Machinist District 250 Endorses Amber Hockin and Aaron Ekman For BC FED Executive

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http://www.amberhockin.ca/
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President Jim Sinclair will not be seeking re-election as leader of the BC Federation of Labour. The Machinists Union thanks Jim for his years of service to the Labour Movement in BC and looks forward to working with him again in the future.

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IKEA Workers Need Your Help

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This update is from BCFED. Reader may be aware of the epic battle the Machinists have been waging with IKEA in the USA. Read more here.

AT ISSUE
IKEA in Richmond wants to lower the wages it pays its employees by imposing a tiered wage structure. More than 350 employees have been locked out by IKEA since May 13 of this year.

AFFECTED SITES
IKEA Richmond – Currently behind picket lines.
IKEA Coquitlam – No picket lines, but every dollar spent in IKEA Coquitlam is helping IKEA win the fight in Richmond.

HOW CAN I HELP?
Join IKEA workers at the Richmond IKEA location this Saturday at 11:00 am in a show of support for a fair settlement.

CLICK HERE for the Facebook invite and more details.

HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?

  1. DO NOT PATRONIZE either IKEA.
    Spending money in IKEA Coquitlam is helping IKEA win the fight with its      employees in Richmond.
  2. VISIT the locked out workers on the picket line, and show your support.
  3. EMAIL IKEA   management. Tell them you won’t spend a dime there unless they back down      from their demand for wage cuts for IKEA employees.

BACKGROUND

  • Teamsters Local 213 represents      about 350 workers at the Richmond IKEA location.
  • Until 2007, IKEA Richmond had a
    tiered wage structure. The union fought for fairness, and eliminated the      tiered wage structure.
  • IKEAs are owned centrally.      Spending money at any IKEA goes in the same owner’s pocket.
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Day of Mourning – April 28, 2013

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Each year the Labour Movement remembers those killed and injured on the job and resolves to fight for safer working conditions for all.

The Day of Mourning was recognized by Parliament in 1991 and since spread across the globe. Download a three page History of The Day of Mourning here.

For events near you see below or download as a PDF file:

 

 April 26 10:00 AM City of Courtenay Courtenay City Hall(830 Cliffe Avenue,   Courtenay) Courtenay
April 26 10:30 AM City of Abbotsford, WCB Civic Plaza32315 South Fraser Way (North   Side) Abbotsford
April 26 10:30 AM WCB, B.C. Federation of   Labour, Business Council of B.C. New Vancouver Convention   Centre(1055 Canada Place) Vancouver
April 26 12:00 PM North Okanagan Labour   Council, WCB, B.C. Government Employees’ Union Ben Lee Park(at Franklin and Houghton, near   the water park) Kelowna
April 26 7:30 AM CUPE 402 &City of Surrey City Works Yard(6645 148 St., Surrey) Surrey
April 28 10:00 AM Victoria Labour Council Spirit Stage in Centennial   Square(#1 Centennial Square

Douglas St & Pandora Ave)

Victoria
April 28 10:00 AM Nanaimo, Duncan &   District Labour Council Woodworkers’ Memorial Park(near Kaatza Museum) Lake Cowichan
April 28 10:00 AM PPWC Local 18 Memorial Rock(beside Town Hall

1 Mackenzie Blvd, Mackenzie)

Mackenzie
April 28 10:30 AM B.C. Federation of Labour;   VDLC & NWDLC Garry Point Steveston
April 28 11:00 AM Kitimat, Terrace &   District Labour Council Begins at Terrace RCMP   detachmentand ends at Memorial site

(on Paul Clark Drive)

Terrace
April 28 11:00 AM Shuswap Columbia Labour   Council Marine Park(750 Marine Park Drive NE) Salmon Arm
April 28 11:00 AM Sunshine Coast Labour Council Dougall Park516 Gower Point Rd Gibsons
April 28 12:00 PM North Central Labour Council,   WCB Workers’ Memorial Statue   (PatriciaBoulevard and Queensway   Street) Prince George
April 28 12:00 PM BC Fish Harvesters   Association, UFAWU-CAW Net Needle Memorial, Garry   Point(Steveston) Richmond
April 28 1:00 PM Nanaimo, Duncan &   District Labour Council Pioneer Waterfront Plaza   (intersection ofFront St & Bastion St) Nanaimo
April 28 1:00 Kitimat, Terrace &   District Labour Council Coughlin Memorial ParkMeet at City Hall – Fire Hall   Parking Lot

