IBEW Canada (First District) has developed new TV commercials that continues a marketing campaign launched last spring to instill pride and ownership in the IBEW in Canada and increase the credibility of IBEW to Canadian politicians and the Canadian public. The commercials will be broadcast on Roger’s Hockey Night In Canada (too bad there are no Canadian teams in the play-offs), as well as on TSN, Discovery and Comedy channels. For the first time digital ads will also appear on websites including TSN.ca, RDS.ca, thecomedynetwork.ca, and discovery.ca. For a preview of the commercial, click here and watch for it this spring on TV.
2016 is an election year for IBEW Local 1928 where the membership will decide on the union leaders who will represent them for the next four years. Nominations will be held at the Unit Meetings throughout the month of April (see the calendar on the IBEW Local 1928 website) for the following executive offices: Business Manager, President, Vice-Presdident, Treasurer, Secretary. The elections for these offices will be conducted by mail-in ballot. The ballots will be prepared by the Election Committee and mailed to members in good standing to their last known address in early June for tallying on June 21 and 22. April Unit meetings will also take nominations for your local Unit's executive: Unit Chair, Unit Vice-Chair, Recorder. The election for these offices will take place by secret ballot at your local June Unit meeting.
Long-time union activist and beloved husband, father and grandfather, Mike McNeil died suddenly and peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, March 12 in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, where he had been travelling on union business. Mike had just turned 60 years old in February, and became president of CUPE Nova Scotia in November, 2015, after a lifetime of union activism and leadership. Mike is survived by his wife Darlene, his three children, Dianne, JR and Emily, and his five grandchildren. CUPE and the entire labour movement in Nova Scotia are mourning this sudden loss.
Visitation will be held in the Great Hall at the Anglican Diocesan Centre located at 1340 Martello Street, Halifax (entrance via the purple awning door) on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-8:30pm. Funeral Service will be held at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello Street, Halifax on Friday, March 18 at 11am. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.
The journalists, photographers and editors at the Chronicle Herald newspaper (represented by CWA Canada's Halifax Typographical Union) have been on strike for more than five weeks at this time. These workers are facing a concerted union-busting attempt by the Chronicle Herald management. The employer has demanded serious wage and benefit rollbacks, the erosion of pay equity language in the Collective Agreement which has for many years ensured gender-based wage parity, and has announced their intent to do severe cutbacks in the newsroom. The employer is attempting to weaken the jurisdiction of the union by attempting to remove a number of positions from the bargaining union or eliminate those positions and replace them with freelancers who are working on piecework contracts with no benefits or seniority. Read the information leaflet on the issues at stake for these workers. Please consider supporting these striking brothers and sisters by attending one of the following rallies in their support:
Tuesday March 1
3pm to 5:30pm
Information picket in front of Marriot Hotel, Halifax, 1919 Upper Water St., Halifax
Wednesday March 2
8am to 9:30am
Rally of support by NSFL: in front of Chronicle Herald Building on 2717 Joe Howe Dr., Halifax
Wednesday March 2
3pm to 5pm
Rally of support by Unifor: 500 George St., Sydney.
Earlier this week the executive board of IBEW Local 1928 received notice that Business Manager Leo Doran intended to step down from the position of Business Manager. This afternoon, the Local executive board met to appoint an interim Business Manager until the Local's election in June of this year. At that meeting, Local President Jimmy Sponagle was the successful candidate of the nominees from the floor. Brother Ernel Henwood accepted the nomination for President, vacating the Vice President position. Brother Leo Doran accepted the nomination for Vice President. We appreciate Brother Sponagle and Brother Henwood stepping up to assume added duties with the Local, which will allow Brother Doran to turn his mind to important personal matters. The staff in the Local's office will do its best to make the transition a seamless one.