour Ministers

Toronto, ON – Increased service pressures, airport privatization and successor rights in the event of a contract flip are areas of serious concern for Canada’s 6,000 airport pre-board security screeners. These issues top the agenda of a meeting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the United Steelworkers (USW) have requested with the Minister of Transport – Marc Garneau, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu. The two unions

Lobby Day – Ottawa February 5-6-7-, 2018

Ottawa, ON – It’s time for another day of lobbying on Parliament Hill with the Canadian Labour Congress. We will be lobbying the government on the need for National Pharmacare and stopping the privatization of Canadian infrastructure which includes our airports, a subject of great interest to our IAM members. The schedule dates are February 5, 6 and 7, 2018 .Local Lodge Political Action Committees and Local Lodge presidents should