Local Local 2797’s very own Susan Sutherland headed to Ottawa on February 25th to join the Canadian Labour Congress’ lobbying efforts on Parliament Hill.
Labour representatives and activists from all over Canada lobbied our politicians to create a National Pharmacare Program; establish a $15 federal minimum wage; secure workplaces against violence and harassment; and protect workers and pensioners when employers file for bankruptcy. In total, we had 378 participants meet with 184 MPs and Senators.
Last week, on #GivingTuesday, members of our Women’s Committee and local lodge members packed up shoeboxes for The Halifax Shoebox Project‘s annual drive.
The lodge made a cash donation to help purchase supplies and items, and members also made donations of items and helped pack up the boxes today during our lunch break! All told, we filled 21 boxes this year!
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.
IAMAW members need to be very active in this upcoming Federal
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.
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,
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.”
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: