Right To Work is Free Riding On Someone Else’s Tab

Some politicians are floating the idea of Right To Work (For Less) in Canada. This pernicious American idea says people do not have to pay Union dues but still get all the benefits of the Collective Agreement and representation by and at the expense of the Union. In the States the Machinists call them ‘Free Riders’.

This is an attack on the Canadian system of Labour Relations going back to 1946 when Justice Rand ruled that workers in a Unionized shop had to pay their share of the cost of Collective Bargaining. For more info see this previous post:
http://iamdistrict250.ca/our-labour-heritage/the-rand-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-1379

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Spring 2013 Edition of Our Newsletter Northwest News

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12 page NWN

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Machinist Union Members at Brown Bros. Ford Ratify New Three Year Agreement

Steve Lockart (front) and Ming Liu, Partsmen

Steve Lockart (front) and Ming Liu

Union Members at Brown Bros. Ford in Vancouver BC have a new three year agreement. The agreement includes a 2% increase in each year. When compared to a Consumer Price Index for Vancouver in November 2012 of 0.2%, this is a substantial increase.

(l to r) Al Parayno and Gearge Ng

The right of our Members to have a Shop Steward present at any meeting which may lead to discipline further strengthens their rights and protections under the Collective Agreement. 

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Harvie Schnellert

Members will now enjoy an 11th statutory holiday on Family Day in February.

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Karen Frig, Shop Steward

Taken together, the substantial real increase above inflation, a new holiday and the strengthened member protection further strengthen what was a first class contract.

Sonny Dhanda

Sonny Dhanda

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Bargaining Unit Workers at West Coast Ford Lincoln Now All Machinists

The Rand Formula was a tremendous breakthrough for Canadian Unions (to learn more click here). For the first time in Canada, employers were required to deduct dues from every employee in the bargaining unit and forward the funds to the Union. All the services Unions in Canada provide are anchored by the dependable flow of dues. Under the Rand Formula, membership in the Union is optional but dues are not.

  

The vast majority of Machinists work in Union shops where, as a condition of employment, everyone joins the Union. But a few shops still were under the Rand Formula where membership, but not dues, was optional. Business Representative, Andrew Tricker, worked hard to make the dealership all Union.West Coast Ford Lincoln was under the Rand Formula but with the ratification of a new Collective Agreement, all workers in the Bargaining Unit are now members of the Machinists.

Wage increases of 1.5%, 1.75% and 2% form the basis of the new agreement. The tool allowance has been increased to $360.00 per year by 2014. Rounding out this three year deal, grandparents and in-laws have been added to the bereavement leave.

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District Lodge 250 Holds Delegate Meeting

Delegates from the Local Lodges (11, 456, 692, 1857, 2011) that make up District Lodge 250 met for a regular meeting on May 26, 2012.

Directing Business Representative, Stan Pickthall, reports on the Union's activities since January

At these meetings, held the last weekend of January, May and September each year, Delegates report on Local Lodge activity and hear the latest news from the Business Representatives and Secretary Treasurer.

Dennis Staphanek and Alan Wheatley

This meeting was the last for long time delegate Dennis Stefanek
who is stepping down as LL1857 Representative to spend more time with his family. Dennis was presented a gift from DL250 by President Alan Wheatley in recognition of years of service to his Union. Dennis also received his 25 Year Certificate from the Grand Lodge. John Humphry will replace Dennis as a Delegate for LL1857.

President of DL250, Alan Wheatly and President of LL1857, Bill Macpherson. Alan is presenting Bill with his 25 year certificate from the Grand Lodge.

The Union Music Project was supported with salary support for two District musician / song writers to attend a week long song writing project in Placid Harbor, at our eductional campus in Maryland.

 
 
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