Machinists Ink New Deal with Towne Ford

Tuesday March 17, 2015   For Immediate Release     Miramichi, NB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2418 have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Towne Ford Sales and Service Limited.   The agreement provides wage increases of 3 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 : • Longer layoff notification

Machinists Ratify New Deal with Colortech

Monday March 16, 2015   For Immediate Release   Brampton, On – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new collective agreement with Colortech Incorporated.   The four-year agreement provides for a 2 per cent lump sum increase in the first year and 2 per cent in each of the subsequent three years. Other agreement highlights include an increased safety shoe allowance and improved contract language.   “The

Local 2323 members win 3 awards at the 1st GTAA “Eye on Safety” Ceremony

Monday March 9, 2015   Pictured left to right: IAM LL2323 members John Ponciano, Vernon Roberts, Miguel Reid, Dan Janssen, Sally Crowther, Alan Lamont and Coby Budgell.   Toronto, ON – The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) Eye on Safety ceremony was held for the very first time on March 6th, 2015. The event brought together representatives from all areas of the airport, including company executives, managers, and frontline workers.

Val Bourgeois Passes at age 84

Tuesday March 10, 2015 Ottawa, On – Val Bourgeois, the first IAM Canadian General Vice President to be elected by Canadian members, has passed away at the age of 84. Bourgeois served two terms as Canadian General Vice President, first elected in 1985 and then again in 1989.    Bourgeois first joined the IAM with Local Lodge 594 in Moncton, New Brunswick, his home town, in 1952 as an apprentice

The Right to Strike is Supreme in Canada!

Friday January 30, 2015   For Immediate Release     Toronto, ON – The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that the right to strike is essential to meaningful collective bargaining.   “This is a great start to the new year,” said a satisfied IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. “We pride ourselves in that 99 per cent of our collective agreements are settled without a strike but all

Airport Security Workers Turn to IAM to Resolve Contract!

Tuesday January 27, 2015   For Immediate Release     Montréal, QC – Former members of Quebec union CSD, employed by S E A 2000 International, have joined the IAM.   “They have been waiting for 18 months for a new collective agreement and their employer refused to meet with their bargaining agent,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Organizer Philippe Lapointe. “So they turned to the largest airport and aerospace

Machinists have new agreement with Mettler Toledo

Wednesday January 21, 2015   For Immediate Release     Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 235 have ratified a new collective agreement with Mettler Toledo.   “The negotiating team of Ken Vantaaja, Bill Brodie and Richard Intriago persevered through this long set of bargaining and their hard work resulted in a contract with several improvements,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson.   The

The Economy: Failing Grade!

Toronto, ON – Stephen Harper has talked a lot about his government’s strength in economic growth. But in recent years, approximately 80% of the new jobs that have been created are part-time. Manufacturing jobs have suffered from the high dollar. Income inequality is growing faster than any other industrialized nation. Under the Harper government we are seeing a mass exodus as more jobs are lost. This past month, January 2015,

Cappadocia’s Presidential Reign Ends After 40 Years

Retiring LL2468 President Lee Cappadocia (left) is congratulated on his retirement as Local President after 40 years' service.   Montréal, QC – When the gavel comes down to open the January 2015 meeting of IAM Local Lodge 2468 it will mark the end of an era. For the first time in 40 years, Lee Cappadocia will not be chairing the meeting as president of the Rolls Royce office employees Local

Airport Security Budget Cuts Create Cloud of Uncertainty as Contract Talks Begin

Thursday January 15, 2015     For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – The International Associations of Machinists – IAM, representing 3,000 Airport Security Screeners at Toronto Pearson, Toronto Billy Bishop, Vancouver International and 10 regional airports in British Columbia, begin bargaining for a new collective agreement. Talks began today between the IAM and Garda for Toronto while bargaining with G4S for the Pacific Region will take place later this