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History of Labour Day in Short Video Clips

Great Video about the value of Labour day:



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The Northwest News – Summer 2010

Summer 2010 NW News

Summer 2010

In This Issue

  • Trade Unions in Canada
  • WorkerPower.ca Nasty Fish Racing  
  • Message from the President of DL250  
  • Labour’s Historic Struggle for Dignity Great Labour Organizers   
  • Bargaining Updates  
  • Wheaton Group Successorships 
  • The Cream Separator by T C Douglas 
  • Member’s Daughter Wins Scholarship 
  • Spyder Motorcycle Raffle  


It’s Worth It!

In ‘ It’s Worth It,’ a brand new IAM video, US Airways Maintenance Specialist Bill Bennett talks about his decision to join the IAM after his group twice voted “no” in elections held more than a decade ago.

Looking back, Bennett calls it the best decision he ever made, but admits he was among those who were initially concerned that union representation wasn’t necessary and that a union would dilute the good relationship he had with his employer.

“If I knew then what I know now, I would have raised my hand and said we need to do this the first time rather than waiting till the third time,” says Bennett. He also says that employees quickly discovered their individual relationship with company officials didn’t change.

Bennett describes the benefits of union representation for smaller classifications, particularly in an industry prone to perpetual instability. “We went through some tough times, including two bankruptcies and three mergers,” said Bennett. “If we didn’t have the union, especially through the bankruptcy, we probably wouldn’t have near as many folks working as we do now. I’m also sure we’d be working for half as much money as we make now.”

View the video and hear how one maintenance specialist went from an uncertain “no” vote to an enthusiastic “Yes!”

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The Northwest News – April 2010

Spring 2010 NW News

Spring 2010

  • Al Cyr recovers $1.7 million for Finning workers
  • Dale Gentile Declared Elected BR
  • Apprenticeship Grants
  • President Alan Wheatley’s Letter
  • Bargaining Updates
  • Caveat Emptor
  • Socially Responsible Investing 
  • Jim Sinclair’s Speech to NDP Conv.
  • Insult to Injury BC Fed Report on WCBDay Of Mourning   
  • IAM’s New Website Policies 

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The Northwest News – October 2009


NW News Fall 2009

Fall 2009

In This Issue

  • Labour Day 2009
  • Democracy and Ballots
  • Federal Politics and Canadian Workers   
  • In Memoriam – Brother Kropinak  
  • LL219 Merged Into LL456   
  • LL2710 Merged Into LL692  
  • Bargaining Updates    
  • Cullen Diesel Power Arbitration    
  • Photo Page  
  • A Brief History of Auto Mechanic Trade   
  • DL250 Prepared For Recession  

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The Northwest News – June 2009


NW News Spring 2009

Spring 2009

  • May Day and Labour Day
  • Election Is Over – Now the Real Work Begins
  • DL250 President’s Message
  • Legislative Rollback at Dockyard
  • Bargaining Updates

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Northwest News Fall 2008

NW News Fall 2008

Fall 2008

In This Issue

  • 120th Anniversary of Machinists Union
  • DBR Brian Brown is remembered
  • DL 250 President’s Message
  • LL 1857 50th Anniversary Picnic
  • The Big Question
  • FDR and Freedom From Fear
  • The Law Committee
  • Convention Highlights
  • Delta Wing Wins Award
  • Resolutions and Amendments
  • DL 250 Delegate Meeting
  • DL 250 Staff Election