August 2019

Another 100 percent win for IAM members

Photo – Maurice Shyntak – Lead Hand, Shop Steward, Bargaining Committee representative, 28+ years with the company, and has been with the union for over 25 years since the members joined the IAM on May 27th 1993. Brian Alguire – Lead Hand, Union Steward, Bargaining Committee Repressive, 20+ Years with both the Company and the IAM. On Monday August 26th and Tuesday August 27th, the IAMAW Bargaining Committee at Bearskin Airlines

Canada Labour Code Changes in Effect

By: Ivana Saula, Research Director, Canada Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s office announced yesterday that amendments to the Canada Labour Code Part III will come into effect this Sunday, Sept.1, 2019. The IAMAW is an active stakeholder in the Labour Program’s consultation process having provided submissions stating our position on proposed changes. The government introduced new types of leaves, such as domestic violence leave, family responsibility and modifications to parental leave.

Major Improvements see 100% Ratification for Sage Parts Contract

22 August, 2019 For immediate release Toronto – Today the IAM Membership at Sage Parts YYZ ratified its 2nd collective agreement by a 100% margin. Percentages and gains in wages jumped appreciably since they joined the IAM 3 years ago. “Three years ago, when the workers joined the IAM, we began a fight for $15 campaign with this employer at the bargaining table and was successful in ensuring that no member

Manitoba Elections

By Derek Ferguson, Special Representative, Political Action On September 10th Manitoba voters have to decision to make. Have they benefitted under the current Pallister conservative government, or will the NDP, led by Wab Kinew, be the better choice for them and their families? Since coming into power in 2016, the Pallister conservatives have made life more difficult for ordinary people in Manitoba, they have created a health care crisis, resulting

Wins and Losses in Manitoba’s Bargaining Unit Reorganization: Who stands to lose the most?

By Ivana Saula IAM Canadian Research Director A vote set to take place over the summer, more precisely August; a month when most people take vacations, take time to relax, disconnect from work and reconnect with friends, family, and nature. A month for some well-deserved down time. It’s also the month that unions in Manitoba came under direct attack from Pallister’s PC government. If the strategy is taken out of

IAM Canada Statement on Air Canada takeover of Air Transat

23 August, 2019 For Immediate release Toronto – Air Transat shareholders have approved a $720 million takeover by Air Canada by a 94.77% vote. This is well above the two-thirds margin required. Both companies will continue to operate under their current structures. The agreement is now putting the fate of the transaction in the hands of regulators before being finalised. The transaction is unlikely to close before early 2020. IAM

Time Flies When You’re a Member of the IAM!

One year ago, today, workers at Spectrum Healthcare signed their charter and OFFICIALLY joined the IAM and created Local Lodge 1231. The new members gathered together at the IAM’s Winpisinger Education and Technology Center for the ceremony, with IAM International President Bob Martinez, General Secretary Treasurer Dora Cervantes, IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Grand Lodge Representatives Ralph Martin and Scott Jackson welcoming them into the IAM

Solidarity Across Borders

Thanks to IAM solidarity a retired IAM representative from Connecticut, USA and his grandson got a chance to learn about Canada’s Parliament and the New Democratic Party.  Brother John Harrity, who served on the IAM staff for 38 years had asked for assistance, so that his grandson, 13-year-old Boston Thomas, could find out more about the Canadian system of government.  Boston is beginning to consider college and looking at Canada

TAKE THE QUIZ: Freedom 55 or Freedom 75?

By Ivana Saula Realities of Retirement in Canada: Separating Fact From Fiction Have you thought about what your retirement will look like, does it look more like Freedom75 than Freedom55? Maybe you haven’t given it much thought, because there are other more pressing needs and priorities. But, it’s worthwhile to think about the realities of retirement, whether you’re nearing it or whether you have a full career ahead of you.

Success on the grill for Local 2323 BBQ

IAM Local 2323 held their annual BBQ on Friday, 9 August, 2019. LL2323 has been doing this in Toronto for five years and this was their second time doing it in Ottawa. By all accounts, it was a success on both fronts. Toronto saw about 350 people, while the Ottawa venue was attended by about 90 members and their families. LL2323 President, Dave Flowers was enthusiastic about the attendance. “Member