More than 80 Canadian IAM political activists gathered at the William W Winpisinger Education Center in Hollywood, MD for the 5th IAM Canada Political Action Symposium.
“Political Action requires people,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall in his address to the delegates. “Voices matter, more voices means we can influence the decision- makers and push them to prioritize the needs of working people. The way to effect change is to talk politicians, in legislative halls, and in their constituencies. We understand that in order to do this we must engage our members.” With a federal election this fall, members must be engaged so that issues such as pension protection, pharmacare, support for a Canadian Aerospace Strategy, and labour law reform are on the agendas of all political parties.