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Peter Julian's statement on the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement

Peter Julian’s statement on the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement Today in the House ~ Peter’s Member’s Statement Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): “Mr. Speaker, just last week Amnesty International condemned the Colombia authorities for abusing the country’s judicial system, “to undermine the legitimate work of human rights defenders”. More than a dozen human rights defenders and 46 trade unionists were killed by paramilitaries in 2008 alone. Double 2007. According

Les Machinistes signent une nouvelle entente avec Towne Ford!

Miramichi, NB – Les membres de la section locale 2418 de l’AIMTA ont ratifié une nouvelle convention collective d’une durée de trois ans avec Towne Ford. La nouvelle entente prévoit des augmentations de salaire de 2 % la première année, rétroactivement au 1er janvier 2009, de 2 % la deuxième année et de 3 % la troisième année. Voici d’autres points saillants de l’entente : • Quatre semaines de congé

Machinists sign new agreement with Towne Ford!

Miramichi, NB – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2418 have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Towne Ford. The new agreement provides for wage increases of 2 per cent in the first year retroactive to January 1, 2009, 2 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include : • Four weeks vacation after 12 years of service • Additional sick

MACHINISTS CALL FOR NATIONAL PENSION INSURANCE!

Thursday March 12, 2009 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – “Canada needs a national pension insurance program to protect workers from the effects of corporate pension irresponsibility,” says Dave Ritchie, General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The IAMAW is giving that message to the federal government in response to its consultation paper on private pension plans. The national consultations begin in Ottawa on Friday

Three Days from start to finish – new record for Machinists

Tuesday March 10, 2009 For Immediate Release Windsor, ON – The newest members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 didn’t waste any time joining the Machinists or obtaining their first collective agreement. “When you organize a group of workers and ratify their first collective agreement in only three days, it has to be some sort of record,” explained a very proud IAMAW District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. The management of Turbo-Gen,

Grounding of ACE Wind up Plan Good News say Machinists!

Tuesday March 3, 2009 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – “Any way you slice it, somebody at ACE is having sober second thoughts about proceeding with the distribution of its assets to ACE shareholders,” said IAMAW General Vice President Dave Ritchie. Ritchie was responding to the announcement by Air Canada Enterprises (ACE) that it would delay its shareholders meeting and the distribution of its assets to ACE shareholders. “We made

Machinists ratify new agreement with Motor Coach!

Monday March 2, 2009 For Immediate Release Winnipeg, MB – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1953 have ratified a new collective agreement with Motor Coach Industries. “It took a while but we now have significant changes to contract language concerning management rights and contracting out,” said IAMAW District Lodge 181 Directing Business Representative Wayne Relf. “By removing the addendum language on Management rights, the company no longer has the right

Global Economy impacts on Volvo Penta Agreement!

Monday February 23, 2009 For Immediate Release Burnaby, BC – The worsening global economy has had a direct impact on the latest collective agreement signed by the members of IAMAW Local Lodge 692 with Volvo Penta Canada (Marine Division). “Volvo Penta is facing the same challenges as are all manufacturers and the members here are concerned for the job security,” said IAMAW District 250 Business Representative Paul Pelletreau. “The layoff

Machinists ratify new Messier-Dowty Agreement!

Friday February 20, 2009 For Immediate Release Montréal, QC – The 138 members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1758 have ratified a new five-year collective agreement with Messier-Dowty Ltd. “There was no doubt that the 100 per cent strike mandate given the bargaining committee by the membership two weeks ago had an impact on the final negotiations,” said IAMAW District 11 Business Representative Claude Boisvert. “Communications between members of the bargaining

Esquimalt Dockyards Workers finally get Award!

Wednesday February 18, 2009 For Immediate Release Esquimalt, BC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 456 employed at the federal government dockyards have a new forty-six-month collective agreement. The IAMAW is one of eleven unions representing trades people at the dockyards under a poly-party agreement certified to the Federal Government Dockyard (FGDY) Trades and Labour Council (West). “An agreement was bargained in 2007 that would have seen the tradesmen wages