North Bay Labour Council H&S Awards

Annual Health and Safety Awards Banquet
Members of the North Bay and District Labour Council. Left to Right. Rejean Amyot, Jared Hunt, Pauline Teal, Tammy Martel, Ian Mizzi, Henri Giroux, Dave Vadnais. Not picture: Amanda Farrow-Giroux, Andy Mitchell, Rick Belisle.
Congratulations to Brent Lavigne CUPE 122 for winning the Prevent Link WSIB Award.
Congratulations to Jim Aldridge OPSEU 635 for winning the WHSC Award. Jim has dedication much of his career to Health and Safety in his workplace.
Henri Giroux, President of the NBDLC, was the honoured recipient of our first annual Community Activism Award. Henri has dedicated years of service to helping people in the North Bay and area.
Nipissing University and proud NUFA member, Dr. Kristen Ferguson was an amazing guest speaker. Dr. Ferguson shared her academic story about researching the stress demands of public education teaching. She is part of a $1.4 million multi-sector study, with particular focus on work place mental health relating to leaves of absence and return to work programs.
Unifor Rally in North Bay
Regional and local Unifor members and supporters rallied outside of MPP Fedeli’s office Friday December 7th. Local union members wanted MPP Fedeli to know that he’s making terrible decisions as the Nipissing representative, and that the focus of Unifor members will not change. Just because Bill 47 passed doesn’t mean unions have stopped the fight to help low wage workers. Andy Mitchell (Unifor 103 President) explained to local media that he and other Unifor negotiators plan to bargain for $15 and other low wage worker demands. Read the North Bay Nugget article here.
Strategy, Tools, Actions
Organizers Jared Hunt, Shawn Moreton, Catherine Murten Stoehr, and Lena Ross hosted a fabulous panel discussion November 29th. Over 50 people attended to listen to Erin Reyce, Candace Ghent, and Erika Lougheed (pictured below, left to right, with organizer MC Lena Ross) speak about the ups and downs of organizing for equity and social change. Although not an easy topic to frame, these amazing humans spoke to importance of working together to bring about positive change. After the panel discussion the group divided into three highly constrictive workshops: Writing for Change, Creating Online Content, and Organizing for Turnout. Pictures by Shawn Moreton.
Family and Friends Board Games Day
December 15th at OPSEU Hall, 2:30-5PM. Save the date, friends! Some Labour Council organizers want to host a Saturday afternoon board games get-together. Why not finish off the 2018 Labour year with friendly games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Euchre, Wizard, or any other fun game you really enjoy playing. Anyone is welcome–members, friends, neighbours. Snacks, tea, coffee, pop will be provided. See you there!
Visit ActivismNB  
Want to keep up-to-date with activism related action? Visit ActivismNB.ca for the deets. A local organizer created an awesome website to inform people about important events like rallies, town halls, panels, etc… Find ActivismNB on Facebook here.
The Workers Health and Safety Centre
Looking for information about amazing certified health and safety training? Look no further, the WHSC is a leading training agency in meeting and exceeding work place safety requirements. Employers across the province recognize WHSC as excellent value for top notch classroom-based training. WHSC is union supported and relies on the expertise of union and locally-based trainers.

A sad day for Canadian Aerospace

A sad day for Canadian Aerospace

A sad day for Canadian Aerospace

Bombardier announces 2,500 layoffs in Québec

Montréal, QC – “This comes as a complete shock and surprise to the IAM, we had no prior knowledge of this action,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall regarding Bombardier announcement today of 5,000 layoffs worldwide including 2,500 in Québec.

“The biggest frustration is that once again Bombardier has announced major cuts just before Christmas with very few details,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “Just who is impacted by these layoffs, we have almost 20,000 people in Québec working for Bombardier and that’s 20,000 people with question marks in their mind. This is unfortunate and distressing. This is not the way to improve relations between employer and employee.”

The layoffs are part of restructuring by Bombardier which includes selling their Q 400 Turboprop aircraft program, and its business aircraft flight and technical training unit to Montréal based CAE. Bombardier says the measures will result in $250 million in annual savings.

