Don’t Look Now but the BC Election is fast approaching!

Vancouver, BC – There doesn’t appear to be too much excitement about the May 9th BC Provincial election to date but as February winds down and we head into the starting gates for the campaign over the next two months, things will heat up. We are not here to tell our members who to vote for but we do encourage them to exercise their democratic right and vote. If you

Machinists Back on the Hill to lobby for AECL jobs and pensions

Ottawa, ON – Eight members from IAM Local Lodge 1522 will be part of a multi-union contingent lobbying MP’s this week on Parliament Hill to save jobs and the pension plan of workers at the Atomic Energy of Canada facility at Chalk River. In 2014, the federal government announced the Chalk River facility would be managed by a Government-Owned, Contractor –Operated or GoCo model. It created Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as

UFCW Reps ratify First Agreement with Machinists.

Toronto, ON – Business Representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers – UFCW Canada – members of IAM Local Lodge 1922, have ratified their first collective agreement. The three-year agreement provides wage increases in each year retroactive to October 2016. Other agreement highlights include: Increases to RRSP Contributions Increased health spending supplement New additional classification – Department Support Staff Improved contract language   The 45 members consist of staff

Social Media brings organizing victory at Pearson Airport!

Toronto, ON – The IAM resorted to social media – texting and Face Book – to organize 35 drivers employed by Sky Café at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “We couldn’t access these workers on the job site to conduct a traditional campaign so we opted for social media which has the added bonus that the company couldn’t interfere on private communication,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Organizer Sam Jabbar.

Machinists Ink new deal with WestCan Industries

Tuesday January 31, 2017 For Immediate Release   Langley, BC – Members of IAM Local 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with WestCan Industries. “This is an agreement everyone can be happy with,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Dale Gentile. “We have always had overtime paid at one and a half times the standard rate but we have just negotiated two times the standard rate for overtime

Machinists ratify first agreement with Destination Chrysler

Wednesday February 1, 2017 For Immediate Release North Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified their first collective agreement with Destination Chrysler. “You may not think that a zero per cent wage increase in the first year means nothing but this was a first contract and the wage scale grid we negotiated starts them at a wage which is significantly better than what they were getting

Reforming Ontario Labour Laws

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces

LIBERAL BROKEN PROMISES #1 Electoral Reform or the Biggest Flip Flop by Prime Minister Trudeau

“2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” That statement was made during the last Federal election campaign by then-candidate Justin Trudeau. It inspired a lot of people to vote for the Liberal Party of Canada because they wanted change. That fundamental promise was reiterated after the Liberals formed government. A Special House of Commons committee, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform – with all

The IAM welcomes Patricia Hajdu, the New Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Ottawa, ON – As part of the Cabinet shuffle by the Prime Minister last week, Patricia Hajdu was appointed Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. She was previously the Minister of Status of Women. The IAM congratulates Ms. Hajdu on her new appointment. The Labour movement is an important voice for working people. Therefore, it is vital for the federal government to engage and have ongoing discussions with Canadian

Machinists form largest contingent of CLC February lobby!

Toronto, ON – With more than 50 participants, the Machinist delegation will be the largest contingent involved in the Canadian Labour Congress stop Bill C-27 lobby on Parliament Hill, February 6-7, 2017. “Bill C-27 proposes to amend Pensions Benefits Standards Act to allow federal employers to amend existing Defined Benefit Pension Plans to create target benefit plans in their place,” explained IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “This allows