Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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To see  CAWLocal 114 photos from this event, please click the first link below.

To find out more about the campaign, click the link below.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Greyhound Cuts: Greyhound cuts still a possibility

Greyhound Cuts: Greyhound cuts still a possibility: http://www.dawsoncreekdailynews.ca/article/20121201/DAWSONCREEK0101/312019998/-1/dawsoncreek/greyhound-cuts-still-a-possibility

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Greyhound Cuts: CAW Local 114: Submission by CAW economist, Jim Stanford

CAW Road Transport Council - Next Meeting December 6th in Toronto

First Floor, #326 – 12th Street New Westminster, BC  V3M 4H6
Ph # 1-800-841-5911

Bill Gaucher  President (114)             
Jim Connelly  Fin/Recording Secretary (4050)    
Debbie Montgomery 1st Vic-President (4268)
Barry Kennedy 2nd Vice-President (4000)
Len Poirier CAW National Rep

Members-At-Large: Gord McGrath CAW 114;
Howard Thomson CAW 4209;
Andre Desjardins CAW 4266CAW

CAW Director of Transportation: Ron Smith                    
CAW Assistant to the National President: Bob Orr

October 25th, 20 12

This is an open invitation to All C.A.W. Road Transportation Unit Delegates and National Staff Representatives Servicing these Units!     Please contact Bill Gaucher at: gaucher@cawbclocals.com to let me know how many delegates you will be sending from your locals.

When:           1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Where:         Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON
                     Room - WILL BE POSTED

û                                            Introductions
û                                            RTC Presidents Report (and ITF Report)
û                                            RTC Financial Report
û                                            Reports from Exec & Members-At-Large
û                                            General reports from units.

Bill Gaucher
President CAW RTC
cc*Peter Kennedy, National Staff Representatives           

* Road Transport Meeting *

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reports from the ITF Action Week

October  2012
Meeting after our 2012 CAW/ITF Campaign - These are some of the comments and suggestions to move forward on in the future.
Taxi Drivers:
We should revamp the CAW “We Make It Move” pamphlet to include a Taxi on it.
The overall “Taxi Survey Pamphlet” was a great tool this year and the color format was good also.
Look at getting some of the documents in other languages.
Look at having a card to hand out that has the website to visit during the ITF Campaign that could have translated languages as an option as the ITF website has.
Have some activists that can speak different languages working on our campaigns.
The Taxi Open House was a great idea, more work needs to be done to get more taxi Drivers out to speak about their issues in the Taxi Industry.
The Airport was a great place to go and hand out the information, this location should have been done a couple of days before the Taxi Open House.
If we are serious about trying to organize the Taxi Drivers, then we should have an active organizing campaign throughout the year, not just once a year during the ITF Action week.
Make sure in a month or so after we receive the surveys back that we go back into the communities to talk to the Taxi Drivers again.
This Taxi Drivers Campaign is very important to all who participated as it is clear that this sector has poor working conditions, no Health & Welfare Benefits, no standard privileges or rights under Employment Standards relating to hours of work or Statutory Holidays, and no say in how licenses and permits are handed out.
Road Transport:
We need to look at a “catch phrase” to bolster our Campaign.
The same campaign year after year we need to have a specific theme to generate more interest.
Like:  “Are fuel prices to high?”, “Are Rest Stops meeting your needs?”, “Should Class 1 Licences be a Trade Licence?”, “Training in the Road Transport Industry?” 
Doing some different things next year; planning a rally at Government Offices, Going to speak to the Transportation Minister, placing information at truck stops throughout the campaign and throughout the year. Lobby the Government to address the issue of Training and course material for getting licenses, including things as load securement, chain-up procedures and other safety issues.
Targeting specific companies to organize during the ITF Week of Action.
Our local Organizing Committee needs to be more active and planning events.
The CAW Organizing Department needs to continue in its efforts to organize non-union workplaces.  It’s crucial being pro-active locally by utilizing local organizing committees and giving them guidance and encouragement to get them out and speaking to non-union workers and planning for organizing drives within our communities.  We have so many unionized units in one or two Provinces and not necessarily in other Provinces, we need to look at Province to Province organizing with like units and companies.
Overall ITF Week:
This week of action is a great avenue to get out and speak to Road Transport Workers.  Working with other locals on their individual campaigns is a great way to get more activists out in each campaign and brings about a better understanding of the different campaigns that Locals do during the ITF Week of Action.
Breaking the week up into sub-sector campaigns (Taxi, Organizing, Commercial Road Transport, Public Transit, Rail, and Waterways) is a great way to do a lot of different campaigns and keep the week exciting and interesting.
Special thank you to all of our ITF Campaign Activists this year:  Don McIver, Eric Phillips, Morteza Maleki, Jim Sadlemyer, Mario Santos, Maurice Mills and Greg Gates.
I want to also thank Peter Kennedy CAW National Secretary Treasurer, Bob Orr CAW Assistant to the National President, John Aman CAW Director of Organizing, Harry Ghadban CAW Area Director of Eastern Ontario and Murray Gore CAW National Representative out of the New Westminster office for all of their support and assistance to make this year’s 2012 CAW/ITF Campaign a success.
From our CAW Constitution – Statement of Principles
“Organizing is a new priority for the union.  It is an act of solidarity, a way to give back and build strength in the union and within the working class.  Organizing is a critical first step in mobilizing workers.  Through organizing, individual workers go beyond the limits of individualism and assert their right to change the terms and conditions of their employment.  In collective action they join a movement for social and economic justice.”
Bill Gaucher
CAW Local 114 Secretary Treasurer; CAW Road Transport Council President and
Co-ordinator and Contact Person for the 2012 Annual ITF Campaign

