Day Of Mourning Events BC 2015

day of mouring logo and titleApril 26 11:00 am
Squamish and District Labour Committee
Worker’s Memorial Monument
Pavilion Park
Downtown Squamish Squamish

April 28 7:30 am
CUPE 402;
City of Surrey;
WCB City of Surrey Works Yard
6645 148 St Surrey

April 28 10:00 am
Pulp Paper Woodworkers Canada Local 18 Memorial Rock
#1 Mackenzie Blvd Mackenzie

April 28 10:30 am
United Steelworkers
USW Local 1-85 Hall
4904 Montrose St Port Alberni

April 28 10:30 am
BCFED; WCB
New Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place Vancouver

April 28 10:30 am
South Cariboo Area Council; United Steelworkers
Local 1-424
City Hall
(next to Cenotaph)
450 Mart St Williams Lake

April 28 11:00 Sunshine Coast Labour Council
Dougal Park
Gower Road Gibsons

April 28 11:00 am
Victoria Labour Council; CUPE 2081
Camosun College – Landsdowne Campus
(Main entrance near Foul Bay Road) Victoria

April 28 12:00 noon
BCGEU
City Hall
(March to Workers’ Memorial at Centennial Park) Fort St. John

April 28 12:00 noon
North Okanagan Labour Council; BCGEU, WCB
Ben Lee Park
(at Franklin and Houghton, near the water park) Kelowna

April 28 12:00 noon
West Kootenay Labour Council
Lakeside Park at the Tyler Memorial Field House Nelson

April 28 12:00 noon
North Central Labour Council; WCB
Workers’ Memorial Statue (Patricia Boulevard and Queensway Street)
Prince George

April 28 12:00 noon
United Steelworkers
Centennial Square Sparwood

April 28 12:00 noon
UFAWU-Unifor; BC Fish Harvesters’ Association
Garry Point Park
7th Ave Steveston

April 28 1:00 pm
Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council
Pioneer Waterfront Plaza,
Front Street Nanaimo
April 28 4:00 pm
United Steelworkers
Local 480 Workers’ Monument across from the Trail Memorial Centre
Trail

April 28 5:00 pm
BCFED; New Westminster and Vancouver and District Labour Councils
Art Gallery Lower Mainland
April 28 5:00 pm
QDTA and BCGEU
Area 6 Cross Component Commitee
Corner of Doherty and Anderson Drive
West Village Quesnel

April 28 6:00 pm
BCGEU
Kinsmen Park Castlegar

April 28 6:00 pm
Kamloops & District Labour Council; WCB
St. Andrew’s Church
159 Seymour Street Kamloops

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A National Program for Affordable Child Care: It’s About Time

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Who: Canadian families

What: Tom Mulcair and Canada’s New Democrats have proposed a national program to provide all Canadian parents with quality child care at a cost of no more than $15 a day.

Why:

  • Almost 70% of Canadian mothers with children under 5 are working, but there are only regulated, quality spaces for about 20% of those children.
  • Even when spaces are available, families are forced to pay $40-$60 per day or more – making the cost of good care a problem for low and middle-income families.
  • The Harper Government’s “Universal Child Care Benefit” has cost over $2 billion a year without making child care more accessible or affordable.
  • Available, affordable and high quality child care is essential to our children’s future.  It provides major economic benefits, particularly helping low and middle-income families.  It will pay for itself, in both the short and the long-run, by boosting to employment and incomes.
  • Quebec has shown that it can be done, with its $7 a day child care program.

Where: In our workplaces and our communities, telling our co-workers, our friends and neighbours why we need to elect an NDP government that will bring affordable, quality child care to all Canadians.

When:  Between now and the 2015 federal election.

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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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One Minute Message Video Contest Finalists Announced

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Vote For Your Choice

The Canadian Labour Congress need your help to pick the winning video in their ‘One Minute Message’ contest. It’s pretty simple, go to our website and watch all 5 of the video finalists and click on the ‘vote’ button when you decide on your favourite video.

The winning video should be one that accurately shows that unions remain the best way for working people to get a fair deal, decent wages, safe and healthy workplaces, fairness and respect. You should pick the one you feel does the best job of conveying this message and also entertains you.

Share the link with your friends and spread the word that voting is now open in the Canadian Labour Congress’ ‘One Minute Message’ contest.

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IAM Members Want Their Union to be Active

The results of the IAM’s first national face-to-face survey indicate that, no matter where they live in Canada, IAM members share the same views about their union.  Over two-thirds of the members surveyed said that they wanted the IAM to go beyond the basics of collective bargaining and membership protection and be active in their communities.

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“In the next 18 months, Canadians will be participating in federal and provincial elections that will be crucial for the futures of Canadian working families, said GVP Ritchie.   “In unions, we are facing the fight of our lives.  I am greatly encouraged by our members’ support.   We will continue our program of active member engagement.”
General Vice President for Canada, Dave Ritchie

Nine out of ten IAM members believe that strong unions are good for Canada.  91% said that members who receive the benefits and protections of a union contract should be required to pay dues (known as the “Rand Formula”).

This survey followed the IAM Canadian Political Action Conference in March, 2013, which called for a return to face-to-face engagement with our members.

IAM Canadian Vice President Dave Ritchie welcomed the response to the survey.  “Our members understand that unions are the only force in Canada capable of facing up to corporate greed.  That is why unions are under attack by the corporate bosses and their captive politicians.”  Ritchie added,   “We need to strengthen unions to reverse the growing unfairness and inequality in our society.”

IAM members endorsed the active role taken by the union in a number of public policy proposals that will help IAM members and their families, including:

Pensions:

  • A doubling of the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan retirement benefits
  • A national insurance scheme to protect earned pensions from employer bankruptcies
  • A reversal of the federal Conservatives’ plan to move the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits from age 65 to 67

Labour Law and Labour Standards

  • The freedom for workers to organize unions without employer bullying and intimidation, with “card-check” certifications and severe penalties for employer anti-union actions
  • An end to one-sided government intervention in collective bargaining on the side of management, through phony “essential services”, strike-busting and the imposition of biased arbitration settlements
  • Preservation of the Rand Formula, so that everyone with union benefits and protections pay their fair share
  • An end to the attack on union capacities through costly and wasteful reporting requirements, as in the Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-377
  • A minimum wage that provides a decent standard of living for all Canadian working families

Health and Safety

  • A joint workplace health and safety system,  based on the precautionary principle, with a right to refuse unsafe work
  • An end to deregulation and privatization of workplace health and safety

Employment Insurance

  • A system that offers all workers across Canada real income security in the face of job loss, after past federal governments have stolen $56 billion of worker and employer contributions the unemployment insurance fund

Medicare

  • A reversal of the unfair and wasteful growth of for-profit medicine
  • A national universal public pharmacare program

Other Areas of Direct Concern to IAM Members and their Families: jobs and the economy, air transport and aerospace, public services, the environment

 

 

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