Myanmar: Crisis Must be Resolved Peacefully and According to International Law

15 September 2017 The ITUC has expressed grave concern over the fate of more than 300,000 stateless “Rohingya” people who have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh in the face of violent clashes between Myanmar security forces and militants. United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein has described the situation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. “For decades, the international community stood with those in Myanmar who opposed

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Site visit tour hits the Maritimes

St. John, NB – Since taking office as Canadian GVP in June 2016, Stan Pickthall has made it his mission to meet face-to-face with as many Canadian IAM members as possible in their workplace. \Over the next year he plans to tour at least fifty locations across Canada and he began this past week with a tour of the Maritimes. Accompanied by Chief of Staff Gord Falconer, Airline Coordinator Carlos

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Pensions – The money belongs to the workers not the companies!

Hamilton, ON – The federal NDP Pension Critic, Scott Duvall – Hamilton Mountain MP – announced he will introduce a private member’s bill this fall to protect workers’ pensions when their employer is allowed to restructure their financial affairs under the Company Creditors Arrangement Act. “The pensions earned by workers are deferred wages, plain and simple, explained Duvall. “Diverting, withholding or seizing those funds should be illegal. The current system

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IAM joins rally to protest Boeing court battle with Bombardier

Montréal, QC – More than 150 IAM members joined other unionized workers in a rally and March through the streets of Montréal to the US consulate to protest Boeing Aircraft’s court battle with Bombardier.   Boeing has filed trade tribunal complaints and taken court action against Bombardier over the sale of 75 C-Series 100 commercial airliners to Delta Airlines. Boeing accuses Bombardier of being heavily subsidized by the Canadian and

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Alliance Engineering Works ratify with Machinists

Wednesday September 13, 2017 For Immediate Release Victoria, B.C. – Alliance Engineering Works has a new collective agreement with the members of IAM Local Lodge 456. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.1 per cent in the first year and 2 per cent in the second and third year respectively. The second and third year of the agreement also has Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) protection of 2.5 per

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Strike threat produces deal at Three Point Motors!

Wednesday September 13, 2017 For Immediate release Victoria, BC – The threat of strike action by members of IAM Local Lodge 456 led to a last minute agreement with Three Point Motors in Victoria and Nanaimo, BC. “The company was not willing to pay retroactive wages for this agreement and that was made clear in its last offer,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative John Humphrey. “This refusal galvanized

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Aerospace Jobs threatened: Machinists take to the streets to sound the Alarm!

Monday September 11, 2017 For Immediate Release Montréal, QC – Machinist members will be out in full force Wednesday in the streets of Montréal for a rally and march to the US Consulate to protest trade complaints and court action by Boeing Corporation against Bombardier. “The International Association of Machinists (IAM) helped build the infrastructure of the Quebec Aerospace industry, we built it and we will protect it,” explained IAM

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Why Pharmacare?

SIGN THE PETITION Canada’s unions are proud that we’ve won health insurance coverage for many of our members. But we believe anyone with a health card should have coverage for the medicines they need. That’s why we’re working to win a universal prescription drug plan that covers everyone in Canada, regardless of their income, age or where they work or live. The Unfinished Business of Medicare Today, the only place

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2017 SYMPOSIUM – Martinez has our back!

Hollywood, MD – International President Bob Martinez loves to talk to Canadian members whenever the chance occurs but seldom does he get the opportunity to talk the entire Canadian staff, leadership and local lodge executives in one room. He did just that today during his address to the 2017 Canadian staff and leadership symposium at the IAM W3 Centre.   “We have listened to our members on how we can

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Smaller ships – greater agility

Hollywood, MD – In excess of 110 IAM Canadian staff, Directing Business Representatives, Business Representatives, General Chairpersons as well as Local Lodge officers are attending the 2017 Staff Conference and Local Lodge Symposium this week at the IAM W3 Education Center. In his opening remarks to delegates, GVP Stan Pickthall used the theme of the Symposium, “Smaller Ships” to outline the future course of the union in Canada. “I had

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