February 2021

IAM Members at Local 235 Sisley Honda ratify new contract with improvements

Members at Sisley Honda Local 235 ratified a new agreement. Highlights include annual wage increases, increases to the IAM defined benefit pension plan, increases to technician training bonus, improved scheduling and hours of rest between shifts and a reduced sunset clause on discipline. The 55 members include mechanics, service technicians, service advisors, service cashier/hostess, detailers, carwash/valet, lube technicians and custodians. The IAM represents more than 1500 members employed in the

New Agreement at Mettler Toledo brings gains to IAM Local 235 members

Last week the members of IAM Local 235 working at Mettler Toledo ratified a new Collective Agreement. In addition to annual wage increases, the membership voted for increases to Pension, safety boots, and dental coverage. As with most ratifications during the pandemic, this one was also held virtually. Our 23 highly skilled members at Mettler Toledo work throughout southern Ontario and as far north as Thunder Bay, installing, maintaining and

Paid Sick Days: Critical to Curbing COVID-19

Our battle with COVID seems to be far from over. As new variants emerge, and provinces struggle to reduce transmission rates, public debate continues over what else, if anything, can be done to curb the virus. The federal government has rolled out different programs, and provided financial assistance to provinces in the fight against COVID-19. Despite millions having been given to each of the provinces, most have used federal money

"Service to the Community" in action

Despite hardships local lodges continue to face during this pandemic, the spirit of IAM’s motto, Justice on the job, Service to the Community is unbreakable. Evidenced by several initiatives by locals to serve their community, their actions of kindness and generosity are glimmers of hope in otherwise dire circumstances. The unrelenting commitment speaks to the kind of community the IAM is, in our own time of need, we find it

We will pay the price if Ottawa does not learn from its mistakes

Testimony of David Chartrand before the Standing Committee on Trade Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement David Chartrand’s Testimony to the Standing Committee on Trade Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement We will pay the price if Ottawa does not learn from its mistakes February 22, 2021 – In his testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade, the Quebec coordinator of the IAMAW, David Chartrand, denounced the fact

David Chartrand's submission to the Standing Committee on International Trade

SUBMISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE We appreciate the opportunity to present the views of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to this committee. Introduction The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is the leading union in the aerospace sector and air transportation industry. The IAMAW represents over 55,000 members across Canada, of which 22,000

New members vote strategically - and join the IAM

16 February, 2021 For immediate release Ottawa, ON – The CIRB granted the IAM certification for 33 workers at Strategic Aviation in Ottawa. This number is expected to grow significantly once the airline industry recovers from the Covid pandemic. The long but rewarding campaign began on 9 November, 2020 after West Jet released the list of companies it awarded its above- and below-the-wing services at 34 airports across Canada. It

MARIE-JOSEPH ANGELIQUE - Black History Month Posters from IAM Local 2323

In celebration of Black History Month, the Young Machinists at Local 2323 have released a series of six posters – and they’re all focused on black women. Young Machinists from 2323 designed the posters, and one of the members, Shryl Ramsarran did the artwork herself. IAM Canada is proud to be part of the unveiling of the posters. Over the month of February, we will post a new one on

A difficult year for aerospace gets worse

February 11, 2021- The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting the aerospace industry and this is reflected in the announcement today of 1,600 layoffs at Bombardier in Montreal, QC. “For almost a year now we have been urging the Federal Government for supports in the Aviation Industry, and this is just one more bad news story for workers in aerospace.” Those were the words from IAM General Vice-President Stan Pickthall. The effects

Retired GLR Heather Kelley named to 2020 OFL Labour Honour Roll

Each year the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) awards the names of five distinguished trade unionists who have made a significant contribution to working people in Ontario. This year, the Ontario Federation of Labour was pleased to announce that Heather Kelley one of five who were selected as one of this year’s honourees. Her name was submitted by Brother Stan Pickthall, IAM Canadian General Vice-President and will be added to