December 2020

SkyCafé workers in Ottawa and Toronto expand LL2413 membership

@MCorradoIAM2413 Workers at SkyCafe­ Ottawa, as well as the non-unionized leads in Toronto, signed union cards and have chosen to join the IAM at a time when they know the union is heading to a bargaining table. The bargaining unit is now made up of all employees at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga and the Ottawa International Airport except dispatchers, supervisors and those above the rank of supervisor.

GVP Pickthall Year-End Special Message – December 2020

December 2020 Sisters and Brothers: As we approach the end of 2020, I take this opportunity to wish all IAM members and their families the very best for this Holiday Season! On behalf of the IAM Executive Council, and all the Staff and officers across Canada, I bring Seasons Greetings. In December last year as I wrote this message, the Canadian Territory of the IAM was riding on a high

Human Rights Day: equitable COVID-19 recovery requires investment in care

December 10, 2020 Canada’s unions are marking International Human Rights Day by calling for long-term investments in the care sector. “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights” is the United Nations theme for this year’s International Human Rights Day, which is observed December 10. “It is critical that Canada’s COVID-19 recovery efforts tackle the human rights failures that have been exposed by the pandemic. Significant government investments in the

Universal Childcare: Pays For Itself and Critical for the Economic Recovery

The Centre for Future Work recently released a study of universal childcare’s importance to the economic recovery, stressing that it’s socially beneficial but just how critical it is to the economic recovery. The study highlights that universal childcare is not a lofty goal, it’s a program that would pay for itself, and would give the Canadian economy a much needed boost Universal childcare has been on the political agenda for

Accessing EI and Emergency Benefits: What you Need to Know

Essential Information About the EI Program This document is a guide to help members on lay-off access Employment Insurance benefits, and other emergency benefits provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (DOWNLOAD THE PDF) Table of Contents Applying for EI: What You Need to Know………..2 Minimum Benefit Rate……………………………….….2 Eligibility for EI…………………………………………….2 Things to Keep In Mind…………………………………3 Before You Apply………………………………….……….3 Late ROEs……………………………………………………4 Is the EI benefit taxable?…………………………………4 Your Obligations While Receiving EI

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. On December 6, we remember: Geneviève Bergeron Hélène Colgan Nathalie Croteau Barbara Daigneault Anne-Marie Edward Maud Haviernick Maryse Laganière Maryse Leclair Anne-Marie Lemay Sonia

NDP introduces two new bills to protect Canadian workers

December 3, 2020 OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats presented a package of bills to protect and improve the lives of working Canadians. MP Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) introduced the bills, which will protect workers in the event of a strike or a lockout and also protect the pensions and benefits of workers caught up in corporate bankruptcy proceedings. “Both of the bills I introduced today will offer workers the protection

Take action to Take action to support Bill C-213

Bill C-213, An Act to Enact the Canada Pharmacare Act. Bill C-213 is groundbreaking new federal legislation, modelled off the Canada Health Act, to establish a universal, single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan that will deliver better healthcare and improve the health and lives of millions of Canadians. Sign the petition –  https://www.peterjulian.ca/pharmacare_petition Email your MP Canada is falling behind, being the only high-income country that has a universal healthcare system, but does

Fiscal Announcement A Let Down For Air Transportation and Aerospace Industries

On Monday November 30, 2020, the Canadian Government gave an economic update for 2020, which was the first economic update since March 2019. Given the impact of the pandemic across the economy, the anxiously anticipated briefing provided insight into the state of Canadian economy, and the hotly debated deficit. Of significant interest to the IAMAW are the government’s support for air transportation, aerospace, and the long-term care sector. Unfortunately, the