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

Tragic death shows urgency for fair labour laws: Candlelight Vigil at 6:00 PM (Toronto)


We are just learning news that a worker has been killed at Upper Crust bakery in Toronto. This is the 4th workplace death at a Fiera Foods-related company. The previous three workers who were killed, were all hired through temporary agencies. Fiera Foods was the subject of an undercover investigation by Toronto Star’s Sara Mojtehedzadeh.

We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased. And in light of the tragedy, we are calling an emergency vigil tonight at 6:00 PM outside Queen’s Park (Toronto)Please let us know if you can make it, and bring candles and flowers with you if possible. 

The tragic death that took place last night, is not an isolated event! This a real life consequence of what happens when laws fail to protect us. 

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Terry, by tabling Bill 47 this week and threatening to rollback our new laws, the Conservative government has declared war on the most vulnerable workers in the province. If passed, Bill 47, would:

  • reduce penalties assigned to employers for violating workplace laws
  • make it easier to deny workers any employment standards protections — including EI, CPP and WSIB — by misclassifying them as self-employed contractors, instead of employees
  • make it easier for employers to fire workers who decline last-minute shifts
  • eliminate paid sick days and reduce access to personal emergency leave
  • impose a real dollar wage cut for Ontario’s lowest paid workers
  • allow employers to pay part-time and temporary agency workers less than their full-time or directly-hired counterparts

Unfortunately, the attack on workers doesn’t end there. Yesterday we learned from a leaked government memo that proactive inspections done by the Ministry of Labour have been halted since September, despite being proven as an effective method for catching bad bosses. In other words, corrupt employers are getting the green light to continue breaking the law.

Also since introducing Bill 47 on Tuesday, several Conservative MPPs, Premier Doug Ford included, has been engaged in a smear campaign to paint our grassroots movement for decent work, as fringe, as vandals, as radicals following a break-in that took place at Labour Minister Laurie Scott’s constituency office.

Let us not be distracted from the real threat coming from Queen’s Park. This is why, across the province, faith groups, health organizations, community agencies, labour activists, students, teachers, and workers continue to organize actions (you can see upcoming events by clicking here).

News of this devastating death just makes it crystal clear that the protections we are seeking are crucial for the safety and well-being of our communities. The government must WITHDRAW BILL 47. Failure to do so will mean forcing millions of workers into poverty and make their lives even more unsafe and uncertain.

If you can — please join us tonight at 6:00 PM outside Queen’s Park for the emergency vigil. If you cannot come in person, please help us by:

Inviting your friends to the vigil on Facebook – click here to spread the word
Emailing Premier Ford and telling him to withdraw Bill 47 – click here to add your voice
Tuning into the live-stream of the candlelight vigil at 6:00 PM via the campaign Facebook page
Donating to the campaign, to help us have a fighting chance against the greedy corporations that are spearheading the campaign to roll back our new labour laws – make a donation now

Thank you for your ongoing support,
We will not stop organizing to ensure $15 & Fairness for all.

Fight for $15 and Fairness

Fight for workers rights

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is in danger of being canceled by the current government. We need to do what we can to stop this from happening. By sending a message to our MMPs, we become a collective voice in this fight. We can’t allow the Ford government to strip workers of they’re rights! To send an email, click on the link below.

In Solidarity

Day of Action to defend new labour laws

October 16, 2018

Yesterday morning, the first of more than 50 actions planned for the October 15 Day of Action kicked off. Throughout the province union members and social activists were mobilized to defend Ontario’s new labour laws and minimum wage increase.

Protests and petitions were expended to try to convince the Ontario, Doug Ford Government to put our need for decent work ahead of corporate interests. IAM members participated in a number of the events.

If you were unable to take part you can still send an email to Premier Doug Ford and your local MPP. Also ask your friends to do the same!