Mine Mill & Smelter Workers - Local 598 / C.A.W.

   19 Regent Street South,

Sudbury, Ontario  P3C 4B7



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Announcement:

I am pleased to announce that Natalie Mehar, President

of the Ontario Health Coalition, will be in town to

meet with health care workers and concerned citizens

on Monday December 19, 2005 at 7 p.m., in the lower

hall at the Navy League (Old Mine Mill Hall) at 19

Regent Street South.

 

We wish to re-vitalize our Sudbury Health Coalition

and discuss P3's, LHINs and other issues and concerns

with our health care system.

 

In the meantime Natalie is asking that we contact our

local MPP's and say: "We don't want the LHINS

legislation passed without broad cross province public

hearings--it is too serious. We are requesting a

hearing in our area."

 

Rick Bartolucci's information:

Constituency Office:

100 Elm Street

Suite 2

Sudbury, ON P3C 1T5

Tel: (705) 675-1914

Fax: (705) 675-1456

rbartolucci.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

 

If anyone has questions or concerns please contact me

at 698-7655 or e-mail at annemacinnis@yahoo.com

 

In Solidarity

Anne Marie MacInnis

Community Based Organizer

Mine Mill 598/CAW

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Walmart - Always Lower Standards

May 9, 2005

CAW Group.jpg (343321 bytes)On Saturday May 7, 2005 Mine Mill 598/CAW members along with other unions and advocates participated in a peaceful demonstration outside of the Wal-Mart store in our community.  Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union had their transport truck as part of the regular traffic entering and exiting the parking lot.  Store management offered to demonstrators coffee and water and were RWDSU Truck.jpg (308059 bytes) politely asked to bring the refreshments back into the store and offer them to the Wal-Mart workers.

We were sending a message to Wal-Mart, their Wal-Mart workers have the right to unionize and receive the benefits that organized workers enjoy including a fair Dave Stewart.jpg (291659 bytes) wage, decent working conditions and a voice in their workplace.

In February 2005, Wal-Mart announced it was closing its store in the community of Jonquiere, Quebec, citing that the store was not profitable or viable.  The real reason was that the workers decided to join a union and ask the company for Dwight Harper.jpg (307506 bytes) better treatment. These workers did nothing wrong, they were well within their legal rights.

We had several speakers and the messages were similar and clear.  We were there to support the brothers and sisters.  The Walt family who owns the global chain of stores, certainly can afford to pay decent wages and treat their workers with respect.

CAW Group2.jpg (251465 bytes)Tammy, a former Wal-Mart worker shared her story and how she was treated.  She was accumulating hours and just prior to having enough to be considered full time, her hours were cut.  I believe Tammy will be employed at an organized workplace, in the not to distant future.

Canadians have the right to join a union if they want to and the law says employers are supposed Mercedes and Robin.jpg (331080 bytes) to respect this decision.  Doing business in Canada means respecting our laws and our people.  Low prices shouldn’t mean low standards and should never cost people their rights.  Canadians demand better values from Wal-Mart.

It’s time to tell Wal-Mart that enough is enough.

Guy Sonnier.jpg (272328 bytes)TAKE ACTION!

Go to www.canadianlabour.ca Tell Wal-Mart to become a responsible employer in our community.

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Send a message to Mal-Wart’s management. Tell them to make Mal-Wart work better.

  2. Send a message to our M.P.  Tell them bully companies like Mal-Wart must obey the law.

  3. Learn more about ending sweatshop labour.  Sign up at: http://sweatshop.clc-ctc.ca/

          FIGHTING BACK DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE         

In Solidarity

Anne Marie MacInnis

Mine Mill 598/CAW

Community Based Organizer

(705) 673-3661 ext.30

(705) 698-7655

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 Mine Mill 598/CAW Organizing Report

Wednesday April 27, 2005

Dear Brothers and Sisters

 Mine Mill 598/CAW and our National Union recognize that in this climate we must make organizing a priority.

I am pleased and excited to inform our members that we have several active campaigns underway.  We have begun to distribute leaflets at Com Care, Canadian Blood Services and Day Construction and several other campaigns underway.

 To begin an organizing drive in any workplace you have to convince the workers that Mine Mill 598/CAW can and will make a difference in their workplace. With a Union, they will have a grievance procedure to resolve workplace issues.  With a Union, fairness, not favourtism, rules the day.  With a Union, management cannot make up the rules as they go along.  With a Union, their contract will set out the rules governing seniority, scheduling of work, job posting procedures, layoff and recall rights, hours of work, transfers and promotions.  With a Union, their co-workers and themselves will have a say in their workplace. You must listen, share personal experiences, return phone calls promptly, provide confidentially, honesty and listen some more.  Showing a genuine concern about their working conditions and guiding them form committees, inside committees make a much stronger campaign.

