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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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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50 Years Later, Machinists March for Voting Rights in Selma

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IAM General Vice Presidents Mark Blondin and Diane Babineaux, second and third from right, respectively, march with over 200 IAM members and thousands of others at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery march. (Photo: Bill Burke/Page One Photography)

selma2One newspaper referred to Selma, AL as a tiny town on the outskirts of nowhere, but for 72 hours this week, Selma rose to its full height as the living, breathing center of the civil rights universe. With more than 60,000 marchers converging on the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the world was once again given images from the same place marchers were being clubbed, gassed and trampled in 1965.

selma3selma1Fifty years after Bloody Sunday, hundreds of IAM members and their families joined civil, human and workers’ rights activists to commemorate the sacrifice of those who risked their lives to end Jim Crow-era policies preventing millions of African Americans from voting. Their bravery captivated a nation, and led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act later that year.US-HISTORY-POLITICS-RIGHTS-RACISM

“All that history met on this bridge,” President Obama said at the commemoration. He was joined by the likes of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who nearly died at the hands of Alabama State Troopers when he led marchers over the same bridge 50 years ago.

But Obama made clear that the fight is far from over. There are newly-enacted voter-ID laws, early voting restrictions, unfair redistricting and a recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

“Right now, in 2015, 50 years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote,” said Obama. “As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed. Meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act, the culmination of so much blood, so much sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence, the Voting Rights Act stands weakened, its future subject to political rancor.”

IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux was joined by a contingent of Machinists Union members carrying signs proclaiming “Voter Rights are Human Rights.”

“It’s an awe-inspiring experience to be amongst the civil rights icons who risked their lives to march across this bridge 50 years ago. They did it for us, and we’re here to recognize that sacrifice,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux. “What makes me hopeful is the amount of young people here who weren’t even alive in the 1960s. The torch is being passed to a generation that is ready to fight back against modern-day affronts to voting rights. The future is in good hands.”

“We had nearly 200 IAM members and their families come from all over the country to mark this momentous anniversary in our country’s history,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “They came here because one of our most sacred American freedoms – the right to vote – is under attack once again. The IAM stands on the right side of history, and we stand for the right of everyone to have their voices heard.”

source: http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/14139-50-years-later-machinists-march-for-voting-rights-in-selma

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IAM Mourns Passing of Val Bourgeois

val_bourgeoisVal Bourgeois, the first IAM Canadian General Vice President to be elected by Canadian members, has passed away at the age of 84.

Bourgeois served two terms as Canadian General Vice President, first elected in 1985 and then again in 1989.

Bourgeois first joined the IAM with Local 594 in Moncton, New Brunswick, his hometown, in 1952 as an apprentice machinist at Canadian National Railways. He was first elected as president of his Local in 1966 and the following year was elected part-time General Chairman for the IAM Railway District in Atlantic Canada. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour for six years. In 1969 he was appointed to the IAM field staff as a Grand Lodge Representative, based in Montreal.

In 1981, Bourgeois was named Administrative Assistant to the then-IAM General Vice President and moved to the union’s headquarters in Ottawa.

“Val’s commitment to our members and working Canadians as a whole was second to none,” said Dave Ritchie, who succeeded Bourgeois in 1995 as Canadian General Vice President. “He was a tireless worker on the international level, establishing global standards for the transportation industry.”

Bourgeois is survived by his wife, Marguerite, and his six children and five grandchildren.

Source: http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/14135-iam-mourns-passing-of-val-bourgeois

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