Fundraising is an essential part of preparing for the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention September 7-11, 2020 in San Diego. You can help by entering our gold raffle, with all proceeds going to support the convention.
Click here to find out how to purchase tickets.
First prize is a collection of American Eagle gold coins currently valued at $20,000.
Second prize is a collection of American Eagle silver coins currently valued at $1,000.
Third prize is a $500 Visa gift card.
Support the IAM 2020 Grand Lodge Convention by going for the gold.
IAMAW members need to be very active in this upcoming Federal Election.
The Canada Elections Act, amended in 2018, sets out the rules on union activities and communications during Federal elections. Below are the main points to remember.
Third Party Advertising: During Pre-election and the Election.
- Any IAMAW District or Local that spends any money on advertising or partisan activities after June 30, 2019 must keep a record of such expenditures.
- Spending limits apply to partisan activities, advertising and election surveys.
- The IAMAW does not consider member-to-member communications, which are not directed at the general public to be advertising or partisan activities.
- While there are limits on communicating with the general public, or helping candidates and political parties, the Canadian Office, Districts, and Locals are free to engage in any political communications, or engagement with our IAMAW members.
Newsletters, leaflets, emails, social media and text messaging.
- There are no restrictions on the use of email, newsletters, leaflets, social media, and text messages as long as we are communicating directly with our IAMAW members and not the public.
Working on Campaigns.
- IAMAW members can work on campaigns as volunteers after work hours by using unpaid leave, or vacation.
- Unions cannot release staff to work on campaigns.
Individual IAMAW members can donate.
- Unions are not permitted to make any financial contributions to candidates, or federal parties.
Websites, Facebook and social Media
- Union websites, Facebook and social media channels used to promote political action is permitted as long as the content posted is organic; in other words, no payments are made to sponsor or boost the content.
For further information visit: www.elections.ca
GLR, Political Action
Food insecurity is a real issue in Nova Scotia. According to Feed Nova Scotia, more than 41,000 Nova Scotians were supported by food banks in 2017, and 1/3 of these recipients are children.
It’s a sad reality that 15.4 per cent of Nova Scotian households are considered “food insecure,” which means they lack reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food.
This is why IAMAW Local Lodge 2797’s Women’s Committee decided to support Feed Nova Scotia.
“It’s important that we look at all issues that have to do with family dynamics within the home,” explained Sarah Covey, Chair of our Women’s Committee.
“And we try and focus on local organizations that benefit all of our communities.”
1,970,623 kilograms of food was distributed through Feed Nova Scotia in the 2017/2018 year: this includes non-perishable goods, perishables, pet food, and even menstrual supplies, which are provided through a partnership with Dignity Period. All of the items that are donated or purchased by the organization need to be checked to ensure they are fresh/undamaged, then sorted and packaged to be distributed throughout the province.
It’s a task that requires a lot of helping hands.
Enter the volunteers: more than 30,000 volunteer hours were donated last year to the organization to help make sure food gets to people who need it. Our local lodge is just one of 123 volunteer groups that are trying to help with the task. So far, our Women’s Committee has visited Feed Nova Scotia on three separate occasions to sort and package donations.
On Tuesday, June 11th, they repackaged 250 ml milk containers, checking their expiry dates, making sure the cartons weren’t damaged, sorting them into 15 kilogram groups and moving them onto pallets to be distributed throughout the province. On past visits, our group has helped sort imperfect produce that has been donated by farmers (approximately 15 per cent of Feed Nova Scotia’s donations come directly from farmers).
Our Women’s Committee plans to meet again in September and will probably hold another volunteer date with Feed Nova Scotia after that meeting. Anyone interested in joining the committee or volunteering with any of their events should contact Sarah Covey at email@example.com.
For more information on food banks in Canada, please visit https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
We recently learned that NSGEU Unit member Deedee Slye won second place for the design she entered in the IAMAW Women’s Conference design contest! Her award-winning design earned her a $300.00 US prize! Well done, Deedee! Here’s her entry:
You still have time to make your voice heard in IAM CREST’s second annual workplace violence survey. The survey is available in English, French, and Spanish.
The survey will close on March 31, 2019. Results will be published in April 2019.
The survey will help IAM CREST work toward solutions to improve workplace safety. The survey is completely anonymous and data will be shared with other partners to develop broad strategies.
You can also text IAMSAFETY to 55-000 to complete the survey on your mobile device. Workplace violence can take the form of a physical or emotional attack.
Nearly 17,000 workers experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Five-hundred Americans were victims of workplace homicide victims in 2016.
Questions or concerns about the survey can be directed to IAM CREST Project Coordinator/Instructor Michael Oathout at 301-967-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sisters & Brothers of IAM Lodge 2797:
We would like to communicate directly with our members to make sure you are up-to-date on important union news and events.
In order to keep you informed, we need you to send us your current contact information.
Please fill out the following form and you will be entered into a draw to win a $50 and $100 gift card for Atlantic Superstore or an IAMAW t-shirt.