Individual Reports:  These are comments by individual members not from the CAW or Road Transport Council.

Don McIver

ITF Campaign
On Thursday October 4th and Friday October 5th.
Our ITF Campaign centered around getting out to speak to Taxi Drivers about their issues and concerns and asking them to complete the Taxi Survey.
We headed out to Taxi Stands, Pick up and Drop off locations down town and in the suburbs.
Most Taxi Drivers have major issues around the licencing and plates that are issued by each Municipality and City.  Most drivers we spoke to talked about how corrupt the licencing process is in Vancouver and in the Lower Mainland.
October 9th – Taxi Drivers Open House
On Tuesday October 9th we headed out to the Vancouver Airport to the holding area of Taxi Drivers. We were accompanied by some activists from CAW Local 111 who came out to assist us in handing out our material to as many Taxi Drivers as possible.  We probably handed out over 300 pamphlets in this one location.
The Open House did not bring a lot of Taxi Drivers in, however those who did attend were there to report back to co-workers on what a union could do for them.
October 10th – Road Transport
We headed out to Chilliwack (Fraser Valley) to Card Lock and Fueling Stations to distribute Fliers and Surveys to Road Transport Drivers.  The Drivers were very receptive to our conversations and agreed that the Industry need some changes.
October 11th – Transforce and More Buses Now! Campaign
At 6:00 am in the morning we headed out to a Transforce Company called ATS that is non-union to distribute an Information Flyer on other Transforce Companies that are unionized.  Got into some good conversations with employees and talked about what Transforce is doing as a Company buying up a lot of the Delivery Companies in Canada.
Then in the afternoon we went to support our brothers and sisters who work at Translink (CAW Local 111, and 2200 Transit Bus) in their attempt to get more buses on the road.  We greeted commuters at the Surrey Sky Train and handed out an information flyer about the “More Buses Now!” Campaign.
October 12th – Discussion at Union Hall about our Campaign this year.
We were wanting to go and hand out some flyers about the CAW VIA Rail Campaign down at the Train Station in Vancouver, however we could not get anyone from Local 100 (VIA Rail) to give us the authorization to do so on such short notice.  Maybe next year.
Our ITF Activists meet at the Union Office to go over our campaign this year and talk about what worked and what to change for next year. 
Overall the material that was prepared was good, the Surveys were well drafted and presented.  Maybe next year we could look at having some translation done in different languages for some of the material that we use.
I really liked the idea of doing different campaigns throughout the week as opposed to doing the same campaign each day of the Action Week.     Don McIver CAW 114

