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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CAE-Machinists ink new contract!

Monday June 26, 2017 For Immediate Release   Moose Jaw, SASK – The members of IAM Local Lodge 32 have ratified a multi-year agreement with CAE in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Cold Lake, Alberta. The multi-year deal, ratified by a margin of 68 per cent, provides wage increases totaling 13 per cent over the life of the agreement including pay retro-active to last year. Other agreement highlights include; Per diems

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Labour sponsored leadership debate produces no champion!

  Toronto, ON – The evening was called Labour, Justice, Our Future. It was the first opportunity for union members and labour activists to put their issues before the five hopefuls vying for the leadership of the federal NDP. The five candidates were Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, Quebec MP Guy Caron, British Columbia MP Peter Julian and Ontario NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh. ‘This was our night,

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IAM witness to history in Canada’s Senate

Ottawa, On – IAM Grand Lodge Representative in charge of Political Action – Lou Pagrach – was a witness to history being made in Canada’s Senate last week with the passing of Bill C-4. Bill C-4, which eliminated anti-union legislation brought in by the former Harper Conservative government, received Royal Assent in the Canadian Senate on Monday June 19, 2017. The old legislation, both created by the Harper Conservatives through

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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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