March 2017

The IAM fights against Contract-Flipping on Parliament Hill

The growing trend and threat of contract-flipping at Canadian airports is a pressing issue and the IAM is at the forefront to ensure that outrageous practice ends now. This practice is a major concern to the IAM and our members working at airports. Many of our members are affected by it, especially our Sisters and Brothers working at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada. General Vice-President

“Designing an Alternative: A Response to Right-Wing Populism”

On Saturday, 18 March, 2017, Hamilton, Ontario hosted an intriguing day-long discussion on alternatives to the waves of right-wing populism sweeping the world. Organised by the Hamilton-Mountain NDP Riding Association, “Designing an Alternative: A Response to Right-Wing Populism” featured speakers and discussions with the audience. 11 IAM members and staff attended. Six guests spoke on a range of topics, including “The Problem with Liberalism”, “Bernie Would Have Won”, “Environmental Inequality”,

IndustriALL condemns arrests of trade unionists in Algeria

23.03.2017 IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of at least nine trade unionists arrested on 21 March by security forces in Algeria. Mellal Raouf, President of IndustriALL affiliate the electricity and gas workers’ union, SNATEGS, and eight members of the union’s executive office, were seized at their hotel as they were about to attend a major rally in the northern city of Tizi Ouzou. Security forces blocked

Decent Work

Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.

It’s Golf Season

Spring will soon be here…start thinking of the green stuff, GRASS, clean the clubs and polish your golf shoes. The IAM has three charity golf tournaments over the next few months. First up; 21 st annual Dave Ritchie Golf tournament, slated for Saturday, June 10 at Remington Parkview in Toronto and then District 250 is holding their 2nd annual tournament on Saturday, June 24 at Newlands GC in Langley BC.

Machinists see implementation as the key to the budget!

Ottawa, ON – The latest federal budget, as one analyst stated, offers lots of vision but few numbers. It poses two questions: 1) what can our Canadian Machinist members expect but, more importantly, 2) is when can they expect it? The Liberals emphasized skills training, infrastructure and child care. Under social infrastructure, the Liberals have pledged $11 billion but the figure is a hollow one as it’s spread over 11

Empire Living ratifies new agreement

Thursday March 23, 2017 For Immediate Release North Bay, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 1295 have ratified a new collective agreement with Empire Living. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in each year. Other highlights include: Improved life insurance coverage Increased vacation days Increased sick days “Negotiations committee members Suzanne Hamilton and Debbie Proulx were instrumental in ensuring that their members concerns were

Norfolk County Firefighters ratify new agreement

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   Simcoe, ON – Volunteer Firefighters in Norfolk County – members of IAM Local Lodge 103, have ratified a new four-year collective agreement. “This was a difficult round of bargaining that required conciliation to achieve a tentative agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative. Besides a modest monetary increase, the agreement also produced a premium increases for trainers/facilitators and improvement

IAM- Schmoltz-Bickenbach ink five-year deal

Thursday March 23, 2017 For Immediate Release Mississauga, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new collective agreement with Schmoltz-Bickenbach Canada. The five-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.75 per cent in each of the first two years and 1.5 per cent in years three, four and five respectively. Other agreement highlights include: Substantial benefits improvements Improved overtime language “The negotiation committee of Daniel Robinson and

IAM ratifies new agreement with GKN Sinter Metals

Thursday March 23, 2017 For Immediate Release St. Thomas, ON – GKN Sinter Metals has ratified a new collective agreement with members of IAM Local Lodge 1975. The new three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, 2 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include: Improved benefits Improved pension contributions Improved job posting language