January 2020

Strike ends at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports - Swissport workers vote in favour of new contract

Strike ends at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports – Swissport workers vote in favour of new contract Montreal, January 30, 2020 – IAM Local Lodge 2301 members working at Swissport at Montreal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports voted to accept the employer’s offer, effectively ending the strike they were engaged in since 31 December, 2019. “A majority of members felt the offer was something they could live with. Although it was not what

Tentative agreement reached with IAM LL 2301 and Swissport

29 January, 2020 For immediate release Montreal, QC – Negotiators reached a tentative agreement in the early hours of 29 January 2020. IAM Local Lodge 2301 and Swissport finally achieved the agreement after almost one month on strike. Members will vote on the tentative agreement at a ratification meeting on Thursday, 30 January “Our members need to know the details during the ratification meeting to be held on 30 January

IAM, Bloc, NDP call for End to Contract-Flipping - Ministers Tassi and Garneau must assume their responsibilities

IAM press briefing from the Bloc Québécois and the NDP Tuesday, January 28, 2020 For immediate release Ottawa, ON – The Bloc Québécois, the New Democratic Party and the Machinists Union (the IAM) are calling on the federal government to put an end to the injustices and abuses suffered by workers at Canadian airports. The current conflict, at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports, involving a hundred members of IAM Local Lodge

Day 41 of Strike Against Subaru Nanaimo brings some success

23 January, 2020 For immediate release Nanaimo, BC – After 41 days of picketing against Subaru Nanaimo, members of IAM Local Lodge 456 saw some success on the picket line. Faced with an employer who seems determined not to bargain with our members, they took the bull by the horns – and threw it to the ground! “We noticed that the Subaru dealership in Nanaimo was preparing for a big

A determined campaign wins 185 new members for IAM Local 922

January 24, 2020 For immediate release Thetford Mines, QC – The 185 workers at Rad Technologies Inc. have decided to join the IAM, becoming the newest members of IAM Local 922/District 11. District 11 organizer Éric Gagné started the campaign in February 2019 and, with great determination, developed a highly motivated internal committee. After only a few meetings, the workers responded overwhelmingly and joined the IAM. Dave Chartrand, IAM Quebec

New District Lodge 140 General Chair Person Training at W3

January 20, 2019- Newly elected General Chairpersons are starting the year off with a turbocharged training. A week long orientation session at the W3 Winpisinger Center was organized by the Canadian Territory and District Lodge 140 to assist new GCs to learn about their roles, responsibilities, processes and all that the job entails. The training was led by Grand Lodge Representative Heather Kelly and Chief of Staff Gordon Falconer. “It

“This is a flashpoint in the fight for all workers.” - Pickthall IAM Local 2301 strike: stern warnings from labour and political leaders

Thursday January 16, 2020 Montreal, QC – On strike since 31 December, 2019, IAM Local 2301 has brought about a broad coalition of labour leaders and political parties in the Montreal area, and across Canada. Leaders from various sectors spoke in strong terms about the danger to Québec workers, as well as airport workers across the country. Speakers representing the IAM, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the United Steelworkers (USW),

Strike at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports: Negotiations resume for IAM Local 2301 and Swissport

Strike at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports: Negotiations resume for IAM Local 2301 and Swissport For immediate release Thursday January 16, 2020 Montreal, QC – The federal mediator has reconvened meetings between IAM Local Lodge 2301’s negotiation committee and representatives of Swissport for the resumption of negotiations this morning at 10 a.m. “We were anxious to return to negotiate. Swissport has not made any offers to us since the strike started.

Useful Numbers 2020 - by Ivana Saula

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR 2020 PENSIONS 1. OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2020) $ 613.53 (regardless of marital status) Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October) OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral Pension indexation rate for 2020 is 2% Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.0%