Followed by a walking   procession to the memorial site at Coughlin Park

Kitimat
April 28 4:00 PM Nanaimo, Duncan &   District Labour Council Parksville City Hall (rear of   building)100 E. Jensen Parksville
April 28 3:00 PM Kamloops and District Labour   Council, WCB St. Andrews on the Square   (159Seymour Street) Kamloops
April 28 11:00 AM United Steelworkers; Local   1-425 City Hall (next to the   Cenotaph)450 Mart Street Williams Lake
April 28 11:00 AM United Steelworkers’ Local   480 Begins at Steel Workers’   Union Hall, then ceremony will take place at the Workers’ Monument (across   from the arena) Trail
April 29 11:00 AM Workers Memorial site(477 Stuart Drive West) Fort St. James

 

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Labour Day 2012 Part 2

Labour Day Message From Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour

The origins of Labour Day in Canada trace back 140 years to 1872 and a parade held in support of a Toronto union’s strike for a 58-hour work week. Back then, union activity was illegal in Canada and 24 workers were jailed for their role in the strike.

An outcry of support and rally on September 3 of 1873 led Prime Minister John A. MacDonald to commit to repealing the law banning union activity, helping to lay the groundwork for real progress for working people.

Since 1894, when Prime Minister John Thompson declared Labour Day an official holiday, working people have celebrated our gains and honored those who fought for the rights and privileges we enjoy today.

Unfortunately, the last 30 years has seen a troubling growth in inequality in our society.

From World War II through 1980, working people shared equally in the gains of productivity with shareholders and owners through higher wages and improved purchasing power. But from 1980 forward, while productivity increased at an even greater rate, workers’ wages stagnated and all gains of productivity have gone to owners and senior executives.

Today’s middle class family feels like they are having a harder time making ends meet, because they are. Meanwhile, the rich have never been so rich.

On this Labour Day, however, I look forward with optimism that we are turning a corner towards greater equality.

Front-line workers in BC’s public service are negotiating for fair and reasonable wage increases. And despite the intransigence of Christy Clark and Kevin Falcon, polling consistently shows that women and men across British Columbia support these workers in their simple demand to not fall further behind or lose rights they and their predecessors fought to secure.
British Columbians want a fair and equitable society, and they recognize that the front-line workers in our schools, hospitals, and social and government services are an important part of that society.

In the private sector, workers are once again negotiating agreements that see them share in the gains of their productivity and the value of their work. Recent agreements between workers and companies like Rio Tinto and Teck Resources have put more income in the pockets of workers, and boosted the fortunes of local communities.

Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy are too often invested in overseas companies or simply held as cash, creating no local economic activity. But when working people earn more, they tend to spend it in their own communities.

Just ask business owners in Trail, where employees of Teck Resources, represented by the United Steelworkers, negotiated a $10,000 signing bonus earlier this year. Trail businesses in every sector, from auto sales to restaurants to retail, immediately reported a significant increase in economic activity in their community.

These agreements are setting a pattern for wage growth for all working people, whether in a union or not. This is good news for working and middle class families and it’s also good news for our economy.

Liveable communities are anchored in a strong middle class and it was unions who were responsible for the development of the middle class.

This Labour Day, as investment bankers and CEOs fight to hold on to a greater and greater share of the wealth working people generate, unions remain as relevant as they were 140 years ago when our predecessors fought to reduce the work week to fewer than 60 hours.

We continue to fight for better work and better lives for all Canadians, and I am hopeful that we are turning a corner towards better times for us all.

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March 28th – Day of Mourning – VANCOUVER AND NEW WESTMINSTER DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCILS

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Directions

By car:

Driving from Vancouver

• Drive towards New Westminster on Highway 1 or Kingsway

• Drive south on 8th Street towards Fraser River

• Turn east on Columbia Street

• Turn south on Begbie Street

• Turn west on Quayside Drive

Driving from Coquitlam and Surrey

• Drive towards New Westminster on Highway 1

• Exit Brunette Avenue (Exit #40B)

• Drive on Brunette then on E Columbia Street

• Turn south on Begbie Street

• Turn west on Quayside Drive

Parking lot is conveniently located to the east and west of the
market building.

• $1.50 for 2 hours

• $5.50 for all day (6am – 6pm)

By Skytrain:

River Market is located one block south of the New Westminster
Skytrain station.

 

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