Members at Island (Peter Baljet) Chevrolet Have Signed Collective Agreement

On April 17th, 2015, the Collective Agreement was signed by management and the Bargaining Committee, the final step in a year long push by Partspersons, Service Advisors and Technicians, working at Island (ex-Peter Baljet) Chevrolet in Duncan, to join the Machinists Union and negotiate a First Agreement.

Group solidarity is something every union strives for when organizing workers and negotiating their first collective agreement. The IAM has that and more with the new members at Peter Baljet Chevrolet – Buick – GMC on Vancouver Island.

“This group was solid all the way through the organizing drive but they really showed their determination during negotiations for their first collective agreement,” said IAM District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “They turned down the first two offers and with the last issue; they wouldn’t sign until the employer dropped his demand to pay parts personnel at a lower rate than everyone else. They really looked out for one another.”

The two year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year retroactive to February 15, 2015 and 2.25 per cent in the second year. Other agreement highlights include:

  • IAM Local Lodge 692 pension plan
  • Time and a half overtime paid for at home web-based training
  • The addition of Hourly Pay with Flat Rate Bonus

The 20 auto technicians, parts personnel and service advisors are members of IAM Local Lodge 456. Peter Baljet Chevrolet-Buick-GMC joins more than 25 auto dealerships represented by the IAM on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia.

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fight for 15

The 15th of the month is fast approaching. Support one of the many Fight for $15 events happening around the province. This month’s theme is minimum wage and poverty reduction.

Please circulate the following list of events.

 

Vancouver

Sunday, March 15th

Noon – Grandview Park at Charles and Commercial Drive

Join us at Grandview Park for music, contests and information about the Minimum Wage Campaign. We will be collecting petition signatures and speaking with park goers about the need for a significant and immediate increase to BC’s minimum wage. Volunteers needed.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1597709420441551/

For more information contact Denise Moffatt at dmoffatt@bcfed.ca.

 

New Westminster

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Minimum Wage Open House

Unifor Hall 326 – 12th Street, New Westminster

Please join us for the Fight for $15 Open House in New Westminster. Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. The Open House will start with a brief introduction on the Fight for $15 Campaign in BC, followed by a panel of three speakers who will share their experiences in low wage work. They’ll also talk about what the Fight for $15 means to them. We’ll then break into small groups to share our stories and ideas and talk about how we can build the Fight for $15 Campaign in BC. Light snacks will be provided.

Sign up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1542926092626300/

For more information contact Nadia Santoro at n_san3@hotmail.com (and see attached).

 

Sechelt

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 pm 700 Park Rd at the Community Centre

Something a little different this time, a leisurely stroll through the upper Gibson’s retail district. We will be collecting signatures, handing out cards and talking about the issues. This time, we are thrilled to announce our very own Premier Christy Clark, who will be on hand to tell us all about the needs of working people. Please come out and join us and Christy for an afternoon of fun and factoids from our leading light in the Provincial Legislature.

Sign up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1559598464322452/

 

Nanaimo

Sunday, March 15th

11:00 am Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

A rally will be held to support the call for a $15 minimum wage. Speakers will include Irene Lanzinger, BCFED President. Come out and support Nanaimo’s first minimum wage event!

For more information contact Lucy Oxman at lucyoxman614@gmail.com.

 

Penticton

Sunday, March 15th

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the South Okanagan Labour Council for a Burma Shave supporting the Fight for $15.

Meet up across from the Penticton Museum in the grassy triangle. There is parking across the street in the Shatford Centre or Penticton High School parking lot. Check out the location on Google Maps. https://goo.gl/maps/3uwKM.

For more info contact the South Okanagan Labour Council at info@soblc.ca.

 

Victoria

Please note this event is on Monday, March 16th

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Meet outside the Convention Center behind the Empress Hotel or join leafletters in various locations in the downtown core.

Join BCTF convention delegates as they circulate in the downtown core and hand out wallet cards and collect petition signatures.

For more information contact Jack MacDermot at jmacdermot@bctf.ca (and see attached).

 

Please join us for the Fight for $15 open house in New West! Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. Where

 Unifor Western Region Office

326 12th St, New Westminster

When

 Sunday, March 15th from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Transit Information

 The 112 bus stops at 12th Street and 4th Avenue, in front of the Unifor Western Region Office

 If you’re coming via Skytrain/bus, you can catch the 112 bus at either the New West Station or Edmonds Station

 

Please join us for the Fight for $15 open house in New West! Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. Where

 Unifor Western Region Office

326 12th St, New Westminster

When

 Sunday, March 15th from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Transit Information

 The 112 bus stops at 12th Street and 4th Avenue, in front of the Unifor Western Region Office

 If you’re coming via Skytrain/bus, you can catch the 112 bus at either the New West Station or Edmonds Station

 

 

Please join us for the Fight for $15 open house in New West! Come out and learn about the Campaign, share ideas, and join together to build a strong movement for fair wages. Where

 Unifor Western Region Office

326 12th St, New Westminster

When

 Sunday, March 15th from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Transit Information

 The 112 Bus stops at 12th Street and 4th Avenue, in front of the Unifor Western Region Office

 If you’re coming via Skytrain/bus, you can catch the 112 bus at either the New West Station or Edmonds Station

 

 

Teachers Hit the Street to Fight For $15

Place: Downtown Victoria

Time: Monday March 16, 12:30-1:00 PM

Who: BCTF AGM delegates and anyone else who wants to show support for the BC Federation of Labour’s Fight for 15 minimum wage campaign.

