Machinists back a winner – Singh takes NDP leadership!

Machinists back a winner – Singh takes NDP leadership!

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.”


Source IAM Canada

Learning to connect

Communications Representative Frank Saptel spent 3 days in Edmonton on a training mission. IAMAW members Barb Makey, Glenn Killips, Leo Manrique &  Lori Fairbrother took part in the WordPress course at the District 14 Office October 3 – 5, 2017.

The valuable learning tools Frank provided will assist us in updating/rebuilding our Local Lodge 1722 Webpage. We look forward to connecting with fellow IAMAW members to keep the webpage updates fresh & current.

Canada’s unions welcome plans to start closing tax loopholes


Canada’s unions are welcoming the federal government’s plan to close tax loopholes for very high-income earners, saying it’s an important first step toward bringing more fairness to Canada’s tax system.

“Today’s tax rules make it possible for someone earning $300,000 to save more on their taxes than the average Canadian worker makes in a year, and that is fundamentally unfair,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff. Continue reading

Learning to connect

The grand lodge web trainer frank is in our district office at 10471-178 st to do web training Those in attendence are Barb district office admin secretarty , Lori from Wajax Equipment , leo from LL 2734 and myself Glenn from the retirees association . This morning we are all learning how to load and properly use programs to load new posts and pages to our respective web pages . this training is taking place Oct 3, to Oct 5 2017 . During the course of the three day training session we all desire a new and differnt look for our web page . For all those that look at our web page ,thank you for your partipation .

In Solidarity,
Glenn retirees president