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New three-year deal ratified by IAM Local 235 in Toronto

18 January, 2021 For Immediate release Toronto, ON – Members at IAM Local 235 working at Hobart Food Equipment Group Canada ratified a new 3-year agreement on Monday evening. Due to COVID restrictions, the group met virtually to discuss the changes to the collective agreement and conducted their vote online. “The committee, consisting of Steven Straub, Kumar Balkaran, and Chee Leong, were very effective in advancing the interests of the

Mentorship at Local 764 MTU - continuity and leadership

The picture is of Shop Steward and Mentor Gas Turbine Engine (GTE) Mechanic James Whiting working and teaching Apprentice GTE Mechanic Kevin Shin at their new Boundary Bay Engine Facility in Delta British Columbia. Brothers James and Kevin are working on the V2500 Engine which is one of 4 Engine types overhauled at this facility. The IAE V2500 is a versatile, two-shaft high-bypass turbofan engine which powers the Airbus A320

Canada Applauds Newsletter, Website and Social Media Award-Winners 2020

The IAM Communications department annually presents awards to those Districts and Locals that have excelled in their efforts to keep IAM members informed. Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the IAM Grand Lodge Convention this past year, these presentations, like so many others, were forced into a virtual sphere. Canadian members are rightfully very proud to recognize the efforts of the winners representing the Canadian Territory. “As many of you know,

More united than ever! Solidarity in tough times for IAM Local 869

Montreal, QC – IAM Local 869 is presently in negotiations with Rolls-Royce Canada (RRC)  and without a contract since March 2020. For the last 50 years, the shop has ALWAYS been closed during the winter holidays, namely, the 30th and 31st of December. Interestingly, the company hired a union buster to negotiate on their behalf. The company tried to make our members believe the COVID-19 pandemic that they were losing

It’s not “Force Majeure” if it’s planned says IAM

The IAM was advised this morning that Air Canada intends to use an extraordinary measure by placing approximately 284 IAM members on “off duty status” by invoking a “force majeure” provision contained within the collective agreement.  The IAM categorically opposes the use of the “force majeure by placing our members on “off duty status” as it does not apply in the current situation. Air Canada is well outside the statute

The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector - Letter to the new Transportation Minister

January 12, 2021 The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Re: The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector Dear Minister Alghabra: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Federal Transport Minister. You are assuming this portfolio at a time of unprecedented crisis in the air transportation industry

Not In This Together: Pandemic Widening Gap between the Rich and Poor

By Ivana Saula Canadian Research Director We’ve heard about and seen the direct impact of the financial fallout as a result of the pandemic, but it’s not widely reported that some businesses have profited from this disaster. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) issued a study that puts the effect of the pandemic on workers and top paid CEOs in sharp contrast. The report found that a top Canadian

Useful Numbers 2021 - by Ivana Saula

OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2021) $ 615.37 (regardless of marital status) Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October) OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral Pension indexation rate for 2021 is 1% Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.2% for the January to March 2021 quarter

Members at Local 235 Markham Acura ratify agreement

11 January, 2021 For immediate release Markham, ON – Members at Markham Acura Local 235 ratified a new 2-year agreement. Highlights include annual wages increases, increases to certification premiums, language improvements to paid sick leave language allowing for greater flexibility, and the introduction of a pension plan. The committee consisting James Kerr and Muhittin Ciplak did an excellent job conveying the needs of the membership specifically regarding competitive wages and the

LL 2418 members at Lounsbury GM ratify deal

08 January, 2021 For immediate release Bathurst, NB – Thirteen members at IAM Local Lodge 2418 working at Lounsbury GM ratified a 3-year agreement which saw an improvement of a 2% wage increase for each year go to the members. Because of COVID-19, the talks started out to extend the current agreement by one year, but through email and telephone calls, both parties agreed to the 3-year deal which takes