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Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians -IAMAW Canada



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Political Action Update

I’d like to take the time this issue to let you all know about a movement happening right here at our very own airport.

There is a growing movement between all workers in a fight for a minimum wage of fifteen dollars an hour. You can see it in the US, you can see it at other airports and you can see it in the fast food industry. It’s growing and we are a part of it. I know some people say yeah raise the minimum wage and everything else goes up with it.

This isn’t true as proven by two things.

First, way back in 1950, the minimum wage in the US was set at seventy five cents per hour. If you do the math that works out to $7.29 per hour at today’s rates. The minimum wage was enough to keep you living above poverty levels and actually buy a home and a car.

Today we see a minimum wage increase in Seattle (almost one year ago) to $15.00 an hour. That’s well above our federal minimum wage of zero dollars an hour (that’s right in Canada there is no Federal minimum wage) and still well above Ontario’s minimum wage of $11.25 an hour. Even after this raise in Seattle, the study was done on its effect of prices of goods and services and the results came back as zero percent. It had no affect whatsoever on the price of food or material goods.

This is just another excuse that large corporations and greedy business owners try and make us believe so that we can keep fighting amongst ourselves and keep us poor.

Given all this info, there are changes coming to this country and the IAM will be leading the way. We will be fighting for a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour all across this country but we need to all stand together during this time.

The strength in our numbers when we stick together cannot be broken and there is nothing greater we can do for our sisters and brothers than to raise the standard of living to greater heights.

If you would like to get more involved or more information please contact your PAC committee at:

Or contact your Local Lodge offices.


Political Action Symposium -September 3-5, 2014

Winpisinger Education & Technology Center, Hollywood, MD

Canadian-Political Action-Symposium

Brothers Bryan Wilson and Brad Gomes are attending on behalf of Local 2323.


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Bill C-23

Fair Elections Act passes third reading, expected to become law by June -Globe and Mail

Harper government’s Fair Elections Act: bad news for voters -Toronto Star

Conservatives unhappy with Poilievre’s ‘bombastic’ style on elections overhaul bill -Hill Times

The less Canadians know about Fair Elections Act, the more they support it: poll -Globe and Mail

Coyne: Federal elections bill feels like payback for alleged anti-Tory bias -Canada.com

Elizabeth May: Six pieces of ID and still not allowed to vote – Timescolonist.com

Fair Elections Act fight slow to draw in Canadian public: poll -iPolitics

Mulcair takes aim at Fair Elections Act as party gears up for next election -Globe and Mail

Video: Elizabeth May: Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23) -YouTube

Bill C-23 takes democracy in wrong direction -Lethbridge Herald

Bill C-525 a step backward -Unifor

The ultimate list of quotes on why the Unfair Elections Act is dangerous -Press Progress

Video: 5 ways “Fair Elections Act” will make elections unfair -Operation Maple

The ‘Fair Elections Act’ is wrong, but not for the reasons you may think -Globe and Mail

Editorial: The unfairness of Bill C-23 is intolerable -Montreal Gazette

Video: Stop the Unfair Elections Act: -YouTube


Organizations and Individuals Opposed to C-23



Ontario Public School Boards’ Association


Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario


The Canadian Teachers’ Federation


Public Service Alliance of Canada

PSAC 2014-03-20


United Food and Commercial Workers Canada


Yves Cote Commissioner of Canada Elections




The Council of Canadians




Canadian Federation of Students


Fair Vote Canada


Canadian Civil Liberties Association


Citizens for Public Justice


Democracy Watch


Samara Canada


Lana Payne, Atlantic director for Unifor


Harry Neufeld, former head of Elections British Columbia


Mark Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections Canada


Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former Chief Electoral Officer, Elections Canada


Paul Thomas, Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba, advisor to  Parliament on recent federal electoral boundary changes in Manitoba.


Jennifer Smith, Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University


Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer, Ontario


Green Party of Canada




Liberal Party of Canada


Broadbent institute


City of Vancouver


Ed Broadbent


Preston Manning


Witold Walczak, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union for Pennsylvania


Letter from 19 international scholars and political scientists


Letter from Canadian 59 professors at Canadian universities who study the principles and institutions of constitutional democracy