All Bargaining Unit Members
Sisters and Brothers:
Re: Federal Election May 2
This letter is to remind you to get the vote out in the upcoming Federal election. At a recent Provincial leadership rally, I heard that 1.4 million British Columbians did not vote in the last election. Those votes are workers who do not share the interests of the corporations who run our Governments.
At every bargaining table, the Union finds itself fighting the employer for improvements to wages, benefits, and working conditions. It is clear that your interests as workers are not the same as the interests of the corporations; it is equally clear that our political interests are not the same.
Politics and Legislation affects every facet of our daily lives – from rules in the workplace to the price of gas in our cars. We have all watched the debates in the media – and we all know the issues that are important to working families. I urge you to study the issues that are most important to your family, and support the party that best represents those issues.
I ask you to look closely at each party’s Platform on those issues. The Machinists Union is a proud member of both the Canadian Labour Congress and the B.C. Federation of Labour, and we have a long tradition of fighting for working families and for our union membership throughout B.C. We also have a long tradition of backing Politicians who support Labour’s issues.
What are the issues facing working people? Here are just a few:
- National Minimum Wage: $10 Per Hour.
- Outlawing the Use of Replacement Workers: no more scabs crossing picket lines.
- Protecting Workers’ Pensions: an income you can live on when you retire.
- Pay Equity: equal pay for equal work – for our sisters, wives, and daughters.
- Respect our Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
- Support Trades Apprenticeship in order to build skills to replace our aging workforce.
Over many decades, workers have faced legislation that takes away from them hard-won rights in the workplace. Still other legislation has denied working people the right to fairness and an opportunity to make a decent living. Why should a Government give a tax break to corporations while denying a living wage to our youngest and most vulnerable citizens: our children?
Should Unions be involved in Politics? Damn right they should! Are the interests in the Corporate Boardroom the same as the interests around your kitchen table? Hell no!
I urge you to choose the party that best represents the issues that are important around your kitchen table, for your family. Then get out and Vote.
Stay Rock Solid!
Directing Business Representative