September 2020

IAM Local 11 wins big in Arbitrator’s Decision

22 September, 2020 For immediate release Vancouver, BC – Arbitrator Corrinn Bell issued two decision, both in favour of IAM Local 11 members working at Avcorp Inc. The basis of the union’s grievances lay in the fact that 11 members (10 aircraft mechanics and one material handler) were all laid off and their seniority retention ran out. After a span of approximately 4 years, they were rehired as new employees, but

Pharmacare needs to be a top priority – Email your MP today

When Parliament resumes next week, the federal government is going to be laying out its priorities in the upcoming session. The overwhelming support for a national prescription drug plan shows that over 90 percent of people in Canada support pharmacare. Government needs to commit to a national prescription drug plan − so people don’t have to choose between rent, keeping the lights on, food on the table or medication. You

Update on Transport Canada meetings

Members of the IAM meet with Transport Canada weekly to discuss upcoming or ongoing initiatives and talk about issues affecting our members. “Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been able to address issues such as face masks for our screening officers, temperature checks, health and safety issues related to COVID -19 and discussions around interim orders,” said Keith Aiken, IAM Canadian Airline Coordinator. These meetings also provide insight

More workers from Berk’s Intertruck join IAM Local 1857 in BC

11 September, 2020 For immediate release Nanaimo, B.C. – IAM Local has 13 new members from Berk’s Intertruck in Port Alberni.  The local currently represents the main group under a Collective Bargaining Agreement in Nanaimo, so they will already have a contract. The British Columbia Labour Relations Board contacted IAM District 250 because the employer preferred to add the Port Alberni group to their existing contract in Nanaimo, rather than

IAM joins legal challenge to Bill 195

The IAM has joined several affiliate unions under the umbrella of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to coordinate, and mount a legal challenge to Bill 195. Bill 195, “Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020”, which received  Royal Assent July 21, 2020, replaced the provincial emergency declaration made earlier in March gave the Ford Conservative government the power to change, revoke, and extend emergency measures to cabinet,

Add Your Voice - Include a Child Care Plan that works for working families

Hi all — We know that families in your community are anxious as they make the decision to send their children back to school or to further their education from home. Families with small children will have to decide whether-or-not to place small children in childcare or struggle to return to work without adequate child care in place. Governments across the country have recognized that in order for Canadians to

COVID-19: New extension to the leave related to COVID-19 to support Canadian workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges on many fronts for both workers and employers in Canada. To protect and support Canadian workers during this difficult time, on March 25, 2020, the Government of Canada created a temporary leave related to COVID-19 under the Canada Labour Code (the Code). On September 4, 2020, the maximum allowable length of leave related to COVID-19 was further extended from 24 weeks to 28 weeks to align with the

Filamat members ratify agreement, new and improved

29 August, 2020 For immediate release Mississauga, ON – IAM Local 1922 members at Filamat Composites ratified a new contract over the weekend. In addition to wage increases, the members will receive an increase to pension, more paid sick days and health benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges in the world of contracts: the need to physically distance while meeting, bargaining with the employer and then ratifying the

Strengthening solidarity by reconnecting – in person!

02 September, 2020 For immediate release Mississauga, ON – IAM Locals 2413 and 2323 held their first in-person meetings since March of this year – just as the COVID-19 pandemic was gaining full force. Both meetings were held at the Local 2323 union hall. The afternoon started at 4:00 pm with LL2413 meeting with all the proper physical distancing protocols observed. Due to the pandemic-related layoffs, members from many employers