June 2020

Lack of PSWs Related to Canada’s Death Rate in LTC Being Highest Amongst 16 OECD Countries

The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recently released a comparative study of long-term care across 16 OECD countries, (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), with clear findings that Canada’s long-term care system fared worse than most. This study is yet another indicator of the magnitude of the crisis in long term care. Perhaps most concerning is that Canada’s death rate in long term care facilities was the highest amongst

Time Is Running Out to Support the Aerospace Industry - Alarm Bells Getting Louder

Canada has been a leader in aerospace for decades; we are renowned for our contribution and expertise in maintenance and repair overhaul, research and development, and perhaps most notably, the Canadarm of the Space Shuttle, Dextre of the International Space Shuttle, and state of the art satellite communication platforms. Stan Pickthall, the General Vice President of IAMAW Canada stressed that, “The aerospace industry is part of our international business profile;

Black Lives Matter!

“Black Lives Matter! Make no mistake about it. When people respond with “All Lives Matter” they ignore the systemic racism embedded in our society and brush away the difficult conversations we should have when dealing with the issues of racism and privilege. On behalf of all Canadian Machinists, I stand in Rock Solid unity with Sisters and Brothers of all races. Together, we overcome!” Stan Pickthall, IAM Canadian General Vice-President

IAM Women – important discussions and a fond farewell

As workplaces re-open and our members go back to work, the IAMAW continues to have discussions about challenges and needs of our members. IAMAW women from across the country gathered virtually for a second time to address specific issues and needs of women in their places of work, which range from manufacturing, aerospace, airports and air transportation, public services and healthcare. A lively discussion took place, which touched on the

Federal Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

DOWNLOAD THE PDF FEDERAL RIGHT TO REFUSE DANGEROUS WORK {Canada Labour Code, s. 122, 128, 129, 146, 147} HEALTH AND SAFETY FACT SHEET Danger is defined in the Code as any hazard, condition or activity that could reasonably be expected to be an imminent or serious threat to the life or health of a person exposed to it before the hazard or condition can be corrected or the activity altered.

IAM Scholarship a springboard to greater success

Rob Jussila has been a member of IAM Local 692 for over 37 years and currently works as a journeyman partsperson for Finning (Canada) at the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. In 2012, Rob applied for the IAM Scholarship to help with his daughter Allison’s expenses towards her bachelor’s degree. Allison was awarded one of the IAM Scholarships for 2013. “I’m glad the IAM scholarship has helped Allison

PSW Training to Increase in Ontario, But Province Must Do More

Over the last few months, the Ontario Ford government has been under immense pressure to address staffing shortages throughout the healthcare system, which in some cases has put the lives of patients and residents at risk. Staffing issues have been an ongoing problem in healthcare and have been especially endemic in long term care. In addition to short staffing, the system’s reliance on part-time work has put many lives in