District President Bill Macpherson
Swears In Executive Members at January 31st, 2015 District Meeting
l to r: Stan Dzbik, 1st Trustee; Craig Nash, 3rd Trustee; Mark Benoit, Vice President; Dave Betker, Member at Large; Larry Lento, Member at Large;
Amanda Pascuzzi, Auditor
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?
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
See you at the Polls!
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Pro Mac Manufacturing in Duncan, BC, is the largest independent Machine Shop / Fabrication Shop on Vancouver Island. Our Members undertake everything from precision machining, gear cutting and major fabrication to field repairs. The Company has a large variety of equipment including bevel gear cutters, CNC machining centres, 5 axis CNC turning centres, large boring mills and a custom built heat treating machine.
Traditional among the highest paid on the Vancouver Island, our Members have ratified a new Collective Agreement which maintains that distinction.
Wages will increase by 3%, 2.5% and 2% over the next three years plus an additional $108 will deposited into every Members Retirement Saving every month and up to $140 will be added to pay cheques each month as a bonus. Considering the low inflation climate of the economy, these are significant increases.
An increase of overtime meal allowances to $20, a subsidy of custom ear plugs and clarification of the conditions of employment for Part Time employment of retired Members round out this agreement.
Given the solid increases in compensation contained within the new Collective Agreement, it is no surprise the deal was accepted by an 83% margin.
More information about Amber and Aaron is available on their campaign website:
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.