Why: It’s time for hard-working people to be lifted out of poverty, not kept there by low wages!fight for 15

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Labour Councils Release Lists of Endorsed Candidates for the November 15th Municipal Elections

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For Mayor, Councils, School and Parks Boards on November 15.

It’s election time for municipalities in BC, and your vote will make a difference.  Now more than ever, strong, progressive leadership is needed in local governments, and IAM members need to make their voices heard on what matters to working families.

Why does this election matter?

Local governments are being asked to do more with less.  Cities aren’t just for garbage collection and sewer lines anymore.  Strong local leaders are needed to hold the provincial and federal governments accountable for everything from Healthcare cuts that impact policing to environmental concerns and cuts to education that impact our families.

I’d like to vote but there are too many choices—and no parties I recognize.  How do I choose?

While it is good to research and get to know candidates in your city, there is a short cut.  Some candidates have been endorsed by your local Labour Council.

What is a Labour Endorsed Candidate?  And why should I vote for them?

Labour Councils work with Unions and community groups to identify priorities in our communities on key issues like Infrastructure, Fair Wages, Purchasing and Procurement, Taxes, Sustainability and Public Education.  A Labour endorsed candidate is one who shares our priorities and will work to make our communities better places to work and live.

Hey, there are more council seats than there are endorsed candidates!  Now what do I do?

That’s correct.  For some cities there are only a few endorsed candidates.  You do not have to vote for every position on a ballot, or you can fill in with your own local knowledge and research.  The important thing is to get out and vote, so you can say

Ok, so I’m going to vote.  How do I find out who the Labour Endorsed Candidates are?

It’s easy! 

For Vancouver, North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and Richmond

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/Vancouver-EN.pdf

For Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Delta, Port Coquitlam, Langley, Port Moody, Township of Langley, Surrey and Maple Ridge

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/NewWest-EN.pdf

For: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope and Mission

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/FraserValley-EN.pdf

For Central Saanich, Metchosin, Colwood, Oak Bay, Township of Esquimalt, Saanich, Langford, Islands Trust, North Pender Island and Victoria

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/Victoria-EN.pdf

For Duncan, Parksville, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley Regional District and North Cowichan

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/Nanaimo-EN.pdf

For Campbell River, Village of Cumberland and Courtenay

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/CampbellRiver-EN.pdf

For Powell River

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/PowellRiver-EN.pdf

Other areas:

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/Kamloops-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/NewWest-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/NorthCentral-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/NorthOkanagan-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/SunshineCoast-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/WestKootenay-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/SouthOkanagan-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/EastKootenay-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/FraserValley-EN.pdf

http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/Pacific/CampbellRiver-EN.pdf

See you at the Polls!

Authorized by IAM&AW, registered sponsor under LECFA, western@iam140.ca

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Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie Speaks Out About Bill C-525

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“Every day Canadian workers are being bullied, harassed, intimidated and even fired on the job by their employers for trying to exercise their democratic right to organize.

Unfortunately, this bill was clearly written by union-busting employers. We are very concerned about the potential impact of Bill C-525, which will profoundly change the certification and de-certification process in federal labour relations. This bill has not come through any of the long-standing bi-partite consultative processes that have normally been used to develop fair and reasonable changes to labour legislation in the federal jurisdiction.

The growing levels of inequality and unfairness in Canada are closely related to the erosion of union coverage in Canadian jurisdiction.  If we are to become a fairer and more equal society, with a growing economy, unions need to be strengthened, not weakened.”dave

 

 

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Machinists Union Organizing Win At Wexxar-Belcor-IPAC

Machinists Union District Lodge 250 offers a warm welcome to our newest Members at Belcor Industries, now part of the Wexxar/Bel brand.
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The Wexxar side of the operations has been part of the Machinists Union since 2006. A joint vote was held to extend the Bargaining Unit to include both operations. The result of 70 to 9, in favour of the Machinists, brought the 51 workers at Belcor into our Wexxar bargaining unit.

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Business Representatives Paul Pelletreau and Andrew Tricker deserve a lot of credit for the obstacles they overcame to organize this unit. They surmounted a language barrier with the predominantly Cantonese speaking workforce to win their support. The professional and consistent servicing of the Wexxar unit since 2006 showed what being a Member of the Machinists means.

It takes a steady hand plus time to build trust. We Machinists have both.   

 

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