With little in the way of exact details regarding the layoffs, IAM members can take solace in a reciprocal agreement between Bombardier and C-Series/Airbus consortium. “The IAM had great foresight in negotiating this agreement which permits our members with bargaining rights to transfer their employment between Bombardier and Airbus where we represent the workers,” explained IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “While this announcement comes as a complete surprise, this agreement provides our members with better protection than others impacted by the layoffs.”

“The move is mystifying because Bombardier is hiring in some programs and the aerospace industry is suffering a lack of manpower,” explained Chartrand. With forecasts of 30,000 jobs needed in the next seven years in the aerospace industry Chartrand is not too worried but he has questions. “Where is Bombardier going with their commercial program? They seem to be getting rid of their commercial series. Given the massive subsidies Bombardier gets from the provincial and federal governments, certain guarantees to maintain jobs for a certain number of years should have been included.”

It is not known what impact this announcement will have on the next round of collective bargaining between the IAM and Bombardier which is slated to begin within a few weeks. “We will be pushing hard on the Union’s agenda and will be working with our members to preserve employment and build strong middle class careers in this sector,” said Pickthall.

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Annual Health and Safety Awards
It’s that time of year again, time to think about your health and safety champions. Please think about nominating a member who helps to build Health and Safety awareness in their work space. These representatives of the labour movement often work unseen, quietly attending meetings, keeping an eye on the workspace for everyone. Health and Safety reps are vital to every union and their contribution is worthy of honour and celebration.  To nominate and or register for the Awards night, please complete the form linked here.
The 2018 Health and Safety Awards Dinner is December 4th, 6:30 at the Best Western. To view the Facebook event page click here.
Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Kristen Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson teaches and researches at Nipissing University. She is part of a landmark multi-sector study of mental health issues in the workplace. To read a read article about her research and the project click here.
CLICK THE POSTER FOR THE REGISTRATION AND NOMINATION FORMThe Workers Health and Safety CentreLooking for information about amazing certified health and safety training? Look no further, the WHSC is a leading training agency in meeting and exceeding work place safety requirements. Employers across the province recognize WHSC as excellent value for top notch classroom-based training. WHSC is union supported and relies on the expertise of union and locally-based trainers.

IMAGINE A WORLD where thousands of films are made about workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives! On November 24th a group of labour film enthusiasts will host two hours of this year’s selection of Canadian Labour films. Everyone is welcome. See the Facebook event page here. To read about CLiFF, click here to the website.
Committee Members Needed
We’re looking for members to help on the following committees and projects. Please encourage members to attend the meeting this Sept 17th, 7 pm. Labour Council volunteering is a great way to meet people and to learn valuable skills your union truly values.

United Way Labour Breakfast
Health and Saftey Awards Dinner
Labour Day Picnic
Pride Picnic
Communications
Equity and Social Justice

 

Nurses Strike in Thunder Bay

Today (Monday) marks exactly three weeks since public health nurses in Thunder Bay were forced on strike. … in the midst of an active TB outbreak.

These 58 nurses are the lowest paid public health nurses in Ontario and they’re walking the picket line again today because they deserve a fair collective agreement that doesn’t set them back further.

Please take 30 seconds to send a message to the Thunder Bay District Board of Health, their employer, right now.  If it takes more than 30 seconds, send me a message to let me know and LabourStart Canada will buy you a subscription to Our Times, Canada’s independent labour magazine.

While we have your attention…

rabble.ca is looking for a budding labour journalist to fill an intern position for the coming year.  Details HERE.

And, as promised, more details for this year’s Canadian Labour International Film Festival events across the country are HERE.

Just in case you’ve forgotten: send your solidarity message HERE.

 

In Solidarity,

Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada

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PAC Meeting at District 78

On Saturday, a Political Action Meeting was held at IAM District 78 offices. The meeting was well attended, with several Locals and Districts represented. Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and several staff from the Canadian Office ensured the meeting had an Ontario-wide perspective. The primary objective of the PAC meeting was to define an ongoing and consistent strategy of communicating with the IAM membership and their communities in the political process.

Attendees went away feeling that they had made some great movement in developing that strategy. Hopefully, if the IAM can deliver a consistent, to the point message, our members will have a better understanding of issues that could affect the working lives of themselves, and/or their families. We hope that everyone who attended this meeting, can reach out and talk to some other potential political activists, and bring those members out to our next PAC meeting on Saturday, January 12, 2019