Mandatory Vaccinations and Worker’s Compensation: Employer Liability

In a race against the fourth wave of the Coronavirus, the government, public health units and employers have moved from encouraging vaccination to mandating it. In recent weeks, many employers have issued mandatory vaccination policies, giving rise to multiple concerns, from individual rights to rights of the collective to work in safe environments. Some are raising practical concerns, like worker’s compensation, and whether employers who mandate vaccines are liable for

GVP Chartrand's letter to Minister Alghabra on Canadian Airports and Mandatory Vaccination Policies

16 September, 2021 By Email: Honorable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transportation House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6 Re: Canadian Airports – Mandatory Vaccination Policies Dear Honourable Minister Alghabra, The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) represent twenty two thousand workers in air transportation and aerospace in Canada. We represent a majority of workers at Canadian airports. I am writing you today asking your help with a troubling

Barnable Returns to Atlantic Canada as IAM Special Representative

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Matthew (Matt) Barnable as a Special Representative assigned to Atlantic Canada starting October 1, 2021. Barnable will be responsible for organizing and provide service and support to all of the East Coast. A member of IAM Local 99 since 2011, Barnable began work as a Material Supply Assistant at Finning in Fort McMurray and eventually did his apprenticeship and earned his Journeyman

CF-18 and CC-150 Polaris Replacement - Machinists Union demands guarantees from federal parties

Montreal – The IAMAW Machinists Union is reminding federal parties of the importance of replacing the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 and CC-150 Polaris aircraft in a way that generates benefits for Canada and contributes to the recovery of the aerospace sector. The impact of the pandemic was swift and crushing, and while a recovery is underway, key Canadian industries still need government support. “Since the next federal government will

A new 4-year contract for the members of the ABB unit (Local 1660)

The new contract was accepted by the members of the ABB unit (Local 1660) at a special meeting held on August 24 in the borough of Saint-Laurent. This is a unified contract since it covers both ABB units (Saint-Laurent and Lachine). Following an agreement ratified by the Tribunal administratif du Travail, the negotiating committee began the work of unifying the two collective agreements. “In addition to the challenge of renewing

First Collective Agreement for Daher Unit (Local Lodge 712)

Some 100 workers in Daher unit have a solid first collective agreement for the next three years. “This first contract lays a solid foundation on which we can build in the future to seek new gains,” says Luc Frigon, District 11 Business Representative; responsible for Daher Unit. This first employment contract includes the FTQ’s set up of a member-funded pension plan (MFPP), the introduction of group and disability insurance, the

Union Appreciation Day with IAM Local Lodge 2413

Members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 at Toronto Pearson Airport were treated to a healthy dose of appreciation and solidarity on Labour Day. The members, working for Menzies Aviation at the airport, were treated to an information session, lunch, hand sanitizers, bargaining surveys, and a host of literature about the many free IAM programs for members and their families. #UnionAppreciationDay #Solidarity @MCorradoIAM2413

IAM Canada receives United Way award again

On 19 August, 2021, the IAM in Canada was the recipient of the United Way’s Thanks a Million award. The award goes to those labour organisations whose members helped to raise more than $1 million in support of Untied Ways Centraide’s work in local communities. The labour movement in Canada and the United Way share a common vision of “building a society which provides a wide range of social and

Teamwork helps Fighting Machinists finalize agreement with Toronto GardaWorld Screeners

For immediate release 26 August, 2021 Toronto, ON – This week, the IAM received the arbitrated settlement to finalize the year-long negotiations with GardaWorld for pre-board screeners at Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ) “When we started out negotiations, it was at the height of the pandemic, prior to vaccinations being readily available and with the industry in turmoil,” said Keith Aiken, IAM Air Transportation Coordinator for Canada.