Fighting back against contract flipping at Pearson Airport

Toronto, ON – The IAM has been establishing a trend toward reversing contract flipping at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Contract flipping – when service providers have lost their contracts to a competitor who undercuts their bid – has long been a problem for workers and their unions at Pearson Airport. Workers lose their jobs, seniority and pensions when the new employer takes over and if they want their job back, it’s

The first steps on Ontario’s Road of Restraint!

Toronto, ON – On June 7th, Ontarians voted for Doug Ford, on July 12th, Ontario got a new governing doctrine. “Change will not be easy, the road ahead will not be easy but the path is clear,” so sayeth Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell in her Throne Speech last week to open Ontario’s new parliament. In the nine page throne speech, Premier Doug Ford’s Tory government said it cannot afford to

Arbitrator grants IAM huge award in case against Finning

Friday July 13, 2018   For immediate release   Vancouver, BC – A British Columbia arbitrator has ordered Finning Canada pay 10 IAM members in excess of $130,000.00 plus interest in severance following a layoff dating back to March 2016. “These workers were entitled to enhanced severance under the terms of the collective agreement agreed to by the company,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Paul Pelletreau. “When the

Order of 60 A220-300 Aircraft by Jet Blue good news for Québec

Wednesday July 11, 2018 For Immediate release Washington, DC – “This order puts us in a good position to secure the jobs of Québec aerospace workers,” said IAM Quebec coordinator David Chartrand. “Even though the confirmation of the change in the name of the program (The name of the C-Series -300 was changed to A220-300 on July 10th by Airbus which officially took majority stake in the C-series program at

Gerlach appointed to United Way of Lower Mainland Board

Vancouver, BC – IAM Northwest District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. “I’m honoured to be asked to join the board,” said Gerlach. “I’m excited to be part of the new direction of the United Way of the Lower Mainland announced at the recent annual general meeting. Serving the needs of

Machinists ratify new deal with Highland Ford

Wednesday July 11, 2018   For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 have ratified a new collective agreement with Highland Ford. The multi-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include: 2 per cent increases in pension contributions over the life of the agreement Improved vision care benefits Improved life insurance benefits The 26 members

Giroux assigned to the Canadian Aerospace portfolio

Toronto, ON – IAM Special Representative Neil Giroux has been assigned to the Canadian Aerospace portfolio this week. He replaces Gerald Tremblay who retired July 1st. “I am very pleased that Neil agreed to join the IAM Canada Team as a Special Representative,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “Neil has done an outstanding job for the union in his work with IAM District 11, and I know

Machinists now represent IBEW Business Reps!

Thursday July 5, 2018   For Immediate Release   Sudbury, ON – Business Representatives and Administrative staff of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1687 are now members of IAM Local Lodge 1922. “These new members were looking for job security and turned to the IAM to obtain it,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “Once they got the representation they were after, this group wasted little time

It’s Official, the C-series is now part of Airbus Declaration of the Machinists Union on the takeover of C-Series Limited Partnership by Airbus

Montreal, QC – On this day when Airbus officially becomes the majority partner of C-Series Limited Partnership, the Machinists Union would not want us to forget that it is the workers who are the heart of the aerospace industry. “The takeover of C-Series by Airbus must be considered the end of a chapter and not the end of the story,” said IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “This apparatus, which was

Protecting Canadian IAM members in Trade Dispute

Friday June 29, 2018 For immediate release Toronto, ON – The federal government today announced sweeping tariffs in response to those levied by Donald Trump and the American government on Canadian steel and aluminium products. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland not only announced tariffs, but also financial support for Canadian workers and industries affected by the dispute. The IAM Canadian Office is keeping a close eye on the trade disputes