Political Action

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

Machinists make their views known in Ottawa

Ottawa, ON – There is a growing awareness of the IAM in Ottawa political circles. In Mid –April, 70 Machinist members took part in a mass political lobby of MP’s conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress. Our members lobbied all three parties on the need to raise the Canada Pension Plan contributions, stop the Trans Pacific Partnership and stop the import of asbestos into Canada. We were back in Ottawa

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