April 2019

DaCosta gives his final report

Las Vegas, NV – Since 2006, Carlos DaCosta, as IAM Canada’s Airline Coordinator, has delivered many reports to the IAM Transportation Conferences all over North America. On Wednesday April 10th, he gave his last, announcing his retirement this summer. He has been an IAM member for 45 years, first as an Air Canada aviation mechanic, then as a General Chairperson of IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 and for the last

Breaking down the numbers

“Canada’s user-pay approach is discriminatory, distortionary and ultimately self-defeating” Dr.Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management, Associate of the Transport Institute Another announcement was made yesterday on future plans for CATSA, which the IAMAW is watching closely. The Act to make amendments is included in Bill C-97, an omnibus bill, a tactic that the Liberals and Conservatives use when wanting to make major decisions without much public debate. The government

ITUC takes demand for a New Social Contract to the UN General Assembly

The United Nations has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation with a debate on the future of work and how to deliver decent work for all. Addressing the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, said,” The challenges of today are as severe as the world saw in 1919. We face historic levels of inequality, a failed model of globalisation, increasing

Two IAM Canadian Sisters honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference

Las Vegas, NV – Two IAM Canadian sisters were honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference concluded over the weekend. The 2019 Women’s Conference, titled Women Rising Unite the Fight, featured t-shirts bearing the winning design of IAM Local Lodge 2797 President and Communicator, Roswita Hildebrandt. The design, featuring words of empowerment within a solidarity fist, was selected by a panel of independent judges. Roswita has been a union activist

The Challenges Never End!

Las Vegas, NV – “The IAM is the largest Union in Air Transportation across Canada. DL140 our largest district,” IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall told delegates to the 2019 IAM Transportation Conference here. “In the words of our Toronto Organizer Sam Jabbar, “every day in the airport is a great day to Organize.” District 140 continues to grow and organize across the country,” he said. “Last year saw

Trade Unions are the last line of defense for working families!

Las Vegas, NV – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn’t paint a pretty picture of America for delegates attending the IAM Transportation Conference here. “For one in three American seniors who receive Social Security, it’s their only source of income, they have no pension, they live on $13,500 or less a year,” he told delegates. “As President, we’re going to expand benefits for those on Social Security.” He called Trade

Amy Klobuchar puts her presidential credentials to the IAM

Las Vegas, NV – US Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar put her credentials before delegates to the IAM Transportation Conference  here today. “I didn’t come from money but I have grit,” she told delegates, comparing her background to the silver spoon upbringing of US President Donald Trump. Her grandfather was an iron ore miner, her father a journalist and her mother a teacher. “I learned from my grandfather that when

We Got This: Women in Non-Traditional Work

The last day of the conference continued on the momentum set from day one. The morning focused on Sisters who work in non-traditional fields, from steel mills to the fishing industry, proving that women can do it all and anything we set our minds to. However, all panel participants shared that regardless of their skill and knowledge level, they had to work twice as hard just to get their male

Uniting to fight, uniting to organize: Day Two of the Women’s Conference

Uniting to fight, uniting to organize: Day Two of the Women’s Conference Day two of the conference kicked off with several fantastic speakers who shared their experiences and path in the labour movement. It was an uplifting morning leaving attendees energized and inspired to take action. One particularly inspiring speaker shared her story of growing up in the Southern United States during segregation. Her innate sense of justice and fairness