Jim Sadlemyer

On Tuesday I joined the team in continuing the campaign and we spent the day talking with taxi cab
drivers all over the lower mainland. We particularly had success in getting the information out at the airport staging area. We had brothers from CAW Local 111 join us on this leg of the campaign.
Upon our arrival at the staging area, we fully expected to be asked to leave; we quickly spread out and went up and down the lines without being harassed by airport authorities. We even had time for another team to re-supply us. We spent over an hour and made contact with nearly every driver there. We later learned that coincidentally, taxi managers from the B.C. Lower mainland were meeting with airport management. So that meant while they kept each other busy discussing ways to make taxi workers
lives more difficult, we were free to converse with the very workers about issues in their industry. The timing could not have been better.
After the airport we continued our conversations with drivers at various taxi stands around the lower mainland. We received several surveys back on the spot and are optimistic that many more will be mailed in. After the all day blitz I hung around the hall for the open house for the taxi drivers. Although the numbers were not staggering those that did show up were there on behalf of a number of other drivers. Representatives from our National CAW organizing department were on hand and there was an honest and frank discussion on the issues surrounding this industry. In order to solve these issues it was apparent that the drivers themselves have to realize that if united, their collective voice would be heard.
There was not a driver who could not list off a number of serious issues that affect them daily but
without coordination, their individual voices get drowned out. Unionizing any one company will not
work. Competing companies will drive them out of business. Political action could be effective but for a driver here and a driver there to complain to city hall is simply not going to work. To achieve success politically, one unified voice needs to speak for the majority to be heard. Actions such as this ITF week have started the conversation. Taxi drivers need to continue these conversations between themselves.
Organizers have to be ready to provide logistical and communications support and re-engage drivers to keep the conversations alive and moving in the right direction. Union members, their friends and family should be encouraged to drop the union hint each time they are in a taxi. Business cards, leaflets or other material should be supplied.
We spent a couple of days speaking to truck drivers at truck stops all over the lower mainland. We
engaged many drivers and handed out even more material than I expected. The problems in this
industry remain the same as reported from previous campaigns. A couple of more troubling issues have emerged though. Racism is starting to rear its ugly head more often as drivers work longer hours for less compensation are looking at groups as a target to vent and hold responsible. Instead of coming together, they are succumbing to the divisive/systemic race to the bottom. The second problem is the
trainingnew drivers are receiving through private schools. They are teaching to the test. Rookie drivers are being released onto the roads with training that can cost thousands of dollars yet does little to provide the necessary skills to operate safely on our public roadways.
As a member of a National union and a member of the ITF, I think it has to fall to organized labour to be more vocal and begin or intensify lobbying efforts to start bringing about a change on behalf of this industry. The workers are so scattered locally, provincially, nationally and internationally that the model of organizing one company here and there will not work. Getting the drivers to come together is impossible. If we can lobby and implement improvements on behalf of the entire industry perhaps then we can get the buy-in of the majority of drivers and then become successful into getting them organized into unions.
We spent a few hours outside a non-union company belonging to Transforce as did other members of the CAW across the country. This is sure to send a message to not only the workers but to the company who has publicly been buying up courier and freight companies with a supposed plan of bringing them together under one roof with job loss and most likely reductions in wages and benefits. The CAW will not sit idle while its members are suffering.
We also supported our brothers from CAW Local 111 in their campaign to educate and mobilize the
public as the transit system experiences empty buses sitting in the bus-yards while fares and wait times increase for their passengers. We leafleted hundreds of bus commuters at the major bus loop in Surrey.
While travelling between locations on one of the days of action, there was a story on the radio that
announced Vancouver as #2 for having the worst traffic congestion in North America. Combine that
with excessive hours, bad pay, little to no health and safety, bad management, poor or non-existent
government policies, bad drivers, inattentive pedestrians &cyclists, that I was hardly surprised when one worker summed up the entire road industry situation with a comment that as a former taxi driver in New York City, he finds working in this area far more stressful than performing the same job on the streets of New York.
We have to do better.      Jim Sadlemyer CAW 114

