January 2019

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

Canada needs a National Aerospace Strategy Now – IAM Report!

Toronto, ON – Canada needs a national aerospace strategy now, requiring action from both provincial and federal governments according a report compiled by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The aerospace industry faces two major challenges, which the IAM outlines as part of its industry report set to be released in the coming weeks. “What seems to have been lost on politicians has been on the IAM’s

Valliere is the new DBR of IAM District Lodge 78

Toronto, ON – Effective January 1, 2019, the new Directing Business Representative of IAM District Lodge 78, is Sister Kim Valliere. She replaces Derek Ferguson who was appointed as Grand Lodge Special Representative for Political Action. Kim became a member of IAM Local Lodge 2230 in 1990, when she was hired as production worker at Long Manufacturing (Dana Canada) in Cambridge, Ontario. She became a steward in 1991, then served

France’s Vinci takes controlling interest of UK’s Gatwick airport

London, UK – The IAM will be watching airport privatization developments closely at London’s Gatwick airport following the announcement that France’s Vinci (SGEF.PA) has purchased 50.1 per cent on the UK’s second busiest airport. “The IAM has been steadfastly opposed to airport privatization in Canada and our position has not changed,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President. “We will be watching developments at Gatwick very closely.” Last spring, an anti-airport