Trade Unions are the last line of defense for working families!

Las Vegas, NV – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn’t paint a pretty picture of America for delegates attending the IAM Transportation Conference here. “For one in three American seniors who receive Social Security, it’s their only source of income, they have no pension, they live on $13,500 or less a year,” he told delegates. “As President, we’re going to expand benefits for those on Social Security.” He called Trade

Amy Klobuchar puts her presidential credentials to the IAM

Las Vegas, NV – US Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar put her credentials before delegates to the IAM Transportation Conference  here today. “I didn’t come from money but I have grit,” she told delegates, comparing her background to the silver spoon upbringing of US President Donald Trump. Her grandfather was an iron ore miner, her father a journalist and her mother a teacher. “I learned from my grandfather that when

IAM joins AIAC in Support of Canadian Aerospace

Toronto, On – The IAM joined the AIAC (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada) social media awareness campaign, #ISupportCdnAerospace, launched today. Across the country, IAM members showed their support by distributing their pictures on Twitter, holding the sign which read #ISupportCdnAerospace.     The social media campaign is to generate public awareness of Canada’s aerospace industry in advance of AIAC’s report on the industry – “Vision 20/25 Beyond our Imagination”, to

Machinists ratify new deal with Revco Worldwide

Wednesday April 3, 2019   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 235 have ratified a new collective agreement with Revco Worldwide. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include: Increased IAM Pension Plan contributions Introduction of a $250 reimbursement health account for massage, physiotherapy or chiropractic care Increased eye glass and eye exams benefits “I

Machinists ratify new deal with Brown Bros. Ford

Tuesday April 2, 2019 For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Automotive Lodge 1857 have ratified a new collective agreement with Brown Bros. Ford. “One of our specific issues was getting rate lifts for our service technicians” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Gerlach. “There is a growing difficulty in retaining qualified auto service technicians in the Metropolitan Vancouver area, this rate lift addresses that

Bread, Roses, and Pensions: Why Pension Is a Woman’s Issue - Ivana Saula

By Ivana Saula, IAM Canadian Research Director In celebrating Women’s History Month, we are not only reminded of struggles women have faced in the past, but struggles that remain. When we talk about women’s issues what comes to mind are a broad range of topics; gender violence, economic equality, reproductive rights, parental leave, child care, healthcare, discrimination, under-representation in the political sphere, the list goes on. One issue that is overlooked

Calgary, AB – Despite the best efforts by the Calgary Airport Authority, an IAM demonstration against privatizing de-icing services at the airport was an unqualified success. “We had an agreement in place with the airport authority to walk two by two inside the terminal and set up at each doorway to hand out information about the proposed centralized De-Icing Pad and a single use provider,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge

IAM expands Health Care membership again!

Monday March 25, 2019 For Immediate Release Brampton, ON – Workers at Peel Cheshire Homes in Brampton are the newest members of IAM District Lodge 78 and Local Lodge 1295. “These workers are all excited and looking forward to the IAM making some positive changes to their workplace,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Organizer Rootisha Rampat. The 25 members are personal support and outreach workers that help people with disabilities

IAM opposes Calgary Airport plans to privatize de-icing facilities

Saturday March 23, 2019 For Immediate Release Calgary, AB – The IAM is adamantly opposed to plans by the Calgary Airport Authority to legislate a single operator to deice all departing aircraft at the Calgary International Airport. This essentially is privatizing de-icing services at the airport and could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs. “The plan is to put the service out to tender and the winning bid

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s Fate (CATSA): One Step Closer to Privatization

Ottawa, ON – The federal budget contained an important piece of information that was hidden deep within the 400 page document; the possibility of privatizing CATSA. It’s an issue that the IAMAW has lobbied on offering solutions that would ensure better services to the public as well as ensuring cost-efficiency. The information contained in the budget was scarce, leaving much to speculation signaling the possibility of privatizing CATSA should the