May 2018

Submit a nomination now for Canada's Volunteer Awards!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards! This is a great opportunity to recognize the important work of volunteers and to acknowledge that our country would not be the same without them. The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open until June 15, 2018. You are invited to: nominate an individual, a group, a not-for-profit organization or a socially responsible business

IAM Local Lodge 1751 ranks swell with more Swissport workers

Thursday May 3, 2018   For Immediate release   Montréal, QC – Once again, Swissport workers at Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport have turned to the IAM for union representation. “We organized 250 Swissport ground handlers, ground mechanics, storekeepers, operations officers, and communications coordinator in March,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Michel Richer. This group wanted the same benefits as their co-workers, that being better working conditions, respect in

Meeting the members in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, ON – When he assumed the office of IAM Canadian General Vice President, Stan Pickthall made a commitment to meet as many IAM members as possible in a given year. He wanted to go outside the staff meetings, conferences and conventions to meet members in their workplace. Since May of 2016, Pickthall, usually accompanied by IAM Canadian Chief of Staff Gord Falconer, has conducted 50 site visits each

International Workers Day pushes for better access to Pearson!

Mississauga, ON – Better access to Pearson International Airport through public transportation was the theme of this year’s International Workers Day and Festival at the nation’s largest airport. The Toronto Airport Workers Council, including members of the IAM, circulated a petition to Metrolinx, asking the public transportation organization to discount transit fares for airport workers, stressing the need for reliable 24/7 public transportation, to and from Toronto’s single largest employer.

Québec Machinists partake in QFL visit of National Assembly

Québec City, QC – For a second consecutive year and taking advantage of the international Workers ‘ Day, a group of more than 100 Québec Federation of Labour (QFL) activists, including 11 IAM members, met on Tuesday with members of the National Assembly of Quebec to raise awareness about Their concerns. Activists from all sectors of activity and members of affiliated unions had programmed exchanges with the parliamentarians of the

Giroux appointed Special Representative

Toronto, ON – IAM International President Bob Martinez announced today that District 11 Business Representative/Organizer Neil Giroux is to be appointed to the position of Special Representative to Grand Lodge, commencing July 1, 2018. Giroux will replace Brother Gerald Tremblay who announced his retirement earlier this year. “Neil Giroux is a solid trade unionist, who has held many roles during his Union career, most recently as a Business Rep in