February 2019

Meeting of Quebec Aerospace Industry  Key players with Minister Fitzgibbon - One more step in the right direction

For immediate release Meeting of Quebec Aerospace Industry Key players with Minister Fitzgibbon – One more step in the right direction Montreal, February 22 – Significant progress has been made in helping to relocate workers who will be affected by the abolition of 2500 positions announced by Bombardier last November. At the November 12 meeting, the machinists ‘ union had suggested to deploy ways to facilitate reclassification and provide training

The Machinists ' union meets the AIAC and Jean Charest - The future of the aerospace industry in Canada is in the hands of Ottawa

Montreal, February 21, 2019 – As part of the IAMAW’s ongoing efforts to raise public awareness on the state of the aerospace industry in Canada and the urgency required to maintain Canada’s global competitiveness, IAMAW representatives met with the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), Jim Quick and the former premier of Quebec, Jean Charest. They were able to discuss their concerns and

A feature article on Local Lodge 1751 member Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

Local Lodge 1751 member Henry J. Langdon “Henry Langdon, recording secretary and secretary of workers education committee, speaks to members of Local Lodge 1751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in 1968 in Montreal, QC. IAMAW Photo” “February is Black History Month. This Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) article examines the challenges that several Black Canadians conquered to become members of the RCAF, their contributions to the

MTU graduates eleven GTE Mechanic Apprentices

Richmond, BC – For the first time in over five years, MTU Maintenance Canada has graduated new apprentices. “I am very pleased to announce we had eleven GTE (GAS TURBINE ENGINES) mechanics successfully complete their 18 month term of training at the end of January,” explained IAM Local Lodge 764 Senior Steward Jim Mathieson. “The timing couldn’t be better now that we’re fully committed to the V2500 Engine Program and

CPP + Good workplace Pension Plans = A more secure retirement!

Toronto, ON – At a time when income is stagnating and most household budgets are stretched to the limit, saving for retirement is incredibly challenging. Without a secure and decent public pension system to rely on, many Canadians are in a precarious situation when it comes to planning for retirement. Common Wealth, an organization that advocates for strengthening the public pension system, and offering the first collective retirement plan for

An anniversary worth noting!

Toronto, ON – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2018. 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 enjoyed unprecedented growth in

Spreading the word so an idea gets off the ground!

Montréal, QC – It began in Montréal at the beginning of last week, a tour of aerospace plants in what is known as the Québec cluster – Airbus, A J Walters, Bombardier and Rolls Royce. The IAM, the largest union in Canada’s aerospace sector rolled out its vision of aerospace in Canada, now and within the next five to eight years. Called ‘Grounded Potential’ an IAM report on a national

Canadian Aerospace – There’s so much at stake we must act now- IAM!

Montréal, QC – “There are several complex issues, which not only threaten the future of Canada’s Aerospace Industry, but also the strength and vitality of Canada’s economy,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. Speaking to the media in Montréal at the unveiling of the IAM Report on a National Aerospace Policy, he called for a National Aerospace strategy because time is running out. “The most pressing need facing

Machinists ratify new agreement with Waterloo Manufacturing

Wednesday February 6, 2019   For Immediate Release   Waterloo, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2707 have ratified a new collective agreement with Waterloo Manufacturing. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each of the first three years and 3 per percent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include; Removal of cap on the IAM pension plan so that all overtime hours can