NAFTA’S Chapter 11 – why it has to go!

Toronto, ON – The Investor-state dispute mechanism under the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is known as Chapter 11. It enables investors in NAFTA countries to sue the government of any member country. Only foreign companies are authorized to intent lawsuits. This chapter was originally drafted to prevent companies from being expropriated or victims of unfair treatment by countries with unstable governments. Remember that key point, unstable governments,

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IAM Aerospace Workers Reply to the Judgement of the U.S. Department of Commerce

For immediate release Montreal, October 16th, 2017 Judgement of the U.S. Department of Commerce: Aerospace workers reply Montreal – Following the imposition of a countervailing duty of 220% and an anti-dumping duty of 79.82% by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Machinists Union (IAMAW) has replied by launching a communications campaign aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing the general public. “We are facing measures that are dangerous for the stability

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Ferguson wins NDP long term service award

Cambridge, ON – IAM District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson is the recipient of the 2017 Monty Davidson NDP-Labour Award. The award is given each year by the Cambridge NDP Riding Association to an individual for life long service to working people. The award is named after the late Monty Davidson, the first Cambridge MPP elected under the NDP banner in 1975. Ferguson, a member of the Cambridge

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IAM ratifies new deal with Seymour!

Wednesday October 11, 2017 For Immediate Release   North Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2412 have ratified a new collective agreement with Seymour Windows Ltd. “The most significant part of this agreement is that management can no longer do bargaining unit work,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Ralph Martin. “Until now, management was free to do bargaining unit work and would not offer bargaining unit members overtime

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Anti-dumping duty of 79, 82 % against the C-series

U.S. Department of Commerce attacks our aerospace industry again! Friday October 6, 2017 For Immediate Release Montreal, QC – The Machinists ‘ Union (IAM) is not surprised by the decision of the United States Department of Commerce (DCEU), which is simply put a copy and paste of last week. “This decision makes me say again that the dice are loaded on this issue,” deplores the Machinist Union’s Quebec coordinator, David

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‘End Workers Pension Theft’ road show kicks off in Halifax!

Halifax, NS – True to his word, Federal NDP Pension critic Scott Duvall is taking his message about stopping legalized theft of workers’ pensions, across the country. Last night in Halifax he told an audience of workers from various unions including the IAM, “The pensions earned by workers are deferred wages, plain and simple,” he explained. IAM members meet with Scott Duvall in Halifax Paul Benoit, Gwyen Russell, Ken Russell,

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IAM wins voluntary recognition for Pearson baggage handlers!

Wednesday October 4, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – The IAM has been given voluntary certification recognition of 26 baggage handlers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. These workers will become the newest members of IAM Local lodge 2323. “The owner of TBH – Toronto Baggage Handling – responded to a request for proposal from the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) to provide service involving reject baggage at Pearson,” explained IAM

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IAM Site visit roadshow tours Gateway City!

North Bay, ON – Fresh from a lengthy tour of the Maritimes, IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall came back to Ontario for site visits at three IAM workplaces in the Gateway City of North Bay. Almost every member of IAM Local Lodge 2412 got to meet and talk with Pickthall. “We did a day tour of Seymour Windows and talked with everyone on the day shift,” explained IAM Grand Lodge

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Machinists ink new deal with Mettler Toledo

Monday October 2, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Members if IAM Local Lodge 235 have ratified a new collective agreement with Mettler Toledo. The three-year agreement provides a lump sum signing bonus as well as wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year retroactive to December 3, 2016, 2.25 per cent in the second year and 2 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights

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Machinists back a winner – Singh takes NDP leadership!

Toronto, ON – Jagmeet Singh is the new leader of the federal New Democratic Party with a resounding first-ballot victory by a margin of 53 per cent in the NDP leadership in Toronto Sunday night. “Earlier last month the IAM endorsed Jagmeet Singh to be our new leader after a vigorous internal debate,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “At that time we concluded that he was the

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