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Canada Pension Plan expansion: What it means to you

By Aurélie Sarrabezolles IAM Research Director for Canada   On June 20, 2016, the Federal Government and the finance ministers of eight provinces agreed to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), starting on January 1, 2019, and to be fully implemented by 2025. The provinces of Quebec and Manitoba did not sign the agreement.  This article in an overview of the reform. Another article with practical examples will follow.  

Political Action - Right Reason, Right People = Respect and Recognition!

Machinists have become a household name amongst Canada’s Parliamentarians in Ottawa. We conducted intense lobbying in three sessions: The first occurred in April when the Machinists brought the largest delegation to a Canadian Labour Congress Lobby on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Canada Pension Plan and the health threats posed by asbestos.   The results were significant because the government has recently announced improvements to the Canada Pension Plan, it

Union Drives slowed by Bill Delay

Ottawa, ON – Many Canadian unions have placed their membership drives on hold because a Liberal labour-bill designed to overturn a Conservative law on certification has yet to be passed. Bill C-525, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code enacted last year, abolished the card check system in favour of secret balloting to certify new collective bargaining units in federally-regulated workplaces. Although the Liberal cabinet vowed to repeal Bill

Machinists Expand in the Steel City

Wednesday July 27, 2016 For Immediate Release Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The International Association of Machinists has added another bargaining unit to its family of auto dealerships in the Steel City. Service Department employees at Superior Nissan as well as employees at Superior Custom and Detailing and Superior Used Cars are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 2332. “We’re delighted with this organizing win,” said IAM Grand Lodge

Political Action Right Reason, Right People = Respect and Recognition!

Machinists have become a household name amongst Canada’s Parliamentarians in Ottawa. We conducted intense lobbying in three sessions: The first occurred in April when the Machinists brought the largest delegation to a Canadian Labour Congress Lobby on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Canada Pension Plan and the health threats posed by asbestos. The results were significant because the government has recently announced improvements to the Canada Pension Plan, it wasn’t

IAM Canada responds to Air Canada heavy maintenance outsourcing of C-Series jet engines

Thursday, 21 July, 2016 For immediate release TORONTO – Air Canada has committed to sending the heavy maintenance of its C-Series jets, which it will be purchasing from Bombardier, to Columbus, Georgia. Although the company won’t take delivery of the jets until 2019, it is announcing the work won’t be done in Canada. “If engine heavy maintenance is being sent outside Canada, then what will be sent out next year?

Strike Avoided at Rolls Royce Canada

Monday July 4, 2016   For Immediate Release   Lachine, QC – A strike by members of IAM Local Lodge 869 has been avoided at Rolls Royce Canada. “The membership turned down the last company offer by a healthy margin and we were headed for a strike,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Gerald Tremblay. “I think the threat of a work disruption and the bargaining committee’s determination not to give

Machinists ratify new agreement with Siemens Canada Ltd.

Monday July 4, 2016   For Immediate Release   Lachine, QC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 869 have ratified a new collective agreement with Siemens Canada Limited. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.25 per cent in each of the first three years and 3 per cent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include : Increased vacation as follows: three weeks for up to four years of service,

Fort McMurray – We will rebuild!

Fort McMurray, AB – On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, 434 kilometers northwest of Edmonton. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying 2,400 homes and buildings. At least 50 of them were owned or rented by members of IAM Local Lodges 99 and 1722. It prompted the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history. More than 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray were moved.

Senate passes Bill C-10. IAM still moves ahead

Senate passes Bill C-10. IAM still moves ahead Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 For immediate release OTTAWA – Today, the Senate passed Bill C-10 in third reading, after minimal debate by senators. The bill, an Act to Amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act, was passed after two days of hearings in the Senate Standing committee of Transport and Communications in which IAM representatives, as well as those from Air Canada