2018

The Quebec Election – changing four quarters for a dollar!

Montréal, QC – “Making an informed decision in this election will be difficult for our members,” explained IAM Quèbec Coordinator David Chartrand. “There is little to choose between the front runners.” He believes that significant failures in education, health and social services have tainted the incumbent Liberal government (PLQ) under Premier Phillippe Couillard. However the threats to workers presented by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) under Francois Legault, leave IAM

New Research Director hits the ground running

Toronto, ON – As the new IAM Canadian Research Director, Ivana Saula, hasn’t had much time to catch her breath. She officially started her new job on September 1, 2018 and began with back to back assignments – the PAC symposium and the IAM 2018 Aerospace Conference.  “I’m still absorbing things but I’m impressed with how militant and strong this union is,” she explained after her first two weeks on

Machinists ink new deal with Prouse Motors

Tuesday September 18, 2018   For immediate release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 have ratified a new collective agreement with Prouse Motors. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year and 2.5 per cent in years two, three and four respectively. The agreement also provides a $1,000.00 signing bonus for journeymen and $500.00 for all others. Other

We stand for people before profit!

Fort Worth, TX – “Companies must realize that they are profitable not in spite of this union but because of this union,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez to 300 delegates attending the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference here. In his opening remarks, Martinez laid down the gauntlet to aerospace companies destined to bargain with the IAM in the next few years. “It is your actions not your word that will

Making sure our government is behind our aerospace industry!

Fort Worth, TX – Canadian delegates to the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference held a breakout session today prior to the plenary session Tuesday morning. “We are the largest union in aerospace in North America and in Canada and we intend to maintain that status,” explained IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall. “We are in the midst of preparing a Canadian document spelling out our recommendations on Canadian content in military procurement,

Labour Day 2018, a photo essay in solidarity!

Toronto, ON – The first Monday in September each year is recognized as Labour Day in Canada. IAM Local Lodges across our country celebrated this day with parades and picnics where their members and their families participated. “On this day we recognize our accomplishments through our struggles and the progress we continue to make each year on behalf of working Canadians everywhere” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.

The next federal election is the theme of Canadian PAC symposium

Hollywood, MD – The 2019 federal election is the theme of this years’ Canadian Political Action Symposium. For the past several years Canadian IAM political activists gather at the William W Winpisinger Education Centre to strategize, organize and plan the IAM Canada political agenda for the coming months and year. This week 77 IAM Canadian political activists discussed not only the 2019 federal election, but provincial elections this year in

IAM Canada grows again!

Tuesday August 28, 2018 For immediate release   Edmonton, AB – Fifty Business Representatives and office staff from United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 401 are the newest members of the IAM. “IAM District Lodge 14 Directing Business Representative Kevin Clark and myself, held several meetings with both the staff and the Business Representatives before they decided to join us,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative and Organizer Scott Jackson.

Liberal Government continues to dilute Canadian aviation safety

By Carlos Da Costa, IAM Airline Coordinator Transport Minister Marc Garneau has approved Transport Canada delegating the assessment of pilot skills entirely to the airline industry, thus removing that responsibility from Transport Canada inspectors.  This will completely eliminate all evaluations done by Transport Canada for all pilots this fall. The Government claims that this is a result of lack of resources at Transport Canada. The IAM is of the opinion

Canada back to the table after U.S. – Mexico reach trade understanding!

Ottawa, ON – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland heads back to Washington this week to resume face-to-face negotiations with the United States and Mexico regarding NAFTA. The minister cut short her diplomatic trip to Europe for high-level talks after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a bilateral trade understanding. Trump implied this agreement could lead to the overhaul or termination of the three-country