Friday February 24, 2017 For Immediate Release Fort Frances, ON – Tire Technicians employed by Kal Tire working at the New Gold Rainy River Mine have become the newest members of the IAM. “We represent workers at Kal Tire outlets in British Columbia and Alberta and these workers see the benefits of protection and security that our union has given other Kal Tire employees,” explained IAM Grand Lodge
Vancouver, BC – There doesn’t appear to be too much excitement about the May 9th BC Provincial election to date but as February winds down and we head into the starting gates for the campaign over the next two months, things will heat up. We are not here to tell our members who to vote for but we do encourage them to exercise their democratic right and vote. If you
Ottawa, ON – Eight members from IAM Local Lodge 1522 will be part of a multi-union contingent lobbying MP’s this week on Parliament Hill to save jobs and the pension plan of workers at the Atomic Energy of Canada facility at Chalk River. In 2014, the federal government announced the Chalk River facility would be managed by a Government-Owned, Contractor –Operated or GoCo model. It created Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as
Toronto, ON – Business Representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers – UFCW Canada – members of IAM Local Lodge 1922, have ratified their first collective agreement. The three-year agreement provides wage increases in each year retroactive to October 2016. Other agreement highlights include: Increases to RRSP Contributions Increased health spending supplement New additional classification – Department Support Staff Improved contract language The 45 members consist of staff
Toronto, ON – The IAM resorted to social media – texting and Face Book – to organize 35 drivers employed by Sky Café at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “We couldn’t access these workers on the job site to conduct a traditional campaign so we opted for social media which has the added bonus that the company couldn’t interfere on private communication,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Organizer Sam Jabbar.
On February 13, 2017 in honour of Black History Month, the Canadian Labour Congress is launching “Working While Black”, an educational and interactive webinar series for workers of colour and allies. The series will celebrate the contributions of Black activists and organizers in Canada, strengthen solidarity across movements, and build skills and knowledge for confronting anti-Black racism in workplaces and communities today. Participants will be able to engage with speakers
Tuesday January 31, 2017 For Immediate Release Langley, BC – Members of IAM Local 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with WestCan Industries. “This is an agreement everyone can be happy with,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Dale Gentile. “We have always had overtime paid at one and a half times the standard rate but we have just negotiated two times the standard rate for overtime
Wednesday February 1, 2017 For Immediate Release North Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified their first collective agreement with Destination Chrysler. “You may not think that a zero per cent wage increase in the first year means nothing but this was a first contract and the wage scale grid we negotiated starts them at a wage which is significantly better than what they were getting
Toronto, ON – Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces
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