Labour Lobbies Ottawa!

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.

Way to go!

Shoeboxes For Shelters!

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!

Thanks to all who participated! 

Women’s Committee Volunteers

Members of our Women’s Committee volunteered at Feed Nova Scotia yesterday over their lunch hour on Tuesday, October 1st. They sorted onions that will be delivered around the province.

If anyone is interested in donating to Feed NS, some of the items that are in need of most are baby food, canned meat, canned vegetables and soup.

Thanks to all of the members who turned up to lend a hand! 🚺✊

Go for the Gold to Support the IAM 2020 Convention!

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.

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/