September 2019

IAM Local Lodge 11 workers locked out by Avcorp Industries in Delta, B.C.

17 September, 2019 For Immediate Release Delta, B.C. – Approximately 300 workers, members of IAM Local Lodge 11, were locked out by Avcorp Industries at 10:00 pm Monday evening. The company offered no rationale, but simply served the union notice and proceeded with the lockout. The union and the company have been in bargaining since early January 2019, with about 25 full days of negotiations. Avcorp’s first offer was rejected by

Canada takes top honours at IAM Staff Conference

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 San Diego, CA – Canada surprised everyone, except Canadians, at the recent IAM International Staff Conference last week in San Diego, CA by taking top honours for organising. All IAM territories did extremely well, but Canada rose to the top. This trophy was created to recognise the work being done in all IAM territories towards making the IAM stronger with new members. It’s about creating power!

Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed in Kazakhstan

The ITUC welcomes the release of Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union by special decree of the new President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In July this year Erlan Baltabay was sentenced to 7 years in prison under forged charges that the international labour movement condemned as being politically motivated. The criminal case against Baltabay was initiated in response to his active trade union activities and principled


A recent study found people who regularly work long hours had a higher risk of stroke, especially those who’ve done so for 10 years or more. This research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, analyzed data on the working hours of more than 140,000 people in France. The researchers defined long work hours as working more than 10 hours for at least 50 days a year. They found

Canadian Workers Celebrate 148th Anniversary of Labour Day

2 September, 2019 Toronto – Approximately 100 IAM members participated in Labour’s annual Labour Day parade. The 148th anniversary of this special day to celebrate workers and our accomplishments was celebrated with music, bands and much discussion as to labour’s path ahead in these challenging times. The total number of labour activists and their families attending the parade was 25,000. Along with the celebrations, many has pause to think about

What Does a Modernized Canada Labour Code Look Like? A Lot Like The Old One!

By: Ivana Saula Research Director, Canada Just as unions prepared to celebrate Labour Day, the federal government announced the implementation of several changes to the Canada Labour Code. The Liberal federal government has shown its ideological leanings by failing to truly modernize the Code. Despite consultations with unions, and regardless of objections raised by several of them, the Liberals were deaf to persuasions for fairness and justice.  Months’ long consultations