February 2017

Notice of Completion of Grand Lodge Nominations

In accordance with Article III, Section 5 of the IAM Constitution, please be advised that Machinists Union members have completed the nomination process for the election of Grand Lodge Officers and elected officials for a new four-year term. The required number of IAM Local Lodges nominated each of the following candidates: Robert Martinez, Jr., as International President; Dora Cervantes as General Secretary-Treasurer; Stan Pickthall received a sufficient number of nominations

Lobby finds most MP’s in the Dark on AECL Issues!

Ottawa, ON – Meetings here between union lobbyists and MP’s last week concerning saving the pension plan of workers at the Atomic Energy of Canada facilities in Chalk River, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba, had a common yet disturbing thread. “While the overall response to our concerns was positive, most of the MP’s we talked to didn’t know this was an issue affecting employees until we told them,” explained IAM Grand

Tire Technicians turn to IAM for Security

Friday February 24, 2017   For Immediate Release   Fort Frances, ON – Tire Technicians employed by Kal Tire working at the New Gold Rainy River Mine have become the newest members of the IAM. “We represent workers at Kal Tire outlets in British Columbia and Alberta and these workers see the benefits of protection and security that our union has given other Kal Tire employees,” explained IAM Grand Lodge

Don’t Look Now but the BC Election is fast approaching!

Vancouver, BC – There doesn’t appear to be too much excitement about the May 9th BC Provincial election to date but as February winds down and we head into the starting gates for the campaign over the next two months, things will heat up. We are not here to tell our members who to vote for but we do encourage them to exercise their democratic right and vote. If you

Machinists Back on the Hill to lobby for AECL jobs and pensions

Ottawa, ON – Eight members from IAM Local Lodge 1522 will be part of a multi-union contingent lobbying MP’s this week on Parliament Hill to save jobs and the pension plan of workers at the Atomic Energy of Canada facility at Chalk River. In 2014, the federal government announced the Chalk River facility would be managed by a Government-Owned, Contractor –Operated or GoCo model. It created Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as

UFCW Reps ratify First Agreement with Machinists.

Toronto, ON – Business Representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers – UFCW Canada – members of IAM Local Lodge 1922, have ratified their first collective agreement. The three-year agreement provides wage increases in each year retroactive to October 2016. Other agreement highlights include: Increases to RRSP Contributions Increased health spending supplement New additional classification – Department Support Staff Improved contract language   The 45 members consist of staff

Social Media brings organizing victory at Pearson Airport!

Toronto, ON – The IAM resorted to social media – texting and Face Book – to organize 35 drivers employed by Sky Café at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “We couldn’t access these workers on the job site to conduct a traditional campaign so we opted for social media which has the added bonus that the company couldn’t interfere on private communication,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Organizer Sam Jabbar.

Working While Black Webinar Series

On February 13, 2017 in honour of Black History Month, the Canadian Labour Congress is launching “Working While Black”, an educational and interactive webinar series for workers of colour and allies. The series will celebrate the contributions of Black activists and organizers in Canada, strengthen solidarity across movements, and build skills and knowledge for confronting anti-Black racism in workplaces and communities today. Participants will be able to engage with speakers

Machinists Ink new deal with WestCan Industries

Tuesday January 31, 2017 For Immediate Release   Langley, BC – Members of IAM Local 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with WestCan Industries. “This is an agreement everyone can be happy with,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Dale Gentile. “We have always had overtime paid at one and a half times the standard rate but we have just negotiated two times the standard rate for overtime

Machinists ratify first agreement with Destination Chrysler

Wednesday February 1, 2017 For Immediate Release North Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified their first collective agreement with Destination Chrysler. “You may not think that a zero per cent wage increase in the first year means nothing but this was a first contract and the wage scale grid we negotiated starts them at a wage which is significantly better than what they were getting