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It’s Golf Season

Spring will soon be here…start thinking of the green stuff, GRASS, clean the clubs and polish your golf shoes. The IAM has three charity golf tournaments over the next few months. First up; 21 st annual Dave Ritchie Golf tournament, slated for Saturday, June 10 at Remington Parkview in Toronto and then District 250 is holding their 2nd annual tournament on Saturday, June 24 at Newlands GC in Langley BC.

Machinists see implementation as the key to the budget!

Ottawa, ON – The latest federal budget, as one analyst stated, offers lots of vision but few numbers. It poses two questions: 1) what can our Canadian Machinist members expect but, more importantly, 2) is when can they expect it? The Liberals emphasized skills training, infrastructure and child care. Under social infrastructure, the Liberals have pledged $11 billion but the figure is a hollow one as it’s spread over 11

Empire Living ratifies new agreement

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   North Bay, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 1295 have ratified a new collective agreement with Empire Living. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in each year. Other highlights include: Improved life insurance coverage Increased vacation days Increased sick days “Negotiations committee members Suzanne Hamilton and Debbie Proulx were instrumental in ensuring that their members

Norfolk County Firefighters ratify new agreement

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   Simcoe, ON – Volunteer Firefighters in Norfolk County – members of IAM Local Lodge 103, have ratified a new four-year collective agreement. “This was a difficult round of bargaining that required conciliation to achieve a tentative agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative. Besides a modest monetary increase, the agreement also produced a premium increases for trainers/facilitators and improvement

IAM- Schmoltz-Bickenbach ink five-year deal

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   Mississauga, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new collective agreement with Schmoltz-Bickenbach Canada. The five-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.75 per cent in each of the first two years and 1.5 per cent in years three, four and five respectively. Other agreement highlights include: Substantial benefits improvements Improved overtime language “The negotiation committee of Daniel

IAM ratifies new agreement with GKN Sinter Metals

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   St. Thomas, ON – GKN Sinter Metals has ratified a new collective agreement with members of IAM Local Lodge 1975. The new three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, 2 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include: Improved benefits Improved pension contributions Improved job

Caron Visits IAM Canadian Office

Toronto, ON – Federal New Democratic Party leadership candidate Guy Caron dropped by the IAM Canadian offices last week for a morning visit on the heels of an evening organised by the Caron campaign held in east-end Toronto. Canadian office staff asked questions and received answers from the second-term Member of Parliament for Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques. IAM Canada looks forward to meeting with leadership candidates as the party works toward electing

Horgan attempts to clarify NDP policies in meeting with Machinists!

Vancouver, BC – Until John Horgan attended a recent meeting of the membership of IAM District Lodge 250, Machinist support for the NDP in the upcoming provincial election on May 9th was less than Luke warm. As far as the rank and file were concerned, there were too many unknowns about exactly where the NDP stood on issues like pipeline construction, environmental regulations, jobs, hydro-electric dam projects, and more. “We

A new face at the Canadian Office

We have a new face among our staff at the IAM Canadian office. We are pleased to welcome Caroline Ramos as our new Administrative Secretary (cramos@iamaw.org). Caroline replaces Sandy Georgen, who retired last September.

The Upcoming 2017 Federal Budget – What to expect

March is federal budget season in Ottawa and this year the national budget will be presented by the Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. With the new Trump administration in Washington also bringing forward its first budget, Ottawa seems to be very pragmatic to wait and see what will be brought forward south of the border. Two major areas seem to be the main focus in this year’s Canadian