October 2018

Injured workers at greater risk by massive cut to benefits

The Ontario Workers’ Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is slashing its budget by 30%! The WSIB recently announced an end to its unfunded liability (any financial obligation that does not have savings set aside for it), which is resulting in cuts across the system. The Board intends to cut premiums by a full 30%. GLR Gary Hynes, responsible for Health and Safety at IAM Canada, says, “this is the same

Workplace Violence Survey

As part of the IAM’s commitment to make our work safer, IAM CREST is launching its second annual workplace violence survey. The survey is available in English, French and Spanish. The survey will help IAM CREST work toward solutions to improve workplace safety. The survey is completely anonymous, and data will be shared with other partners to develop broad strategies. Help us make work safer by taking the IAM CREST

Taking potshots at international unions a disservice to Canadian workers (Op-Ed)

19 October, 2018 In response to columns in your newspaper by John Ivison, I am writing to correct the record, as well as to engage in a broader debate about the state of trade and related issues which are relevant to Canadian workers and their families. The Machinists Union opposes the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian workers. Period. There is no debate about the damage these tariffs do Canadian

IAM Canada Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

IAM members all over Canada mourn with the families and friends of those killed in the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We extend our condolences and heartfelt support to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and to all Canadian and American members of the Jewish faith. We are again reminded that these acts of violence clearly demonstrate that anti-Semitism and xenophobia can manifest itself in our sanctuaries,

Achieving gender equality in male dominated sectors

19.10.2018 On 16-17 October, IndustriALL affiliates from across the world met in Cape Town, South Africa, to develop strategies for achieving gender equality in the mining, base metals, materials and energy sectors. These sectors, which often provide skilled, well-paid and prestigious work, are dominated by men. Women working in these sectors tend to do the most menial and precarious work, with the lowest wages and status, and are often not

IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 marks 20th anniversary

Halifax, N.S. – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 celebrated its 20th anniversary this past week. Founded on July 1, 1998 with the merger of Districts 148 and 721, District 140 has survived the merger of Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International, CCAA at Air Canada in 2003, Air Canada Pension amendments in 2008, the collapse of Aveos in 2012, defeated successive raids by the CAWU and is currently enjoying unprecedented

COPE Ontario Business Representatives join IAM

Monday October 22, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, On – Business Representatives and Administrative staff from the Canadian Office and Professional Employees – COPE – Ontario are the newest members of the IAM. “These are Business Representatives and administrative staff from COPE offices across Ontario in Thunder Bay, Sudbury and Toronto,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Scott Jackson. “This was a collaborative effort with IAM Directing Business Representative

IAM breaks new ground in transportation with organizing win

Montréal, QC – The IAM has broken new ground in the transportation sector in Canada by organizing its first trucking firm. More than 120 workers employed by Transport Laberge are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 869 and IAM District Lodge 11. “This was a six month campaign that initially concentrated on their operations in Montréal,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Business Representative Luc Frigon. “But once workers at

Largest Coordinated day of action in a decade

Toronto, On – Over fifty actions were undertaken in communities across Ontario October 15 in defense of new workers’ rights brought in by Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. The largest coordinated day of action for Ontario workers in the past decade targeted ridings of Conservative MPP’s after Premier Doug Ford announced his government is considering full repeal of Bill 148, cancelling Ontario’s decent work laws. Ford has made

IAM Canada delegates active at ITF Singapore Congress

Singapore – The largest ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) Congress is underway in Singapore this week and the IAM is among the participants from 600 unions representing more than 19 million members from 140 countries. This congress is the biggest to date with over 2,000 participants. The civil aviation conference at the ITF congress talked about the global aviation industry with an affiliate-led outlook. “The conference opened with a research