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Last Offer avoids Strike at Avcorp!

Wednesday August 28, 2013   For Immediate Release     Vancouver, BC – “Difficult does not begin to describe this round of bargaining,” explained former IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Stan Pickthall. He was commenting on the ratification by members of IAM Local Lodge 692 of the last offer from Avcorp Industries. The acceptance by the membership avoided strike action for the 2nd tier aerospace supplier.   “Our

Machinists Organize Staybridge Inn Workers!

Thursday August 15, 2013     For Immediate Release     Mississauga, ON – Despite a very anti-union campaign by their employer, workers at the Staybridge Inn and Suites in Mississauga decided to join the IAM!   “The workers saw through their employer’s deceptions and false promises and voted accordingly,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. “Organizers Roy Bhansingh and Phoenix Yuan did a great job reassuring the

Machinists Ratify at Westminster Toyota

Thursday August 15, 2013     For Immediate Release     New Westminster, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified a new collective agreement with Westminster Toyota.   The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.5 per cent in each of the first three years and 2 per cent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include : • Family Day added to statutory holidays • Improved dental

Machinists Ratify New Agreement with Vancouver Drydock

Wednesday August 14, 2013   For Immediate Release     Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with Seaspan Vancouver Drydock, a division of Seaspan Marine Corporation.   The five-year agreement provides a wage increase of 2 per cent in the first year retroactive to March 2013 and wage increases of 2.5 per cent in the second and third year and 3

Machinists Forge New Deal with Vancouver Shipyards

Wednesday August 14, 2013   For Immediate Release     Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 692 have a new collective agreement with Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards, a division of Seaspan Marine Corporation.   The five-year agreement provides a wage increase in the first year of 4.25 per cent retroactive to March 2013. Wage increases in the remainder of the agreement are 3.5 per cent in the second and

New Owner Makes the Difference for a New Deal!

Thursday July 25, 2013   For Immediate Release     Sault Ste. Marie, ON – It took only two days of bargaining to achieve a new agreement between Highland Ford and members of IAM Local Lodge 2332.    “It’s the difference between night and day,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Gary Hynes. “There’s a new owner with a new attitude toward his employees and this will go a long way

Machinists Sign New Agreement with Country Inn

Friday July 12, 2013     For Immediate Release     Oakville, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1295 have ratified a new collective agreement with the Country Inn and Suites in Oakville.   The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in each year and a signing bonus of $200.00. Other agreement highlights include; • Increased vacation time • Contract language improvements.     The 12

Local Lodge 2727 Members Have First Agreement

Thursday July 11, 2013     For Immediate Release     Montréal, QC – The newest members of IAM Local Lodge 2727 have their first collective agreement with Services d’entretien de Clean International Inc.   “These workers now have the benefit of having a collective agreement and the protection that provides,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Business Representative Pierre Grenier. “They now have union recognition, grievance and arbitration rights, amnesty

IAM Loses a Valued Communicator – Neville Hamilton

Thursday June 27, 2013   For Immediate Release     Ottawa, ON – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former IAM Canada Director of Communications, Neville Hamilton.   Neville came to the IAM in 1986 after spending five years as the administrative assistant to CLC President Dennis McDermott. First and foremost, Hamilton was a journalist whose career took him from the Sherbrooke Daily Record in

Machinists Expand Membership at American Eagle

Friday June 21, 2013     For Immediate Release     Ottawa, ON – Employees of American Eagle Airlines based in Ottawa, are the newest members of the IAM.   “These people were seeking union representation in their workplace and were hungry for a positive change in their future,” explained IAM District Lodge 140 Organizer Sam Jabbar. “I didn’t have to ask twice, it took less than an hour for