Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie Speaks Out About Bill C-525

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“Every day Canadian workers are being bullied, harassed, intimidated and even fired on the job by their employers for trying to exercise their democratic right to organize.

Unfortunately, this bill was clearly written by union-busting employers. We are very concerned about the potential impact of Bill C-525, which will profoundly change the certification and de-certification process in federal labour relations. This bill has not come through any of the long-standing bi-partite consultative processes that have normally been used to develop fair and reasonable changes to labour legislation in the federal jurisdiction.

The growing levels of inequality and unfairness in Canada are closely related to the erosion of union coverage in Canadian jurisdiction.  If we are to become a fairer and more equal society, with a growing economy, unions need to be strengthened, not weakened.”dave

 

 

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Letter from President of Local Lodge 764 (Aveos) to the Prime Minister

click to download pdf file of letter

 

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B.C. Federation of Labour Supports Occupy Wall Street

B.C. FEDERATION OF LABOUR STATEMENT ON OCCUPY WALL STREET

The Occupy Wall Street movement expresses an underlying desire for fairness and equality in the economy and our society. The B.C. Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with that desire, and calls on the governments of British Columbia and Canada to act swiftly and decisively to narrow the gap.Members of the B.C. Federation of Labour will gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 12:00 noon, Saturday, October 15, in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement’s call for good jobs, fair taxes and strong public services.
[editor’s note: There are events in many other communties in British Columbia including Nanaimo, Victoria and Kelowna]
 
Global economic uncertainty is shining a bright light on the rapidly growing gap between rich and poor in North America and around the world. In the United States, the consequences have been widespread and severe. Real unemployment is approaching 20 per cent. People are losing their homes to foreclosures. And, for the first time in generations, few young Americans believe their lives will be as prosperous and secure as their parents.

Here, well paying jobs, fair taxation and strong public services built the Canada we know and love. For 20 years across Canada, however, real wages have stagnated, the richest Canadians and corporations have avoided billions in taxes, and successive governments have weakened public services. This has created a gap between rich and poor not seen in generations, and the gap is widening.
The Conference Board of Canada has identified that Canada had the second largest rate of income inequality growth among peer nations from the mid-1990’s to the mid-2000’s. Clearly, the same conditions that have lead to Wall Street exist in Canada as well.
In British Columbia, a decade of tax cuts for the richest British Columbians and corporations combined with stagnant wages for average income earners have left British Columbia families struggling to make ends meet and nervous about their futures. As the cost of living has increased, household debt has piled up and savings eroded. This has got to stop.
The Occupy Wall Street movement expresses an underlying desire for fairness and equality in the economy and our society. The B.C. Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with that desire, as part of the 99 percent, and calls on the governments of British Columbia and Canada to act swiftly and decisively to narrow the gap. The BC Fed will support an ongoing peaceful occupation in Vancouver on these important issues.
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Conservative Government Imposes Harsh Conditions on Postal Workers

June 20, 2011

For Immediate Release

CUPW picketline at main sorting plant in Victoria

OTTAWA – The federal government’s back-to-work bill penalizes postal workers and rewards Canada Post for locking out employees and stopping mail delivery nationwide.

The bill legislates wage increases that fall significantly below Canada Post’s last offer. Canada Post’s last offer was 1.9% in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and 2.0 % in 2014, well below the 3.3% rate of inflation. The Tories’ bill would lower that even further with 1.75 % in 2011, 1.5% in 2012, 2% in 2013 and 2% in 2014.

“Imposing wage increases that are lower than Canada Post’s last offer punishes postal workers for a disruption that was caused by the corporation’s national lockout,” said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin.

“The bill would take $875.50 out of the pockets of an average full-time postal worker during the four years of the agreement. All told, it represents a theft of $35 million from postal workers and their families.”

Lemelin said the government’s heavy-handed interventions will damage labour relations for years to come. The last time the federal government imposed back to work legislation in 1997, it included a provision that ensured the mediator arbitrator considered the importance of good labour-management relations. The current legislation contains no such provision.

“The arbitrator who is assigned to do the final offer selection will not have to live with the results,” said Lemelin. “An imposed settlement will not help the post office in the long term.”

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For more information contact:
Aalya Ahmad, Communications Specialist, Canadian Union of Postal Workers,
Cell: 613-327-1177,
Email: aahmad@cupw-sttp.org,
CUPW website: http://www.cupw.ca

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Harper Interferes In Collective Bargaining

Sisters and Brothers: 

As you are all certainly aware, Stephen Harper’s Federal Government recently waded into the free Collective Bargaining process and, with a threat of legislating them back to work, pushed the CAW and Air Canada into reaching an agreement. They have also notified the parties in the current Postal workers (CUPW) Lockout that they will be putting forward legislation to end the Lockout and order CUPW members back to work. 

This is a violation of the rights of workers to freely negotiate for a Fair contract. Certainly, it is our view as a Labour Union that the Government has no business interfering in the Collective Bargaining process. If the Government can interfere in bargaining at Air Canada and in the Postal Workers’ contract, then who is next? 

Essential services have often applied in the case of firefighters, nurses, and teachers – where public safety of our citizens and our children is a consideration. Now, with a majority government, the Harper Conservatives are taking actions to keep us from free bargaining for purely economic considerations – they have gone too far! 

Please take a moment to review the link below. This is a one-click poll that allows you to express your view:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/06/back-to-work-legislation-should-ottawa-force-air-canada-employees-back-to-work.html

I am also attaching a PDF file showing the picket locations for sisters and brothers at CUPW around the Province. I am urging all IAMAW members to get out to the picket lines with these Locked Out workers and let them know that they have your support.

 Stay Rock Solid!

 Stan Pickthall

Directing Business Representative

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – District 250

201-19005 94th Avenue, Surrey, BC  V4N 3S4

t. 604-513-3883

f. 604-513-3853

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