Political Action

Why Pharmacare?

By Derek Ferguson, GLR, Political Action In February 2019, in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), seventy-five IAMAW political action activists travelled to Ottawa to lobby Parliament on issues important to our membership including the need for a public, national pharmacare program. On June 12, 2019, the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare released its final report, A Prescription for Canada: Achieving Pharmacare for All. The Advisory

Federal Election 2019

What do you want your Canada to look Like? The federal election is scheduled to take place on or before Monday October 21, 2019, all political parties will have the message that they are the best choice for Canada, and will be looking for your vote. This upcoming election is especially important for working Canadians; our votes can either stop or continue the total the adverse cuts to key social

IAM CATSA lobby reaps dividends in House Question Period!

Ottawa, ON – Less than a week after IAM lobby seeking changes to the CATSA Dispute Resolution Process, the Liberal government came under fire in the House of Commons question period asking for those changes. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) legislation subjects airport screening officers across Canada to an unfair Dispute Resolution Process that is arbitrary and infringes on the most basic of principles in labour relations –

IAM Screeners lobby for change to Dispute Resolution

Tuesday May 28, 2019 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – Airport Security Screeners from British Columbia and Toronto gathered in Ottawa to lobby for changes to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) legislation. Across Canada, Screening Officers are subject to an unfair Dispute Resolution Process that is arbitrary and infringes on the most basic of principles in labour relations – the right to appeal and the right of unionized workers

History made as PEI Election Results Tabulated

24 April, 2019 In an eagerly-anticipated campaign, the PEI Green Party made history last night as it became the official opposition in Prince Edward Island – the first time that has ever happened. This was the strongest showing of any Green Party in Canada. The Liberal leader Wade MacLauchlan lost his own seat to a Conservative in an illustration of how unhappy Islanders were with the status quo. The Progressive

Voices matter – The 5th IAM Canada Political Action Symposium

Hollywood, MD – More than 80 Canadian IAM political activists gathered at the William W Winpisinger Education Center this week for the 5th IAM Canada Political Action Symposium. “Political Action requires people,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall in his address to the delegates. “Voices matter, more voices means we can influence the decision- makers and push them to prioritize the needs of working people. The way to

NDP experiment in Alberta over after Jason Kenny victory!

Edmonton, AB – With all of the reminders that polls in Alberta have been wrong before, voters here did exactly what the pundits said they would do, vote Jason Kenny’s United Conservative Party into office and…… it wasn’t even close! Kenny’s United Conservative Party won 62 seats while the outgoing NDP led by Rachel Notlley, held on to 25 seats. Kenney and the UCP won despite a scandals relating to

The CATSA Conundrum – We need a better process!

Toronto, ON – These are frustrating times for IAM members employed in federal airport security screening responsibilities. While the IAM supports the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in its work to protect the safety and security of the public as well as national security, we can’t ignore when its processes continually infringe on the most basic rights of our members. Screening officers are certified by CATSA in the performance

Trade Unions are the last line of defense for working families!

Las Vegas, NV – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn’t paint a pretty picture of America for delegates attending the IAM Transportation Conference here. “For one in three American seniors who receive Social Security, it’s their only source of income, they have no pension, they live on $13,500 or less a year,” he told delegates. “As President, we’re going to expand benefits for those on Social Security.” He called Trade

Amy Klobuchar puts her presidential credentials to the IAM

Las Vegas, NV – US Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar put her credentials before delegates to the IAM Transportation Conference  here today. “I didn’t come from money but I have grit,” she told delegates, comparing her background to the silver spoon upbringing of US President Donald Trump. Her grandfather was an iron ore miner, her father a journalist and her mother a teacher. “I learned from my grandfather that when