IAM Canadian General Vice-President Dave Ritchie and 120 other Canadian labour leaders met with new Canadian Prime minister, Justin Trudeau as part of the Canadian Labour Congress’ Canadian Council, a democratically elected group that governs the CLC between its national conventions.
Ritchie met briefly with Trudeau to talk about, among other things, investment in an industry ignored by the previous Conservative government. The conversation is on the heels of a $1 billion investment by the Québec government, which has now become Bombardier’s partner in the production of the C-Series jet.
Ritchie believes he received a positive response as the Prime Minister indicated that Canada’s new Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, is already looking into the file. “I am optimistic that the government will do the right thing for all these workers and invest in the Canadian aerospace industry,” said Ritchie.
Late last week stewards from throughout the greater Toronto area took part in basic stewards training at District 78 offices. No doubt they are eager to get back to their respective workplaces and put their new skills to work assisting the membership. Great work everyone!
Union Brother James Harold (Jim) Ryan passed away Suddenly at his residence, on Sunday November 1, 2015, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of 45 years to Diane (Fraser) Ryan. He worked at Champion/Volvo and was a member of IAM&AW LL 1863, now LL 1975.
RadioLabour has for 5 years been the international labour movement’s radio service. It produces Monday to Friday newscasts of international labour news. And, of course, it carries a report from LabourStart every Friday.
RadioLabour will begin a Canadian edition on October 1, 2014.The focus of this edition will be on union activities in Canada with news items, feature stories, and interviews with labour leaders and activists. Continue reading