 Many workers who I speak to are fearful of their future, or losing their jobs if the company finds out they signed a union card.  Section 5 (Membership in a Union) and Section 72 (Employers not to interfere with employees rights) under the Ontario Labour Relations Act is Law and protects unorganized workers.

I meet with people one on one or a small group approach at their homes or in coffee shops.  They begin to share information about their workplaces, the owners/corporations and the issues and concerns and then we research.  This groundwork is important.  We direct and support the workers because they own their organizing drives and make their own choices.  We provide information about our Union including who we are, what we do and how it works.  We form a bond with the workers, continue to educate and keep their spirits and interests up. John Aman, National CAW Organizer, provides us with tremendous support and resources. 

 We have begun a leaflet distribution at Com Care, Canadian Blood Services and Day Construction. We have several other “drives” and if any one wishes to know more information, call the numbers listed below.

  Our Mine Mill 598/CAW active and retired members have shared their time and important tips, you know who you are and I am sincerely grateful. 

 WHEN A UNION IS ORGANIZING THE WORD SPREADS!

 In Solidarity

Anne Marie MacInnis

Mine Mill 598/CAW

Community Based Organizer

Work (705) 673-3661  (ext 30)

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Buzz Hargrove urged Ontario local Unions to lobby their provincial MPPs in support of restoring a card check union organizing system and restoring anti-scab legislation Bill 144.  The card check system allows workers to become unionized automatically if a majority sign union cards.  The current vote-based system forces a vote even if a majority have already signed cards.  This give employers more time to intimidate workers against voting for the Union.  Delegate after delegate spoke at the microphones about the importance of restoring a card check system and the importance of bringing back anti –scab legislation in Ontario.  Paul Forder, CAW director of membership mobilization and campaigns, said the majority of provinces and the federal government had a card check system.  New legislation giving card check only to construction workers in Ontario must be expanded to cover everyone, he stressed.  Forder said workers are intimidated in an organizing drive and there is nothing democratic about holding a vote to join a union on the employer’s property, under the watchful eye of the workers’ employer.

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On a Friday evening the workers at Finlandia Nursing Home Limited  received our pay stub and inside was a memo from the company indicating that our share of the premiums for our benefit package was going to increase.  We knew the only way to prevent this from happening and to protect our rights as workers was to join a union.  A committee of workers began "shopping" for a union and we concluded that the union that was going to be able to best serve our needs was Mine Mill 598/CAW.  We began an organizing drive and had 95% of the cards signed in 32 hours.  In October 2001, Mine Mill 598/CAW was certified as our bargaining agent.

In 2003 the workers of Finlandia Care Services decided to try an organizing campaign.  These workers saw the benefits that members of Finlandia Nursing Home had achieved thought the bargaining process.  With the help of Finlandia Nursing Home Limited's bargaining committee, this group of workers got the cards signed and a majority of the workers voted in favour of a union.  They joined the rank and file of Mine Mill 598/CAW and ratified and signed their first collective agreement in March 2004.

 The University of Sudbury workers began "shopping" for a union and in June of 2004 there was a certification vote held at their workplace and Mine Mill 598/CAW became their bargaining agent.  They had their first set of negotiations early October and have more dates scheduled for early November.  They have informed us that the process is moving smoothly and are very pleased with the expertise and assistance from our CAW National Representative, Tom Dattilo.

On October 6, 2004 there was a certification vote held at St. Joseph's Villa.  On the ballot the workers had three choices.  CAW/TCA Canada, OFHCW/LIUNA and no union.  The majority of the workers voted CAW/TCA Canada to become their bargaining agent.  There are 133 workers who have joined the rank and file of Mine Mill 598/CAW.  We want to sincerely welcome everyone and there are two meeting scheduled on Thursday October 28, 2004 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at 19 Regent Street.

CAW/TCA Canada is the largest private sector union in Canada and is one of the most progressive unions.  In April 2004 delegates from our local attended and participated in our quarterly council meeting held at our Family Education Center in Port Elgin.  A motion from the Council was voted on regarding community based organizing.  Our National Union would share the costs with Local Unions who wanted to participate in this initiative.  Mine Mill 598/CAW, under the leadership of Rick Grylls and the Executive Board jumped at this opportunity and for three months I was asked to work as our community based organizer.  I gladly accepted this proposition and  work closely with John Aman, CAW National Representative, who has assisted us tremendously.

Every worker has the right to an organized workplace.  There is statistical proof that unionized workers enjoy better wages, benefits and working conditions.  Mine Mill 598/CAW is committed to improving the lives of our members and the communities that we live in at our local and national level.  A unionized workplace begins to create accountable and responsible management.

In Solidarity

Anne Marie MacInnis

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