Morteza Maleki

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
It was a privilege for me to be a part of the ITF campaign after having been absent from the CAW Local
114 Executive. I would like to start my ITF campaign with a quote from Tomas Jefferson: "information is
the currency of democracy".
Our campaign, ITF action, is to promote awareness and take action on October 4'h_12'h with a coalition
made up of our national representative, Brother John Ahman, the CAW director and Harry Ghadban,
CAW organizer along with our local activists and local organizers, Jim Sadlemeyer, Morteza Maleki,
Maurice Mills, Eric Philips and Greg Gates.
We were out in the community distributing CAW pamphlets and materials throughout different
locations in the lower mainland to different taxi and truck drivers. We have the opportunity to make
important changes to the road and transportation industries, and to finally tackle their current practices.
Operations involving health and safety, working conditions and benefits of the employees must be
changed as it is an unsafe and unfair working environment for the workers. Union intervention is crucial
to ensure that the rights of these workers are maintained. It is our duty as a union to prOVide education
to the workers and to the public to raise awareness of these issues on a local, national, and international
scale. All of these issues have brought to our attention from previous campaigns as well as personal
account from the professional drivers from their respective workplaces.
In solidarity,
Morteza Maleki  CAW Local; 114
Executive Member-at-Large
Human Rights{Visible Minorities

Maurice Mills

A good experience.  The taxi drivers Thursday, Friday and Tuesday were very receptive.  A suggestion to do the airport blitz the day before the open house meeting to allow time for discussion among drivers and better attendance at the meeting.  One suggestion was to have a picture of a taxi on the brochure.  Another idea was some Punjabi notes on the taxi brochure.

The truck drivers were again receptive.  The major cardlock in Chilliwack was one of the best places for a concentration of drivers.  Usually the opportunity was short, because they want to fuel up and get back on the road.

The opportunity to organize ATS was awesome.  We should change our executive format so we go out and leaflet an employer once a month as part of our meeting.

Overall an opportunity I enjoyed and would be happy to do again.

Maurice Mills

Eric Phillips

Thursday Oct. 05,2012 Locations of Taxi Campaign.
Canada Place - Four Seasons Hotel- 6
th & 6th New West.
Friday Oct. 06,2012 Locations ofTaxi campaign.
Surrey Central Station - Newton Bus Loop- Cascade Casino- Langley Bus
loop- Colossus Theatre- Meadow town Pitt Meadows.
Tuesday Oct 09, 2012 Locations ofTaxi Campaign.
Vancouver Airport Holding Location- Ladner bus loop- 8
th Street Sky train New
The locations at Canada Place and Vancouver Airport were the most active
locations with the 8
th street sky train being the third most active and the 6th &
th being the fourth most active. Trying to get information to the taxi drivers
was comparable to trying to corral loose chickens they don't stay in one spot
to long. Their most common complaint was the costs of doing business such
as the fees paid to YVR. For access. Also there appears to be a type of
favouritism towards some cabs by YVR staffwho call up the cabs from
holding. Another complaint was the cost of a cab to the drivers. I found it
very hard to tell who were the owner operators and who were the lease's as
they do not identify themselves and I felt the information was wasted on the
owner operators due to the fact they were not interested in what the problems
were ofthe lassies were. One ofthe drivers said that they felt that the material
being presented to them such as the brochure showing
all the trucks and not
the taxis. Fuel costs were also a concern. There was also some conflict
between the driver with some ofthe different cultures that were driving. The
ethnic differences. Some were very scared ofthe union idea and some were
interested but
if this campaign is to do with work conditions or safety there
needs to be more identification ofthe ITF message instead ofthe union
orgaruzmg message.
Recommendations : Change brochure to include a picture of a Taxi.
If the
purpose is to Organize the taxi a different campaign is needed as I felt that
with the number of kits given to the driver compared to the number who
showed up for the open house says that they are not interested in organizing.
There was a very small number of taxis at most of the location we went to
and it is also the slow time of the year for daytime activity for them.

