November 2018

A sad day for Canadian Aerospace

Bombardier announces 2,500 layoffs in Québec Montréal, QC – “This comes as a complete shock and surprise to the IAM, we had no prior knowledge of this action,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall regarding Bombardier announcement today of 5,000 layoffs worldwide including 2,500 in Québec. “The biggest frustration is that once again Bombardier has announced major cuts just before Christmas with very few details,” explained IAM Québec

International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) 2018 Congress Summary

IAM Canada was a part of a vigorous delegation that participated in the 2018 ITF Congress.  What follows is a summary of the main work programs that were approved by the delegates in attendance for the next 5 years. The 2400 delegates in attendance at this ITF Congress voted to support a new strategy program and have set priorities for the Civil Aviation section of the ITF which covers workers

Machinists ink new deal with Lounsbury Automotive

Tuesday November 6, 2018   For Immediate Release   Miramichi, NB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2418 have ratified a new collective agreement with Lounsbury Automotive. The three-year agreement provides a one-time wage adjustment of $ .25 per hour in the first year as well as a wage increase of 2 per cent in the first year, a 2 per cent wage increase in the second  year and a

Retirement on the horizon for three long-term IAM members

Simcoe, ON – Three long-term IAM Local Lodge 103 members were recently recognized for their 45 years on-the-job at Anvil International. Within the next few months, Guy Simon, Dave Pearce and Al Seymour will be retiring. IAM District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson and Business Representative Eric Johnstone were on hand to congratulate the trio and present them with an IAM watch on behalf of Local Lodge 103.

IAM members ratify first agreement with Swissport

Monday November 5, 2018 For Immediate Release   Winnipeg, MB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 714 have ratified their first collective agreement with Swissport. The two-year agreement provides wage increases averaging 2.5 per cent in each year. Other agreement high lights include: sick days for both full and part-time members seniority language now in place Overtime will now be paid beyond regularly scheduled work including days off “Establishing the

IAM ratifies new agreement with Cedarcroft

Friday October 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Stratford, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified a new collective agreement with Cedarcroft Retirement Home in Stratford. “The members were successful in getting an Arbitrator to award several wage adjustments as well as general wage increases,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Business Representative Kim Valliere. Other agreement highlights include: Improved vision care benefits Improved life insurance benefits Improved nurse-in-charge

2018 Transport Report - Canada by Carlos DaCosta

This report was presented by Carlos Dacosta at the District 140 Convention in Halifax in October 2018 In the past 12 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting Locals and DL 140 by providing information and guidance in dealing with issues within the air transport sector. Here are some highlights for the past year: Air Transport Industry: In the past decade transportation has been making gradual changes and yet it

Important federal changes welcome, but more needed says IAM’s Pickthall

02 November, 2018 TORONTO – Pearson Airport’s Terminal One was the scene of important changes to Canada’s Labour Code yesterday. Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu announced legislation improving Canada’s labour standards as outlined in Part III of the Labour Code. Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice-President said of the changes, “the parts of the Labour Code have been mostly unchanged since they were first enacted in the 1960s. The IAM has