May 2019

100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike

Winnipeg, MB – Over the weekend, organized labour in Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. The Immediate post-World War 1 period in Canada was not a time of peace. Soldiers returned home wanting jobs and a normal lifestyle again, only to find factories shutting down and soaring unemployment. Corporate profiteering fed inflation and a high cost of living. Poor factory working conditions caused worker unrest.

IAM Screeners lobby for change to Dispute Resolution

Tuesday May 28, 2019 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – Airport Security Screeners from British Columbia and Toronto gathered in Ottawa to lobby for changes to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) legislation. Across Canada, Screening Officers are subject to an unfair Dispute Resolution Process that is arbitrary and infringes on the most basic of principles in labour relations – the right to appeal and the right of unionized workers

Nothing is as it appears!

Vancouver, BC – “We would like to believe that we have achieved some level of inclusion in our workplaces, but that simply isn’t true,” said IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “When representatives of BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) made their presentation to our delegates meeting earlier this month, they certainly opened a lot of eyes and minds.” BCCWITT is a two-year pilot project

A tale of two townships

North Bay, ON – The IAM encourages its members to become politically involved and that can take many forms – political activism, belonging to a political party, joining a riding association, and running for political office at the municipal, provincial or federal level. This is a profile story about two members of IAM Local Lodge 2412 who both work at Boart Longyear in North Bay, Ontario. They both decided if

Québec Machinists’ Council Convenes its Triennial Convention

The 22nd triennial convention of the Québec Machinists’ Council (QMC) took place last week in the historic town of Victoriaville, QC. IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. and IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall attended and spoke to the delegation. “Thank you for everything Québec has done, is doing and is planning to do,” said Martinez. “I am pleased to have a very special relationship with our brothers and

100 years ago today the Winnipeg General Strike began and it was the Machinists who lit the fuse!

Winnipeg, MB – One hundred years ago today the labour movement in Canada had learned clearly: it had to move into direct political action, if workers’ rights were to be protected. Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of The Winnipeg General Strike. The Immediate post-World War 1 period in Canada was not a time of peace. Soldiers returned home wanting jobs and a normal lifestyle again, only

Machinists ratify first agreement with Tékalia Aéronautik

Wednesday May 15, 2019   For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 712 have ratified their first collective agreement with Tékalia Aéronautik. “Having union recognition and a first collective agreement is in itself a very important step forward in a newly-unionized workplace,” explain IAM District Lodge 11 Business Representative Luc Morasse. “With this contract, the workers have built a solid foundation on which to build

Contract flip at Pearson brings new members back to the IAM

Wednesday May 15, 2019   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – A contract flip to Menzies Aviation at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to provide above and below the wing services to Sunwing Airlines has brought more than 260 new members back to the IAM. The IAM holds the legal representational rights as established and recognized by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board or CIRB. “The IAM Local 2413 proudly represented

CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship

CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Young Workers Program and United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) are pleased to present the annual CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship. The CLC and the UWCC are long-time partners in taking action to create prosperous, inclusive, diverse and respectful communities, safer workplaces, and a fairer Canada for working people. We recognize that post-secondary education provides important opportunities for young people but is out of reach

Flin Flon Local Lodge 1848 celebrates 75 years!

Flin Flon, MB – IAM Local Lodge 1848 is celebrating its 75th birthday this year and Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall, Chief of Staff Gord Falconer and Grand Lodge Representative Tony Didoshak attended ceremonies over the weekend. ““It is an absolute privilege to be invited to attend with my Sisters And Brothers of Local 1848,” said Pickthall. “These members are Rock Solid in their support of one another and