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Please sign the petition to support Cascade Containerboard workers!

More than 100 workers voted to join the Machinists Union in April 2019 and have tried to bargain for a fair contract for more than two years at Cascades Containerboard in Niagara Falls, New York. In that time, workers have faced an aggressive anti-union campaign put on by your company which has permanently sub-contracted their work, resulting in layoffs and drastically reducing their annual bonus by 20 percent. What kind of

IAM Canada response to mandatory vaccinations

Over the last few days, a debate over mandatory vaccinations erupted following the federal government’s announcement regarding mandatory vaccinations. The government’s lack of direction and clarity has caused uncertainty and confusion, particularly, when it comes to workplace implications. This is shameful, and the IAMAW sharply condemns the politicization of this issue. In days following the announcement, many employers followed suit, raising questions among IAMAW members about their rights should their

Once Upon a Time in Chile (and Scotland)

Often, as a member of a trade union, we are asked, “What good does a union ever do?” Well, apart from better wages, better working conditions, vacations, and benefits – not much – well here is a wee story. On sept 11th 1973 the was a military coup in Chile. The country was overtaken by a military junta, who then proceeded to murder and torture people whom they considered subversive.

156 Howmet Canada workers join IAMAW

Specializing in the manufacture of aluminum castings for the aerospace industry, workers at Howmet Canada (Laval) joined the IAMAW to gain respect in the workplace and to be able to count on the expertise of the world’s largest union in the aerospace sector. “Over the course of our discussions with the workers, we were able to build a relationship of trust and demonstrate our professionalism,” said Alessandro Bernardelli, Responsible for

International Youth Day : A New Social Contract building recovery and resilience with young people

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people have seen their income, work, education, training and work-based learning, mental health and well-being severely affected by the socio-economic consequences of the crisis. Globally, millions of young workers, in particular young women, have lost jobs and income as they are heavily concentrated in sectors and occupations – such as retail, hospitality, leisure, and tourism – that have been the hardest hit

First Contract a winner for new members at Comox Valley Toyota

For immediate release 10 August, 2021 Comox Valley, BC – The newest members of IAM Local 456 ratified their first agreement on August 9, 2021. The 17 workers at the local auto dealership had voted overwhelmingly to join and the IAM was certified to represent them on 02 March, 2021. They rejected their first Memorandum of Agreement on July 13 by 100% as it contained no provision for a pension

CLC - Labour Day Materials

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council, Federations of Labour, Labour Councils and CLC Staff Friends and Allies: I am pleased to unveil the branding for the CLC’s Labour Day campaign, Workers Are The Recovery, and to share the first phase of materials for use by affiliated unions, labour councils, and provincial and territorial federations of labour. We invite you to use these materials and customize them as you see fit,

Machinists Union Remembers Working Families Hero Richard Trumka

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2021 – Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest aerospace and defence union in North America, released the following statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka: “Today, workers across the world mourn the loss of a labor movement giant and working people’s champion, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Rich revitalized the labor movement and

Charting Change: Workers' Voices in a Changing World

In the last one hundred years, our societies have been witness to technological advancements not experienced before. As with every technological revolution, societies will undergo profound changes, which comes with improvements, disruptions and costs. As technological change forges ahead into new frontiers, opening new possibilities, and tantalizes our collective imaginations, it also leaves us in a state of uncertainty over what the future holds. The ebb and flow of change

Bellwood Members Ratify First Agreement

26 July, 2021 Toronto, ON – In late 2020, the 125 workers at Bellwood health Services voted to join the IAM. Last week, they ratified their first agreement. Kim Valliere, IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative said of the membership, “these workers were desperate for some workplace structure and protections. Now that we have an agreement in place, we can use it and other resources to assist them.” After several