June 22, 2012

Volume 42, No. 24

Oshawa City Council to Join in Lobbying for New Product at GM

Oshawa City Council has unanimously approved a motion that calls on city officials to work with the CAW to lobby governments in the push for sufficient product at General Motors' Oshawa plant to maintain or increase employment levels in the community.
The motion was approved at a meeting June 11 after CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley and Local 222 First Vice President Ron Svajlenko spoke to councillors about GM's recent announcement it would be closing the consolidated car line by June 1, 2013.
Buckley said when the federal and provincial governments bought into GM in 2009 they received agreement that 16 to 17 per cent of vehicles built by GM would be built in Canada.
Buckley said GM must remember that taxpayers helped support GM at a crucial time.
He said with the closure of the consolidated line, GM Oshawa will be down to 2,000 workers in 2013 from 23,000 thirty years ago.
Councillor Nancy Diamond said the motion is about urging the provincial and federal governments to flex their muscle and use their shareholder position. Diamond, who put the motion forward, said it isn't about a further loan, according to a durhamregion.com news story.
Durham Regional Council has also approved the resolution.


CAW Acute Care Workers Ratify Agreements in Nova Scotia

Acute Care Bargaining Committee: Front Row:  Darlene Carrigan (Local 4603-GASHA), Debbie Thompson (Local 4600 CBDHA), Lisa Brae (Local 4606-IWK), Cathy Butler (Local 4600 CBDHA),Nelson MacInnis (Local 4606-IWK)
Back Row:  Wayne MacPherson (Local 4600-CBDHA), Peter Murray (Local 4600-CBDHA),Susan Taylor (National Rep), Vernon Martell (Local 4603-GASHA), Jimmy Callahan( Local 4603-GASHA and CBDHA),Denise Blair (Local 4606-IWK), Christina Ashe (local 4606-IWK),Les Holloway (Area Director), Susan Gill (Local 4600-CBDHA), Jim Mott (Business Agent Local 4606-IWK)
Missing when photo taken Brian Moore (Local 4603-CBDHA)

CAW members who are acute care workers in 17 hospitals in Cape Breton, the Guysborough, Antigonish, Strait area, and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia have overwhelmingly ratified three-year collective agreements.
The agreements, with two of the province's district health authorities and the IWK, include a 7.5 per cent wage increase over the three years and improvements in retirement allowances and retiree benefits.
Ratification meetings were held the week of June 3.
CAW Local 4600, which represents the healthcare unit at Cape Breton District Health Authority (CBDHA) ratified by 98 per cent with the CAW Local 4603 service unit ratifying by 98 per cent in CBDHA. Workers at the Guysborough, Antigonish, Strait Area Health Authority voted 99 per cent. CAW Local 4606 which represents the service unit at IWK ratified by 100 per cent.
CAW National Representative Susan Taylor said the ratification results reflect the bargaining committee's strong work and the solidarity and support of the membership.
"Our Nova Scotia health care members are truly pleased with these agreements," Taylor said. "These ratification results speak for themselves."
CAW represents over 2200 acute care workers in Nova Scotia. These workers include dietary, environmental, skilled trades, maintenance, protection service officers, clerks, laundry and engineers in the service unit and techs, pharmacists, licensed practical nurses, social workers, therapists, health records, continuing care assistants, physiotherapy, sterilizing and processing department workers and dieticians in the heathcare unit.


Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival Picket Against Rio Tinto 

Among those taking part in the Rio Tinto information picket were Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour; CAW BC Area Director Susan Spratt; and Scott Lunny, USW District 3 representative.
The lead sponsor of the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Rio Tinto Alcan has come under fire by the B.C. Federation of Labour, USW and CAW. 
Leaders and activists took part in an information picket about Rio Tinto's poor labour practices - shedding light on the nearly six month lock out of 780 USW members in Alma, Quebec. 
CAW BC Area Director Susan Spratt said Rio Tinto is attempting the same attacks on members of CAW Local 2301 who work at Rio Tinto's aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C.
"It's critical that we stand together to highlight the mean-spirited attacks of a very profitable company," said Spratt. 
One team pulled out of the June 16 race on account of Rio Tinto's Sponsorship.  For more information please visit

CAW Retiree is Queen's Jubilee Medal Recipient

CAW retiree Hector McLellan of London, Ontario has been selected as one of the recipients of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The medal is in recognition of Hector's years of advocacy on workplace health and safety, labour rights and seniors issues.
London Fanshawe Riding recipients will receive this honour on Wednesday, June 27th, at a special awards banquet at the London Marconi Club, 120 Clarke Road in London, Ontario.
These commemorative medals are being presented throughout the year to thousands of Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements and to those who have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. 

New Global Trade Union Federation Launched

A new global trade union federation representing more than 50 million workers was officially launched in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 19, 2012.
The founding Congress of the IndustriALL Global Union brought together 1,200 trade unionists from 140 countries in manufacturing, mining and energy. The CAW is an affiliate union of IndustriALL.
The congress adopted an action plan with resolutions on a number of key issues facing labour around the globe including resolutions against precarious work, for example.
This new organization brings together affiliates of the former global union federations: the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF), the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) and the International Textiles Garment and Leather Workers' Federation.
The CAW was an affiliate of the IMF.
To find out more about IndustriALL, please visit: www.industriall-union.org


CAW Group Insurance Refer a Friend Contest Winner

CAW Local 112 member Norman Nelson took home $1,000 for winning the CAW Group Home and Auto Insurance Program's Spring "Refer a Friend" contest.
Nelson is the second winner in this ongoing contest. He was presented with his cheque at the CAW 112 Hall in Toronto, Ontario. Shown in the photo (from L-R) is Stephen Corea (Aviva Traders Insurance), Bob Kerr (Breckles Insurance Brokers), Norman Nelson (Winner) and Scott McIlmoyle (Financial Secretary Local 112). For more information about the CAW Group Insurance Program and to participate in the next Refer a Friend contest, visit


CAW Welcomes New Members

Alpha Court, Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Thunder Bay, ON, 26 members
CUSCO Fabricators Inc., Richmond Hill, ON, 50 members
Americus Logistics Moncton Inc., Moncton NB, 6 members
Blackadar Continuing Care Centre, Dundas, ON,  94 members

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