May 2018

Machinists ratify new deal with Garda Access Control

Thursday May 17, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 have ratified a new collective agreement with Garda Access Control. “The members told us they have never been given a signing bonus before, they’re extremely happy,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Talwinder Rayat. The agreement was accepted by a margin of 94 per cent. “We moved through the negotiations

Organizing is very much a Team Effort!

Toronto, ON – To say that the IAM’s new Organizing initiative has been successful would be an understatement with 3,253 new members joining the Canadian ranks since January 1, 2018. To keep that momentum going there has been a strong emphasis placed on forming Local Lodge and District Lodge Organizing Committees to assist organizers in growing the union. On May 10-11th, IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson, IAM District Lodge

Free Trade Agreements: Update ongoing negotiations

NAFTA Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) started last year. Canada, in a proactive manner and constructive approach, has played big cards against the US by asking them to ratify the ILO Conventions and get rid of right-to-work laws. However, the best way to describe the situation at this point is total uncertainty. The three may have made some progress and may have reached some agreement on

A reunion for past and present at District Lodge 14

Edmonton, AB – Thursday April 26, 2018 marked the first time IAM District Lodge 14 Business Representatives, past and present had the opportunity to sit down for a portrait, swap stories and catch up with each other. There’s a lot of Union experience in this picture. from left to right – Richard Arsenault – James Patterson – Kevin Clark – Daniel Uchacz, David Hagel – Lynn Nixon (Parmenter) – Norman Bezanson  

ITF workshop on Open Skies may open doors with ICAO for IAM

Montréal, QC – The ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) held an Open Skies Workshop which coincided with the inaugural opening of the new IFT office within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters in Montréal. “This was a very important milestone for the 19.7 million workers from 140 countries belonging to 670 unions from around the world including the IAM,” explained IAM Canadian airline coordinator Carlos DaCosta. “We’re here to

Winnipeg Airport latest Swissport victory for IAM

Thursday May 10, 2018 For Immediate release Winnipeg, MB – Swissport ramp agents at Winnipeg International Airport are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 714. “These workers approached us and asked what they needed to do to become IAM members,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Tony Didoshak. “With the assistance of IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Richard Vezina and IAM Local Lodge 714 president Bob Ronyck, we

Aéro Montréal launches an unprecedented SME initiative

Montréal, QC – Aéro Montréal announced an initiative today that will assist its SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises) members to develop their international customer base. The new program, known as Accélérateur 360°, received $5 million in financial assistance from the Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation and meets the objectives set by the 2016- 2026 Québec Aerospace Strategy to support SME’s in their development. The initiative aims to help commercialization

IAM defeats CAWU in raid on Toronto Airport Screeners!

Toronto, ON – The IAM has successfully fought off a raid of Toronto Airport’s IAM Screeners by the Canadian Airport Workers Union (CAWU). “This was an attack on IAM members by a rogue union that was looking to Raid our membership at IAM Local 2921,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “Our IAM organizing team worked very hard on this campaign, and educated our membership on the value

Montréal Machinists expand again!

Friday May 4, 2018   For Immediate release   Montréal, QC – The IAM’s footprint in the Montréal aerospace cluster has expanded again. All 75 workers at Tékalia Aéronautik are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 712. “We are pleased to welcome these new members to the big family of Machinists,” said IAM Local Lodge 712 President Yvon Paiement. “Improving work arrangements is teamwork, we look forward to working

Industriall Executive Committee calls for greater solidarity

02.05.2018 The need for solidarity to defend trade union rights and challenge violations in global supply chains underlined discussions at IndustriALL’s Executive Committee Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 26 and 27 April. The meeting heard from trade union leaders directly affected by government oppression in Belarus and Algeria. There were also calls to better implement global framework agreements (GFAs) in companies that violate fundamental workers’ rights. “We must use GFAs