Wednesday Oct. 10,2012 Locations of Truck Transport Campaign.
Flying J Truck Card lock on Hwy 11 in Abbotsford.
Chevron Truck Card Lock on Hwy. 11 in Abbotsford.
Thursday Oct. 11,2012 Locations ofTruck Transport Campaign.
Flying J Truck Card Lock on Hwy. 11 in Abbotsford.
Chevron Truck Card Lock on Hwy 11 in Abbotsford.
Esso Card lock on Lickman Rd. Chilliwack.
Flying J Card Lock Lickman Rd, Chiiliwack.
Chevron Card Lock on Lickman Rd, Chilliwack.
Talked to many drivers from several provinces and location around the lower
mainland . Their main complaint was the fuel costs. They also mention that ifJ Truck Card lock on Hwy 11 in Abbotsford.
Chevron Truck Card Lock on Hwy. 11 in Abbotsford.
Thursday Oct. 11,2012 Locations ofTruck Transport Campaign.
Flying J Truck Card Lock on Hwy. 11 in Abbotsford.
Chevron Truck Card Lock on Hwy 11 in Abbotsford.
Esso Card lock on Lickman Rd. Chilliwack.
Flying J Card Lock Lickman Rd, Chiiliwack.
Chevron Card Lock on Lickman Rd, Chilliwack.
Talked to many drivers from several provinces and location around the lower
mainland . Their main complaint was the fuel costs. They also mention that if11 in Abbotsford.
Thursday Oct. 11,2012 Locations ofTruck Transport Campaign.
Flying J Truck Card Lock on Hwy. 11 in Abbotsford.
Chevron Truck Card Lock on Hwy 11 in Abbotsford.
Esso Card lock on Lickman Rd. Chilliwack.
Flying J Card Lock Lickman Rd, Chiiliwack.
Chevron Card Lock on Lickman Rd, Chilliwack.
Talked to many drivers from several provinces and location around the lower
mainland . Their main complaint was the fuel costs. They also mention that ifJ Truck Card Lock on Hwy. 11 in Abbotsford.
Chevron Truck Card Lock on Hwy 11 in Abbotsford.
Esso Card lock on Lickman Rd. Chilliwack.
Flying J Card Lock Lickman Rd, Chiiliwack.
Chevron Card Lock on Lickman Rd, Chilliwack.
Talked to many drivers from several provinces and location around the lower
mainland . Their main complaint was the fuel costs. They also mention that ifJ Card Lock Lickman Rd, Chiiliwack.
Chevron Card Lock on Lickman Rd, Chilliwack.
Talked to many drivers from several provinces and location around the lower
mainland . Their main complaint was the fuel costs. They also mention that ifif
it was a ITF Campaign why there was not more identification ofthe ITF
instead ofthe high visibility ofthe caw. Other concerns were the poor training
of some ofthe drivers on the road, the driving habits of some ofthe drivers
such as ones that travel to fast for road conditions and traffic congestion.
Some were concerned about their working conditions at their specific
employer. The conditions oftheir trucks. They were also concerned about
over zealous CVSE who would shut them down on the road for very minute
mechanical problems that could be fixed within a period oftime instead of
costing them thousands ofdollars to get back on the road. They were
concerned about the constant changing regulation that were not clearly
presented to them, the ethnic comment came up a few times but they seem to
apply to the issuing ofhcences . They were also concerned about their work
being given to cheaper operators by their dispatcher without them being
notified about it and it costing them money by having to deadhead from
location to location empty to only fine they have been under cut by another
trucker or trucking company., they are also concerned about being in the
middle of the conflicts between unions trying to organize them at their
expense. I found that the transport driver as a whole were not as friendly as
they were on the past. They were also concerned about the route scheduling
that did not allow them to be able to get the proper rest they needed and also
be able to make a living without running all the time .Scales were another
concern ie: the lack ofthem. Proper training in regards to all safety measures
need to properly transport items because the schools only teach the drivers on
how to past the driving test and nothing else. I found most were in too much
of a hurry to talk and only wanted to fuel up and get back on the road. They
were also concerned about the cars that cut them off and also the poor
transport driver that do the same.in regards to all safety measures
need to properly transport items because the schools only teach the drivers on
how to past the driving test and nothing else. I found most were in too much
of a hurry to talk and only wanted to fuel up and get back on the road. They
were also concerned about the cars that cut them off and also the poor
transport driver that do the same.in too much
of a hurry to talk and only wanted to fuel up and get back on the road. They
were also concerned about the cars that cut them off and also the poor
transport driver that do the same.fuel up and get back on the road. They
were also concerned about the cars that cut them off and also the poor
transport driver that do the same.    Eric Phillips Retiree CAW Local 114


Greg Gates CAW Local 114

I would like to say right off the top how much I enjoyed campaigning this year, unfortunately I missed the e-mail for the Thursday, instead of Friday update.  I managed to talk to a wide variety or folks this time round, young and old, male and female, a variety of ethnic/cultural backgrounds, couriers, long and short haul, owner operators, hourly, part time and as one fellow said, too much time. I will list the common issues/concerns and observations in no particular order.

