Toronto Airport Security Screeners meet Pickthall

Toronto, ON – Since becoming Canadian GVP in May of 2016, Stan Pickthall has invested a lot of his time meeting with IAM Canadian members in their workplaces across the country. In early August, he met with members of IAM Local Lodge 2921 who are employed as Security Screeners at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “This is a dynamic and diverse membership we have with the screeners and I’ve known some

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IAM Statement on Department of Labor-Supervised Rerun of Election

Responding to the U.S. Department of Labor, the IAM has agreed to a DOL-supervised rerun of the 2017 Grand Lodge elections for International Union officer positions, including International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and seven U.S. General Vice Presidents. The election excludes the Canadian General Vice President position. The DOL struck down the IAM members’ convention action requiring that candidates for Grand Lodge office show a minimal 10 percent level of support

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Open letter on raising the minimum wage

Fifty leading Canadian economists recently published an open letter supporting the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. This is an excerpt from their statement: Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the average productivity of

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Lakehead Motors owner goes on vacation – abdicates responsibility

8 August, 2017 For immediate release Thunder Bay, ON – IAM members in Thunder Bay remain on strike as the owner of Lakehead Motors has gone on vacation. “This is serious business,” said Pete Topetto, Directing Business Representative of IAM Local Lodge 1120 in Thunder Bay, “and the owner is pretending that by going away, the problem doesn’t exist,” he said. Local Lodge 1120 has been on strike since August

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Machinists ratify new deal with Half-Way Mazda Motors

Wednesday 9 August, 2017 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – Half-Way Mazda Motors auto dealership in Thunder Bay has ratified a new collective agreement with IAM Local Lodge 1120. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 3 percent in the first year and 2.5 percent in the following two years for all Schedule A and Schedule C classification workers including Technicians, body men and painters. Wage increases begin in

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Haiti textile workers denounce violations of ILO conventions

09.08.2017 Workers employed in the free trade export zones in Haiti have denounced violations of ILO Conventions 87 and 98 by Interamerican Wovens and Sewing International SA Workers’ organizations in Haiti, including GOSTTRA, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, have been taking action since May to demand their labour rights. However, employers have taken reprisals in response to worker denunciations of injustices and calls for decent work. GOSTTRA says that Interamerican

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The IAM welcomes the Appointment of prominent Labour Leaders to the NAFTA Advisory Council

As the first round of renegotiations of NAFTA approaches – starting on August 16 – the Liberal Government is adopting a multi-partisan and inclusive approach with the creation of the NAFTA Advisory Council. Former politicians from the entire political spectrum, along with stakeholders will be assisting the Chief Negotiator Minister Chrystia Freeland (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and her team in the challenging renegotiations of NAFTA with the United States and

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IAM Local 1120 in Thunder Bay forced to go on strike for fairness

Thursday 3 August, 2017 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – IAM members at Lakehead Motors in Thunder Bay went on strike as of 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon. The 36 members took action after the employer forced their hand by not responding to the initial Union offer. They have been in negotiations since March, when the previous agreement expired. “The main issues were those which were already resolved at many

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Tunisia: comprehensive new law on violence against women

2 August 2017 On July 26, the Tunisian Parliament unanimously adopted a comprehensive law addressing all forms of violence against women, psychological and economic violence as well as physical. The law, the first of its kind in North Africa, mandates treatment for the victims and highlights the fundamental importance of education in support of the principles of human rights and gender equality. With the adoption of this law, Tunisia has

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Machinists win lengthy arbitration at Flin Flon

Flin Flon, MB – An arbitration concerning a job evaluation case for some members of IAM Local Lodge 1848 employed by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company Limited (HUDBay) at Flin Flon, has been awarded in favour of the union. Under the terms of the collective agreement, if the employer and the Union fail to reach agreement upon any job descriptions, classification or assignment to job classifications through the procedure

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