2020

Pickthall, IAM Canada commend government on 10-day sick leave

26 May 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall commended the federal government on seeking agreements with provincial and territorial governments to provide 10 days of paid sick leave to workers infected with COVID-19. “This is potentially very good news for those who have put their bodies and their lives on their line to provides services and goods so the rest of us can

Message from The Personal - We're here for IAM members

As a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, we recognize that this is a challenging time for you – and we want you to know that supporting our clients is our number one priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for each and every one of you. Here’s what we are doing to help our clients We’re offering a refund to those who are using

Universal Basic Income: The Magic Bullet for a Struggling EI Program?

The economic devastation, and mass unemployment as a result of the pandemic, has highlighted the inadequacies of current policies, programs and legislation. The Employment Insurance program has shown to be especially inadequate in addressing the needs of those who have lost jobs, permanently or temporarily. Only about 39% of applicants are eligible for EI, a number which is even lower for women. In response to the crisis, and in order

MACHINISTS UNION CALLS OUT AIR CANADA OVER “ABANDONMENT OF WORKERS”

May 19, 2020 — For Immediate Release “Air Canada needs to come to the table and maintain its employees on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program.” This is the message from General Vice President Stan Pickthall, of Air Canada’s largest Union. As the Union representing over 10,000 Union members at Air Canada, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), is calling out the corporation for its abandonment

Stan Pickthall - Letter to Calin Rovinescu - Extension of CEWS

May 13, 2020 Sent by email Air Canada 7373 Côte Vertu West St. Laurent, QC H4S 1Z3 Attention: Calin Rovinescu, Chief Executive Officer Dear Mr. Rovinescu: Re: Extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program I am writing to follow up on my email dated March 31, 2020, in which I urged Air Canada to participate fully in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, which had at that time been

Despite Flood and Fire – The Story of IAM LL99 member Des Doerksen (and friends)

5 May 2020 Fort McMurray, AB – How much disaster can a person handle? Ask Desmond (Des) Doerksen. He’s a member of IAM Local 99 in Alberta and he lost three houses in the last four years – two to floods and one to fire. Des lost his first home during the great fires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Ironically, it wasn’t fire that destroyed his house, but water. Due

Pickthall letter to Ministers Morneau and Garneau

May 7, 2020 By email:   bill.morneau@parl.gc.ca marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Honourable Ministers Morneau and Garneau, Re:      Extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy I’m writing you on behalf of 36,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)