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.
The employees of Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Hartland, NB have entered into a legal strike with their employer.
Please support the members of UFCW Canada Local 1288P by not purchasing Covered Bridge Potato Chips until the strike is over .
Click HERE for the official media release from the UFCW Canada.
Retired International Secretary Jack Moore died on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at the age of 88. Memorial donations may be made to the Jack F. Moore/IBEW, 11th District Scholarship Fund at MSU, 300 South Jefferson, Suite 100, Springfield, MO 65806, or to Fairhaven Children's Home, 3132 N., Fair Haven Loop, Stafford, MO 65757.