October 2020

BC Voters Show Confidence in NDP

Even though it could take some time before the nearly half a million mail in ballots are counted, voters in BC appear to have elected a majority NDP government for the first time since 1996. Premier elect John Horgan and the NDP are projected to win in 55 of B.C.’s 87 ridings, compared to 29 for the Liberals and three for the Green Party. Heavily involved in the NDP’s resurgence in Richmond, including moderating

Virtual Lobby - Sign up now!

Get involved, and once again the IAM can have the largest delegation on Lobby Day Hi all During the week of November 2 to 6, the CLC is scheduling virtual meetings with our Members of Parliament. Sign up for lobby days to get started! Sign up for Action Week   Tell your friends to sign up for lobby days! The CLC is asking the government to include a plan that


British Columbia General Elections Saturday, 24 October, 2020 With election day only days away, polls are showing the support for the NDP remains strong among all demographics and regions. “There continues to be little appetite for change in this election,” said Ipsos vice-president Kyle Braid. John Horgan is leading by a wide margin on the question of who is best to lead the province, with 45 percent of respondents saying

New Contract at Magellan Aerospace

Monday, 19 October, 2020 For immediate release Mississauga, ON – IAM Local 717T members employed by Magellan Aerospace ratified a new three-year agreement over the weekend. IAM members are meeting the challenge of representing members during the difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The bargaining committee understood the priorities of our members, they worked together and worked hard. While negotiating via unfamiliar platforms, such as Zoom, their efforts made it

Overwhelming Support for New Contract at Thorncliffe Place Retirement Home

19 October, 2020 For immediate release Nepean, ON – IAM Local 1295 working for Thorncliffe Place Retirement Home voted overwhelming to accept a new multi-year deal. The ratification vote was held late last week. “This contract has many language improvements that better fits members’ needs such as shift bidding, layoff and recall language and recall rights,” said Jim Snider, Business Representative for IAM District 78. “The Bargaining Committee worked through

Letter to Ministers Freeland and Garneau: Re-Nationalization of Canada’s Airlines – the Time is Now!

Re-Nationalization of Canada’s Airlines – the Time is Now! October 20, 2020 The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance/Deputy Prime Minister The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Email: Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca Email: Marc.Garneau@parl.gc.ca   Dear Ministers Freeland and Garneau: Subject: Re-Nationalization of Canada’s Airlines – the Time is Now! We have all watched with horror as the Covid Pandemic has impacted friends and families

Transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs

We hope you and your family are all well. As you know, due to the coronavirus, we had to cancel the 40th Annual William W. Winpisinger Las Vegas Charity Banquet. The banquet serves as a celebration for the year-long fundraising efforts achieved by devoted companies and individuals across the United States and Canada. In addition to being a celebration, it also serves as a significant fundraiser for Guide Dogs of

Situation Critical – IAM Sounding Alarm on Air Transportation

16 October, 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – Yesterday, WestJet announced an 80% reduction in flights to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City due to the ongoing pandemic. With these cuts to service, combined with layoffs in the airline and aerospace sectors, as well as the onset of a “Second wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the forecast is dire. “The industry is in peril. The IAM is again calling on

IAM Local 901 negotiates and ratifies new contract despite pandemic

IAM Local 901 members at HMFT (Howard Marten Fluid Technologies, formerly Howard Marten Company Limited) ratified a collective agreement this past Friday. In addition to wage increases, the members we united in ensuring all technicians were aligned into the same classification. Furthermore, the members will receive an increased boot allowance, shift premiums, and enhanced severance benefits in the Collective Agreement. “Time and time again, our members have shown us they

Layoffs in the aerospace industry - A second wave of layoffs is emerging

October 14th, 2020 – The fact that companies such as Pratt and Whitney and Airbus are planning layoffs is a new indicator of the severity of the current crisis in air transport and the aerospace sector. “It’s always frustrating to hear that workers are going to lose their jobs, but it’s even more so when you consider that the federal government could have taken action to prevent this from happening,”