Alberta retiree Jack Wilson is a member of our executive and working committee. Let’s let Jack tell us why he joined the Council.
I have been a member of the Communications Workers of Alberta Local 30400 since I helped organize the Wall to Wall chapter at the daily Red Deer Advocate in 1992. At the time the unit had more than 150 members but has been eroded to about 105.
“Tom Casey is just one of those guys – always a smile and always a friend,” says Tony Cote who worked with Casey. Cote, who is also retired and is an executive member with the CWA Canada Retirees Council, was an Action Line columnist with the Ottawa Citizen. “Heck, Casey even heard the call and joined the executive of the Ottawa Newspaper Guild in the 1980s,” says Cote, ” a welcome and valuable addition. As a journalist, you could always count on Casey to not only get the story but to get it right.Does he deserve his place in the Hall? Absolutely.” For the full Ottawa Citizen story about Tom Casey follow the link below: Tom Casey heading to hall
MONTREAL– For working people, Quebec’s April 7 provincial election focused sharply early in the campaign on the arrival of media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau onto the active political scene as a Parti Québecois candidate.
Have Tim Hudak’s Ontario Tories backed down from their attack on organized labour in Ontario? After not winning the by-election in Niagara Falls, the Ontario Tory leader told the Toronto Region Board of Trade that he and his party have no plans to implement their U.S. style right to work proposals. Does this mean they have seen the light and are finally listening to some of their own members who have expressed concern over the policy? No, says The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).
My union was always there for me, from early days of NABET, to the CMG today. My one regret is having waited 25 years before I mustered the guts to run as VP locally, then for national director of small stations. My time in that position was the happiest and most fulfilling experience I’d had with CBC.
So last weekend (CWA Canada retirees founding meeting) was like coming home.
The CWA Canada Retirees Council was officially launched following a day of spirited debate and discussion in a hotel boardroom in Toronto on November 2, 2013. The media-savvy activists from across the country, with decades of experience and time on their hands, were keen to get moving right away.
Gerry Jones, elected as the Council’s executive chair, said they will now “be able to do more to support our brothers and sisters in defending things that re important to them, such as public broadcasting, journalism, union rights, pensions and benefits.