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The Ultimate Volunteer

Victoria, BC – Across Canada our IAM members give back to their communities in a variety of ways but Mark White takes his volunteer work up a notch – he puts his life on the line – rescuing boaters in all kinds of weather and all kinds of predicaments in the waters off Victoria, BC.  He volunteers with other like-minded British Columbians for the Royal Marine Search and Rescue, in

Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs)

By Carlos Dacosta IAM Canadian Airline Coordinator Several years ago, the Minister of Transport announced that Transport Canada will be conducting a regulatory review to modernize and improve how they deliver their transportation system that is safe, secure and efficient.  The review includes updating and improving the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) to strengthen safety and better support innovation and economic growth in Canada. The Canada Transportation Act sets out Canada’s National Transportation Policy,

Machinists have that first contract magic at ATS again!

Friday November 30, 2018 For Immediate Release   Calgary, AB – The IAM has followed up its first contract success with ATS in Edmonton with a similar first agreement with ATS Passenger Service Agents in Calgary. “The membership has to take all of the credit for this agreement,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Keith Aiken. “They knew what they wanted, they knew what they had to do

6500 jobs lost in thirty days – It’s time for organized labour to unite!

In the span of a mere thirty days, disastrous events have taken place with devastating consequences for workers and communities. 2500 jobs will be lost in GM’s Oshawa plant, 1500 at Maple Leaf’s three plants in Ontario and another 2500 as a result of Bombardier layoffs in Quebec. That is a total of a mind boggling 6,500 jobs lost in less than a month- 6,500 worker’s lives shaken to the

Machinists ratify new agreement with SKF

Wednesday November 28, 2018 For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 901 have ratified a new collective agreement with SKF Canada. The three year agreement provides wage increases of $ .50 per hour in each year of the agreement. Other agreement highlights include: A $2 an hour increase to the defined benefit pension plan in the first year of the agreement. Increased benefits Increased boot

Valliere receives Davidson Labour Award

IAM District 78 member and representative, Kim Valliere received the Monty Davidson NDP -Labour Award at the recent Cambridge NDP Riding Association’s annual Recognition Dinner. The former NDP MPP Monty Davidson was a life-long supporter of Labour. This award is given annually to the Labour activist whose outstanding commitment exemplifies the values Monty demonstrated during his many years as a member of the Cambridge NDP Riding Association. Kim’s family, and

Absolute solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers in Oshawa

Toronto, ON – “This is devastating news for a community that relies upon these good middle-class jobs to support their families,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President regarding the announcement by GM, Canada that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant. Media reports began circulating over the weekend that GM would be closing its Oshawa assembly lines which builds Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac models. The closure at the end of

Bombardier negotiations begin under the cloud of layoffs!

Montréal, QC – Negotiations for the next collective agreement at Bombardier began this week and this round promises to be difficult to say the least. “Recent Bombardier announcements of 2500 layoffs is our starting point and that makes things difficult,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “At this time we do not know how many of these layoffs if any will involve our members.” “We have concerns about

CSALP bargaining begins!

Montréal, QC – The IAM opened its first round of bargaining with CSALP- C-series Airbus Limited Partnership this week. “I’m encouraged by the goals the employer placed before us in our first meeting,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “They know they have a fine product in the A220-100/300 and they want to increase their rate of production which is good news for our members.” To date, 407 aircraft of

Two strike mandates produced mediated settlement at Seaspan

Thursday November 22, 2018   For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – It took two strike mandates and two agreement rejections but members of IAM Local Lodge 692 have ratified the five-union poly-party contract agreement with Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards. “This employer wanted to remove seniority provisions of our current collective agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “We have dispatch rights in the shipyards and the