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OWEN MacLENNAN MEMORIAL BURSARY
Owen MacLennan worked at Eastern Bakeries from 1951-1994. Owen had a strong work ethic, was active in the Union and believed in what his Union stood for. Passing away in 2005, Owen’s family felt a Bursary within the Union, Local 406, would be a fitting way to honour him.
The $1000.00 Bursary was awarded this year to Hannah LeBlanc (pictured below),daughter of BCTGM Member, David LeBlanc from Dartmouth Nova Scotia.
Congratulations to Hannah and the very best wishes to you in your future endeavours.
BCTGM Member Gilbert Cook with Striking "Covered Bridge" worker.Thank you to all Members of Local 406 who gave their support to striking workers at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip plant in Hartland. These workers were certified with UFCW Local 1288P and after a lenghty strike they are now entering into negotiations for a first Collective Agreement, thanks to the efforts of labour organizations in New Brunswick.
Congratulations to the workers of Covered Bridge Potato Chips and their Union.
2016 Educational/Steward School
Local 406 held their Annual Leadership Development Seminar in Moncton recently.
International Representative Karl Walker facilitated the class.
There were thirty three Stewards in attendance this year including Stewards from Local 410 in Newfoundland as well as those from former local 446, our newly merged local in Nova Scotia.
This is the first year that we held a truely Atlantic Educational.
A very special thanks to Ron Piercy, VP for Canada and past Local 406 Financial Secretary, Danny Murphy for joining us.
Supporting UFCW workers
Local 406 supports striking UFCW Workers on the line at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip plant in Hartland, NB.
Labour Pleased Government Scraps Arbitration Changes
Legislation aimed at throttling back growth in wage settlements has been dropped in the face of strong objections from organized labour.
The Liberal government said Friday that instead of legislated changes to arbitration it will strike a committee of stakeholders to talk about rising labour costs.
The move was disappointing for municipalities who warned the government their future viability is threatened by spiralling wage bills they cannot afford, especially for essential services.
But labour leaders, including those for police and firefighters, welcomed the Liberal government announcement, hailing it as a victory for democracy and the labour movement.
Union Leaders were saying the Liberal government was trying to fix a problem that didn’t exist.
Unions presented a good case, showing where we are and how we got where we are. The fact is arbitration ensures a fair wage settlement and a fair contract not only for police and fire, but also for other sectors of the economy.
Police and firefighters in New Brunswick gave up the right to strike years ago in favour of binding arbitration in settling contracts.
The decision to create a "labour/management committee" in place of the binding arbitration bill could just be window-dressing.
Labour Unions in New Brunswick are very aware of what Governments can do to workers and we will remain quite vigilant with this proposed "Labour/management committee"
climate and the environment, labor standards, occupational safety and health at risk with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Deal
The U.S. and Canadian electorate are massively opposed, across the political spectrum, to the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hatched during the market triumphalism of the 1980's, modern era trade agreements like the TPP have contributed to the most lopsided inequality in income distribution since the Great Depression. They created the commercial and legal framework for outsourcing living-wage jobs, escalating the prices of critical medicines, and assigning corporate privileges globally that undermine national and local government laws and regulations on climate and the environment, labor standards and occupational safety and health, controls on tobacco, alcohol and obesogenic foods and beverages, and privatizing services such as health, education, social services, water, and corrections.
The TPP would continue and extend these policies, which significantly undermine the social and economic determinants of the public’s health. In fact, even the recent analysis by the usually complacent International Trade Commission concedes that the TPP would add virtually nothing to U.S. and Canadian economic growth, while further eroding jobs in 16 out of 25 economic sectors in agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Public health must not collude with efforts to resuscitate the TPP.
Another world is possible. The 12-nation TPP, finalized in February, 2016, is now subject to approval by those 12 governments. In the U.S., each presidential candidate says they oppose it, as do majorities in the House and the Senate. Empty promises of a glittering 21st century trade agreement are no substitute for meaningful policies that shape a healthy global economy.
The TPP would exacerbate income inequality, entrench unaffordable prices for prescription drugs, undermine and endanger public health protections for the environment, tobacco and alcohol control, food safety, and data privacy, and generally elevate corporate rights over the public’s interest. It is on a glide path to defeat. Public health should promote its demise and replacement with international agreements that give priority to ensuring and strengthening the social determinants that improve health for all.
2016 ScholarshipsSeptember 2015
2016 Scholarships are available.
Members can get this information from their Chief Stewards and receive the application either by going to the International Union Web site or request this through your Chief Steward.
Deadline for application is January 31, 2016
Next local meeting will be Wednesday April 13 at 7:30 pm.
96 Norwood Avenue.