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MTU graduates eleven GTE Mechanic Apprentices

Richmond, BC – For the first time in over five years, MTU Maintenance Canada has graduated new apprentices. “I am very pleased to announce we had eleven GTE (GAS TURBINE ENGINES) mechanics successfully complete their 18 month term of training at the end of January,” explained IAM Local Lodge 764 Senior Steward Jim Mathieson. “The timing couldn’t be better now that we’re fully committed to the V2500 Engine Program and

CPP + Good workplace Pension Plans = A more secure retirement!

Toronto, ON – At a time when income is stagnating and most household budgets are stretched to the limit, saving for retirement is incredibly challenging. Without a secure and decent public pension system to rely on, many Canadians are in a precarious situation when it comes to planning for retirement. Common Wealth, an organization that advocates for strengthening the public pension system, and offering the first collective retirement plan for

An anniversary worth noting!

Toronto, ON – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2018. Founded on July 1, 1998 with the merger of Districts 148 and 721, District 140 has survived the merger of Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International, CCAA at Air Canada in 2003, Air Canada Pension amendments in 2008, the collapse of Aveos in 2012, defeated successive raids by the CAWU and enjoyed unprecedented growth in

Spreading the word so an idea gets off the ground!

Montréal, QC – It began in Montréal at the beginning of last week, a tour of aerospace plants in what is known as the Québec cluster – Airbus, A J Walters, Bombardier and Rolls Royce. The IAM, the largest union in Canada’s aerospace sector rolled out its vision of aerospace in Canada, now and within the next five to eight years. Called ‘Grounded Potential’ an IAM report on a national

Canadian Aerospace – There’s so much at stake we must act now- IAM!

Montréal, QC – “There are several complex issues, which not only threaten the future of Canada’s Aerospace Industry, but also the strength and vitality of Canada’s economy,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. Speaking to the media in Montréal at the unveiling of the IAM Report on a National Aerospace Policy, he called for a National Aerospace strategy because time is running out. “The most pressing need facing

Machinists ratify new agreement with Waterloo Manufacturing

Wednesday February 6, 2019   For Immediate Release   Waterloo, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2707 have ratified a new collective agreement with Waterloo Manufacturing. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each of the first three years and 3 per percent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include; Removal of cap on the IAM pension plan so that all overtime hours can

Putting Our Aerospace Industry On The Map

IAMAW Releases Major Report In Support of Aerospace Monday February 4, 2019 For Immediate Release Download the PDF Montreal, QC – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the largest union in the aerospace sector and the air transportation industry released a major report that emphasizes the urgency of addressing challenges in the aerospace sector. The report highlights critical issues the industry is facing and the union is

BC NDP maintain power with by-election win in Nanaimo!

Nanaimo, BC – The ruling NDP government in British Columbia remains in power thanks to a by-election win by former NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson this week in the riding of Nanaimo. It means Premier John Horgan’s minority government and its Green Party allies will continue to hold 44 seats, to the Liberals’42 with the speaker of the house MLA Daryl Plecas sitting as an independent. Malcolmson captured 49 per cent

Hats off to IAM in apparel arbitration win over Air Canada!

Toronto, ON – A federal arbitrator’s decision today reaffirms the right of IAM members to show their pride in membership of their Union while at work for Air Canada. At issue is Air Canada’s Workwear Standards Book – the grooming standard that is part of a larger Company-wide uniform program. While wearing a company cap is not a mandatory component of the Standard, if an employee chooses to wear a

IAM will unveil Aerospace Report

Montréal, QC – IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand will unveil the IAM’s Aerospace report in Montreal on Monday February 4th. This major report emphasizes the urgency of addressing challenges in the Canadian Aerospace sector. “This industry employs 208,000 Canadians in well-paid stable middle class and family supporting jobs,” said Pickthall. “However up to one third of those workers are eligible to retire