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

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

For: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope and Mission

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

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

For Campbell River, Village of Cumberland and Courtenay

For Powell River

Other areas:

See you at the Polls!

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One Minute Message Video Contest Finalists Announced


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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Fight of Our Lives – The Opening Skirmishes


These agents of an alien class have been bought and paid for by Corporations. These Corporations are rich, powerful and ruthless. They have only one mission maximum profit. To achieve their goal – people’s lives, the environment and even democracy are of little consequence.

People are not without their shield.


Trade Unions have been struggling to protect and extend the rights of workers to a safe workplace, collective bargaining and freedom of association for a long time. Unions fought when there seemed no hope of victory, succeeding over the last century to force the employers and their politicians to make concessions.

We have a right to belong to Unions. We have the right to bargain with the employers.


But the Corporations wanted to strip or curtail these fundamental rights guaranteed under the Canadian Constitution.

Prime Minister Harper does not attack us head on. He is using the ruse of Private Member’s Bills to push through anti-democratic, anti-union legislation. Bill C-377 was designed to hurt our Unions, Health and Welfare Plans and Pension Plans by forcing reporting of all Union expenditures over $5,000. This information is already available to members but would now have to be reported and published publically adding expense and violating the privacy of our   Pensioners and Members.

True Conservatives in the Senate rejected the unfairness of a bill which made Unions report but kept Corporations and Employer Associations private behind closed doors.

Tim Hudak, the leader of the Conservatives in Ontario has publically called for the outlawing of Union checkoff for dues. Not only would the Union be forced to spend its time collecting dues, instead of representing the members. Union revenue could fall be 30%, crippling our ability to oppose Corporate excesses.

Christy Clark, our newly re-elected Premier, wants to impose a 10 year agreement on the teachers, the first of many attacks on public and private sector workers.

The Machinists are not taking this lying down. Over the next year you will all hear about the new campaign, the Fight of Our Lives. This is our opening move to stop the Anti-Union politicians in their tracks and elect a government for People not Corporations.



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CLC Launches Canada-wide Political Campaign to Protect Collective Bargaining Rights


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IAM delegates from both District Lodge 140 and District Lodge 250 participated in a conference of Union leaders convened by the CLC to launch the Fairness Works Campaign

The Labour movement is not just about decent jobs.
It’s about a better life, for everyone.

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Stay Rock Solid!

Brother Stan gives the Directing Business Representative report at a DL250 meeting

Brother Stan gives the Directing Business Representative report at a DL250 meeting

Sisters and Brothers:

Many of you may be aware I have accepted the position as the Chief of Staff to IAMAW General Vice President Dave Ritchie in Toronto, replacing the retiring Tommy Lee.

Accordingly, it is, with mixed feelings of anticipation and regret, I announce my leaving District Lodge 250. I am looking forward to many new challenges and opportunities within our great Union, but I leave behind many great friends and allies who have supported me over the past 25 years.

To our officers, staff and membership throughout British Columbia I offer my sincere thanks for your support and solidarity throughout my time with LL692 and DL250. Everything I know about trade unionism and the fight for working families I have learned from you. Each member whom I have had contact with furthered my education and growth as a Business Representative and as your DBR.

As the elected Directing Business Representative of Machinists Union District 250 in British Columbia, I have worked with our members at all levels of the organization.  I am a trade-unionist with a lifelong interest in workplace rights, labour relations, and bringing a balance of power to workers. I have acted on behalf of workers at the bargaining table and as Lead Counsel in legal hearings.

I proudly vote NDP.

From the time when I was first elected to the position of Shop Steward at Finning (Canada) Ltd., to my most recent election as Business Representative and DBR of District 250, I have had the privilege of representing our membership in virtually every corner of the Province of British Columbia.

I received the support of many people along the way, and I continue to enjoy that support in my day-to-day work. And I know I cannot do this job alone, but together we can achieve anything we desire.

Unions are about people. We are about workers sticking together and standing up for what they believe are their rights. I am proud to be part of the Machinists Union and our Canadian Labour movement. I am proud to make our IAMAW workplaces better and to have so many wonderful opportunities every step along the way.

My new position allows me to work with our Canadian IAMAW membership in a broader scope across the country. I will be learning many new things, and meeting new challenges in this work, and am looking forward to working with our membership from coast to coast. I know in this new capacity, many of our paths will continue to cross as we build upon the work our forbearers began.

I will always remember and appreciate the Rock Solid support I have had from District Lodge 250 and our Union membership right here in British Columbia.

Brother Walter Gerlach will replace me as the Directing Business Representative of District 250 and as our IAMAW representative on the BC Fed Executive Council. Walter is a strong and dedicated Union representative. I have every confidence the District is in good hands.

I know the officers, staff and membership across B.C. will give full support to Walter in this new role, and  together you will continue to build our strong Union in this Province.

stan2smOnce again, I offer my thanks to all of you for many years of support, solidarity, and friendship. I could not have enjoyed the success I have without the Strength and Unity of the membership behind me at every step.

Stay Rock Solid! 

Stan Pickthall,
Directing Business Representative


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