Compulsory votes on certification applications!

Dear Sisters: Dear Brothers: As you may have read in both French and English newspapers from Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, analysts at the Montreal Economic Institute claim, on democratic grounds, that compulsory votes must be held on certification applications (requests to unionize) to confirm the intention of the concerned workers. Who is in agreement with this claim? Well, the Employers’ Council (whose former president now heads the Montreal Economic

Machinists ratify first agreement at Blok Loc!

Toronto, On – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 have ratified their first collective agreement with Blok Loc Limited. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of four per cent over the life of the contract. “The wages were all over the map and this agreement has brought about a degree of conformity in that vital area,” explained IAMAW District 78 Directing Business Representative Gary Hynes. “The lack of seniority was

LATUC – it’s how we spell “solidarity” in Spanish

This past weekend, the Latin American trade Unionists Coalition (LATUC) was formed at their inaugural conference held at the venerable Steelworkers Hall on Cecil Street in Toronto, Ontario. The Coalition was supported by many unions, especially those with members from the Latin American communities. Among the sponsors of the Conference were the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada, United Steelworkers (USW) the Canadian Union of Public Employeers (CUPE) National,

Machinists endorse Swan

Winnipeg, MB – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have endorsed Andrew Swan for the leadership of the Manitoba New Democrats and as a result Premier of Manitoba. The leadership race became necessary with the resignation of long standing party leader Gary Doer. Andrew has roots within the IAMAW. His father is a retired aircraft mechanic and member of I.A.M. Lodge 714 in Winnipeg. Andrew credits those roots

Monde des femmes

Women’s Worlds Thème Inclusions, exclusions et réclusions: Vivre dans un monde globalisé Le thème de Mondes des Femmes 2011 est « Inclusions, exclusions et réclusions: Vivre dans un monde globalisé ». Pourquoi? Là où les femmes et la mondialisation sont concernées, beaucoup de questions nous interpellent: La mondialisation est-elle porteuse d’inclusions, d’exclusions ou de réclusions pour les femmes? Comment évoluent les rôles de genre et les identités alors que se

Women's Worlds

Women’s Worlds Theme Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world The theme of Women’s Worlds 2011 is “Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world”. Why? Where globalization and women are concerned, provocative questions abound: Does globalization include, exclude, and/or seclude women? As global hierarchies realign, how are gender roles and identities evolving? How are social identifications like power, privilege, citizenship, and nation affected? Ours is an

The Middle Class is Growing – but not in North America warns DaCosta!

Carlos Da Costa New York, NY – There is an increase worldwide in the middle class and it’s expected to increase by 1.8 billion more by 2020 according to aviation financial analysts. Megacities will increase from 19 to 27 by 2025 and consumer buying power will multiply with them. But while the middle class is shrinking in North America; it’s growing in China, India, and Latin America. According to IAMAW

International MRO/Airline Report – 2009 by Carlos Da Costa

This report is based on the information received at the 2009 MRO (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) Conference held in Grapevine, Texas on April 2009. All data is based on figures known at that time. This MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) conference is considered to be the largest in the world where the major players from the MRO and airline industry attend from around the world. The data delivered is partially

Changes to EI Benefits are Needed Now!

By Gord Falconer-IAMAW Education Representative Between October 2008 and May 2009, 363,000 Canadians lost their jobs — and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD, projects unemployment to rise to 9.8% in 2010. In this global recession, the weakness of Canada’s Em¬ployment Insurance (EI) system has become a glaring federal policy omission. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternates has completed a study on this very issue, by Lars

An open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama from the National Coordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition

May 7, 2009 Barack Obama President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: As the national voice for Canadians who want to protect and expand our national public healthcare system, the Canadian Health Coalition would like to encourage your efforts to make health care available and affordable for all Americans. Canada’s national Medicare system is one that all