January 25, 2013
Volume 43, No. 3
New Deal at Boeing in Winnipeg
CAW Local 2169 members at Boeing Aerospace have ratified a new agreement by 87 per cent. The new deal was reached on January 18 and ratified on January 20.
"In this round of negotiations, we were able to secure a new program that will solidify hundreds of jobs at the facility," said CAW Assistant to the National President Jerry Dias.
The new deal includes a $5,000 signing bonus and a 10% wage increase over the four year term.
The local union went into early negotiations with the intention of securing new investment. The investment will go towards setting up a new production line for work for the 737 airplane.
CAW Local 2169 President Tim Cathro said that this was the first time the local has entered early bargaining in recent memory and the committee was pleased with the result. "I think this is an exceptional deal for our members," said Cathro. "We weren't sure how early negotiations would go, but in the end, it went quite well. We're very happy with the agreement we could bring back for our members."
"This new agreement ensures future work here in Winnipeg," said Winnipeg Area Director Tom Murphy. "Today, there aren't very many places that can say they have six years work."
CAW Local 2169 represents 1,200 members at Boeing Canada, in small parts fabrication - including the forward strut which attaches the motor to the wing, and the fairing, attaching the wing to the body of the airplane.
Getting VIA Rail Back on Track
Addressing dozens of VIA local union leaders and activists as part of the strategy session, CAW Council 4000 President Barry Kennedy discusses the impact on cutbacks in the customer service divisions and the growing frustration of workers.
Local union and workplace leaders from across the VIA Rail chain recently met to strategize and plan for an upcoming campaign around promoting a modern rail way service for Canada. The group from CAW Council 4000 (VIA customer service workers) and CAW Local 100 (VIA skilled trades maintenance) met for a daylong session in Montreal on January 18.
Participants heard from a panel of guest speakers in the morning about their vision for a national railway, the environmental connection to strong rail services and previous campaigns and initiatives. Speakers included Greg Gormick and Tony Turrittin, from rail advocacy group National Dream Renewed; Cameron Fenton, executive director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition; Linda Savory-Gordon, Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains; Christine Collins, president of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (PSAC); and Darren Rodrigo, former Australian Labour Party and transport campaigner.
In the afternoon, attendees heard from CAW Economist Jim Stanford as he presented an outline of upcoming research on a vision for a truly modern national rail service. The vision provides an alternative to further cuts and lagging technology, with suggestions on how to overhaul Canada's national passenger railway. Participants also shared the impact in their location of recent cuts to VIA - the terrible consequences for both services and jobs. CAW local union leaders made plans to form organizing committees in their areas upon returning home.
Concerned about cuts to VIA? Want to see a truly modern railway? To find out how to get involved in your area, please contact CAW Membership Mobilization and Political Action Director Jenny Ahn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-268-5763
Outreach to Toyota Workers
In support of Toyota workers who are resilient in their efforts to join the CAW, CAW local union leadership and activists in southwestern Ontario were out in full force last week at assembly facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock. The CAW continues to hear from Toyota workers on their desire to join a union and have democratic representation in their workplace. Thank you to all those who attended.
CAW Joins with Local School Teachers in St. Catharines, Ontario to Protest Bill 115
CAW Local 199 executive board members and retirees joined local teachers outside Liberal MPP Jim Bradley's office in St Catharines, Ontario on January 16 to protest Bill 115, which has eliminated the public school teacher's collective bargaining rights.
Several protesters asked to speak with Bradley who was absent from his office. Protesters listened to speeches from Dan Peat of the Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation and Wayne Gates, CAW Local 199 president.
"This event gave us the opportunity to show our solidarity with the teachers, we strongly believe they are doing a good job and should be able to bargain a collective agreement without detrimental legislation such as Bill 115, that undermines the entire collective bargaining process," Gates said.
Signs at the rally reflected the mood of the protestors: "Teachers put students first every day;" "Negotiate don't legislate;" "Protect collective bargaining rights;" and "Today's lesson - democracy."
CAW President Ken Lewenza said the provincial government should not have imposed contracts on public elementary and high school teachers. He said the Liberal government should return to the bargaining table and negotiate fair agreements with public teachers in Ontario. (The Ontario government officially repealed the bill on January 23 but the imposed contracts remain in force).
He also said the teachers have the right to decide how they will fight back against Bill 115. He said plans by the Tim Hudak Conservatives, if elected, for an attack on the bargaining environment of both public and private sector workers in the province is like re-reading a painful chapter in Ontario history.
"We all remember Mike Harris like it was yesterday," Lewenza told The Windsor Star.
CAW to Continue Fighting Against Greyhound Cuts in B.C.
CAW Local 114 is continuing their efforts to convince the B.C. Minister of Transportation Mary Polak to reverse the decision by the Passenger Transportation Board allowing a reduction of nearly 2.2 million miles (3.54 million kilometres) of service to the province.
"Despite an online campaign which gathered nearly 800 signatures, many of whom left poignant messages as to why service should remain the same or improve, the Passenger Transportation
Board saw fit to grant the cuts to service," said CAW Local 114 President Gord McGrath.
"Minister Polak has already stated she will not reverse this decision, despite having the authority to do so. This is a slap in the face to thousands of customers and hundreds of communities who rely on Greyhound for service and the workers who provide this service. We pray that The Highway of Tears does not become forgotten. The callousness and lack of consultation with First Nations communities, cities and towns appears to show that this government only listens to big business bosses and not the people of this province.
McGrath said that he encourages those concerned to voice their opinion to Minister Polak and their MLAs either through the CAW Local 114 website or by fax, phone or email.
"During the provincial election in May, I hope candidates are questioned on their position on this issue. It is not too late to make a difference," added McGrath.
CAW Local 114 currently represents over 4,000 members across B.C. and Alberta. The CAW's petition to have Greyhound's application approval reversed, can be viewed at http://www.cawlocal114.com.
Take a moment to fill out the short survey online here: http://www.newunionproject.ca/new-union-logo-and-name-survey/ You can also download and print a pdf version, to send to all your contacts. The deadline for the questionnaire is February 4, 2013.