Lochlan, Son of Machinist Member Jason Murray, Makes A Difference For The Poor And Homeless

For the third year, Lochlan has led the “Hungry Tummies” food drive, helping out the poor and homeless in Langley. The first year netted 140 kilos of food. In 2013 that haul increased to 230 kilos.

This December 2014 saw Lochlan collecting 280 kilos of food plus a donation of $750 from LL692 and LL11 to buy more food.

This year, Lochlan upped the ante, hoping to collect 600 pounds by day’s end.
The Langley Advance carried a feature on the Food Drive quoting Lochlan “A few years ago I just got to feeling that I should help people who don’t have much money and need food. The first time, we just got a bunch of food from our house and brought it to a food place, and from then on we were collecting food from people.”

food-driveThe paper continued that Lochlan’s dad Jason, who works for Belterra, said he’s “super proud” of his son, who came up with this plan when he was four years old and hosted his first event when he was five. “Just the fact that he’s thinking of other people beyond himself is pretty awesome,” Jason said. “He came up with the idea and we just got behind him.”

District Lodge 250 salutes this young man for thinking of his community and finding a material way to help.

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Members of District Lodge 250 Executive Are Sworn In

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 District President Bill Macpherson
Swears In Executive Members at January 31st, 2015 District Meeting
l to r: Stan Dzbik, 1st Trustee; Craig Nash, 3rd Trustee; Mark Benoit, Vice President; Dave Betker, Member at Large; Larry Lento, Member at Large;
Amanda Pascuzzi, Auditor

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IAM Band unioNation Looking for Musicians

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source:
http:/www.goiam.org/imail/latest/13861-iam-band-unionation-looking-for-musicians

The IAM’s popular unioNation band is asking: Do you want to be a part of history?

The band is calling all IAM, TCU and NFFE members who have musical talents to update and write modern labor music. All genres are welcome, from rap and country to rock and hip-hop.

Help share stories through songs about work, walking the picket line, bargaining better contracts, worker and social justice, or motivating a crowd for a rally. Go to www.unionation.com for a look at what the original band has already accomplished.

Click here to watch their music videos on YouTube.

If you are interested in writing, singing or playing an instrument for unioNation, contact Henry Bagwell, William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center Instructor, at 301-373-8815 or hbagwell@iamaw.org

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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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