- log book, although the electronic log book after initial push back seemed to be more accepted than last year, apparently it could help the trucker explain his wait times.

- Training was a repeated complaint, it seems people are being trained to pass the test, not the necessary skill sets needed to drive competently, as well as companies are taking these questionably trained individuals and throwing them right onto routes that are probably too much for their competency level.

- Rest stops, lack of them, and they tend to lack proper upkeep. Drivers who are picking up in Richmond having to drive back to Chilliwack, Lickman Rd. and wait until there load is ready.

- As far as wages went most say inadequate, met several drivers with 25 plus years in the seat and all said making a living at it is far more difficult now than when they started, main reason they felt, deregulation leading to corporate abuse/exploitation of the drivers.

- Personal observation, tell the boys the ITF campaign must be making a difference, several times as I approached drivers and mentioned about the campaign they replied that they had already heard about the surveys and not only did they want one, they requested extras.  There seemed to genuine interest from several that organizing may be the necessary way to go, I gave as much info as I could so they could pursue this.


 Anyways there was more but the key points were little changed from the past couple of years.  I would say this year was quite enjoyable, perhaps it was the weather but every single person I approached was friendly and some were indeed quite the conversationalists.

 If it is okay with you I have some material left, so I thought I would head to Flood/Hope and finish off there, I did have some luck there yesterday, I really would prefer not to cross the bridge today.

 I will make sure the vest finds its way back to the local and thank you again for the opportunity to make a difference.

 Greg Gates – CAW Local 114


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday October 17th 9:15 am Pacific Central Station 1150 Station Street Vancouver, BC

Wednesday October 17th  9:15 am Pacific Central Station  1150 Station Street Vancouver, BC
Please come out to assist CAW Local 100 VIA Rail Members had out Information about the VIA Cuts to the Public.

For more information contact:
Ron Shore  CAW National Council 4000  604-532-9849  rmshore@telus.net
Zoltan Czippel CAW Local 100  zoltancaw100@gmail.com

CAW Nation-Wide Call to Stop the Cuts at VIA Rail

CAW members at VIA Rail are taking part in a nation-wide leaflet campaign this week, urging an end to the cuts at VIA.  Passengers are also being urged to join the campaign.

This initiative is part of the Transport Workers International Action Week October 7 - 13.  The CAW represents approximately 2,200 workers at VIA Rail.

To read more go to: 

CAW-ITF Campaign Targets "Transforce"

CAW Locals in British Columbia and in Ontario distributed pamphlets to non-union employees at “Transforce” companies.
Transforce has been purchasing all sorts of companies to enhance their profitability as a corporation.
The CAW represents a large number of workers for Transforce in Canada in their “Package and Courier Division”.
The CAW represents workers at Loomis Courier, Dynamex, and ICS Courier.
In conjunction with the ITF Campaign our canvassers will be distributing pamphlets to the Non-Union employees of Tranforce.

CAW Local 111 and CAW Local 2200 “ITF Action Week" – “More Buses NOW!” Campaign

Gavin Davies Vice-President of CAW Local 111 and CAW Local 111 Youth Committee Co-Chair Ashleigh Rennie organized a protest for the Annual ITF Action Week under the Quality Public Services Campaign.
Members from CAW Local 111, CAW Local 2200 and some help from CAW 114 hit the streets in Vancouver and Surrey at strategic Public Transit sites to pass out information on their “More Buses NOW” campaign to the public..
The “More Buses NOW” Campaign is about Bus drivers being fed up – and taking a stand.
Translnk isn’t delivering enough transit services for our riders.  An ongoing shortage of more than 500 buses means overcrowding, infrequent services, full busses passing up riders, inadequate Night Buses and more problems.  Riders give up on public transit and drive due to lack of service – making traffic more congested and Metro Vancouver More polluted.
 To read more about the Campaign  and to send a message to the BC Government and the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council go to: www.MoreBusesNow.ca  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ITF Action Week 2012 – 7-13 October

ITF Action Week 2012 – 7-13 October
To read more stories of activities by unions as part of the Action Week and to view photos, please visit:

