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Review of the 32nd FTQ convention

After four days of work, the 943 delegates were able to debate and deal with some 95 resolutions, participated in conferences, worked in committees, took stock of the main issues supported by the FTQ and adopted two policy statements. (occupational health and safety and public and universal drug insurance). Issues related to technological change, health and safety at work and the environment played an important role throughout the last FTQ

The Conservative Play Book

By Derek Ferguson, Special Representative, Political Action Whether it’s the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Act (Bill 9) in Alberta, Ontario’s  Protecting a Sustainable Public Generations Act (Bill 124), or Manitoba’s Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28 – Conservative governments across Canada continue to blame Unions for the manufactured fiscal deficits they say they inherited . After waiting nearly two and a half years, Manitoba’s public sector unions finally went to

PIREC Members Join IAM

For immediate release 29 November, 2019 Ottawa, ON – Members of the Professional Institute Regional Employee Council (PIREC) have joined the IAM and the ranks of staff of unions joining the IAM. The 35 staff work for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) across Canada. The new members are well-grounded in labour law and represent the more than 60,000 members of PIPSC. A new IAM charter

OFL Convention makes history, promises greater solidarity in the austerity fight

The Ontario Federation of Labour’s 15th Biennial Convention continues this week with many events, both historic and significant. Executive Board elections, presentation, panel discussions, awards, forums, and cultural celebrations punctuated the convention in downtown Toronto. Executive Elections The one thousand or so delegates voted overwhelmingly to elect Patty Coates as the first female president of Canada’s largest federation of labour in what has been an historic election. Coates, a long-time

IAM Local 1722 ratifies new deal with Diamond International

For immediate release 15 November, 2019 Edmonton, AB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1722 has ratified a new collective agreement with Diamond International Trucks Ltd. this week. Facing economic instability in Alberta, and a contentious set of bargaining, the committee was able to get a deal by sticking together and implementing and following the plans devised at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Center prior to bargaining. Members working at

Is there harassment in your workplace?

A recent report Conducted by Statistics Canada  from 9,000 workers, aged 15 to 64, found almost one in five women had been harassed at work at some point during the year, while one in every eight men reported similar experiences. The reported harassment included verbal abuse, humiliating behaviour, threats, violence and unwanted sexual attention or harassment. Women report more abuse The survey reported that 13 per cent of women and 10

Garment workers, suppliers and ACT brands agree on Freedom of Association Guideline

15 November, 2019After eight months of negotiations, factories producing for ACT brands in Myanmar have agreed on a Myanmar Freedom of Association (FoA) Guideline with IndustriALL affiliate Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM). The Myanmar FoA Guideline aims to secure constructive relations between employers and workers. By providing workers a voice and representation, the guideline facilitates cooperation to solve workplace issues. The guideline aims to specify and ensure the practical application of

NDP – CF-18 Replacements: Liberal Ministers Will Be Held Accountable

13 November, 2019 OTTAWA – Regardless of which company wins the CF-18 fighter replacement contract, Trudeau’s Liberal government must make sure there are job guarantees for aerospace workers here in Canada and strong economic benefits for the Canadian public, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said at a press conference today with NDP Deputy Leader Alexandre Boulerice and Yvon Paiement from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). “This case

Welcome back – 65 workers from PLA rejoin the IAM

05 November, 2019 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – “Welcome back to the IAM!” That’s the message to the 65 workers at Priority Lane Management (PLA) from Talwinder Rayat, General Chairperson for IAM District 140. The former IAM members were forced into another union due to the infamous “contract flip” which took place some years ago. Contract-flipping is what happens when one company underbids for a servicing contract at Pearson

Members of Local 1922 ratify offer – return to work today

06 November, 2019 For immediate release Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local 1922 who are staff of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE Ontario) voted almost 80% in favour of the employer’s offer last night. The 14 members had been on strike against their employer, COPE Ontario since 19 September, 2019. They return to work today. “At the end of the day, when members vote, members win.