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Québec Machinists’ Council Convenes its Triennial Convention

The 22nd triennial convention of the Québec Machinists’ Council (QMC) took place last week in the historic town of Victoriaville, QC. IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. and IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall attended and spoke to the delegation. “Thank you for everything Québec has done, is doing and is planning to do,” said Martinez. “I am pleased to have a very special relationship with our brothers and

CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship

CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Young Workers Program and United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) are pleased to present the annual CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship. The CLC and the UWCC are long-time partners in taking action to create prosperous, inclusive, diverse and respectful communities, safer workplaces, and a fairer Canada for working people. We recognize that post-secondary education provides important opportunities for young people but is out of reach

Day of Mourning

April 28 is a Day of Mourning for thousands of Canadian workers killed or injured on the job each year, or who die from work-related diseases. On this day, we mourn, but it is also a time to insist that all levels of government do more to enforce existing health and safety laws and vigorously prosecute violations when a worker is killed or seriously injured. The labour movement worked for

History made as PEI Election Results Tabulated

24 April, 2019 In an eagerly-anticipated campaign, the PEI Green Party made history last night as it became the official opposition in Prince Edward Island – the first time that has ever happened. This was the strongest showing of any Green Party in Canada. The Liberal leader Wade MacLauchlan lost his own seat to a Conservative in an illustration of how unhappy Islanders were with the status quo. The Progressive

ITUC takes demand for a New Social Contract to the UN General Assembly

The United Nations has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation with a debate on the future of work and how to deliver decent work for all. Addressing the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, said,” The challenges of today are as severe as the world saw in 1919. We face historic levels of inequality, a failed model of globalisation, increasing

We Got This: Women in Non-Traditional Work

The last day of the conference continued on the momentum set from day one. The morning focused on Sisters who work in non-traditional fields, from steel mills to the fishing industry, proving that women can do it all and anything we set our minds to. However, all panel participants shared that regardless of their skill and knowledge level, they had to work twice as hard just to get their male

Uniting to fight, uniting to organize: Day Two of the Women’s Conference

Uniting to fight, uniting to organize: Day Two of the Women’s Conference Day two of the conference kicked off with several fantastic speakers who shared their experiences and path in the labour movement. It was an uplifting morning leaving attendees energized and inspired to take action. One particularly inspiring speaker shared her story of growing up in the Southern United States during segregation. Her innate sense of justice and fairness

Fighting Machinist Women: Uniting to Fight

By Ivana Saula, IAM Canadian Research Director April 3-6th marks an important event for the IAMAW and for advancement of women’s issues within our union. After nearly twenty years, the Women’s Department has organized an event to help female leaders network, address issues that affect them as members and women, and to discuss creative solutions. Attendees heard from trailblazing women who made it through the ranks and have taken on leadership

Balance for real change – It’s everyone’s business #BalanceforBetter

Balance for real change – It’s everyone’s business The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of

Meeting of Quebec Aerospace Industry  Key players with Minister Fitzgibbon - One more step in the right direction

For immediate release Meeting of Quebec Aerospace Industry Key players with Minister Fitzgibbon – One more step in the right direction Montreal, February 22 – Significant progress has been made in helping to relocate workers who will be affected by the abolition of 2500 positions announced by Bombardier last November. At the November 12 meeting, the machinists ‘ union had suggested to deploy ways to facilitate reclassification and provide training