CLC Staff Representatives Join IAM

Wednesday March 7, 2018   For Immediate Release Toronto, On – Members of the Canadian Union of Labour Representatives, employed by the Canadian Labour Congress, are the newest members of the IAM. “We are delighted that the 46 Canadian Labour Congress Staff Representatives have decided to join a progressive international union, the IAM,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “The IAM prides itself on being a grassroots organization

The Machinists grow again in Montréal

Wednesday March 7, 2018 For Immediate Release Montréal, QC – Canada’s largest airport union, the IAM, is growing again, with 250 new members at Swissport Canada at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport in Montréal. “The IAM welcomes all of these new members to their union,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “These workers sought out the IAM to be their union of choice. Our reputation for providing good

Machinists win Labour mobility in Airbus Reciprocity agreement

Montréal, QC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 712 voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new reciprocity agreement on Sunday, as their employer Bombardier, and Airbus, work toward finalizing their partnership to produce the C Series aircraft.    The new agreement ensures that workers who switch from Bombardier to the future partnership, and vice-versa, will not lose their pensions as well as keeping most of their seniority benefits, including salary

The Federal Budget – Not on Target!

Ottawa, ON – “This is a government that follows through on its promises,” says Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau during the deliverance of his latest budget! A close look at this budget reveals that’s not quite true. On the vital issue of National Pharmacare, Morneau did nothing other than appoint former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins as the new chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.

Same old no more!

A new strategic approach to organizing   Hollywood, MD – For the first time since 1992, the IAM is taking a new strategic approach to organizing. “The fundamental challenge is to grow this organization,” explains IAM Director of Organization Vincent Adeo. “We acknowledged that our previous methods were ineffective so we brought together our Grand Lodge and District staff from every territory down to the William Winpisinger Education Centre to

It’s #TimetoCare About Seniors Living in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

Monday February 26, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, On – The average age of long-term care residents in Ontario is 85 years old and many of them suffer from significant medical conditions requiring extra care, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and others. The Ontario government has been underfunding long-term care for decades and that sector is in crisis. In fact, Ontario’s long-term care system is the least funded of

IAM Members Endorse Incumbent Grand Lodge Officers

Grand Lodge Elections IAM members have completed the endorsement process for the election of Grand Lodge Officers. The results from the U.S. Department of Labour–supervised election are that over 770 IAM Local Lodges endorsed the incumbent slate and 20 or 21 IAM Local Lodges endorsed opponent slate candidates. More than 97 per cent of Lodges nominated the incumbent slate. This only applies to the U.S. GVP’s. Canada in not under

The NDP Policy Convention

Ottawa, ON – “My friends, this is not as good as it gets,” said federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and more than 1,700 delegates at the NDP policy Convention rose to their feet. This was Singh’s first major party speech since being elected leader last October and the thirty plus minute oratory was interrupted several times by standing ovations.    Why were these people standing – well for starters he

IAM Statement on CLC Solidarity and Support for UNITE HERE

February 12, 2018 – The Unifor decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has been consuming a great deal of energy within the Labour movement across Canada. The IAM joins the vast majority of Canadian union members in our criticism of this decision by Unifor’s leadership. As we are all aware, the CLC issued a statement (in French and English) on this topic last week. There has been

Once again Machinists field largest group in CLC Lobby

Ottawa, ON – Tuesday morning 320 CLC delegates will descend upon MP’s on Parliament Hill for the largest Canadian Labour Congress lobby on record and once again the dominant group will come from the IAM. This time 65 Machinists will lobby parliamentarians on the need for a National Pharmacare plan, pay equity, employment insurance and pension reform to protect worker’s pensions during bankruptcy proceedings. Pension reform is of particular interest