IAM Statement on CLC Solidarity and Support for UNITE HERE

February 12, 2018 – The Unifor decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has been consuming a great deal of energy within the Labour movement across Canada. The IAM joins the vast majority of Canadian union members in our criticism of this decision by Unifor’s leadership. As we are all aware, the CLC issued a statement (in French and English) on this topic last week. There has been

February is Black History Month

It is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness and diversity of African-Canadian achievement. During the 1920’s an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. This period in February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 the month-long celebration was implemented, and is a time for us all to reflect on both the history

Once again Machinists field largest group in CLC Lobby

Ottawa, ON – Tuesday morning 320 CLC delegates will descend upon MP’s on Parliament Hill for the largest Canadian Labour Congress lobby on record and once again the dominant group will come from the IAM. This time 65 Machinists will lobby parliamentarians on the need for a National Pharmacare plan, pay equity, employment insurance and pension reform to protect worker’s pensions during bankruptcy proceedings. Pension reform is of particular interest

Team effort produces organizing win for Machinists

Thursday February 1, 2018 For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – “This was a tremendous team effort drawing upon the resources and the expertise of IAM District Lodges 140, 250 and Local Lodge 764,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 President and General Chairperson Fred Hospes. Workers at Sage Parts at Vancouver International airport are the newest members of the IAM. “I couldn’t be more delighted,” said IAM Local Lodge

It’s back to Parliament Hill for another CLC lobby!

Ottawa, ON – Once again the IAM delegation will form the largest contingent involved in the Canadian Labour Congress lobby next week on Parliament Hill. “We have more than 65 delegates from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia coming to meet with parliamentarians February 5-6-7,” explained IAM Political Action Grand Lodge Representative Lou Pagrach. “We’re back to urge MP’s to support Bill C-384, introduced last fall by NDP

Sky Café first contract is a gem!

Tuesday January 30, 2018 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – The one hundred per cent acceptance rate might give you the first indication that the members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 at Sky Café are happy about their first collective agreement. “I’m very proud at the result we were able to achieve,” said a very satisfied IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Dave Freeman. “There were dozens of work

The race to the bottom is not where we want to be in this country!

Montréal, QC – “The race to the bottom is not where we want to be in this country,” stated Employment Minister Patty Hajdu at the end of a round table consultation with representatives of the IAM, CLC and other unions concerning changes to the federal Labour Code. The Minister spoke of how the Code needed updating to reflect current economics and work place environments. “Our biggest concern is the issue

Bombardier Wins C-Series battle!

Boeing lawsuit grounded by USITC Friday January 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled in favour of Bombardier in its dispute with Boeing. “I’m floored,” said a jubilant IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “This is the best news we had in a year and I couldn’t be happier for our Québec members,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.

Across the country Canadians join global women’s marches

Toronto, On – We’re back, more determined than ever and popping up in more places than last year – we’re speaking of the second coordinated round, of Women’s protest marches. In 38 communities across Canada, women demonstrated to proclaim messages of inclusion, equality and empowerment. Last year it was in response to Donald Trump’s boasts of sexual misconduct and his divisive policies that fueled the movement. This year it was

The end of NAFTA would make Quebec's aerospace sector vulnerable

For Immediate Release Monday January 22, 2018 Montreal, QC – In the space of 24 years, the North American aerospace industry has grown on a continental scale. As in the automotive sector, the stability of the supply chain was built on a North American commercial space. Breaking this structure would put Quebec’s aerospace cluster to the test. “In case we should give up NAFTA, a slump is to be expected,”