On this Day of Mourning, let’s make all Canadians safer

Thursday, April 28, 2016     On Thursday, April 28th, the flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast and people across the country will light candles, don ribbons and remember colleagues, friends and family who have been killed because of workplace-related hazards and incidents.   We can’t bring back those who have died, but we are working hard to make workplaces safer today. That’s why this April 28th, Canadian

Strike Threat Produces Deal at Atlas Copco

Monday April 25, 2016   For Immediate Release   North Bay, ON – The threat of strike action for IAM Local Lodge 2412 against Atlas Copco has produced a new collective agreement. “This was the ugliest round of bargaining we have seen with this employer in some time,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Ralph Martin. “They came to the table with nasty concession demands. They wanted a five-year wage freeze,

Tragedy at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto, ON – The ramp at Toronto Pearson International Airport is still a somber place following the tragic accident that took the life of IAM Local Lodge 2323 member, Ian Henrey late Friday evening. “Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family and his co-workers,” said IAM Transportation District 140 President and General Chairperson Fred Hospes. Henrey, 24, an Air Canada Station Attendant, was killed when the baggage

Falconer Appointed Canadian Chief of Staff

Effective May 1, 2016, Gord Falconer will be the new IAM Canadian Chief of Staff. In making the announcement, newly appointed IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall said, “Gord has the ability to get things done and his accomplishments as head of our political action efforts is just one example. He was the right man for the job.” Gord was appointed as a Grand Lodge Representative in charge of

Rushing Bill C-10 is Just Plain Wrong

Wednesday April 20, 2016   For Immediate Release   Toronto, On – “Canadians voted for change in the last election and we got change, our jobs are flying out of the country, what the hell is going on,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. Ritchie was reacting to news that Liberal MPs have closed debate and are speeding up passage of Bill C-10, the amendments to the Air

Keep these Jobs in Canada – Stop Bill C-10

Thursday April 14, 2016   For Immediate Release   Ottawa, ON – “We are asking every MP to oppose Bill C – 10 and keep these jobs in Canada,” said IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson Fred Hospes. Hospes was on Parliament Hill this morning to denounce Bill C-10, which amends the Air Canada Public Participation Act. The amendments allow Air Canada to control the type and

Liberals Show their true colours – Tory Blue!

Thursday March 24, 2016   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – “Today the Federal Liberals have shown that they are no different than the Conservatives when it comes to preserving Canadian Jobs,” stated a dejected IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. Ritchie was reacting to amendments to the Air Canada Public Participation Act, Bill C 10, filed today by Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. The amendments allow Air

Kazakhstan : les dettes d’ArcelorMittal conduisent à des salaires impayés

22.03.2016 Environ 2.000 travailleurs en sous-traitance chez ArcelorMittal Temirtau au Kazakhstan n’ont pas perçu leur salaire en raison des énormes dettes de l’entreprise vis-à-vis de ses sous-traitants.   ArcelorMittal Temirtau, importante compagnie minière et métallurgique au Kazakhstan, sous-paie ses vingt-quatre sous-traitants depuis trois ans, ce qui a conduit ceux-ci à retarder le versement des salaires à leur personnel. Le salaire moyen d’un travailleur en sous-traitance chez ArcelorMittal Temirtau est d’environ

Kazakhstan: ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages

22.03.2016 Around 2000 subcontract workers at ArcelorMittal Temirtau in Kazakhstan have not been getting their wages because of the company’s extensive debts to its contractors.   ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the major mining and metallurgical company in Kazakhstan, has been underpaying its 24 contractors for three years, which has resulted in contractors delaying wages to their workers. The average wage of the ArcelorMittal Temirtau contractor worker is around 35-40 thousand tenge (US$100-115)