Political Attacks on Labour Continue Unabated

The Federal Government is currently sponsoring a group of anti-union legislation under the guise of Private Member’s Bills.

FIGHT_OF_OUR_LIVES_LOGOC-525 would eliminate ‘card check’ for organizing workplaces under the Canada Labour Code. ‘Card Check’ grants Union Certification if 50%+1 of the prospective Members sign an application. This will allow employers to bribe or intimidate employees during the run-up to a vote.

C-4 would weaken an employee’s right to refuse unsafe work. Only imminent danger would be grounds for refusing work. The Federal Bargaining Agents (Unions) of the National Joint Council sum it up this way:

Bill C-4 undermines the right to collective bargaining, eliminates important human rights protections, and will make every federal workplace less safe for its workers and the Canadians they serve. The Bill was drafted with no consultation with public sector bargaining agents and eliminates labour rights gained over the last fifty years, and severely undermines the ability of federal employees to negotiate on a fair playing field. The Bill gives the federal government’s Treasury Board the unfettered right to determine what constitutes an essential service, which workers are denied the right to strike, and which collective agreements will be decided through arbitration.  The Bill also changes arbitration by limiting the independence of arbitration boards. Bill C-4 gives the Minister of Labour the authority to throw out any unsafe work refusal complaint without investigation, leaving employees who refuse unsafe work open to discipline, including dismissal. If the Minister chooses, an investigation can be undertaken in secret. The impact of these changes to health and safety protection will reach far beyond the federal public service to the 1.2 million private and public sector workers covered by the Canada Labour Code.

C-377 would put onerous reporting obligations on Union, where every expenditure greater than $5,000 would have to be reported and made public. Though this information is already available to Union Members, under this Bill, Union would have to undertake the costly and time consuming task of documenting and reporting everything from pension payments to office supply purchases. This Bill was rejected by the Senate for unfairly targeting Unions while leaving corporations untouched but has been reintroduced this session by the Federal Government.

Some provincial politicians dream of emulating the worst of American Labour law.

Right to Work for Less has been a fact of life in some of the poorest US states, such as Alabama and Louisiana since the 1960s. In the last few years, some of the Rust Belt states, such as Michigan and Indiana have introduced the policy. Under Right to Work for Less, employees are not required to join a union or pay dues in a unionized workplace. Further, the Union is obligated to represent the, though they neither belong to the Union nor pay dues. This strengthens the hand of the employer leading to lower wages and benefits state wide. For those who pay dues, payroll check off is illegal and the Union has to collect the dues form each member individually. Total dues are approximately 30% less and the collecting of dues becomes an expensive proposition. Some politician, especially Tom Hudak, leader of the Conservatives in Ontario, have been especially vocal in proposing this vile medicine for Ontario as unscrupulous employers have moved from Ontario to right to work for less states.

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OXFAM Honors IAM for Philippines Relief Contribution

source: http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/12390-oxfam-honors-iam-for-philippines-relief-contribution
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Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox, third from right, presented IAM Canada with a commemorative plaque in recognition of the union’s contribution towards Oxfam’s relief and reconstruction work in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. Joining IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie, right, in accepting the honour were members of the IAM Canada Philippine community, left to right, Manny Crescencia, Angeles De Guzman, Arlene Danota, Rowena Bicera, Fox and Barrington Barnett.

Oxfam Canada honored Canadian Machinists in recognition of the generous contribution made towards Oxfam’s relief efforts in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.

The IAM Canada donation of $50,000 matched the highest amount donated by any union within the Canadian movement. More than $600,000 was donated to Oxfam’s relief efforts by unions across the country.

“We were very, very pleased at the tremendous generosity and support from the IAM,” said Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox. “The Machinists played a critical role, a leadership role within the Canadian labor movement. They matched the highest donation from any union to this disaster and it reflects a history where the Machinists have been there when there have been major disasters around the world supporting the response.”

IAM Canada answered the call with a $25,000 donation to Oxfam Canada in 2004 to support its relief efforts in the tsunami –shattered regions of Asia.

Also on hand at the presentation ceremonies were members of the IAM Philippine community. Manny Cresencia of IAM Local 717T, a retiree from Magellan Aerospace, was joined by Airport Security Screeners Angelas De Guzman, Arlene Danota and Rowena Bicera, who are members of IAM Local 2921. Also in attendance was IAM District 140 General Chairperson Barrington Barnett, who was responsible for the airport security screeners.

“Our motto is justice on the job and service to the community and I think it’s important that the community needs to know that the union is there for everybody and we’re responding on the basis of need and let me tell you, there is a terrible need in the Philippines right now,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.
 
To date, Oxfam has reached 500,000 of the worst affected people with life-saving supplies. Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads is Oxfam’s immediate priority.

 

 

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Fight of Our Lives – The Opening Skirmishes

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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.

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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.

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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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The 2014 IAM Scholarship Competition Information

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http://www.goiam.org/index.php/headquarters/departments/scholarship/11892-2014-iam-scholarship-competition

The 2014 IAM Scholarship Competition

Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite presents Allison Jussilla with the 2103 IAM Scholarship Award at the Dover Bay Secondary School Awards Ceremony

Dreams can come true! Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite presents Allison Jussilla of Nanaimo BC with the 2103 IAM Scholarship Award at the Dover Bay Secondary School Awards Ceremony

 



SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION OVERVIEW

This scholarship competition is open each year to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada under procedures and rules of eligibility explained in this Announcement. The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make possible these awards, was established by the delegates of the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

The Scholarship Competition Scholarships to make possible the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification are determined in a competition among eligible applicants that is judged by a special Selection Committee.

