Author Archives: Glenn Buchanan

Goverment needs to act now!

Government needs to pass strong anti-scab legislation now.

Ban the use of “replacement workers” (Scabs)

When unionized workers are on strike or locked out, no one should be able to perform their work – not new or temporary hires, not management, not workers in other bargaining units, not students, or other workers.

We know that free and fair collective bargaining – without the threat of scabs taking workers’ jobs or imposing back-to-work legislation – is the best way to reach good agreements and stable workplaces.

The use of scabs pits working people against each other and takes advantage of non-unionized workers who are desperate for work.

In 2022, as part of the confidence-and-supply agreement with the NDP, the Liberal government committed to table legislation to ban the use of so-called “replacement workers” for both lockouts and strikes by the end of 2023.

The NDP and the Bloc Québécois have committed to passing anti-scab legislation quickly.

There is no justification for this Liberal minority government waiting to the end of the year to pass this legislation.

They need to pass strong meaningful anti-scab legislation now.

IAM anti-scab message.

2023 Negotiations

Negotiations with Badanai, Doninion, Pinewood and Mascarins have began.

May 16, 17 and 18 are now confirmed with Pinewood, Badanai and Dominion for our first round of negotiations. Mascarins has not responded as of today!

Public Meeting to stop the Privatization of Hydro One at 7 P.M. Tuesday Feb 9th, Finlandia Hall

Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal MPPs have started to privatize
Hydro One. 80% of Ontarians oppose this privatization because they
know it will drive our rates even higher. And the Financial Accountability
Officer says it will cost Ontario hundreds of millions of dollars in lost
revenue every year. Forever. Only the wealthiest citizens benefit from
hydro privatization; everybody else suffers
higher hydro rates and eroded public services.
The good news is that these privatizations can still be
stopped, and even reversed. But we need your help.
Please join us for this important meeting:
Tues., Feb. 9 at 7 pm
Finlandia Hall
314 Bay St., Thunder Bay

CUPE Local 87-Pre Strike Rally-Monday Oct. 24th

CUPE Local 87 (700) Inside and Outside workers could be on strike by November 1st.
These workers have been without a contract for 2 years and have been in negotiations for over a year.
Their employer (The City of Thunder Bay) is demanding concessions on benefits, plus a number of other provisions previously negotiated.
CUPE 87 workers deliver valuable quality public services to our community and deserve our support.

All Labour Council activists are asked to attend the CUPE Local 87 Rally-City Hall-Monday Oct. 24th-4:30 P.M.
Bring your flags and send a message to our City that these workers need a fair deal.
In solidarity,
Marg Arnone
Recording Secretary
Thunder Bay & District Labour Council

Let’s Talk Housing: National Housing Strategy Consultation

Friday, October 14
11:00 am – 12 (noon)
Moose Hall: 434 Fort William Road

The National Housing Strategy will look at the entire housing system in Canada, from homelessness, to shelters, to social and affordable housing, to rental housing and homeownership.

All Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. Achieving good housing outcomes for Canadians requires collaboration among many partners.

All Canadians are also invited to share their ideas at or by using #LetsTalkHousing on social media before October 21, 2016. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.

Pre-Budget Consultation

Friday, October 14
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Moose Hall: 434 Fort William Road

As we build on our momentum to grow the middle class and position Canada for the global economy of tomorrow, it is your insights which will shape our vision for Budget 2017.
Some of the themes we are going to touch upon include:
Where can we invest to create more and better jobs?
What opportunities should new graduates look forward to?
How can we ensure we position Canadian businesses to compete around the world?
How can we make sure our success is shared with those who need it most?

This session will be only one of the ways you can provide your input for Budget 2017. If you would prefer to share your ideas online, you may do so at: You can also reach out to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #PBC17.