Political Action

Machinists vote gaining momentum in BC election!

Vancouver, BC – During the day, IAM members are knocking door-to-door in target ridings and in the evening they’re manning phone banks drumming up support for the NDP as the B C provincial Election Day of May 9th draws closer. “People are happy to see unions getting involved in this election,” said volunteer Rick Singh, President of IAM Local Lodge 16. “We’re calling this a Machinist Vote and we’re trying

2017 ONTARIO BUDGET: FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE

The Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne tabled the 2017 Ontario Budget on April 27. After many years of austerity, Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented to Ontarians a balanced budget based on projections. This budget sets the tone for the next election in 2018. It is meant to attract new voters to the Liberal party. That centre-left shift is a way for the Wynne Government to distinguish herself from the Opposition

NDP has double digit poll lead in BC Election Forecast

Vancouver, BC – The latest public opinion poll by Mainstreet Research shows the BC New Democrats under John Horgan with a ten point lead over the incumbent Liberals of Premier Christy Clark, at the half way point of the provincial election campaign. “We’re happy with these numbers,” said IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “However in 2013 the NDP had a 24 point bulge and Clark wiped

Ontario NDP moves back to their roots!

Toronto, ON – More than 1,000 delegates rose to their feet applauding Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for pledging to create a universal provincial pharmacare plan. The pledge came during the Ontario New Democratic Party Convention held in Toronto April 21-23, 2017 “Just like Tommy Douglas started in one province and built Medicare step-by-step, we’re going to start building universal pharmacare right here in Ontario,” Horwath said. “You shouldn’t have

CLC Convention comes to Toronto

Toronto, ON – The 28th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 8-12, 2017. The Convention kicks off with a CLC Young Workers Strategy Session on Sunday May 7th, the main convention body convenes on Monday May 8th at 9 AM.  IAM delegates are putting forward 15 resolutions covering everything from Pay Equity, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance to

As Trump pushes Buy American – Pickthall cautions “Canada is not China!”

In his latest executive order signing, US President Donald Trump directed US federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” mandate that was the cornerstone of his election campaign. During a visit to of the headquarters of Snap-On Tools, in Kenosha, Wisconsin this week, Trump lauded American “grit and craftsmanship while calling the NAFTA trade deal a complete and total disaster. “This order will protect workers,” he said. According

Stephane Paré, Bryan Wilson, Marc-André Farmer, Aurélie Sarrabezolles, Sonia Thériault, Marc Gallant, Éric Goudreau, Éric Rochon

(PHOTO: Stephane Paré, Bryan Wilson, Marc-André Farmer, Aurélie Sarrabezolles, Sonia Thériault, Marc Gallant, Éric Goudreau, Éric Rochon) Like previous years, the IAM had a delegation attending the Broadbent Institute’s 2017 Progress Summit taking place in Ottawa, the most important gathering of progressive leaders and thinkers in Canada. This year’s theme was Change the Game and participants were able to listen to many speakers on pressing issues, such as free trade as

Is airport privatization merely a trial balloon?

Las Vegas, Nevada – What is the Trudeau government really up to regarding airport privatization? The mere thought of it has both many airlines and members of the IAM concerned. “The government is looking at the cash they could get from the sale of Canada’s major airports,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of the left-wing think tank, The Broadbent Institute. “This idea came out of nowhere, it wasn’t part of

Machinists among QFL delegates who lobby Quebec City

Quebec City, QC – Twenty Quebec Machinists were among 108 QFL delegates who lobbied in Quebec City on Thursday April 6th. The delegates lobbied more than 50 members of Quebec’s National Assembly on securing a $15 an hour minimum wage, modifications to the Quebec Pension Plan and the elimination of Quebec’s disparity clauses. ‘The fight for 15 is an ongoing campaign and we won’t realize it unless we continue to

Same old same old – federal by-elections change nothing

Ottawa, ON – As the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same and that sums up the results of five federal by-elections held April 3, 2017. The ruling Liberals retained their three seats as expected and the Conservatives retained their two seats. Emmanuella Lambropoulous easily retained the Liberal seat of Saint Laurent, formerly held by Stéphane Dion who stepped down to become Ambassador to the