On April 27, 2018 The IAMAW District 78 in Toronto, Ontario hosted Communicators from local lodges to learn the basics of website maintenance. Terry Rennette (LL 2922), North Bay, Eric Johnston (LL1975), St. Thomas, Bobby Manevski (LL2113), Markham and Rick Moriarity (LL103) Cambridge were led by IAMAW Communications Rep. Frank Saptel who took the participants through the process of updating websites, making websites easier to navigate and adding content that would be of interest to members.
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Thirty-five Toys R Us workers in LaSalle, Québec have made history by becoming the first North American employees of the toy retailer to organize into a labor union. They are now the newest members of IAM Local 1148.
“The combination of poor working conditions, salaries just above minimum wage and annual performance reviews that created a lot of discontent among the majority of the workers, led to this organizing victory,” explained IAM District 11 Organizer Philippe Lapointe.
“We were able to implement an organizing strategy with two employees working in this store,” said Lapointe. “This succeeded because they carefully followed our organizing steps while receiving good training ahead of time. The majority of the workers had signed membership cards before the employer even knew there was a drive taking place.”
The unionization of precarious workers is part of the Québec Federation of Labour’s $15 an hour minimum wage campaign.
“The IAM believes that any workers in entitled to a decent wage and have union defend their rights,” said Lapointe.
The next step is to elect a bargaining committee, guided by District 11 Business Representative Luc Frigon, in preparation for negotiating their first collective agreement.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Like you, I woke on Sunday morning to learn of the horrific violence that took the lives of 50 innocent people at a nightclub in Orlando. Like you, I learned that a single gunman triggered a bloodbath that only ended when members of the law enforcement community risked their own lives to end the carnage. It is gratitude and respect I feel for their bravery, but it is profound grief and sadness I feel for the victims, their families and friends. No words can describe the heartbreak, anger and despair they will confront in the days, weeks and months to come. I can only ask that we add our prayers, our voices and our efforts to those around the world who believe that hate must be answered not with more hate, but with compassion, tolerance and love for one another. This was an attack not just on the LGBT community, but on all of us. I would ask that we make a special effort in the days to come to ease the fears of our children, whose thoughts and dreams will no doubt be haunted by this brutal and senseless tragedy.
The labor movement recognizes April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day to honor the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year. It’s a day to mourn deeply personal loses, and also a day to strengthen our resolve to ensure workers everywhere are given the safest workplace possible.
The IAM observed Workers’ Memorial Day at its Workers’ Memorial on the grounds of the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland. IAM Safety and Health Director Jim Reid presided over the ceremony.
International President Bob Martinez spoke about the importance of honoring the fallen and fighting to protect the living.
“Today we come together as a family, to draw strength from each other,” said Martinez. “And while we are here to remember the lives of these good men and women, we are also here to recommit to our obligation to create safer workplaces.”
The first Workers’ Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada.