The Moral of the Story “Mouseland” is a political fable, originally told by Clare Gillis, a friend of Tommy Douglas. Tommy has used this story many times to show in a humorous way how Canadians fail to recognize that neither the Liberals or Conservatives are truly interested in what matters to ordinary citizens; yet Canadians continue to vote for them.
Bryan Wilson, member of IAM Local 2323 in Toronto, explains how he used the law to refuse unsafe work – another benefit of being an IAM member.
Are you ready to participate in political action?
The next Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017. Don’t let your voice be silenced. Be a part of it all. If you haven’t had time to do research on all of the candidates running in your riding, you can see how the Edmonton and District Labour Council felt about each candidate after asking each a variety of questions. Click Here for the results.
- 1 Mayor
- 1 Councillor for each of the 12 City of Edmonton wards
- 1 Edmonton Catholic School District Trustee for each of the 7 wards or
1 Edmonton Public School District Trustee for each of the 9 wards
Please visit the City of Edmonton website to view the 2017 candidate list.
Exercise your right to vote! The system really does begin with you.
Political Action is one of the easiest things to be a part of. As a person in any riding you are eligible to vote. You need to exercise your right to vote and when you do you should vote for someone who cares about workers issues and has the same values that you do. Someone who will promote your ideals.
Toronto, ON – UFCW Canada National Representative and IAM Local Lodge 1922 member, Zenne May Maceda has received the Young Leader of the Year award at the augural Gold Balangay Awards, held in Toronto.
Organized by a number of Filipino community groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations, the awards show was established to celebrate Filipino Canadians who have made a positive impact in their community or field of work. It recognized Sister Maceda as the 2017 Young Leader of the Year for her outstanding efforts in promoting social justice and workers’ rights as a labour activist.
“I am incredibly honoured to be a recipient of the Golden Balangay Young Leader of the Year award,” said Sister Maceda. “This award was given to me in recognition of the work that I do as a young labour advocate, so I know it isn’t only for me. It is for all my friends, family, and colleagues who have committed themselves to fighting for working people in Canada and in the Philippines.”
2 October, 2017
Toronto, ON – Jagmeet Singh is the new leader of the federal New Democratic Party with a resounding first-ballot victory by a margin of 53 per cent in the NDP leadership in Toronto Sunday night.
“Earlier last month the IAM endorsed Jagmeet Singh to be our new leader after a vigorous internal debate,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “At that time we concluded that he was the right person for the job because he most closely represents the values and the direction of IAM. I’m pleased that the rest of the party agrees with us.”
Singh, 38, defeated challengers Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus and Guy Caron. Singh, a criminal defence lawyer who speaks fluent French and Punjabi, has represented the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton in the Ontario legislature since 2011. He was named deputy leader of the Ontario NDP in 2015. Singh says he will not immediately seek a seat in the House of Commons until he has had time to increase his profile outside of the House.
Singh has been a frequent visitor to IAM rallies, meetings and demonstrations regarding precarious work, the Fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, contract flipping and privatization of Canadian airports. “We look forward to working with Jagmeet to build power within the Party as we prepare for the next chapter,” said Pickthall. “Our next battle is in 2019, with the Trudeau Liberals; there is much work to be done along the way.”
An informative web page training session was held at the IAM District boardroom on October 3-5, 2017 led by Brother Frank Saptel, IAMAW National Communications Director. Info sharing using WordPress was had by Brother Leo Manrique of Local 2734, Sister Lori Fairbrother of Local 1722, Brother Glenn Killips of Local 1722 and Sister Barb Makey of District 14 to keep the membership updated on current events.
District 14 is currently in the process of updating this website and giving it a fresh face. We need your help!!!! If you have pictures of yourselves or your co-workers at work or play, please send them in. Every single one of us collectively is “The Union” and I’d like to use this platform to celebrate the faces of our Union.
Please send your pictures to Ryan Ermet
On April 23rd and 24th of 2014 Frank Saptel (Grand Lodge Communications Representative) from Toronto was in Edmonton at the District 14 office instructing Jim Burden (President of LL1681), Rob Nolan (Recording Secretary & Communicator of LL1681), Ryan Ermet (Trustee of Distrcit 14), Barb Makey (District 14 Administrative Assistant) and Dan Uchaz (District 14 Business Representative) on basic web design and the transformation to the “Word Press” platform. Websites have proven to be a very good tool in communicating with our memberships and we would like to thank Frank for making the trip out west to broaden our knowledge and help ensure that our websites continue to be a valuable asset to the membership.