In February, the Canadian Federation of Musicians, represented by Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert and Executive Director Liana White, joined in honoring CFM Lobbyist Isabel Metcalfe, who is stepping down from her chair position on the board of Famous Five, Ottawa chapter. Metcalfe has advocated for women’s rights and recognition with passion and spirit for the past 20 years. The CFM is pleased to have her here for CFM and its members, advocating for our musicians and our community. At a reception honoring Metcalfe’s contributions, her message to women was: “Keep pushing, keep driving, keep striving, keep growing!”
Canadian unions are celebrating the adoption of Bill C-4, which repeals the Conservative, anti-union Bills C-377 and C-525. Bill C-377 created red tape that would have forced unions and the businesses they work with to spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and processing expense reports to be reviewed and filed. Bill C-525 would have made it more difficult for federally-regulated workplaces to join a union. Prime Minster Justin Trudea had pledged to repeal the bills if elected.
“Our affiliates and labour activists across the country have organized and campaigned against these bills from the beginning, and this is their victory to celebrate,” says Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) President Hassan Yussuff. “By passing Bill C-4, the federal government has demonstrated it understands the importance of fair labour relations, and the critical role unions play advancing rights for all Canadian workers.”