April 2018

IAM anti-airport privatization petition introduced in Parliament!

Ottawa, ON – The IAM took another step in its fight against airport privatization in Canada when NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Carron presented the IAM petition to Parliament. More than six thousand IAM members, friends and family members signed our anti-airport privatization petition which opposes government plans to privatize 18 of Canada’s largest airports. “It was very gratifying to see Guy Caron present our petition in the House of Commons

Machinists sign new agreement and add new members at Lounsbury

Thursday April 19, 2018 For Immediate Release Bathurst, NB – IAM Local Lodge 2418 has a new collective agreement with Lounsbury Automotive and three additional members. A request for voluntary recognition of three service advisors into the Local and the current collective agreement was initially rejected by the employer. “The Collective Agreement had expired at the end of January so instead of applying to the Labour Board to amend the

Pharmacare - Why Now?

Over the next few months, the Canadian Labour Congress will host town hall meetings in more than 25 communities across the country. Featuring Canada’s foremost pharmacare experts and advocates, these important discussions will address why we need a universal prescription drug plan that covers all Canadians, regardless of their age, income, or where they work or live. But you can act now, please visit the CLC web site to find out

Contract flip nets IAM voluntary recognition and new members!

Tuesday April 17, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Normally a contract flip at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport means job loss for workers and membership loss for the union that represents them. But the loss of a portion of the work performed by TGAS to the new service provider AAS Canada Inc. has produced new IAM members and a new collective agreement. “We told the new employer

IAM Canada grabs largest organizing victory in decades!

Toronto, ON – There was nothing small about this campaign. The numbers of new members – 2,400, the numbers of meetings held over a six day period with these members – 38, the strength of the proven track record of representation for workers: it all adds up to make the IAM a major player in Ontario’s Health Care Sector. When Spectrum Health Care announced it was merging its two divisions

IAM fact finding tour to France termed successful!

Paris, France – For three days, a Québec IAM delegation met with representatives of French aerospace workers, including those of Airbus, seeking common ground to meet the challenges ahead. The visit to France was considered essential in the wake of Airbus obtaining a majority stake in the Bombardier C-Series program. “We went there looking for possible collaborations between our union and theirs,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “We came

Pension Theft road show stops in Toronto

Toronto, ON – The message has been simple since the inception of Scott Duvall’s Stop Pension Theft travelling road show, change the bankruptcy laws in Canada so that pensioners are first in line, not last. When it came to Toronto Wednesday night, the audience at the Steelworkers Hall were all ears.             The author of private member’s Bill C-384, NDP Finance Critic Scott Duvall, MP

Spring site visit tours Vancouver and the Island

Victoria, BC – Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall made his first western Canada site visits of the year to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Automotive is one of the IAM’s fastest growing sectors in British Columbia and one of the Union’s strongest areas is in the provincial capital of Victoria. District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach and DL 250 Business Representative John Humphrey toured three Victoria dealerships with Pickthall

Machinists ratify new agreement with Anago Resources

Monday April 9, 2018 For Immediate Release London, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1975 have ratified a new collective agreement with Anago Resources. The 18-month agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent for day shift personnel, 3 per cent for relief and part time personnel and lump sum payments for night shift, cooks, cleaners and maintenance personnel. Other agreement highlights include: Relief and Part time personnel receive

Ontario Election 2018

OFL Town Hall meetings generating interest Hamilton, ON – There were no empty seats at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Pre-Election Town Hall meeting in Hamilton April 5th. “There’s a lot at stake in this upcoming election,” said IAM Grand Lodge Political Action Representative Lou Pagrach. “We have a chance to reverse years of cuts to our public services and bring real change in Ontario.” There are just over