Gerlach acclaimed again to BC NDP Provincial Executive

Victoria, BC – IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach will once again serve as Labour’s member at large on the Provincial Executive of the B.C. New Democratic Party. Gerlach was acclaimed for the second consecutive time at the BC NDP 45th convention held recently in Victoria. Provincial Executive members are elected for two year terms and help guide the efforts of the party. This is Gerlach’s third

Pensions key ingredient in Superior ratification

Thursday November 16, 2017 For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Significant pension increases were a key ingredient in the ratification of a new collective agreement by members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 employed by Superior Chrysler Dodge. The three-year collective agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent retroactive to August of 2017 and first minimum wage increases as per Ontario legislation guaranteed with top-ups of 2

Machinists ratify new deal with Maitland Motors

Thursday November 16, 2017 For Immediate Release Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 have ratified a new collective agreement with Maitland Motors. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent annually retroactive to July 2017 and the first minimum wage increases as per Ontario legislation  guaranteed with top ups of 2 per cent on anniversary dates. Other agreement highlights include: Pension increased to

Machinists ratify new agreement with Safran Electronics

Wednesday November 15, 2017 For Immediate Release   Peterborough, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 905 have ratified a collective agreement with Safran Electronics and Defense Canada. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, 1.25 percent in the second year and 1.5 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include: Improved safety boot allowance Improved vision care benefits The 17

‟Paradise Papers”  When we discover why rich People like Offshore Tax Havens so much

What are the ‟Paradise Papers”? Thanks to a leak of millions of documents from a law firm located in Bermuda and in the Cayman Islands called Appleby, and to the tireless work of journalists through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the world is sadly discovering what the ‟secrets of the global elite” are to avoid paying taxes. In Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada and The Toronto Star were involved in the

Screener Unions request meetings with Transport and Labour Ministers

Toronto, ON – Increased service pressures, airport privatization and successor rights in the event of a contract flip are areas of serious concern for Canada’s 6,000 airport pre-board security screeners. These issues top the agenda of a meeting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the United Steelworkers (USW) have requested with the Minister of Transport – Marc Garneau, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu. The two unions

Lobby Day – Ottawa February 5-6-7-, 2018

Ottawa, ON – It’s time for another day of lobbying on Parliament Hill with the Canadian Labour Congress. We will be lobbying the government on the need for National Pharmacare and stopping the privatization of Canadian infrastructure which includes our airports, a subject of great interest to our IAM members. The schedule dates are February 5, 6 and 7, 2018 .Local Lodge Political Action Committees and Local Lodge presidents should

Employer efforts backfire in organizing victory for IAM

Wednesday November 8, 2017 For Immediate Release Maple Ridge, BC – Efforts by the management of Innovative Parts and Solutions to stop an organizing drive by the IAM has backfired. “One hour prior to the vote, the employer promised a wage increase and assured no one would be terminated if they voted no,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Al Cyr. “I made a point of advising the employees

Private Member’s Bill introduced to save Workers’ pensions!

Ottawa, ON – It was somewhat fitting on the 150th anniversary of Canada’s first Parliament, NDP Finance Critic Scott Duvall introduced a Private Member’s Bill to save workers’ pensions. “This bill is designed to amend the Company’s Creditors Arrangement Act which currently permits legalized theft of workers’ pensions when an employer files for bankruptcy,” Duvall told a crowd of protestors on the steps of Parliament Hill. “When it comes to

IAM booth a big hit at annual AME conference

Mississauga, ON – The IAM information booth at the 2017 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME) Association conference was a tremendous success. “We couldn’t have asked for a better result,” said a pleased IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Dave Freeman. “I would give this a 9 out of 10, and we attracted a great deal of interest from people working in the industry, both Union and non-union alike.     The