September 2018

Toronto Airport Security Screeners ratify new agreement

Thursday September 27, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – IAM airport security screeners at Toronto’s Pearson and Billy Bishop Airports have a new collective agreement. The 2,300 screeners, members of IAM Local Lodge 2921, employed by Garda Canada, ratified the new three-year agreement Wednesday. The new agreement provides wage increases consisting of a $2,000.00 lump sum payment for full-time employees and a $1,000.00 lump sum payment for

Communicating Global Solidarity

What we all need now is #GlobalSolidarity! That was the message and the theme of the IndustriALL North American Communications Forum held at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Center for Education and Technology on 24-26 September, 2018.    Representatives from the United Steelworkers, Boilermakers, United Auto Workers, MoveUp, the Mexican Mineworkers and Metalworkers, Utility Workers’ Union of America and the IAM actively participated in the 2 ½ day conference, information-sharing

Blaikie introduces private members bill for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Workers

Ottawa, ON – New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie presented his new private members’ push to protect the pensions of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employees — and specifically, to ensure that those workers remain within the public service plan despite the decision by the previous Conservative government to privatize the facility. This affects more than three thousand unionized workers including more than sixty IAM members at facilities in Chalk River, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba…

Cambridge workers celebrate 50th anniversary of first contract!

Cambridge, ON – It has had three corporate employers and merged with other IAM Local Lodges but one thing has remained constant, only one Union – The IAM. Last week, Local 2330, now part of IAM Local Lodge 103 turned to its past to celebrate its first collective agreement signed 50 years ago. It began on May 5, 1968 when IAM Local Lodge 2330 signed its first collective agreement with

Machinists ratify with Maitland Ford Lincoln

Friday September 21, 2018 For Immediate Release Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 have ratified a new collective agreement with Maitland Ford Lincoln Sales. 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. Other agreement highlights include: Signing bonus of $1,000.00 for journeymen and $500.00 for all others Pension

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,