IAM Supports Molson Coors Brewery Workers

Molson Coors Brewery Workers: Members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers (CUBGW), Component 325, went on strike on January 12 after their employer Molson Coors Canada refused to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement. The National Union of Public and General Employees, of which CUBGW is a Component, is requesting strike solidarity in various ways, such as by sharing an image in support of striking workers on your social media. Click here to download it. You can find them on Facebook here. You can send a message of support to the strikers here:Component325@nupge.ca.

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Together and Committed local 1295

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Last week IAM District 78 Business Representatives, Jim Snider and Kim Valliere led the negotiations committee for the members of Local 1295 at Spectrum Healthcare, to the IAM’s Education Centre. Jim noted that, “it was a solid week of work and preparation”, and they are “together and committed “to make the necessary changes to their collective agreement.

#WhyWeMarch

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, people of all genders, ages, races, abilities, backgrounds, and orientations will take part in the Women’s March on Washington and solidarity marches in more than 380 cities around the world. Barb will be marching in Vancouver, Marie will be in Toronto, and we wanted to tell you more about why we’re marching.

We march because we are inspired by the truly grassroots beginnings of this day of action, and the principles outlined by the organizers. Like them, we believe in building a world where violence against women, racial profiling, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of violence and discrimination, have no place in our homes, workplaces or communities.

Canada’s unions know that gender, racial, and economic justice are inextricably linked. We march because, as the vision statement says, “We must create a society in which women—in particular Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.”

We know women are disproportionately represented in low-wage, precarious work, so we march for decent work – including $15 and fairness, and equal pay for work of equal value. Continue reading

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 interest that are likely to be on the table include softwood lumber, temporary movement of professionals, country of origin labelling, and environmental and safety standards.

We are asking affiliates to consider the implications of NAFTA renegotiations for your members, and to let us know what you think the risks and opportunities are for labour. For example, we could push to eliminate the undemocratic investor-state dispute mechanism in NAFTA, or work to include enforcement mechanisms in the labour and environment side agreements. Or, international unions may have cross-border agreements in place that would be negatively affected by a Trump presidency’s priorities. We would appreciate receiving your replies no later than January 23, 2017.

We are also planning to gather union researchers and civil society allies for a discussion on labour’s progressive vision for international trade and investment on January 24, 2017. Please let us know if you are able to send a representative from your organization to this meeting.

For further information, please contact Angella MacEwen in the CLC’s Social and Economic Policy Department (613-526-7412 or amacewen@clc-ctc.ca).

In solidarity,
Hassan Yussuff
President

IAM fights for Income security

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Content of Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefit Standards Act (1985)

This Bill amends the current Pension Benefit Standards Act (PBSA) to allow for the establishment of target benefit (TB) pension plans in the federal sector. It also permits permit the purchase of life annuities for former members and survivors of currently established defined benefit (DB) pension plans as an acceptable method of satisfying the DB plan sponsor’s benefit obligations to those selfsame former members and survivors.

The IAM is categorically opposed to this Bill. Continue reading

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie, passed away Jan. 9, 2017.

Bruce was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Stock Controller, Jan. 29, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

Bruce retired Sept. 01, 1999. His family has received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

IAM Local 2113 in the Spirit of the Season

Last Saturday, IAM Local 2113 held a Christmas get-together for its membership. Over 200 members and their partners attended the event which featured dinner and dancing, as well as entertainment, such as the drummers pictured above. A great time was had by all, and it seems that every year, the event gets a little bigger. IAM Local 2113 represents workers at Autoliv Canada in Markham who manufacture parts for the auto industry.

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