A National Program for Affordable Child Care: It’s About Time

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Who: Canadian families

What: Tom Mulcair and Canada’s New Democrats have proposed a national program to provide all Canadian parents with quality child care at a cost of no more than $15 a day.

Why:

  • Almost 70% of Canadian mothers with children under 5 are working, but there are only regulated, quality spaces for about 20% of those children.
  • Even when spaces are available, families are forced to pay $40-$60 per day or more – making the cost of good care a problem for low and middle-income families.
  • The Harper Government’s “Universal Child Care Benefit” has cost over $2 billion a year without making child care more accessible or affordable.
  • Available, affordable and high quality child care is essential to our children’s future.  It provides major economic benefits, particularly helping low and middle-income families.  It will pay for itself, in both the short and the long-run, by boosting to employment and incomes.
  • Quebec has shown that it can be done, with its $7 a day child care program.

Where: In our workplaces and our communities, telling our co-workers, our friends and neighbours why we need to elect an NDP government that will bring affordable, quality child care to all Canadians.

When:  Between now and the 2015 federal election.

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Labour Shows Its Style At Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council Picnic at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith

The annual Labour Day Picnic was held by the Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council on September 3, 2013. New Democrat MLAs Lenard Krog, Bill Routley and Doug Routley and MP Jean Crowder attended, each making a few short remarks saluting the Unions gathered.

John_KiethFor the first time, the Machinists Union had a table display. Chief Shop Steward John Humphrey from Inland Kenworth (LL1857), arranged for the table to be manned. Featured was information about the IAM and our newsletter, Northwest News. Shirts were given away in a draw and the usual swag, including our excellent pencils c/w clips.

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The table was not the only contribution made by Machinists. Two members of unioNation™ came to share some of the original songs written by Machinists. Brother Brad Seefried brought two other members of his band Mine Town to perform his songs ‘Little Penguins’ and ‘I AM a Workingman’. BR Alastair Haythornthwaite performed ‘Sleeping Giant’ and a new song about the founders of our Union ‘Ride, Boomers, Ride’. Their efforts were well received.

alastair_at_Labour_day_2013Volunteers served hot dogs and fried onion to the crowd while an antique and muscle car show by ILWU rounded out the day’s attractions.

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Stay Rock Solid!

Brother Stan gives the Directing Business Representative report at a DL250 meeting

Brother Stan gives the Directing Business Representative report at a DL250 meeting

Sisters and Brothers:

Many of you may be aware I have accepted the position as the Chief of Staff to IAMAW General Vice President Dave Ritchie in Toronto, replacing the retiring Tommy Lee.

Accordingly, it is, with mixed feelings of anticipation and regret, I announce my leaving District Lodge 250. I am looking forward to many new challenges and opportunities within our great Union, but I leave behind many great friends and allies who have supported me over the past 25 years.

To our officers, staff and membership throughout British Columbia I offer my sincere thanks for your support and solidarity throughout my time with LL692 and DL250. Everything I know about trade unionism and the fight for working families I have learned from you. Each member whom I have had contact with furthered my education and growth as a Business Representative and as your DBR.

As the elected Directing Business Representative of Machinists Union District 250 in British Columbia, I have worked with our members at all levels of the organization.  I am a trade-unionist with a lifelong interest in workplace rights, labour relations, and bringing a balance of power to workers. I have acted on behalf of workers at the bargaining table and as Lead Counsel in legal hearings.

I proudly vote NDP.

From the time when I was first elected to the position of Shop Steward at Finning (Canada) Ltd., to my most recent election as Business Representative and DBR of District 250, I have had the privilege of representing our membership in virtually every corner of the Province of British Columbia.

I received the support of many people along the way, and I continue to enjoy that support in my day-to-day work. And I know I cannot do this job alone, but together we can achieve anything we desire.

Unions are about people. We are about workers sticking together and standing up for what they believe are their rights. I am proud to be part of the Machinists Union and our Canadian Labour movement. I am proud to make our IAMAW workplaces better and to have so many wonderful opportunities every step along the way.

My new position allows me to work with our Canadian IAMAW membership in a broader scope across the country. I will be learning many new things, and meeting new challenges in this work, and am looking forward to working with our membership from coast to coast. I know in this new capacity, many of our paths will continue to cross as we build upon the work our forbearers began.

I will always remember and appreciate the Rock Solid support I have had from District Lodge 250 and our Union membership right here in British Columbia.

Brother Walter Gerlach will replace me as the Directing Business Representative of District 250 and as our IAMAW representative on the BC Fed Executive Council. Walter is a strong and dedicated Union representative. I have every confidence the District is in good hands.

I know the officers, staff and membership across B.C. will give full support to Walter in this new role, and  together you will continue to build our strong Union in this Province.

stan2smOnce again, I offer my thanks to all of you for many years of support, solidarity, and friendship. I could not have enjoyed the success I have without the Strength and Unity of the membership behind me at every step.

Stay Rock Solid! 

Stan Pickthall,
Directing Business Representative

 

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Local Lodge 1857 Comes to Vancouver Island for a Special Meeting for Members

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Business Representative Walter Gerlach, President Bill Macpherson,
Recording Secretary Rob Kidson and Secretary-Treasurer Dave Betker

 

On May 3, 2013, the Executive of LL1857 and Walter Gerlach, Business Rep traveled by ferry to Nanaimo to hold a special meeting for Members of the Local Lodge on Vancouver Island. President Bill Macpherson, Secretary-Treasurer Dave Betker and Recording Secretary Rob Kidson and Walter arrived in the morning and visited both LL1857 shops in Nanaimo at lunchtime, Inland Kenworth and Berks Intertruck.

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Inland Kenworth lunchroom

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Berks Intertruck lunchroom

Time did not allow a trip to Pacific Chevrolet in Port Alberni this time, but the Executive hope to visit in the future. The delegation also visited the newly built Mercedes and Subaru dealerships in Nanaimo which are LL456 shops.

The meeting was held at the City owned Bowen Park Recreational Centre. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of Inland Kenworth Chief Steward John Humphrey, 15 Members for Berks and Inland Kenworth attended, a truly amazing turnout for a Friday night. Pizza was supplied and the participants had no trouble doing justice to nine large pizzas. During the food break, lively conversations were held about Unions and Politics. Really a great event!

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In the meeting, the Members where brought up to date regarding Local Lodge business. The highlight of the meeting was the guest speaker, Barry Avis, NDP Provincial candidate for Parksville-Qualicum. Barry was a City Councillor in Qualicum Beach for nine years and has extensive experience directing large scale industrial facilities.  This man would be a great asset to any government. John Humphrey presented Barry with a donation of from LL1857 towards his election campaign.

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Barry Avis, NDP candidate for Parksville-Qualicum

After the meeting, the Executive joined Members at a local pub for beer, discussion and to watch what turned out to be the ill-fated Canucks.

 

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Spring 2013 Edition of Our Newsletter Northwest News

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12 page NWN

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