June 6, 2017

Two Canadians among 2017 IAM Scholarship Winners

Toronto, ON – Two Canadians were among the 16 winners in the 2017 IAM Scholarship Awards. Caitlyn Harper of Rothesay, New Brunswick and Britney Trieu of Edmonton, Alberta were chosen from among 292 applicants. The award is given to outstanding students by the union on the basis of his/her fine academic achievement and various activities of service to the school and the community. The winners are selected by a committee

Swissport Cargo workers ratify first contract

Tuesday June 6, 2017   For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – With strike action only a week away, members of IAM Local Lodge 16, employed as warehouse workers for Swissport, ratified their first collective agreement. “To say our members are ecstatic would be an understatement, “explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Chairperson Todd Haverstock. “The wages that the employer was paying their current staff was not consistent with seniority,

56th OPCM an outstanding success

Toronto, ON – Within minutes of the closing of the 55th OPCM Conference in Sault Ste Marie last year, work began on the 56th Conference to be held in Toronto, hosted by IAM Local Lodge 1295. This year 70 delegates and 18 guests took part in a most successful conference. None of that would have been possible without the tireless work by the host committee. From left to right in

Williams – 2017 Norman Court Award recipient

Toronto, ON – Sister Betty Williams an IAM District 78 Retiree and Vice President of IAM Local Lodge 1295, was the recipient of the 2017 Norman Court Award at the 56th OPCM Conference. The award is given each year to a DL 78 member who displays a combination of activism as well as service to their union and their community. Williams who is known to be never short on words,

Pickthall tells OPCM, Ontario Bill 148 doesn’t go far enough

Toronto, ON – “All the people in this room should be proud of the work they have done to make changes to Ontario Labour laws a reality but I’m here to tell you that our work isn’t done yet,” explained IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall. Speaking to delegates at the 56th conference of the Ontario Council of Machinists, Pickthall said the changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the

OPCM gets better and better

Toronto, ON – There are three Machinists Councils in Canada, the Maritime Machinists Council, the Quebec Machinists Council and the Ontario Machinist Council or OPCM and this past weekend, the OPCM celebrated its 56th conference. It began with a welcoming speech from Jim McDowell – President of the Peel Region Labour Council. The conference came on the heels of the changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the Ontario

Ontario Bill 148: The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

By Lou Pagrach – IAM Grand Lodge Representative for political Action The Special Advisors to the Changing Workplaces Review have released a 419-page Final Report. A Summary Report has also been issued. The Report, which proposes amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995, contains 173 recommendations. In 2015 Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn initiated the Changing Workplaces Review by appointing C. Michael Mitchell and John

Machinists ink new deal with Air Transat

Tuesday June 6, 2017 For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2309 in Montreal, Local Lodge 2413 in Toronto, Local Lodge 2734 in Calgary and Local Lodge 16 in Vancouver have ratified a new multi-year agreement with Air Transat. “This is a good deal for these members and they have been rewarded for their hard work,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson George