March 2019

Bread, Roses, and Pensions: Why Pension Is a Woman’s Issue - Ivana Saula

By Ivana Saula, IAM Canadian Research Director In celebrating Women’s History Month, we are not only reminded of struggles women have faced in the past, but struggles that remain. When we talk about women’s issues what comes to mind are a broad range of topics; gender violence, economic equality, reproductive rights, parental leave, child care, healthcare, discrimination, under-representation in the political sphere, the list goes on. One issue that is overlooked

Calgary, AB – Despite the best efforts by the Calgary Airport Authority, an IAM demonstration against privatizing de-icing services at the airport was an unqualified success. “We had an agreement in place with the airport authority to walk two by two inside the terminal and set up at each doorway to hand out information about the proposed centralized De-Icing Pad and a single use provider,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge

IAM expands Health Care membership again!

Monday March 25, 2019 For Immediate Release Brampton, ON – Workers at Peel Cheshire Homes in Brampton are the newest members of IAM District Lodge 78 and Local Lodge 1295. “These workers are all excited and looking forward to the IAM making some positive changes to their workplace,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Organizer Rootisha Rampat. The 25 members are personal support and outreach workers that help people with disabilities

IAM opposes Calgary Airport plans to privatize de-icing facilities

Saturday March 23, 2019 For Immediate Release Calgary, AB – The IAM is adamantly opposed to plans by the Calgary Airport Authority to legislate a single operator to deice all departing aircraft at the Calgary International Airport. This essentially is privatizing de-icing services at the airport and could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs. “The plan is to put the service out to tender and the winning bid

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s Fate (CATSA): One Step Closer to Privatization

Ottawa, ON – The federal budget contained an important piece of information that was hidden deep within the 400 page document; the possibility of privatizing CATSA. It’s an issue that the IAMAW has lobbied on offering solutions that would ensure better services to the public as well as ensuring cost-efficiency. The information contained in the budget was scarce, leaving much to speculation signaling the possibility of privatizing CATSA should the

IAM ratifies new agreement with NACCA

Thursday March 14, 2019 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new collective agreement with NACCA (National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association). The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.75 per cent in the first year, 1.5 per cent in the second year and 1.75 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include: • Members now provided with four personal days

BC Vehicle Processing Center workers join IAM and ratify new deal!

Thursday March 14, 2019 For Immediate Release Nanaimo, BC – Workers at the British Columbia Vehicle Processing Centre have joined the IAM and ratified their first collective agreement. The BC Vehicle Processing Centre opened in January and processes Mercedes Benz vehicles to bring them up to Canadian standards before they go to dealerships on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and Western Canada. “The developers of the facility wanted a union

ATS workers going without pay – new payroll service to blame!

Wednesday March 13, 2019 For Immediate Release Calgary, AB – Airport Terminal Services (ATS) workers in Calgary and Edmonton have gone weeks without pay thanks to a new payroll service provider. “We have members who haven’t been paid in a month,” explained a frustrated Keith Aiken – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson. “Ever since the company began using a new payroll service provider at the start of January

Weldco workers join IAM

Wednesday March 13, 2019 For Immediate Release Fort McKay, AB – Workers at Weldco Heavy Industries are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 99. “The solidarity of these workers to achieve fairness in the workplace was overwhelming,” explained IAM District Lodge 14 Business Representative Matt Barnable. “We got this lead from one of our Chief Stewards at Kal Tire who knew some workers that needed help. We had a

Machinists ratify new agreement with Veoneer Canada Inc.

Monday March 11, 2019 For Immediate Release Markham, On – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2113 have ratified a new three year collective agreement with Veoneer Canada Inc. The collective agreement has a two tier wage system which provides wage and pension increases for tier one workers of a lump sum in the first year and a total of 3.75 per cent increase in years two and three. The tier