Amount of the Awards Awards to members are $2,000 per academic year. They are granted for a specific period from one to four years to enable the member to earn a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification.

Awards to Children of Members are: College — $1,000 per academic year. All awards are renewed each year until a Bachelor’s degree is obtained up to a maximum of four years. Vocational/Technical School — $2,000 per year until certification is reached up to a maximum of two years.

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ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPETITION

An Eligible Applicant Must Be Either—

  • an IAM member; or
  • the son, daughter, stepchild or legally adopted child of an IAM member.

A Member Applicant –

  • must have two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of the competition which is February 25, 2014;
  • may apply either when entering college or vocational/technical school as a freshman or at a higher level with some college credits already completed;
  • may apply as a full-time or part-time student; and
  • if not a winner, may apply again the following year.

Child of a Member Applicant -

  • must have one living parent with two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of February 25, 2014;
  • will be eligible if the parent member died after the son or daughter entered high school, and the parent had two years of “continuous good-standing membership” at the time of death;
  • A “continuous good-standing membership” is understood to be a period of membership during which the member continuously paid monthly dues uninterrupted by withdrawal cards;
  • must be planning to graduate during the winter or by the end of the spring 2014 school year (i.e., normally a high school senior or completing the last year of college preparatory work); and
  • must plan to take a regular college or vocational/technical program on a full-time basis, maintaining qualifying grades.

Ineligible Applicants Include –

  • applicants who do not intend to work without interruption for a bachelor’s degree or completion of a vocational/technical school certification;
  • members’ children who are attending or have already attended college or vocational/technical school;
  • children of members on the payroll of the Grand Lodge,
  • graduate students; and
  • applicants who do not plan to enroll in an accredited college or vocational/technical school.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A 2014 IAM SCHOLARSHIP

There are three different Application Packets. Please choose the appropriate link below to apply for an IAM Scholarship. The Application Packet must be completed and postmarked by April 1, 2014.

1. Children of members (college)

2. Children of members (vocational/technical school)

3. Members (college or vocational/technical school)

To be valid, an application must be submitted on the appropriate form. If you do not qualify under the above requirements, please do not send an application. No exceptions can be made to the rules. Application Packets for the 2014 competition may also be obtained by calling our scholarship department at 301-967-4708.

Application packets postmarked later than February 25, 2014, will NOT be acknowledged or considered. No exceptions will be permitted even if a third party is responsible for the delay.

IMPORTANT: Complete the application and MAIL TO: IAM scholarship Program 9000 Machinists Place, Room 117 Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2687

All Scholarship Applicants are Advised -

  • to obtain guidance from their high school teachers and counselors in pursuing a college education or for attending vocational/technical school;
  • not to wait until awards are announced before making other plans for financing a college education;
  • to apply early for scholarships or awards from several other sources; and
  • to make early application for admission to at least three colleges.

The Selection Committee Award recipients will be chosen by an independent Selection Committee composed of four qualified educators from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The Selection Procedure The Committee attempts to select from each IAM territory applicants who have demonstrated learning ability and all-around suitability for college work or for attending vocational/technical school. In reaching this determination, many factors are taken into consideration, including: grades, attitude toward study, personal references, available test scores, the opinion of counselors and teachers and activities outside of school. For member applicants, weight is given to participation in local lodge responsibilities. Canadian students are judged according to Canadian scholastic standards. The IAM scholarship winners and honorable mentions will be announced in the Summer 2014 on the IAM website.

All Award Recipients –

  • are responsible for obtaining admission to the college or vocational/technical school of the student’s choice;
  • must take a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent if attending college or the required courses for vocational/technical school; and
  • may attend a two-year accredited college and transfer for the last two years.**

The Sponsoring Member and Member Applicants –

  • must maintain continuous good-standing membership throughout the life of the award or have been issued an honorary withdrawal card due to a lay-off, plant closing or retirement after the scholarship has been awarded.

** For college scholarship recipients only.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

When proper notification is submitted to the Scholarship Committee, the following may be approved: If the recipient enlists in the military, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than three years.
If the recipient enters the Peace Corps, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than two years.

The recipient must apply for reinstatement of the scholarship within three months after discharge from the military service or Peace Corps and must enroll in college. A request for temporary suspension for academic reasons may be granted for a period not exceeding one year.

In the case of illness or accident, the award may be held in reserve for a period not to exceed two years. The student would be expected to resume college or vocational/technical work as soon as possible.

The IAM will set aside the total amount in the Scholarship Fund necessary to finance the student through the period of the award. The Program was established in the confident expectation that it will remain indefinitely, as long as donations continue. If unforeseen circumstances should cause the Program to be discontinued, scholarships in effect would be continued for their duration, and all money remaining in the Fund would be used solely for educational purposes.

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ALTERNATE RESOURCES

 

Vocational-Technical Information.

The web site is: http://www.trade-schools.net for information
on Voc-tech schools in the U.S. and Canada

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