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Federal Election - Please pledge to vote!!
August 26, 2015 - 12:30pm EST
Greetings everyone: Hope everyone has enjoyed a safe summer and had some time for vacation!
Some of you have already received pledge cards and everyone in our local will. We are asking the leadership in our local to put their best effort forward to ensure our membership fills out these cards and return to their leadership who will in turn get them to me so I can deliver them to our National Office.

In my travels I often hear our members say or question what our Union does for them. The information asked for on these pledge cards will help to keep our membership informed. It does not go outside of our Union.

This information is needed for mobilization and well as providing communication to our membership. Unions are being attacked by our federal government and we are not going to take this sitting down. Recent legislation has undermined Health and Safety at work, our rights and freedom as citizens, as well has eroded workers rights to join a union!!!

I have included below a link to a guide from the Council of Canadians that can help our members make their decision on how they will vote by identifying the Parties stand on election issues.

I have included an excerpt from the Canadian Elections Act that is pertinent to our transportation based local. Our membership should be aware and look to exercise their democratic rights whether that may be at an advanced pole or whatever works for them. We generally do not get too much push back from employers but we must realize that as members and voters we have to make an effort!

For those of you who have yet to receive your Pledge packages you will find on our National Website information on this campaign and what the pledge cards look like. (unifor.org) You can participate on line if for whatever reason you do not receive a pledge card.


Excerpt from Canada Elections Act:

Time to Employees for Voting
Marginal note:Consecutive hours for voting
132. (1) Every employee who is an elector is entitled, during voting hours on polling day, to have three consecutive hours for the purpose of casting his or her vote and, if his or her hours of work do not allow for those three consecutive hours, his or her employer shall allow the time for voting that is necessary to provide those three consecutive hours.
Marginal note:Time at convenience of employer
(2) The time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection (1) is at the convenience of the employer.
Marginal note:Transportation companies
(3) This section and section 133 do not apply to an employee of a company that transports goods or passengers by land, air or water who is employed outside his or her polling division in the operation of a means of transportation, if the additional time referred to in subsection (1) cannot be allowed without interfering with the transportation service.
Marginal note:No penalty for absence from work to vote
133. (1) No employer may make a deduction from the pay of an employee, or impose a penalty, for the time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection 132(1).
Marginal note:Hourly, piece-work or other basis of employment
(2) An employer who pays an employee less than the amount that the employee would have earned on polling day, had the employee continued to work during the time referred to in subsection 132(2) that the employer allowed for voting, is deemed to have made a deduction from the pay of the employee, regardless of the basis on which the employee is paid.
Marginal note:Prohibition
134. No employer shall, by intimidation, undue influence or by any other means, interfere with the granting to an elector in their employ of the three consecutive hours for voting, as provided for in section 132.

Again, our local strongly endorses and supports this effort and looks forward to your cooperation as leadership and members in this regard. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
Please do not mistake this as an effort to tell you how to vote. We recognize that this is a personal decision and respect that. We encourage our members to make an educated decision.

In solidarity,

Debbie Montgomery
President, Unifor Local 4268
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