Political Action

IAMAW calls on the Senate to reject Bill C- 10

Monday May 9, 2016 For Immediate Release After meeting with many federal Members of Parliament from all parties and making a presentation to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the IAMAW has now taken the fight against Bill C-10, which amends the the Air Canada Public Participation Act, to the Senate. The IAMAW wants to raise awareness in the Senate of the danger the bill represents to Canadian

Top 10 things Canadian unions want to see in the federal budget

Monday, March 14, 2016   Early next week, the federal Liberal government will table their first budget. This is an historic opportunity for our government to respond to the jobs crisis, while also beginning to repair services and programs that Canadians rely on.   Working Canadians and their families are facing a precarious economic picture, but Canada is well-positioned to turn things around. Last October, the Liberals were elected precisely

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

Fourth Political Action Day the Best Ever

Montréal, QC – With an eye toward the upcoming federal election, the Conseil des Machinistes du Québec held its fourth Political Action Day June 29 and it was a huge success. “It was great to see so many NDP Members of Parliament and new candidates out to meet with IAM members,” said Eric Rancourt, IAM Local Lodge 712 Vice President and President of the Conseil des Machinistes du Québec. Thirteen

Stop Stephen Harper's "Secret Police" Bill

TO: OUR MPS AND PARTY LEADERS Prime Minister Harper is trying to pass a new “secret police” law that would give reckless and unnecessary powers to spy agencies with little oversight or accountability. Let's defend our democracy – tell party leaders and MPs to reject fear, stop this bill and start over with real oversight. We call on MPs to reject Stephen Harper’s fear campaign and stop the bill, unless

The Economy: Failing Grade!

Toronto, ON – Stephen Harper has talked a lot about his government’s strength in economic growth. But in recent years, approximately 80% of the new jobs that have been created are part-time. Manufacturing jobs have suffered from the high dollar. Income inequality is growing faster than any other industrialized nation. Under the Harper government we are seeing a mass exodus as more jobs are lost. This past month, January 2015,

Airline Unions Draw Incumbents and Candidates to PAC Meeting

Click here to see photos of the meeting. Toronto, ON – Members of IAM District Lodges 78 and 140 and CUPE Airline Division Political Action Committees held a meet and greet with NDP Incumbent MPs, MPPs and candidates for the upcoming federal election, last night at the IAM District Lodge 78 offices. “Our ultimate goal is to give Harper the boot in the upcoming election and put in place a

Horwath Survives Leadership Review

Labour Not Sold Yet   Andrea Horwath lives to fight another day as leader of the Ontario NDP. She promised delegates at a Toronto convention to do a better job by reaching out to unions and returning to the party’s socialist values. IAM delegates to the Ontario NDP convention in November. Front row, left to right: Plutarco (Chico) Pacheco, Retiree Political Action Committee; Christina De Oliveria, IAM LL 1295; Robert

Unfairness Revisited!

Toronto (30 Sept. 2014) — Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are back at it again. They are bringing back Bill C-377 after it got roundly criticised in the Senate and sent back to the House for changes last year.   Both Conservative and Liberal Senators sent back Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), back to the government for major amendments, yet Harper

Only ONE position on strategic voting,” says IAM’s Dave Ritchie

For immediate release! 25 September, 2014 The IAM in Canada have only ever had one position on strategic voting, says Canadian General Vice-president Dave Ritchie. “We are going into a federal election next year, and I want to make clear to all our members, prospective members, and the public at large, that strategic voting only means that Liberals and Tories benefit,” said Ritchie. Voting strategically means making a choice on