October 2021

Mandatory Vaccinations and EI Eligibility - UPDATE

As the deadline looms for compliance with mandatory workplace vaccination policies, many workers are left wondering what happens if they’re placed on an unpaid leave of absence. Earlier this week, the EI program notified stakeholders that workers placed on unpaid leaves of absence due to non-compliance with a mandated vaccination policy in their workplace, will not be eligible for EI benefits. In exceptional cases, the EI program may contact a

Carl Sibley, fighter, mentor, activist DL184 DBR (1941-2021)

Carl Sibley was known in the IAM as a tireless advocate for his members – and for workers in general. Employers also knew that and paid him the respect he deserved. On October 18th, 2021, a beloved husband, father, grandpa, friend to many, and advocate for “the underdog” passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family. Carl is lovingly remembered by his wife Leena, their children and grandchildren. Carl

“Reconnecting the World” - IAM attends ICAO High-Level Conference on COVID-19

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is holding a two-week conference entitled “Reconnecting the World – High Level Conference on COVID-19”. The virtual conference started on Tuesday October 12, 2021 and runs through Friday October 22, 2021. The IAM has been attending this event through the work that we do on the International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF) air transportation working group. Members of the working group have been participating to

Young Machinists from Local Lodge 2323 shine again

On October 15th the Young Machinists of IAM Local 2323 (Sheryl, Kris and Nicole) as well as the Dave Flowers, PDGC of IAM Transportation District 140, Dave Flowers, went to downtown Toronto and gave out packed lunches to some of the very vulnerable people living on our streets. We successfully handed out 38 lunches and those who received were sincerely grateful. We believe that service to the community is an

COVID-19 Fatality: WSIB Finds IAM Member Contracted Virus in the Workplace

COVID-19 is proving to be a tough adversary as we manage through the fourth wave of the pandemic. In many workplaces across Canada workers have both contracted and died from COVID-19, the culprit of the spread often being lax health and safety protocols. Often numbers of workers sick with COVID-19 are officially underreported, and proving COVID-19 is contracted in the workplace is an uphill battle. From meat processing plants, retail,

A new collective agreement at Inglasco (Local 922)

At a ratification meeting on October 12, members of Inglasco, Local 922, in Sherbrooke unanimously accepted their new three-year contract. The three-year contract includes wages, vacations and multi-skilling of members. We have significantly increased wages and promoted versatility for our members without making any concessions on working conditions,” says Eric Rancourt, District 11 Business Agent responsible for the Inglasco unit. Kevin Drouin and David Savard of the Union Negotiating Committee

Nobel Prize in economics explodes minimum wage and jobs myth

The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics has further exploded a decades-old myth that increasing minimum wages costs jobs. The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, empirically, that the idea touted by conservative economists that higher minimum wages mean fewer jobs is not based on fact. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “These Nobel Prize

Pyne Appointed Canadian Representative to Education

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Matt Pyne from Local 1763 as a Representative assigned to Education, effective October 1, 2021. “I am proud to assign Matt to the education portfolio,” said Martinez. “It is essential that we have an instructor with knowledge of Canadian labour laws, healthcare system, and labour regulations so that our Canadian sisters and brothers receive the best training possible. Matt’s knowledge and experience

7 October - World Day for Decent Work : Just Jobs

With more than 200 million jobs lost to the pandemic, another hundred million still at risk and large numbers of unemployed people – the vast majority of whom are women – simply dropping out of the labour market, the World Day for Decent Work on 7 October will call on every government to develop jobs plans. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said : “Governments must have one overriding priority, and that

Three-year agreement for members of the Collins Aerospace Unit (Local 712)

The members of IAM Local Lodge 712 at Collins Aerospace unit in Mirabel voted 95% in favour of their new contract. The efficiency and thoroughness of the bargaining committee played an important role in this negotiation. The work of Matthew Delego and Jonathan Barbeau was exemplary during these negotiations,” said Luc Frigon, District 11 Business Agent responsible for the Collins Aerospace unit. By keeping a cool head and remaining focused