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Harper Shows Contempt for Workers by Passing Anti-Union law

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By railroading Bill C-377 into law, the Conservative government has laid another brick in their wall of contempt. Contempt for workers and their means of acting in solidarity: unions.

Contempt has marked the history of the bill since it was first introduced in 2012. Though it is claimed to make unions more transparent, Bill C-377 is actually a carbon copy of an anti-union salvo fired off by George W. Bush's Republicans in 2003. American workers continue to pay the price.

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Document raises questions about Harper retirement policies

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Finance Canada review of Canada's retirement system says Canada scores poorly among OECD countries

Canada scores poorly among developed countries in providing public pensions to seniors, according to an internal analysis of retirement income by the federal government.

And voluntary tax-free savings accounts or TFSAs, introduced by the Harper Conservatives in 2009, are so far unproven as a retirement solution and are largely geared to the wealthy.

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Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Launch Anti-Harper Ad


Update: On February 25, 2015, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting issued a news release saying all major Canadian TV networks and station owners—Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers, and Shaw—would not run Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that poked fun at Stephen Harper's "hostile agenda" for the CBC.

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5 Facts About the NDP’s $15 Minimum Wage Strategy

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“The NDP’s $15 federal minimum wage strategy is exactly what working families in Canada need. Tom Mulcair and the federal New Democratic Party are on the mark with their minimum wage strategy. A rising tide lifts all boats, and one way to reverse the trend of growing income inequality is a livable wage – a minimum wage policy indexed to inflation.

The NDP’s $15 minimum wage plan – sets a high water mark that provinces and territorial governments should aspire to reach.”

– Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour

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New report shows Harper government's economic record to be the worst in Canada's post-war history

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TORONTO, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - With Canada possibly slipping into another recession, a new comprehensive review of the economic record of Stephen Harper's Conservative government paints a damning portrait of nearly a decade of economic failure.

"Canada's economy has never performed worse, since the end of World War II, than under the present Conservative government. The Harper government ranks last among the nine post-ward governments, and by a wide margin – falling well behind the second worst government, which was the Mulroney government of 1984-93."

Make sure to watch the video where In just three minutes, economist Jim Stanford destroys the myth that Stephen Harper has been a good steward of our economy. He provides ample evidence to prove that Harper has the worst economic performance of any Prime Minister since World War II.

Jim Stanford's Video Report

Full Report in PDF form

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2015 Area Council Retirees’ Picnic

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A good time was had by all, there was good food, good companionship and a day that cleared up into a beauty!

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Last Retirees Meeting before Summer

This Wednesday’s Retirees Meeting will be a very informative one; Susan Oster from the Alzheimer’s Society will be addressing the group. Susan was our guest speaker in January of this year but due to inclement weather we had a very small turnout. As this subject matter is very important to our group, Susan agreed to give us her presentation again. We will also be going over the final plans for the years Retirees Picnic, we are still looking for volunteers to help out.

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Returns for Leukemia


This June the 4th it will be 2 years since Gina Anderson lost her battle with leukemia. We urge members to consider returning your empties (beer, wine & spirits) this weekend and donate them to this most worthy of causes.

Returns For Leukemia is a fundraiser held each May by United Food & Commercial Workers Local 12R24 in partnership with The Beer Store to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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Town Hall Meeting with Andrea Horwath

On Saturday, May 23rd the Andrea Horwath and the NDP will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss Kathleen Wynne’s proposed sell-off of Hydro One and how this wrong decision will make life less affordable for you and your family.

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June 16: Area Council Retirees’ Picnic


UNIFOR Local 27 Retirees are hosting the 2015 Area Council Retirees’ Picnic to be held Tuesday, June 16th at the 3M Park.

We look forward to everyone having a wonderful day of games, friendship and food!

The picnic will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude around 1:00 p.m. If you plan to attend please bring your favourite dessert or salad to be shared with everyone.

Don’t forget your sunscreen and your favourite lawn chair if you don’t wish to sit at a picnic table.

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LDLC Service ~ National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job

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On Tuesday, April 28th the London and District Labour Congress will hold a memorial service to honour the memory of these workers. A light lunch will be served afterwards. The Service and lunch will be at the Tolpuddle Co-op building, 380 Adelaide St N, London, Ontario, N6B 3P6
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UNIFOR Local 27 Retirees Chapter Meeting

All GM retirees should make sure to attend next Wednesdays retirees meeting as our guest speaker will be Gordon Graham from the ASR Trust. Make sure you let other GM retirees know about this meeting. If you have any questions make sure to write them down ahead of time and bring them along.
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March 8th: International Women's Day


The Ontario Public Service Employees Union will be hosting an event at the OPSEU Office, 1092 Dearness Drive, London

March 8th, 1 to 3 pm

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Free Tax Clinic

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Again this year MP Irene Mathyssen will be hosting a free income tax filing service at her London office for lower income Londoners.

Volunteers trained by the Canada Revenue Agency will be present to e-file 2014 tax returns for eligible individuals.

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OFL Budget Submission Demands a Poverty-Free Ontario

Among the OFL’s 15 recommendations is a call for universal childcare and pensions, affordable housing, free college education, interest-free loans for students, and comprehensive labour law reform.
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