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IAM Aerospace Workers Reply to the Judgement of the U.S. Department of Commerce

For immediate release Montreal, October 16th, 2017 Judgement of the U.S. Department of Commerce: Aerospace workers reply Montreal – Following the imposition of a countervailing duty of 220% and an anti-dumping duty of 79.82% by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Machinists Union (IAMAW) has replied by launching a communications campaign aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing the general public. “We are facing measures that are dangerous for the stability

Celebrate Women's History Month - October

October is Women’s History Month in Canada! It’s a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life. Make your mark When women and girls bring their passion, energy and talents to everything they do, there is no stopping them! Looking back over the past 150 years since Confederation, countless women

IAM outraged by decision to impose countervailing duties on sales of C Series

Wednesday September 27, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, On – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – IAM – is   outraged at yesterday’s decision to impose a 220% countervailing duty on Bombardier C-Series aircraft. “This is an absolutely wrong-headed and protectionist decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “The Boeing Corporation launched this action earlier this year over a contract

Myanmar: Crisis Must be Resolved Peacefully and According to International Law

15 September 2017 The ITUC has expressed grave concern over the fate of more than 300,000 stateless “Rohingya” people who have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh in the face of violent clashes between Myanmar security forces and militants. United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein has described the situation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. “For decades, the international community stood with those in Myanmar who opposed

Why Pharmacare?

SIGN THE PETITION Canada’s unions are proud that we’ve won health insurance coverage for many of our members. But we believe anyone with a health card should have coverage for the medicines they need. That’s why we’re working to win a universal prescription drug plan that covers everyone in Canada, regardless of their income, age or where they work or live. The Unfinished Business of Medicare Today, the only place

IAM Statement on Department of Labor-Supervised Rerun of Election

Responding to the U.S. Department of Labor, the IAM has agreed to a DOL-supervised rerun of the 2017 Grand Lodge elections for International Union officer positions, including International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and seven U.S. General Vice Presidents. The election excludes the Canadian General Vice President position. The DOL struck down the IAM members’ convention action requiring that candidates for Grand Lodge office show a minimal 10 percent level of support

Open letter on raising the minimum wage

Fifty leading Canadian economists recently published an open letter supporting the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. This is an excerpt from their statement: Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the average productivity of

Lakehead Motors owner goes on vacation – abdicates responsibility

8 August, 2017 For immediate release Thunder Bay, ON – IAM members in Thunder Bay remain on strike as the owner of Lakehead Motors has gone on vacation. “This is serious business,” said Pete Topetto, Directing Business Representative of IAM Local Lodge 1120 in Thunder Bay, “and the owner is pretending that by going away, the problem doesn’t exist,” he said. Local Lodge 1120 has been on strike since August

Machinists ratify new deal with Half-Way Mazda Motors

Wednesday 9 August, 2017 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – Half-Way Mazda Motors auto dealership in Thunder Bay has ratified a new collective agreement with IAM Local Lodge 1120. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 3 percent in the first year and 2.5 percent in the following two years for all Schedule A and Schedule C classification workers including Technicians, body men and painters. Wage increases begin in

Haiti textile workers denounce violations of ILO conventions

09.08.2017 Workers employed in the free trade export zones in Haiti have denounced violations of ILO Conventions 87 and 98 by Interamerican Wovens and Sewing International SA Workers’ organizations in Haiti, including GOSTTRA, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, have been taking action since May to demand their labour rights. However, employers have taken reprisals in response to worker denunciations of injustices and calls for decent work. GOSTTRA says that Interamerican