February 2018

The Federal Budget – Not on Target!

Ottawa, ON – “This is a government that follows through on its promises,” says Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau during the deliverance of his latest budget! A close look at this budget reveals that’s not quite true. On the vital issue of National Pharmacare, Morneau did nothing other than appoint former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins as the new chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.

Same old no more!

A new strategic approach to organizing   Hollywood, MD – For the first time since 1992, the IAM is taking a new strategic approach to organizing. “The fundamental challenge is to grow this organization,” explains IAM Director of Organization Vincent Adeo. “We acknowledged that our previous methods were ineffective so we brought together our Grand Lodge and District staff from every territory down to the William Winpisinger Education Centre to

It’s #TimetoCare About Seniors Living in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

Monday February 26, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, On – The average age of long-term care residents in Ontario is 85 years old and many of them suffer from significant medical conditions requiring extra care, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and others. The Ontario government has been underfunding long-term care for decades and that sector is in crisis. In fact, Ontario’s long-term care system is the least funded of

One Billion Rising - The 2018 Campaign

THE 2018 CAMPAIGN ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION 2018: “SOLIDARITY” RISE! RESIST! UNITE! Once again, the theme of SOLIDARITY remains the focus of One Billion Rising 2018. We are coming into a time defined by a fierce escalation of fascist, imperialist, neo-liberal attacks on the lives of people around the world. And the most marginalized – working class, minority and women on the margins in every part of the globe –

IAM Members Endorse Incumbent Grand Lodge Officers

Grand Lodge Elections IAM members have completed the endorsement process for the election of Grand Lodge Officers. The results from the U.S. Department of Labour–supervised election are that over 770 IAM Local Lodges endorsed the incumbent slate and 20 or 21 IAM Local Lodges endorsed opponent slate candidates. More than 97 per cent of Lodges nominated the incumbent slate. This only applies to the U.S. GVP’s. Canada in not under

The NDP Policy Convention

Ottawa, ON – “My friends, this is not as good as it gets,” said federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and more than 1,700 delegates at the NDP policy Convention rose to their feet. This was Singh’s first major party speech since being elected leader last October and the thirty plus minute oratory was interrupted several times by standing ovations.    Why were these people standing – well for starters he

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