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2018 Transport Report - Canada by Carlos DaCosta

This report was presented by Carlos Dacosta at teh District 140 Convention in Halifax in October 2018 In the past 12 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting Locals and DL 140 by providing information and guidance in dealing with issues within the air transport sector. Here are some highlights for the past year: Air Transport Industry: In the past decade transportation has been making gradual changes and yet it

Important federal changes welcome, but more needed says IAM’s Pickthall

02 November, 2018 TORONTO – Pearson Airport’s Terminal One was the scene of important changes to Canada’s Labour Code yesterday. Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu announced legislation improving Canada’s labour standards as outlined in Part III of the Labour Code. Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice-President said of the changes, “the parts of the Labour Code have been mostly unchanged since they were first enacted in the 1960s. The IAM has

Injured workers at greater risk by massive cut to benefits

The Ontario Workers’ Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is slashing its budget by 30%! The WSIB recently announced an end to its unfunded liability (any financial obligation that does not have savings set aside for it), which is resulting in cuts across the system. The Board intends to cut premiums by a full 30%. GLR Gary Hynes, responsible for Health and Safety at IAM Canada, says, “this is the same

Workplace Violence Survey

As part of the IAM’s commitment to make our work safer, IAM CREST is launching its second annual workplace violence survey. The survey is available in English, French and Spanish. The survey will help IAM CREST work toward solutions to improve workplace safety. The survey is completely anonymous, and data will be shared with other partners to develop broad strategies. Help us make work safer by taking the IAM CREST

Taking potshots at international unions a disservice to Canadian workers (Op-Ed)

19 October, 2018 In response to columns in your newspaper by John Ivison, I am writing to correct the record, as well as to engage in a broader debate about the state of trade and related issues which are relevant to Canadian workers and their families. The Machinists Union opposes the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian workers. Period. There is no debate about the damage these tariffs do Canadian

IAM Canada Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

IAM members all over Canada mourn with the families and friends of those killed in the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We extend our condolences and heartfelt support to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and to all Canadian and American members of the Jewish faith. We are again reminded that these acts of violence clearly demonstrate that anti-Semitism and xenophobia can manifest itself in our sanctuaries,

Achieving gender equality in male dominated sectors

19.10.2018 On 16-17 October, IndustriALL affiliates from across the world met in Cape Town, South Africa, to develop strategies for achieving gender equality in the mining, base metals, materials and energy sectors. These sectors, which often provide skilled, well-paid and prestigious work, are dominated by men. Women working in these sectors tend to do the most menial and precarious work, with the lowest wages and status, and are often not

2019 IAM Transportation Conference, Las Vegas, NV

September 26, 2018 TO ALL IAM DISTRICT LODGE PRESIDENT/ DIRECTING GENERAL CHAIRMEN, GENERAL CHAIRPERSONS, AND LOCAL LODGE RECORDING SECRETARIES IN DISTRICT 140 Dear Sisters and Brothers: This will serve as the call letter of the 2019 IAM Transportation Conference. The 2019 Conference will be held at Paris Las Vegas, located at 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 commencing at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 through

7 October - World Day for Decent Work: Change the Rules

Workers from around the world will be holding activities to mark the 11th World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. This year’s global theme, “Change the Rules”, highlights the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system alongside shrinking democratic space and deteriorating labour rights in many countries, documented in the ITUC Global Rights Index. “The rules are stacked against working people, and that is why we have unprecedented and

AJW Technique workers overwhelmingly ratify contract in Montreal

13 August, 2018 For immediate release Montréal, QC – 150 members from IAM Local Lodge 2309 in Montreal overwhelmingly ratified a tentative agreement after eight long months of negotiation. “It wasn’t a regular bargaining session with the employer,” said Michel Richer, Grand Lodge Representative, who was present throughout the negotiations. “The employer was squarely against any improvements to the contract, and they made it quite obvious.” “The LL2309 Bargaining Committee