CAW Locals in Ontario supporting the ITF Action Week

In Ontario CAW Locals 4268 and 4457 are campaigning with a focus on School Bus Drivers as well as trucking companies.  CAW Locals 27 and 88 are focusing on trucking companies that are hauling auto parts in Ingersoll Ontario.  Reported by CAW National Representative Len Poirier

October 9th, 2012 (ITF) International Taxi Driver Day

CAW Local 114 and CAW Local 111 members out speaking to Taxi Drivers

October 9th, 2012 was the International Transport Workers Federations
"Taxi Driver Day"  Members from CAW Local 114 and CAW Local 111 were out in the streets talking to Taxi Drivers about their working conditions and asking them to complete the Taxi Surveys and inviting them back to an Open House at the CAW New Westminster Hall. 

We had Taxi Drivers tell our canvassers on the streets and also those Taxi Drivers who attended our Open House share some of their daily driving concerns and they expressed over and over again their lack of decent working conditions and the unjust system of issuing licenses and plates in the Taxi Industry.

Special guests at our "Taxi Drivers Open House" were John Aman CAW Organizing Director (bottom row centre), Harry Ghadban CAW Eastern Ontario Area Director ( top row second in from the left) and Murray Gore CAW New Westminster Organizing Department (bottom row right side).

Friday, October 5, 2012

CAW Local 114 members out speaking to Taxi Drivers

October 5th, 2012
CAW - ITF participants out in the streets of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminsiter, Surrey and Coquitlam talking to Taxi Drivers about their concerns and issues in their sector.  The CAW and ITF are asking Taxi Drivers to fillout a "Taxi Industry Survey" and return it so we can understand the Taxi Industry. The CAW is holding an "Open House" on Tuesday October 9th from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm for Taxi Drivers in New Westminster, BC.

Road to a Common Cause - ITF Action Week

Over the past 10 years, road transport workers who are members of ITF unions, have joined together every year to mark the Road Transport Action Week.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ITF International Taxi Day October 9th, 2012

October 4th, 2012

CAW Local 114 members get ready to hit the streets to talk to Taxi Drivers for the Annual ITF Action Week.  The CAW is holding an Open House for Taxi Drivers on October 9th to bring about discussion on their issues in their sector.
In the photo from left to right: Eric Phillips, Morteza Maleki, Don McIver and Maurice Mills.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

ITF Week 2012

October 7th to 13th is this years International Transport Workers Federations (ITF)
Week of Action. Our CAW Campaign will take place from October 4th through 12ththis year.

Fatigue KillsOrganizing the UnorganizedWaiting Time is Working Time ; Safety Nowand Decent WorkManufacturing MattersConditions in the Road Transport Sector have been some of the past campaigns that are specific to the transportation industry that still need attention.
This years campaign will deal with each of the past themes as well as 
Transport Workers Fighting Back
In Canada what is very important to our industry is supporting Canadian workers and 
Made in Canada Matters.

Please click on the pdf documents below to get more information on the International Transport Federation Week of Action

Monday, June 25, 2012

Stand in solidarity with London bus drivers seeking a fair deal

London bus workers are demanding an Olympic award that virtually every other public transport workers in London has now won through their union negotiations. It is only an extra £17.24 a day to compensate them for the increased pressure they face during the games, with an estimated 800,000 more people set to be using London buses.
After a meeting on 21 June with ITF affiliate, Unite the Union which represents these bus workers, 21 bus operators are still refusing to enter into genuine and meaningful negotiations despite collectively posting over £2 billion in profits according to their latest annual accounts.
That is why the bus workers in London have staged a one-day strike on 22 June, the first London-wide bus workers strike in 30 years. Whilst the actions at 17 companies are rock-solid, 3 companies have filed for an injunction which the judge accepted. This is yet another attack on workers' rights.
Please support their demand by sending your message to the Mayor of London, Transport for London and the bus operators. Please circulate this information to your colleagues and friends. Post it on social media networks.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CAW Local 114: Rob Fairley: Achieving a “State of Readiness”

CAW Local 114: Rob Fairley: Achieving a “State of Readiness”: In the Achieving a  ”State of Readiness” discussion paper, featured in the Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s Campaign Planning Handbook...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012