History made as PEI Election Results Tabulated

24 April, 2019 In an eagerly-anticipated campaign, the PEI Green Party made history last night as it became the official opposition in Prince Edward Island – the first time that has ever happened. This was the strongest showing of any Green Party in Canada. The Liberal leader Wade MacLauchlan lost his own seat to a Conservative in an illustration of how unhappy Islanders were with the status quo. The Progressive

Voices matter – The 5th IAM Canada Political Action Symposium

Hollywood, MD – More than 80 Canadian IAM political activists gathered at the William W Winpisinger Education Center this week for the 5th IAM Canada Political Action Symposium. “Political Action requires people,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall in his address to the delegates. “Voices matter, more voices means we can influence the decision- makers and push them to prioritize the needs of working people. The way to

IAM warns of watered-down certification training!

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) is looking to take away the employer requirement to supply three days of classroom training to become a Certified Joint Health and Safety Committee representative. The Ministry wants to replace it with a one day online course. “Our biggest fear is that some employers will abuse this change to provide workers with the cheapest option available and therefore the least amount

This is a problem – Period and we have a solution!

Vancouver, BC – It was known in the past as Tampon Tuesday, an effort to promote public awareness of the need to make menstruation products available to those who need it. The United Way of Lower Mainland has rebranded its efforts as The Period Promise, a new campaign with the goal of ending “period poverty”, by collecting money, pads and tampons to give to people who need them. The response

NDP experiment in Alberta over after Jason Kenny victory!

Edmonton, AB – With all of the reminders that polls in Alberta have been wrong before, voters here did exactly what the pundits said they would do, vote Jason Kenny’s United Conservative Party into office and…… it wasn’t even close! Kenny’s United Conservative Party won 62 seats while the outgoing NDP led by Rachel Notlley, held on to 25 seats. Kenney and the UCP won despite a scandals relating to

The CATSA Conundrum – We need a better process!

Toronto, ON – These are frustrating times for IAM members employed in federal airport security screening responsibilities. While the IAM supports the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in its work to protect the safety and security of the public as well as national security, we can’t ignore when its processes continually infringe on the most basic rights of our members. Screening officers are certified by CATSA in the performance

DaCosta gives his final report

Las Vegas, NV – Since 2006, Carlos DaCosta, as IAM Canada’s Airline Coordinator, has delivered many reports to the IAM Transportation Conferences all over North America. On Wednesday April 10th, he gave his last, announcing his retirement this summer. He has been an IAM member for 45 years, first as an Air Canada aviation mechanic, then as a General Chairperson of IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 and for the last

Breaking down the numbers

“Canada’s user-pay approach is discriminatory, distortionary and ultimately self-defeating” Dr.Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management, Associate of the Transport Institute Another announcement was made yesterday on future plans for CATSA, which the IAMAW is watching closely. The Act to make amendments is included in Bill C-97, an omnibus bill, a tactic that the Liberals and Conservatives use when wanting to make major decisions without much public debate. The government

ITUC takes demand for a New Social Contract to the UN General Assembly

The United Nations has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation with a debate on the future of work and how to deliver decent work for all. Addressing the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, said,” The challenges of today are as severe as the world saw in 1919. We face historic levels of inequality, a failed model of globalisation, increasing