Voting Matters! Make sure you are registered!

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poster-voting-matters-dog-350Dear friends,

This election is going to be very different from the 2011 election. We’ve got 30 more federal ridings, for one thing, which means that some of us are now living in a different riding than we were living in in 2011, even if we haven’t moved! It means that we might be voting in a different location too.

The first thing you should do is make sure that you’re registered to vote! Elections Canada has a website where you can check to see if you’re registered and where you can register if you aren’t already on the voters’ list.

https://ereg.elections.ca/CWelcome.aspx

As you may know, the Conservatives have implemented changes that make it more difficult for people to vote. But don’t just take my word for it, read the Ottawa Citizen’s Michael Pal on the matter.

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would prefer that people stay home, or get to the polling station to find out that they’re not registered, or that they don’t have the right ID to vote. More than 9.4 million Canadians didn’t vote last time around and the Conservatives won a majority government. We can’t let that happen again!

So check that you’re registered to vote. And check that you have the right ID.

We know that the Conservatives have the money, but we are the many! We just need to get ourselves organized!

Yours, in hope and solidarity,
Daria Ivanochko
Managing Director, National Services Department

Cheers To Solidarity

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No one goes on strike because they want to. They do it because lousy, greedy employers force them out. That’s what happened to the Steelworkers who work for Crown Metal Packaging in Toronto.

This multinational corporation attempted to destroy their union and take their jobs away from them. They hired replacement workers – scabs – and they concocted  a list of employees they attempted to bar from their jobs.

These brave workers fought back. It was a David-and-Goliath-like struggle between a company worth billions preying on 120 Steelworkers.

Thanks to allies and supporters like you, these workers had the support they needed to stand firm in their fight for fairness.

They voted to accept an agreement that guarantees the rights of all striking employees to return to their jobs. It also includes enhanced retirement and severance provisions for employees who decide not to return to the plant.

The agreement is not nearly what these courageous workers deserve. They put everything on the line to go on strike. But these men and women can return to work with their heads held high. They are going back shoulder-to-shoulder, with their union, jobs and their principles intact.

Please help spread the word that the strike is over and we can all drink cans again!!!!

Cheers