September 2019

Aerospace leaps into the federal campaign

27 September, 2019 Montreal, QC – Four representatives of the major federal political parties outlined their vision for aerospace in Canada at an event organized in Montreal by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). Candidates Alexandre Boulerice of the NDP, Gabriel Ste-Marie of the Bloc Québécois (BQ), Marc Garneau of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) and Neil Drabkin of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) gave an overview

Putting our aerospace skills at the service of the environment

Montreal, September 25, 2019 – The increase in the carbon footprint of air travel and the rapid growth in the number of aircraft in aircraft cemeteries are two trends that we will have to reverse quickly in the name of protecting the environment. Last month, we presented a document containing a series of proposals on aerospace and the environment. Since almost all of the federal political parties have obtained a

Avcorp lockout ends – IAM Local 11 wins big on contracting-out, other gains

27 September, 2019 For Immediate Release Delta, B.C. – IAM Local 11 and its 300 members are back to work in Delta, BC! They were locked out by Avcorp Industries since Monday, 16 September. The members went back to work late Wednesday evening and continue working today. “The two main issues were inter-related,” said IAM District 250 Business Representative Paul Pelletreau, “contracting out and seniority retention – and we won that

Guide Dogs of America: Changing the Lives of Sight-Impaired People Across Canada and the US.

“This facility is amazing!” said Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall, “The grounds are immaculately kept, many of the buildings recently upgraded, and the staff are first-class professionals in the industry.” GVP Pickthall was speaking of his recent visit the Guide Dogs of America campus in Sylmar, CA. Guide Dogs of America is the charity of choice for the Machinists Union and its Local Lodges across North America. “The Canadian membership

40 new IAM members at A.S.A.P Secured Inc. at Montreal airport

25 September, 2019 For Immediate Release Montreal, QC – “It often takes a second effort to succeed at anything, and in this case, it proved very true,” said GLR Michel Richer of the 40 new members at A.S.A.P Secured Inc working at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The new members joined the IAM in late August. The new group includes 40 workers assigned to air cargo control and officers

Quebec Machinists raise $37,500

L to R: Aerospace Coordinator Mark Johnson; Grand Lodge Representative Gary Hynes; Aerospace General Vice-President Mark Blondin; Chief-of-Staff Gord Falconer;Stan Pickthall, GVP IAM Canada Île Bizard, QC – More than 250 golfers lined up and swung their golf clubs to raise money for school-kids in Québec through the Maman Dion Foundation this past weekend. This annual fundraiser, organised by Québec Machinists, also had more than 300 people at the dinner,

“Landing Systems Second to None” - Safran Site Visit

Ajax, ON – Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall welcomed Aerospace GVP Mark Blondin to the Canadian Territory for a site visit to Safran Landing Systems, based in Ajax, Ontario. “This was a great opportunity for us to meet some of our IAM members and see the high-tech and skilled work being done here at Safran,” said Pickthall, who is touring the many aerospace facilities represented by the IAM in Canada. GVP

Members of IAM Local 1922 Vote to Strike

For immediate release 19 September, 2019 Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local 1922 made their decision early this morning and voted to go on strike against their employer, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), after negotiations stalled. COPE Ontario represents approximately 6,000 members that work in the healthcare and educational sectors as well as representing multiple other workplaces in the financial sector and union employers across Ontario

The Conservative Cookbook - Recipe for a Scheer Disaster.

By Derek Ferguson, GLR, Political Action Tired of hearing about the economy doing well for the rich, but not seeing the benefits for your family? If you follow this simple recipe Andrew Sheer’s conservatives will make life harder for you –they will cut services – in the same ruthless way Doug Ford’s Conservatives are decimating Ontario. Ingredients – Throw in six or possibly seven Conservative Provincial leaders into the mix