This site visit went underground!

Flin  Flon, MB – Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall makes a point of conducting at least 50 site visits per year to meet with our membership in their workplaces. He has flown from coast to coast to coast to meet with the members but his recent visit to Flin Flon, Manitoba, the term face-to-face, took on a whole new meaning. The first day of his two-day visit to the

How a trade war may hurt our economy!

Toronto, ON – Canada’s economy would shrink by 1.8 per cent if the United States breaks all trade ties with its partners and imposes across-the-board tariffs that average 20 per cent, according to a Scotiabank report. “A ramp-up in protectionism in the U.S. results in a negative impact on growth in each of the NAFTA partners economies,” said the report. Earlier this month, the U.S. imposed significant tariffs on steel

Canada knows where it stands!

Washington, DC – While President Donald Trump demands Canada dismantle its supply management dairy system or risk our trading partnership, and his advisers have reserved a special place in hell for our Prime Minister following his comments at the recent G7 summit, Canada has not taken the bait! “I did not vote for Justin Trudeau in the last election, and our politics are often polar opposites but I applaud he

22nd annual Dave Ritchie Guide Dogs tournament another success!

Markham, ON – The golf balls were flying, refreshments were flowing and the sun shone down brilliantly on the 136 golfers at the Remington Parkview Golf Club who took part in the 22nd annual Dave Ritchie charity golf tournament for Guide Dogs over the weekend. This year the winning foursome of Stan Theofilaktidis, Mike Corrado, Giovanni Merkov and John Sitaridis of IAM Local Lodge 2413 took home the Pat Murphy

Criticizing Canada’s trade practices is just plain wrong!

The IAM is raising strong concerns regarding the recently announced direction of the Trump Administration’s trade policy. “Criticizing Canada’s trade practices does not contribute to improving the lives of our members, which have been so devastated by a trade agenda that favors corporations over workers”, said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The Administration should be focusing our efforts on stopping China from violating trade rules, not insulting our closest ally”. 

Opinion polls influence Ontario election result! NDP the lone voice against populism

Toronto, ON – Former Prime Minister, the late John Diefenbaker, was often quoted that polls were only good for one thing and dogs know what that is! However, save for a few exceptions, opinion polls conducted throughout the recent Ontario provincial election predicted a majority Progressive Conservative government. The polls convinced Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne to throw in the towel on the weekend before Election Day. The polls were correct.

The C-Series limited partnership is now official

Friday June 8, 2018   For immediate release   Montréal, QC – The arrival of Airbus in the C-Series limited partnership will come into effect officially on July 1, 2018. “The separation between the activities of SCACS and Bombardier was already in place at Mirabel, so things are following their course,” explained IAM Québec coordinator David Chartrand. “This chapter is now behind and we have a better idea of what

Will there be fireworks at the G-7 Summit?

Québec City, QC – US President Donald Trump is coming to Canada later this week….let the banners fly and the trumpets blare…or more accurately let the fur fly and tempers flare! So when the leaders of the G-7 countries meet in the Québec capital, it will be Trump on the hot seat and his recent trade actions with the European Union, Canada and Mexico are responsible for lighting the fire.

Machinists ratify new deal with Novelis

Wednesday June 6, 2018   For Immediate Release   Kingston, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 54 have ratified a new collective agreement with Novelis Inc. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in the first and second year respectively and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include; Increased shift change premiums Meal voucher provided if employee works overtime for a period