Federal Election Checklist

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.

Member-to-member activity.

  • 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

Derek Ferguson
GLR, Political Action

Our Women’s Committee reaches out!

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 scovey@nsgeu.ca.

For more information on food banks in Canada, please visit https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/

Make Your Voice Heard in the IAM Workplace Violence Survey!

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.

Help us make work safer by taking the IAM CREST Workplace Violence Survey.

The survey is also available in French and Spanish.

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. 

Click here to see results of IAM CREST’s first workplace violence survey.

Questions or concerns about the survey can be directed to IAM CREST Project Coordinator/Instructor Michael Oathout at 301-967-4707 or moathout@iamaw.org.

Member Info Drive!

We need your info!

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.


Thank you!

Remembrance Day 2018

On Sunday, November 11th, we pause to remember those who fought and sacrificed for our freedoms.

Armistice Day, now known as Remembrance Day, was first marked in Canada on Nov. 11, 1919. That date marked the one-year anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the First World War. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of the war.

If you’re able to attend, the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion will be holding a Remembrance Day service at Halifax Grand Parade, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Help with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts!

Part of being a union member is knowing that your union family is here for you when you need it most. The time is now to help Machinists Union members in the path of Hurricane Michael.

If you can, please consider donating to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund.

The IAM is doing everything we can to help our members recovering from this destructive hurricane. Every dollar you give to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund goes directly to IAM members and their families in need.

If you have been affected by Hurricane Michael and need financial assistance, click here for information on how to apply for help from the IAM.

IAM members can also receive confidential help through the IAM Employee/Member Assistance Program. Services include assistance with addictions, mental health, stress, depression and financial hardship. You can reach the confidential IAM Assistance Helpline by calling 301-335-0735 or emailing iameap@iamaw.org.

If you participate in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.

A synopsis of the new NAFTA deal

This article was originally posted on the IAMAW website. See the original post here: http://www.iamaw.ca/new-trade-deal-with-new-name/

Washington, DC – We have a tentative new trade deal with a new name, NAFTA is gone, to be replaced by the USMCA or United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

To get this new deal, it appears Canada has given away the farm! America has a chronic problem of over production of its milk products and our supply management system restricted Americans from dumping their surplus here. Under the deal American dairy farmers will be granted greater access to Canada’s dairy industry – worth some 3.6 per cent of Canada’s current dairy market. So now America has a place to dump its excess. Then there’s the content problem, American milk contains growth hormones, Canadian milk does not but there is no provision to provide labels on the milk products to warn consumers of milk content. All Canadian agriculture sectors took a hit. The Canadian egg industry is most notable – 10 million dozen additional imports will allowed the first year USMCA kicks in. Starting in year two, the market access for American eggs will increase one per cent each year for the next ten years. Canada will allow duty-free turkey to enter from the U.S. at a level equivalent to 3.5 per cent of the previous year’s Canadian turkey production. The market access granted for broiler hatching eggs and chicks is 21.1 per cent of the Canadian domestic production for that year.

What did we get for these concessions? U.S. President Trump has agreed that no hard limit will be placed on Canadian auto exports to the U.S. Trump had been threatening to use – Section 232 national security tariffs, which would slap a 20-25 per cent duty on cars imported into the U.S., if Canada didn’t bend on dairy concessions. What Ottawa did was avoid economic hardship for Ontario auto manufacturing by negotiating an exemption, which allows Canada to still be able to export cars and parts tariff-free up to a certain amount, well above what Canada currently sends across the border.

Another area Canada claims as a win is in regards to the Dispute Resolution. Canada would not bend in its demand for Chapter 19. One of the main reasons is according to Prime Minister Trudeau, Trump doesn’t always follow the rules. U.S. negotiator Robert Lighthizer personally detested Chapter 19 of NAFTA. This provisions allows companies to request arbitration if they feel their products have been unfairly hit with anti-dumping or countervailing duties. Bombardier successfully used this when the U.S. Commerce Department levelled a 300 per cent tariff on the Bombardier C Series airliner following a complaint by Boeing. Bombardier won the argument. Under USMCA there has been no significant change.

While Trudeau and his Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland claim this is a great deal for Canada, tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum exports remain intact. That apparently is another battle still to be won.