Al Cerilli MFL Scholarship: June deadline

The Al Cerilli Manitoba Federation of Labour Scholarship is a $500 award presented annually by the MFL Young Members Committee to a member of an MFL affiliated union enrolled in a continuing education or post-secondary program.

In selecting each year’s recipient, the MFL Young Members Committee looks for the applicant demonstrating the most significant record of activism in the labour movement and a commitment to continuing labour activism into the future.

The scholarship is named in honour of Al Cerilli, a long-time activist in the Manitoba labour movement.

The application deadline is June 24, 2016.

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Winnipeg May Day march 2016



Winnipeg’s Labour Movement displayed strength in numbers at Winnipeg Labour Council’s annual May Day march this afternoon. Families, union members and rights activists marched in solidarity from City Hall to Market Square with a united message:

Protect the Natural and Human Environments!

Be sure to check out the May Works Program for the full month’s events!

IAM activists to meet with federal labour minister

IAM representatives will be meeting with Federal Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Maryann Mihychuk on April 18 to discuss workers’ rights and benefits.

Local reps will be visiting the minister’s constituency office in Winnipeg.

For more information, or to join, contact Glenn Tomchak at (204) 979-1665 or Tony Didoshak (204) 771-9989.

LL 1953 MCI Negotiations Progressing

LL 1953 has met with MCI seven times over the last few months and has scheduled seven more until the end of May. The committee has hopes that they will be able to have a contract to bring back for ratification by that time.

We ask that you continue the support you have show your committee in the last few contract votes.

LL 2247 Keewatin Air Pilots File for Federal Conciliation

After a year of negotiations, the negotiating committee for the pilots at Keewatin Air has requested the services of the FMCS to assist with getting a deal that can be brought back to the membership for ratification.

While the parties have agreed to  a lot of items there are still many outstanding, including wages, classifications, training bonds, scheduling, |seniority, layoff/recall, reimbursement for physical exams & cockpit recorder usage to name a few.

DBR Relf is hoping to hear from the conciliator in the next while to set dates to get this dispute settled amicably between the parties.

LL 2247 Duraco Ratifies New Agreement

The members of LL 2247 at Duraco Stormtite ratified a new three year agreement. This came after they had turned down the companies previous final offer on March 10,2015 and took a 100% in favor of strike action. The Negotiating committee met with the  owner and HR director and managed to come up with an offer that was acceptable to the committee.

The committee held another ratification meeting with the membership on March 25, 2015 at the District office and the committee recommended acceptance of this new offer,  it was ratified by the members 100% in favor of the new offer.

Highlights of the deal were:

Fifty cents per hour wage increase in each year of a 3 year deal ( avg 3.9% per year)

Sick leave improvements ( 2 extra days)

Wages and benefits retroactive to Jan 1 2015


District Lodge 181 New DBR

At the March 2015 election meeting  DBR Relf announced his retirement effective July 31, 2015 at the end of his current term.

Glenn Tomchak of LL 1953 was acclaimed as the new DBR for the District.

DBR Relf thanked all the delegates for their support and patience over the 10 years he was able to be their servicing rep and wished them the best in the years to come. He stated that he was sure the locals would show Glenn the same support they had given him during his tenure as DBR and that he was going to do his best to help Glenn get up to speed on the Districts issues and challenges.