SIGN OUR PETITION - IAM Still Determined in Opposing Privatizing Canadian Airports

I recently came across an article about Pearson Airport’s hope for ownership change. The article reveals a hope by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) management to privatize part of the airport’s operations. Since the Emerson Report was released by the Federal Government in June 2016, the IAM has been very clear in our opposition to the privatization of Canadian airports and have provided a position paper to the Government which

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Fit To Fly

By Carlos DaCosta – IAM Air Transport Coordinator Recently, I attended a Fit to Fly workshop put on by Transport Canada in Quebec. This workshop was centred on supporting aviation personnel (pilots) with mental health challenges and substance abuse disorders in the interest of aviation safety. The IAM proudly represents pilots at Keewatin Air and Air Labrador, and information gathered at this workshop will be helpful for our pilots at

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Global aerospace industry is at a crossroads

Paris, France – “How do we build union power in the Global Aerospace Industry?” asked IAM International President Bob Martinez, speaking to delegates attending the IndustriALL aerospace conference this week in Paris. He told delegates, including IAM members from Canada and the US that the global aerospace industry is at a crossroads and it must choose between two paths. “The first is a path that views unions as the enemy,”

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St John’s Swissport membership embraces new deal

Tuesday June 20, 2017   For Immediate Release   St. John’s, NL – The negotiations began with an 85 per cent rejection of the final and global offer by the employer and ended with an 84 per cent acceptance by the membership. “In between we rejected lump sum payments in lieu of retro pay and refused wage offers that were insulting,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Ken

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Machinists ratify new deal with Country Inn

Friday June 16, 2017   For Immediate Release   Oakville, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1295 have ratified a new collective agreement with Country Inn of Oakville. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 4 per cent in the first year, 3 per cent in the second year and 3.2 per cent in the third year. The agreement also adds vision care of $250.00 every 24 months to

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Liberals make good on election promise with Bill C-4

Ottawa, ON – True to their word, the Trudeau Liberal Government has eliminated anti-union legislation with the passing of Bill C-4. The old legislation, both created by the Harper Conservatives through private members bills from backbenchers, were a sore point with the IAM and other unions. Bill C-377 required labour organizations to make a series of public financial disclosures including all transactions of more than $5,000.00. Bill C-525 replaced the

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Site visit winning formula continues in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – Since he took office, Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall, has invested a considerable amount of time and travel conducting face-to-face meetings with IAM Canada members. The recent visit to Edmonton was by all accounts, another success. “For many of the members we talked to, this was their first opportunity to meet and talk with a union official from our national office,” explained IAM Chief of Staff Gord Falconer.

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Job security plain and simple and British Airways Machinists got it!

Wednesday June 14, 2017   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – “The members and the bargaining committee at British Airways took a long hard look before the talks began and this round of bargaining was about job security, plain and simple!” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Mike Corrado. “After watching the numerous contract flips at Toronto Pearson and Dorval Airports over the past few years, this

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21st Annual Dave Ritchie Invitational Golf Tournament

Thanks to all the sponsors, participants and volunteers at the 21st Annual Dave Ritchie Invitational Golf Tournament, benefiting the Guide Dogs of America. Guide Dogs of America provides much-needed support to people who have lost their sight. With the assistance of a guide-dog, they gain the independence to participate in many of the acts of daily living. Guide Dogs of America works to provide this independence, but it can be

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Two Canadians among 2017 IAM Scholarship Winners

Toronto, ON – Two Canadians were among the 16 winners in the 2017 IAM Scholarship Awards. Caitlyn Harper of Rothesay, New Brunswick and Britney Trieu of Edmonton, Alberta were chosen from among 292 applicants. The award is given to outstanding students by the union on the basis of his/her fine academic achievement and various activities of service to the school and the community. The winners are selected by a committee

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Swissport Cargo workers ratify first contract

Tuesday June 6, 2017   For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – With strike action only a week away, members of IAM Local Lodge 16, employed as warehouse workers for Swissport, ratified their first collective agreement. “To say our members are ecstatic would be an understatement, “explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Chairperson Todd Haverstock. “The wages that the employer was paying their current staff was not consistent with seniority,

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