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David Suzuki joins with CLC to support a One Million Climate Jobs plan

Wednesday, March 2, 2016     VANCOUVER – On the eve of the March 3 First Ministers' meeting in Vancouver, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is proposing a plan that will help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by one third by creating over one million sustainable climate jobs, allowing workers to transition away from fossil fuels.   The CLC – as part of the Green Economy Network (GEN) –

Machinists Ratify Revco Agreement

Friday February 19, 2016   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 235 have ratified a new three-year agreement with Revco Worldwide Limited. The agreement provides wage increases of a $400.00 lump sum payment in the first year, 1.5 per cent in the second year and 2 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include : Significant improvements in the employer contributions to the

A Bittersweet Day for Canadian Aerospace

Montréal, QC – February 17, 2016 will go down as one of the most bittersweet days for IAM members involved in Canadian aerospace. The day began with announcements that were both good and bad. Air Canada announced it will purchase 45 Bombardier C Series 300 airliners with options for 30 more. The national air carrier will take delivery of its first 135-seat narrow body C Series 300 in 2019. “This

Québec Government Drops Air Canada Public Participation Act Litigation!

Wednesday February 17, 2016   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – “We are astounded by the Québec government decision regarding the former-Aveos workers in their plight to get their jobs back,” said a dejected IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. Ritchie was reacting to an announcement today that the Government of Quebec has agreed to discontinue its litigation related to the Air Canada Public Participation Act. “As a

Air Canada Orders 45 C Series Jets!

Wednesday February 17, 2016   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – “This is an example of one Canadian company stepping up to the plate to buy a great product that’s a market leader and I couldn’t be happier,” said an ecstatic IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. Ritchie was reacting to the announcement by Air Canada that it has signed a letter of intent to purchase 45 Bombardier

Machinists Ratify Agreement with Mikor Metal Products

Friday February 12, 2016   For Immediate Release Mississauga, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Mikor Metal Products. “While the wage increases reflect the current economy, we made significant improvements to the employer contributions to the IAM pension plan,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Business Representative Kim Valliere. “This was not an easy round of negotiations and negotiating Committee member

Georgian glass factory workers on strike

05.02.2016     Workers at the Ksani glass container factory went on strike on 5 February, after management continued to neglect union demands to sign a collective agreement and increase wages.   Since September 2015, IndustriALL affiliate Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG) has tried to convince management at the Ksani factory to start negotiations over a collective agreement and salary increase. But the

Letter from R. Thomas Buffenbarger

January 1, 2016 Upon the occasion of my retirement January 1, 2016, I wish to extend to each and every member my profound "Thank You" for the support, encouragement and friendship extended to me during the 18 1/2 years I have been honored and humbled to serve as International President of our great union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Together we have experienced much, including great organizing

Adoption of NDP Pay Equity Motion: A Step In The Right Direction To Reduce Inequalities

Friday February 5, 2016 For Immediate Release   OTTAWA — The NDP’s pay equity motion that was adopted today will help lay the groundwork for tackling poverty across Canada and ending discrimination against women when it comes to equal pay for work of equal value, say New Democrats. “For decades, New Democrats pushed hard for pay equity. With the adoption of our NDP motion today, the real work begins now

Machinists ratify with Maitland Lewis

Thursday February 4, 2016 For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 have ratified a new collective agreement with Maitland Lewis Ford Incorporated. The 30 month agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year retroactive to December 2015 and 2.5 per cent in the second and third year respectively. Other agreement highlights include : Several language changes to the grievance