February 2020

The Benefits of Apprenticeship Training

There is no question that apprenticeships lead to well-paying jobs and a great quality of life. There’s nothing more reassuring that knowing that you have a skill and that it is portable anywhere in Canada. The IAM strongly believes in robust and creative apprenticeship programs for the skilled trades in Canada. We started our representing skilled workers in Canada in 1890 and now represent tens of thousands of members in

Largest-ever action lobby by IAM as labour movement goes to Parliament Hill

26 February 2020 For immediate release Eighty-four IAM members and more than 400 trade unionists gathered in Ottawa to make issues important to workers known to their respective Members of Parliament (MPs) on 25 February, 2020 in the largest-ever lobbying effort on Parliament Hill. The IAM brought its largest-ever delegation to Ottawa to speak about issues important to our membership across Canada – raising the minimum wage, universal pharmacare, protecting

Obituary – Vincent Blais

It is with deep sadness that IAM Canada announces the passing of Vincent Blais, former Administrative Assistant on 21 February, 2020 in Gatineau, QC. at the age of 75. He became a member of the IAM in 1966 and was a 50-year member. Vincent leaves behind his grieving spouse Ginette, daughter Natalie (2 grandchildren) and son Marc-André “As an IAM representative, Vincent was a true journeyman. He represented our membership

Long strike on Vancouver Island ends in settlement

Thursday 06 February, 2020 For immediate release Victoria, BC – The sixty IAM Local 456 members working at three car dealerships in Nanaimo and Victoria reached a tentative agreement with Subaru of Nanaimo, Mercedes-Benz Nanaimo and Three Point Motors Victoria. They had been on strike since Friday, 13 December, 2019. The ratification vote was conducted in Victoria and Nanaimo on the 12th and 13th of February respectively and was accepted

IAM Jobs and Quebec aerospace ecosystem preserved despite Bombardier's withdrawal from commercial aircraft construction

For immediate release Montreal, 13 February, 2020 – Bombardier sold its stake in the A-220 Limited Partnership (33.58%) to Airbus and Investissement Québec. The transaction allows Airbus subsidiary, Stelia, to take over part of the activities of the Bombardier plant in Ville Saint-Laurent. More than 3,300 aerospace jobs in Quebec stay in the province. “Bombardier’s complete withdrawal from commercial aviation represents the end of an era,” said IAM Quebec Coordinator,

Young Machinists visit IAM Canadian Office, share vision of the union

12 February 2020 Three Young Machinists committee from IAM Local 2323 visited the IAM Canadian Office yesterday to meet and discuss our common vision. The members, all working in Air Canada Cabin Services, recently joined the LL 2323 Young Machinists Committee. They discussed how to get involved in their union, as well as how to engage other members of the local. Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice-President and Gord Falconer, Chief-of-Staff

Rolls-Royce Engineers Join the IAM

04 February, 2020 For immediate release Montreal, QC – Thirty-two engineers working for Rolls Royce in Montreal have decided to join the IAM, becoming the newest members of IAM Local 2468, part of District 11. District 11 organizer, Éric Gagné started the campaign in July 2019. The future members had contacted their colleagues, already members of Local 2468, because they were frustrated with their working conditions and learned about the

They stayed strong, they stayed united, AND they got an agreement!

January 29, 2020 For immediate release Fort McKay, Alberta- The 110 workers at Weldco Heavy Industries have a first agreement and are the newest members of District Lodge 14. Organizer Matt Barnable filed for certification in February of 2019 after meeting with the workers and explaining the benefits of joining the IAM. “Dignity and Respect were the main concerns and how the company reacted proved how badly they needed to

February is Black History Month

It is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness and diversity of African-Canadian achievement. During the 1920’s an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. This period in February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 the month-long celebration was implemented, and is a time for us all to reflect on both the history