January 2019

G4S pays Big Time for violating IAM Collective Agreement

Vancouver, BC – G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd. has agreed to pay $290,000.00 to members of IAM Local Lodge 16 for not providing and contributing toward the cost of their BC Health and Wellness Plan Premiums (BCMSP) as outlined in their Collective Agreement. The settlement was the result of a grievance filed by the IAM upon discovery that the company had violated the Collective Agreement by not providing and contributing

Bargaining Preps at the Harbour = more tools for negotiation toolbox!

Hollywood, MD – What a difference a week makes. It’s a common refrain from IAM members who attend courses at the Union’s renowned William W. Winpisinger Education Centre. That sentiment was echoed by the four members of the bargaining team from IAM Local Lodge 1722, who recently spent a week taking bargaining preparation classes at the W3 Centre for their upcoming negotiations with Diamond International in Edmonton, Alberta. Often referred

2019 IAM Photography Contest

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM January 18, 2019 Subj: 2019 1AM Photography Contest To All District Lodge Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers, Local Lodge Presidents and Recording Secretaries, TCU Carmen Division Officers, National Representatives, Assistant National Representatives, and Local Lodge Officers Dear Brothers and Sisters: This is the official announcement of the 2019 1AM Photography Contest. It is open to all 1AM members in good standing. Entries should catch 1AM members at work

Workers at VCI Composites join IAM

Monday January 14, 2019   For Immediate Release   Saint-Lin-Laurentides, QC – Sixty workers at VCI Composites are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 1758. “These workers had their own independent association and approached us to sign a service contract in 2017 in order to service their collective agreement with the employer,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Directing Business Representative Pierre Grenier. “That service agreement has now expired and

Aerotek workers the latest to join IAM ranks!

Monday January 14, 2019   For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – 220 workers from Aerotek have become the newest members of the IAM Local Lodge 1660. These employees which include electricians, assemblers and other trades are subcontractors inside all of Bombardier Aerospace & Airbus facilities in the greater Montreal area. “We are the largest union within Bombardier and Airbus. The workers from Aerotek saw the benefits of joining our

Useful Numbers 2019 - by Ivana Saula

PENSIONS                  OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2019) $ 601.45 (regardless of marital status) Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October) OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.1% for the January to March 2019 quarter CANADA/QUEBEC PENSION PLAN (2019) Maximum

Machinist Political Activists ramp up as federal by-elections called!

Toronto, ON – Voters in B.C., Quebec and Ontario are heading to the polls early and IAM political activists wasted no time ramping up efforts for these by-elections and the federal election in the fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced January 9th that by-elections for the ridings of York-Simcoe in Ontario, Outremont in Québec and Burnaby-South in B.C. will be held February 25th. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping voters

IAM begins the New Year with organizing win at ATS!

Monday January 11, 2019   For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – The IAM has started off the New Year on the right note with yet another organizing victory at Airport Terminal Services – ATS. “We are definitely carrying on with the momentum from last year when our organizing efforts grew the membership by ten per cent,” explained IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “I congratulate our IAM Transportation

Women’s March 2019 – find one near you and join in!

Toronto, ON – On Saturday January 19, 2019, activists around the world will march on behalf of women and IAM Grand Lodge Representative for Women’s Issues – Heather Kelley is encouraging IAM members to join in. “We are asking our members to find a March close to them and join in to continue to commit to advancing our Sister’s Rights,” explained Kelley. “We’re marching to end violence against women, we’re

Machinists ratify new agreement with Epiroc Canada

Tuesday January 8, 2019 For Immediate Release   North Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2412 have ratified a new collective agreement with Epiroc Canada, formerly Atlas Copco. The three-year agreement provides wage increases totaling $1.65 per hour over the life of the agreement. Other agreement highlights include: Increase in pension to 12 per cent of earnings Shift and lead-hand premium increases Payout for unused sick days Enhanced